The celebrities will be out in full-force this year as five of them are set to descend upon the festival to perfomr live cooking demonstrations that will be in high demand. Their names speak for themselves, and theyrequire no introduction, but the five that are set to delight audiences are : Michael Caines, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Jean-Christophe Novelli and James Martin.
A taste of France will be brought to Bolton during the festival courtesy of Harvey Nichols and their Citroen HY Van. French classics, perfect for a quick bite to eat while enjoying the festival's activities, will be served all weekend. In France, popular street food includes baguettes with a variety of fantastic fillings, crepes and croissants. Own brand wine from the store will also be on offer.
Award-winning Manchester bar Kro will be holding a beer and cider festival as part of their showcase. Kro, which is Danish for 'village pub', will be bringing a selection of locally brewed ales, as well as a selection of real ciders for guests to taste. The company is a popular establishment in Manchester,w ith four bars and restaurants across the city, and will certainly impress during the festival.
Michael Caines, who has not one but two Michelin Stars to his name, will once again be opening the festival for the second year running, with a cookery demonstration at noon on the Friday (24th August). Michael will also take part in an exciting, live Ready Steady Cook challenge alongside chefs Robert Owen Brown and Mike Harrison. And he will be hosting a second demonstration at 2.30pm.
Also delivering free demos on the Friday will be festival favourite Aazam Ahmed who will be creating his signature Asian fusion dishes in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre, in the festival marquee on Victoria Square.
The theme for Friday is local produce, and there is no better chef to inspire some good, old-fashioned British cooking than Robert Owen Brown. Robert, the executive chef at the Mark Addy, is a great advocate of local produce and back-to-nature cooking, and is sure to rustle up some incredible dishes on the Friday and Saturday.
Another local talent will be joining in the fun on Saturday, as the co-owner and executive chef of the Shoulder Of Mutton in Holcombe, Chris Yates, cooks up a treat in the Market Place Shopping Centre, alongside fellow festival newcomers Justine Forrest and Andrea Mellon.
Old Girl of Bolton School and local Spice Queen Anjali Pathak is once again guaranteed to wow the crowds with her traditional asian cuisine with two demos in the Market Place. Anjali is now Brand Ambassador for her family's business Patak's, a position which has seen her involved in making the company the largest Indian food producer in the World.
Sunday's line-up is no less special. The Market Place will feature another great chef, this time in the form of the original celebrity chef, the North West's very own Andrew Nutter. He will be alongside Dan Winter, head chef at the excellent Egerton House Hotel here in Bolton, and Mike Harrison, whose career spans over 30 years and has taken him around the World.
And, to round of an excellent weekend, on Monday, Malaysian chef Norman Musa will take to the kitchen to share some of the secrets which led him to become the creator, co-owner and executive chef at Ning restaurants. Alongside him will be former Masterchef of Great Britain, Brian Mellor; 2011 Masterchef finalist Jackie Kearney, creator of street food brand The Hungry Gecko; and Sean Kelly, executive chef at the Worsley Park Marriott.
It is set to be a fantastic even, eclipsing the success of last years where a staggering 94,000 people visited, thanks to it's eclectic but complimenting cocktail of celebrity chefs, traders and family entertainment. For more information, and to book tickets for the demonstrations, visit the Bolton Food & Drink Website here.]]>
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