The Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2013 just keeps getting better and better.
The headline chefs of Paul Hollywood, Aldo Zilli, Mary Berry and Michael Caines have already been announced. Michael Caines will open the festival on Friday 23rd August. He will be in the Market Place and the festival marquee. In the evening Michael is the host for the gala dinner at The Albert Halls the same day. Along with other chefs like Andrew Nutter and The Albert Halls chef Chris Anderson, they will cook up a feast for all who attend. Afterwards there will be a question and answer session with all the chefs.
Children are sure to be entertained by the new family zone. There’s face painting, magic show, an interactive story and jewellery making sessions. On the streets of Bolton there will be a jazz band, beer tent and a whole lot more.
The kids fun continues into Saturday 24th August. As well as the interactive story and magic show, there’s also a disco with a magic show and balloons. All the street bands will are back over the weekend too, so if you missed them the first time hear The Courgettes, Granny Tourismo and Shifting Sands all over again. This is from 11am onwards.
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are hosting 3 cookery demonstrations at 11am, 2pm and 4pm, although sadly there are only tickets available for the 4pm show at the time of writing. The regional chefs at the show are Chris Marshall, Sean Wilson and Jon Jones.
Tickets haven’t yet sold out for Aldo Zilli on Sunday 25th August. It is his first time at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival but he is sure to be popular. Regional chefs appearing on this day are Chris Yates, Paul Riley, Anjali Pathak and Joss and Anthony.
Children’s entertainment continues on the Sunday. Giant board games will be put up in the Crompton Place. This will be in conjunction with the magic show, costume characters, face painting and bear hunt.
The final celebrity chef is James Martin, who will be headlining on Monday 26th August. Spaces are still available for his demonstrations.
One of the regional chefs is still to be confirmed at the moment, but Justine Forrest, Andrew Nutter and Dan Winter are all booked to appear. The children’s entertainment and street festivities reach their conclusion too.
In total there will be over 70 market stalls put up as part of the festival. Sample some delicious food or browse the arts and crafts fair.
Other Bolton businesses will be getting involved in the action. Middlebrook Retail Park are having live chefs and stalls, Mecca Bingo are searching for the best potato hash, Bolton Libraries are showing the Ratatouille film and the Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant are running a 1940’s weekend.
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