1000’s flock to city as Meals and Drink Competition ‘extravaganza’ returns

The Bolton Meals and Drink Competition 2022 is formally right here and the city is already buzzing as 1000’s flock to Victoria Sq. and surrounding streets to have a good time the financial institution vacation weekend.

With 180 stalls and greater than 60 stay music performances, the city is about for a weekend stuffed with leisure, nice meals and refreshing drinks.

The four-day weekend started on Friday as councillors, the mayor, friends and chef Michael Caines attended an official launch celebration.

Talking on the occasion, Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Akhtar Zaman, mentioned: “I’m so happy to have the ability to welcome you right here as we speak, at what’s the seventeenth yr of the Bolton Meals and Drink Competition.

“If like me you may have visited the occasion through the years I’m certain you’ll be amazed at the way it has grown from a small tent on the sq. with a couple of merchants to this extravaganza.

“Placing on these occasions is one thing that we’re pleased with right here in Bolton, providing inclusive fulfilling actions to our residents and guests and creating and inspiring everybody to go to Bolton and assist our native financial system is finally what all of that is about.

“So I do hope you’ll take the time to wander across the pageant web site and take within the websites and sounds of all our great merchants and entertainers, thanks.”

On the launch occasion, Bolton Council Chief Martyn Cox mentioned the pageant is “broadly recognised as considered one of its better of its variety within the nation”.

On Friday, Michael Caines additionally shared his culinary abilities in a pasta cooking class while tons of of merchants offered scrumptious meals, drink and varied objects corresponding to jewelry, candles and way more.

Reside music was carried out throughout the city and stallholders are excited to see what this yr’s meals pageant will deliver.

Sisters, Claire Mather and Jillian Harrison, have a cocktail stall on the pageant.

Claire and her sister Jillian at their stall Movers & Shakers

They have attended the meals pageant for 3 years and they’re wanting ahead to welcoming folks to their stall this weekend. 

Claire mentioned: “We’re providing folks cocktails and beers and we have music and we now have paid for a DJ tomorrow so we’re wanting ahead to it.

“That is our third yr right here, every yr is totally different due to the climate however there’s at all times very nice folks.

“It is a bit quiet to date however it’s often like that on a Friday and often we now have a queue out the gate on a Saturday and Sunday so it is often actually enjoyable.”

Varied actions have additionally been occurring throughout the city for children and households and the enjoyable continues over the course of the weekend.

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