Food festival is hotting up!

Festival sponsors, from left, John Winnard (Santus), Ian Luck (EuroMark), festival organiser Keith Bergman, Sandra Cottam (Metro Fresh), Peter Marsh (chairman of Wigan CAMRA) and Anthony Winnard (Santus), at the pre-launch event for the 7th annual Wigan Food and Drink Festival, held at Haigh Hall
Festival sponsors, from left, John Winnard (Santus), Ian Luck (EuroMark), festival organiser Keith Bergman, Sandra Cottam (Metro Fresh), Peter Marsh (chairman of Wigan CAMRA) and Anthony Winnard (Santus), at the pre-launch event for the 7th annual Wigan Food and Drink Festival, held at Haigh Hall
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A HOST of events to get tastebuds tingling will be on offer in the town centre during the upcoming Wigan Food and Drink Festival.

Visitors and shoppers can enjoy a selection of free activities and attractions including food tasting stalls and street entertainment.

Festival organiser Keith Bergman of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “Whether it’s putting your chilli making talent to the test or boosting your baking skills, there’s something for everyone on our exciting itinerary.

“We’ve teamed up with Wigan Council and the borough markets to offer a great programme in the town centre as part of the wider festival celebrations.”

The town centre events start on Tuesday, March 4 when the Kitchen Theatre opens in the outdoor market area for four days of demonstrations and entertainment.

Mr Bergman added that chefs from Wigan restaurants and eateries will be on hand to showcase their dishes in addition to headline attraction, Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, treating revellers to a baking masterclass.

Foodies who prefer their food with more than a kick can look forward to a qualifying round for the National Chilli Cook-off Championships, which is also at the Kitchen Theatre.

Qualifiers could then have the opportunity to compete at the UK final of the competition with the victors of that event winning the chance to travel to Las Vegas for the World Food Championships.

The ever popular continental food and drink market will be operating from Wednesday, March 5 through to Saturday, March 8. And the fun culminates on Saturday, March 8 with the Great Bake Day, when the town centre will be full of street entertainment along Standishgate and a main stage area in Market Place - where the Lancashire Hotpots will be playing a live set.

The theme for this year’s festival is beer and baking, the full programme runs from February 27 to March 9.