Festival is huge success

Warriors Andy Coley with chef Tom Bridge at the cookery demo in the town centre Life Centre Piazza
Warriors Andy Coley with chef Tom Bridge at the cookery demo in the town centre Life Centre Piazza
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EARLY indications are that this year’s Wigan Food and Drink Festival will be the “belly busting” best!

CAMRA’s annual Beer Festival which kick-started the feast last week saw another record-breaking year with 4,700 people through the doors - 300 more than last year.

No fewer than 5,700 pints of foreign beer and 3,240 pints of traditional cider and perry and 13,444 pints of real ale were sold over the three days.

And with just a couple of days to go 18 of the 22 ticketed evening events are almost sold out - another record!

Among the major free events were the Continental Market in the town centre, the Lancashire Hotpots performing in a free town centre gig and Mesnes Park’s Special ice cream celebration yesterday.

The Outdoor Kitchen Theatre’s mix of celebrity chefs, such as Jean-Christophe Novelli, and local chefs, including Tom Bridge, serving up treats has also helped bring in the visitors.

More than 40,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s Wigan Food and Drink Festival giving the local economy at £250,000 boost!

Keith Bergman, from organisers Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “It’s just been fantastic. With a few days to go we know we’ve already broken records and we’re just delighted.

“Every year this festival gets bigger and better.”

Co-organiser of the CAMRA Beer Festival Ken Worthington said: “It’s been another fantastic year. There was a lot more people in their twenties and thirties coming through the doors which we’re especially pleased about.

“We’ve had nothing but compliments and would like to thank everything involved particularly Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.”