Its not often you find someone from St Helens talking freely about Wigan – The 2 towns have a fierce rugby rivalry. When food is involved though, that’s different!
I was invited a couple of weeks ago, to the preview dinner of the Wigan Food Festival 2014. Now in its 7th year, this event is looking at its biggest year by far. There is a real focus on competition – if you fancy showing off your baking skills or even a spicy Chilli, then this is the event for you. Oh and let’s not forget that there is a huge beer and wine section of the festival too! (its also the 27th Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival at the same time) Phew. Its estimated that over 30,000 people will be involved in some way with the festival this year – I love that food events are so popular.
I thought I knew quite a bit about local food producers but even from just one night talking to other North-West foodies, I was struck by how much the North-West has to offer. The Food festival will be showcasing so many varieties of local food – there really will be something for everyone.
One thing that really strikes me is how many opportunities there are for school children to get involved – I love the thought that at such an early age we are encouraging our kids to get stuck in and have a go. I especially can’t wait to follow the success of whoever comes out as the winner at this year’s Great Wigan School Bake Off Champion!
There are 5 days of live Kitchen Theatre drama taking place at Wigan Outdoor Market Square, making the event accessible to everyone.
Some of the more unusual events that are taking place, have caught my eye. Here’s a summary:
Thursday 27th Feb – Great Wigan Schools Bake Off
Wednesday 5th March – The Wigan Chilli Cook-Off – Kitchen Theatre, Wigan Market
Saturday 8th March – Kitchen Theatre featuring a masterclass with John Whaite – winner of GBBO 2012
Saturday 1st March – Pirate Fancy Dress event at CAMRA Beer Festival 11.30am-11pm
Sunday 9th March – Festival Finale: Mexican Tapas Party (I would LOVE to go to this!)
For more information, visit wict.org/foodanddrink
Disclosure: I was invited to the preview dinner at no cost for review purposes. I was given free reign what to write about the Food Festival and I will definitely be trying to get there as much as I can! Thank you!