Sunday, 19 January 2014

Is tha comin t' Wigan Food and Drink Festival ?

Wigan holds a special place in my heart as I spent several years studying on a day release basis at the college in my youth. Home to honest a goodness folk who love their town, Wigan is the land of the pie, home to the legendary Uncle Joe's mint ball and the "pier" of George Orwell fame, its also a town where rugby is still the number one sport, in other words a grand Northern town.



The town holds an annual food festival celebrating its food culture and great local food products and produce, in this its 7th year the theme is Baking and Beer

Here's the link to the website with all the details here

A packed programme is planned starting on 27th February and running through to the 9th March 2014, there are chef demo's, theme dining events, baking challenges, beer festivals in fact something to tickle everyone's taste buds.

Of special note local lad and baking hero and 2012 Winner of the Great British Bake Off - John Whaite will be hosting on Saturday 8th March a "Baking with the Best" masterclass and then hosting an afternoon tea. (More details can be found in the programme)


The festival - sponsored by Euromark - kicks off with the 27th Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival, offering 60 real ales, 35 real ciders and perries and a great selection of foreign draft beers, plus live music and food. Plus also a special bus tour has been organised of Wigan's three famous micro breweries, Allgates, Prospect and Problem Child.

Also in town for this event will be none other than former "Corrie" star Sean Wilson, soap star turned award winning cheesemaker at The Wigan Wine Festival, he will talking all things cheese and signing his book "The Great Northern Cookbook". Which coincidentially we have a copy for you to win, just complete the widget below to be in with a chance of winning this fab prize.





So things are shaping up for a great festival and I for one will be booking my tickets for the events very soon as I am sure they will be popular. A full copy of the festival guide is downloadable via the festival website.
                                                    
Please enter our giveaway below, the prize can unfortunately only be mailed to UK addresses, sorry !

                                    

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the press launch for the festival and was treated to a lovely local afternoon tea and goody bag by the promoters. This included some How's yer Farther cheese from the Saddleworth Cheese Company, some Silvertally beer from Prospect Brewery and some Uncle Joe's mint balls from Santus and also the signed book for the giveaway.


12 comments:

Unsteady Dave said...

It sounds like a fab line-up, Linzi! I'd be particularly interested in the Uncle Joe talk at the Shevington Library, not to mention the 60 real ales!

Now, this being Wigan, I'm assuming we all have to turn up in fancy dress, right?!

Jane Willis said...

Unfortunately my next trip to Wigan will be a couple of weeks before the Festival and then not again for a couple of months, so I'll miss it. The book looks great though, ideal for making me homesick! How do I enter the giveaway? Just by commenting here?

Linzi_Barrow said...

To enter the competition just complete the widget on the page, its easy :-)

Jibber JabberUK said...

I definitely prefer baking to beer as I'm teetotal but I do make a very good ale cake!

JaynesDen said...

I prefer baking to beer. I like to make savoury quiches and sweet tarts.

JaynesDen said...

I prefer baking to beer. I like to bake savoury quiches and sweet tarts.

Jane Willis said...

Phew, I've finally got here by loading the page in Chrome, the Gleam app isn't working in Internet Explorer.

I prefer baking, especially bread.

Charlene F said...

Baking xx

Charlene F said...

I like baking :-) x

mpsandy said...

I prefer baking to beer, although I'm not very good at it.

Caroline Hooper said...

I love to have a bake for my kids and in turn they love to help me which makes it even more enjoyable, it is good for them to learn the skills of doing something like baking some bread which is so fun and sense of achievement from it

Choclette said...

Baking to beer most definitely.

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