Sometimes my work and home lives collide. As part of my job I get to do the marketing for Wigan Food and Drink Festival which, as you might expect, pleases me greatly!
This year there is a big baking theme running through the festival, so I thought that I’d share the baking events so you can hopefully put them in your dairy and join us.
The big one for me this year is an appearance from John Whaite. The Wigan-born winner of the Great British Bake Off is in town on Saturday 8th March, doing a demo in the kitchen theatre at 1pm, and then hosting a special afternoon tea with the catering students at Wigan and Leigh College at 3pm. The latter is sure to be popular so book early!
Wigan Libraries and local not-for-profit Food Positive are promoting real bread and trying to get everyone baking bloomers. Free demos in libraries will give people the basics on bread making, with more in-depth three-hour workshops being offered by Food Positive on Saturday 1 March. There is also a competition running to find the borough’s best bloomer- see details here.
The Coven in Wigan offers food which is vegan and gluten free- but still deliciously indulgent. They are hosting a Pudding Club event on 1st March where – alongside a starter and main course- you can enjoy six, YES SIX, puddings. The following day they are offering a gluten free afternoon tea to round off the week.
Saturday 8th is baking day in the kitchen theatre. Based in the outdoor market, the theatre will host the winner of the festivals young baker competition, gluten free baking with The Coven and then John Whaite. So grab a seat in there and spend three hours having your taste buds tickled!
So it’s all going on in Wigan – will you be there?
Find out about all of the Wigan Food and Drink Festival events over at wlct.org/foodanddrink