Children’s television favourite Katy Ashworth will be entertaining young food fans at Bolton Food and Drink Festival.
Katy, one of CBeebies most popular presenters, will be bringing her live show to the event being held from Friday, August 22 to Monday, August 25.
Le Mans Crescent will be closed off to traffic and turned into a children’s zone, with a giant marquee set up for the shows.
Katy will perform half hour shows featuring singing, dancing and audience interaction for the whole family. Shows will be on daily at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm with a chance to meet Katy straight afterwards. Admission is free but places are limited, and must be booked in advance from the food and drink festival website.
Katy said: “I love doing live shows and the happy faces of the children always bring me such joy. CBeebies is filmed in Manchester so I have a real connection with the area.
“At CBeebies we put a strong emphasis on teaching kids to care about where their food comes from and festivals like this are a great way of doing just that – I can’t wait to see you all there to join in the fun with me.”
A cast from the Octagon Theatre will also be putting on free performances of Peter Pan and Wendy in the marquee, and the Crompton Place shopping centre will once again host free children’s activities including magic shows and cookery classes.
Tickets for Katy’s shows and for the celebrity chefs are available from Saturday, June 7. On the billing this year is Italian chef Gino D’Acampo on Saturday; celebrity Aussie chef and restaurateur John Torode on Sunday, and James Martin on Monday.
Tickets are available online from www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com. For the chefs’ demos, standard seats cost £5 and reserved premiere seats cost £8. For more information, visit the website or contact 01204 334321.
The four-day foodie spectacular will also feature a large speciality food and drink market in Victoria Square and surrounding streets, and free entertainment. And festival organisers have arranged a mini-festival flavour this Saturday, June 7 to coincide with tickets going on sale.
A top chef will be performing free cookery demos in Victoria Square at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 2.30pm and street entertainers will add to the festival vibe. Bolton Market Ambassador Simon Rimmer will be cooking dishes at 12pm in the market’s Lifestyle Hall, and chatting with fans at 2.30pm. A balloon artist and face painter will also be in the Market Place from 11am to 3pm.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “Katy is very well known and loved by thousands of children and their families across the country, so we know that the free shows will be very popular and I’d advise people to reserve their tickets early on.
“Every year we expect the festival to be the biggest and best one yet, and so far we have always managed to deliver on our promise. We start planning the next one as soon as the weekend is over, so with everything we have organised for this year’s festival we are looking forward to another successful event.”
To keep up to date with the latest festival news, see www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com, visit Facebook and search for Bolton Food and Drink Festival or search for #boltonfoodfest on Twitter.
Bolton Food and Drink Festival is organised by Bolton Council and sponsored by Bluemantle, Market Place Shopping Centre and Stateside Foods. Partners so far this year include Bolton Market, Crompton Place Shopping Centre, Kro Bar, Marriott, and The Octagon Theatre.