Hundreds flock to Victoria Square for global food market
THE sun was shining brightly for the first day of Bolton Global Markets.
Hundreds of people descended on Victoria Square to sample the continental cuisine on offer.
Visitors to the markets — open until Sunday — can enjoy a range of different delicacies, from freshly made breads made by self-styled “crazy bakers” at Le Petit Gascon Ltd, delicious and healthy ostrich burgers at Meats of the World, German bratwurst at Schwenkgrill, and an array of olives at Mediterranean Delights.
For the sweet toothed there are plenty of sugary delights on display, such as croissants, cakes, chocolate, tarts, biscuits and cannoli — and even some gluton-free options.
Other non-food stalls include fashion and crafts stalls, all open from 10am until 4pm.
Many of the traders have come back to the town for a second time this year after a spell in March.
“This is where dreams and reality intertwine,” said Blaise, of Le Petit Gascon Limited.
“We’re known as the ‘crazy bakers’. We bake artisan French bread. We want to bring real bread back to the people with no additives, fats or improvers.
“We came here in March, the last time the markets were here, but the weather wasn’t too good, so hopefully the sun will continue to shine.”
Philipp, from German barbecue Schwenkgrill, said: “The curry bratwurst is our best seller. I think it’s the sauce that makes it so special.”
Thousands of people are expected to visit the markets over the weekend to start stocking up items for Christmas.
Edith Martin, aged 76, from Great Lever, said: “These markets are fantastic for Bolton. The stalls look great and there are so many things to look at.”
Mum-of-two Emma Cun-liffe, aged 39, from Smithills, added: “I’m just here to have a look around but I know I won’t be able to leave without buying a couple of the colourful cupcakes.”
Cabinet member for community services Cllr John Byrne said: “There’s something for all the family and I’d urge everyone to come down.”
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