Thousands flocked from far and wide to come to this year's Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

Dozens of food stall were serving up dishes, with plenty of samples of homemade treats, alcoholic beverages, and specially designed artisan products to choose from.

Many costumes could also be spotted, with musicians playing music throughout the weelend in Victoria Square.

There was also a wide range of entertainment, from cooking demonstrations given by celebrity chefs, including Ainsley Harriott, and Si King from the Hairy Bikers, as well as former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley, to live music entertainment, there was nothing that wasn’t on the table.

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Franca Iaverdino – who owns Franca’s Pizza and Pasta - shared her love of homemade Italian food.

After selling her business at the market hall, she then decided to pursue her ‘real passion’, which is locally sourced produce.

She said: “In 1986 I owned a little pizza and pasta shop on St George’s Road in Bolton.

“Bolton had never heard of pizza and never heard of pasta, and garlic, well.

“In fact, I think I used to serve Peter Kay, bless him.

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“He was a really nice young man.

“This led me to what my real passion is, which goes right back to my roots in Sanbiase Campobasso.

“There are self sufficient farmers and if they get a bad season, they don’t eat.

“So, they found a unique way of preserving their food without using anything.

“And it’s a method which uses heat, and it keeps for 10 years.

“This year in particular is just about giving back to people.”

There was also a wide variety of alcohol on offer, including craft ales, toffee vodka, and daily Gin Masterclasses with James Martin Gin.

Owner of Retro Gin, Tim Whitely, who previously owned live music bar Café Artisan in Rawtenstall, decided to continue his love of making gin liqueurs through live events such as the festival.

He said: “It’s a great way to promote the business and I’ve been doing it for the last 12 years.

“I have a lot of people who come back every year and it is one of the reasons I do what I do.

“We specialise in retro, sweet inspired, liqueurs.

“Selling online is not the same as seeing people.”

The Bolton News: Stall Owner of Retro Gin, Tim WhitelyStall Owner of Retro Gin, Tim Whitely

Local favourite and MasterChef winner Simon Wood, Robert Owen Brown, and Great British Bake Off stars Makbul Patel and Phil Throne, were also busy in the kitchen.

An array of headlining acts, legendary tribute acts and a host of phenomenal local performers provided non-stop entertainment in Le Mans Crescent and Victoria Square.

Children were also able to enjoy an Ancient World’s themed children’s marquee, offering free activities.

The event will continue until Monday, August 29, with plenty more in store.