Here I am with the lovely ladies from the Bolton Museum. Julie Lamara (historian) and Melanie Graaf, (events organiser)

Here I am with the lovely ladies from the Bolton Museum. Julie Lamara (historian) and Melanie Graaf, (events organiser).

Last week I met the organisers of the ‘Bolton Food and Drink Festival’  and for those of you who don’t know, this is the biggest event in the Bolton calendar and I am thrilled to be asked to be a part of it this event, which takes place on Thursday 21st August at 2.30pm onwards.

International stallholders from Europe come to visit Bolton and sell their various cuisines and produce from their individual countries to the food loving  public. The Festival takes place on the town hall square, and the air is filled with the smell of exotic take-away dishes, spices, breads, and pastries and cakes from Europe.

There are also beers on sale from Germany, and wine from Italy and France and all sorts of cakes and yummy sweets, the atmosphere is amazing everyone has a good time eating and drinking and trying all the different foods from all over Europe.

As well as the busy bustling market, famous Chefs are such as Gino de Campo, James Martin, Paul Hollywood and The Hairy Bikers are invited to carry out demonstrations for the public.

Julie Lamara and Melanie Graaf, are also baking enthusiasts.

Julie Lamara and Melanie Graaf, are also baking enthusiasts.

For my part, I am invited by the organisers to the lecture theatre in the Bolton Museum and Arts building, there, I am intending introduce to the guests, the GAR book, and how I came to get it, and why I wrote it,  I am hoping that, the afternoon will develop into a nice informal couple of hours, whereby people will chat to each other, swap recipes and tips, have a cuppa and a piece of bygone cake, buy the book a have it signed and generally relax and I am really looking forward to the afternoon meeting and chatting to the people

I will let you know how it goes.

Patricia Matthews.