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Wigan’s Pie-ception on Food
Tuesday 8th December, 2009

Wigan’s Pie-ception on Food
Food Festival organiser Keith Bergman with the new look brochure.

A FEAST of fine food is hoping to fight pie perception at next year’s Wigan Food and Drink Festival.

Organisers have announced the 15 eateries, bistros and brasseries that will make up its ‘Fine Food Trail’ and chip away at the stereotype that the borough’s culinary craft and creativity is contained only in a pastry case.

A main aim of the festival – soon to be in its third year - is to change perceptions and make it clear that there is more to Wigan than pies and pastries.

Keith Bergman, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Tourism Manager and festival organiser, said: “We are very proud of our food heritage and pies are very much a part of the past and, indeed, the present. However, there are a growing number of quality restaurants in the borough, with many talented chefs at the helm, and this is our opportunity to celebrate this and move away from the ‘pie capital’ title.”

The Fine Food Trail partner restaurants include fine dine and contemporary establishments through to the cosy and the traditional. Each will serve up special menus during the festival period in March 2010.

Mouth-watering and special festival dishes such as parcels of Goosnargh Duckling, Lamby’s Yed, Chicken Breast stuffed with Black Pudding and Pan Fried Breast of Duck carved over Beetroot Risotto will champion the Borough’s fayre and flair.

The Fine Food Trail sponsored by Hazeldene, Wigan based UK specialists in ready to eat leafy salads, includes; Ashfield House Restaurant, The Baby Elephant, Beeches of Standish, Bennetts of Wrightington Hotel, The Crown at Worthington, Gallimores, Haigh Hall, Laureates of Kilhey Court Hotel, The RBG at the Park Inn – Leigh, The 141 Restaurant at the Bellingham Hotel, Rigalettos, The Ross Arms – Astley, The Royal Saffron in Lowton, Stables Brasserie and the new Wheel Restaurant within Wigan and Leigh College.

Hazeldene Managing Director Simon Ball said: “The number, variety and quality of restaurants within a town symbolizes its positioning and there is no doubt that here in Wigan Borough the restaurant sector and the quality of the establishments is growing and competing at a higher level. This is great news for the town as it not only caters for the local residents, but also attracts more visitors to the town, providing an eclectic mix of eateries that will suit all tastes and palates.”

The Wigan Food and Drink Festival takes place 4th – 14th March 2010. A full festival programme including the Fine Food Trail will be available from Wigan Tourist Information Centre later this month (telephone 01942 825677) or visit www.wlct.org/foodanddrink

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