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World Record Bid For Wigan’s Food Festival!
Tuesday 19th January, 2010

World Record Bid For Wigan’s Food Festival!
Head Chef Faisal Ali Choudhury and owner of the Royal Saffron Habib Monaf

A HEAD chef is hoping to set a new World Record as part of this year’s Wigan Food and Drink Festival.

Faisal Ali Choudhury will be cooking up a massive batch of fish curry at The Royal Saffron , Lowton with a huge Tigerfish as part of the food festival celebrations in March.

The 39-year-old is already a Guinness World Record holder in the kitchen. In 2000 he produced a 131 pound onion bhaji – the record was later beaten in 2004.

Habib Monaf, owner and director of The Royal Saffron, said: “There is currently no record in place for the world’s largest fish based curry. So we are all set to take our place in the record books.
“Having said that, we will be trying to make a dish that will take some beating.”

Cookery classes, candlelit dinners, crepe nights and a record breaking curry are just a few of the mouth-watering delights to be served up across Wigan and Leigh as part of this year’s Wigan Food and Drink Festival Events Programme 2010.

Keith Bergman is the Tourism Development Manager for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Festival Organiser said: “We have 20 events to suit each and every palate.
“Although the festival has a short history, the 2010 events programme is our strongest to date.”

The Wigan Food and Drink Festival sponsored by Hitchen Foods, runs from 4 – 14 March. Wigan’s third festival launches with Gusto D’Italia at Rigaletto’s Italian Restaurant – a special romantic candlelit evening with specially created festival menu.

The festival finishes with a gourmet Indian banquet and live and colourful Asian music and dance at The Baby Elephant restaurant.

Interspersed there are dinner dances and piano evenings, brewery tours, a taste of Wigan night, a Mediterranean themed dinner party and a gourmet beer and food matching event.

The spectacular Georgian ballroom of Haigh Hall will host two celebrity evenings.
Dinner with Antony Worrall Thompson will take place on Wednesday 10 March and Wines of the World with Jilly Goolden takes place on the Friday night of 12 March.

Dinner with Antony Worrall Thompson will be a special one-off evening with one of the country’s most well known celebrity chefs.

Guests will enjoy a sumptuous four-course menu of Antony’s choosing where each dish relates to a chapter, event or AWT anecdote. Plus cookery tips and advice from the Master Chef himself.

Wines of the World with Jilly Goolden provides those attending with an opportunity to learn from the world renowned oenophile.
Jilly will teach the principles of wine and wine tasting and introduce five wines from the new and old world for people to sample.

This year’s events programme looks to build on the very successful Cookery Schools that were introduced at the previous festival. The first cookery class – Cooking Italian takes place at Rigalettos Italian Restaurant on Monday 8 March. This is followed by Cooking Thai at Gallimores Restaurant on Tuesday 9 and Cooking Indian at the Spice Lounge on Thursday 11 March.

“I am confident that all the events will be popular and very enjoyable. I’m also confident that this will not be the week to diet!” added Keith Bergman.

The full events programme and ticket information is available from Wigan Tourist Information Centre 01942 825 677 and at www.wlct.org/foodanddrink.

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