|Sugar, Spice And All Things Nice
The Sneakers, who will be performing as The Courgettes musical chefs, at the Sweet Tooth Fair.
ONE of the region’s largest gatherings of chocolatiers, confectioners, cake bakers and ice cream makers will descend on Wigan town centre this weekend.
The Uncle Joe’s Sweet Tooth Fair, marks the climax of this year’s Wigan Food and Drink Festival and takes place on Friday 12 March and Saturday 13 March.
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event and enjoy demonstrations, tastings and purchase sugar filled goodies from 23 of some of the best in the sweet industry.
Keith Bergman of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Wigan Food and Drink Festival Organiser said: “What a great way to finish the festival and start the Mother’s Day weekend.
“This event is for anyone who has a sweet tooth. And it's not just chocolate, that visitors will be able to enjoy. We have food themed street entertainment from singing chefs to giant walkabout Easter Eggs.
“Visitors can watch demonstrations of chocolate making and carving, learn from cake makers and decorators, buy your Mother’s Day and Easter gifts and, of course, there will be plenty of tantalising tastings to keep people energised throughout each day.”
Exhibitors include Grasmere Gingerbread who will have their fresh baked and world famous Gingerbread. Taste of Moorlands of Staffordshire come with their award winning biscuits and treacle tarts. And the UK’s leading high street chocolatier – Thorntons - will also be in town with some very special chocolate wrapped treats.
Regional purveyors of sweetness include;
* Delicious Fruits and Fountains from Lancashire who will be bringing their massive and delicious chocolate fountain.
* The Fudge Village will have hand-crafted fudge and nougat.
* The Chocolate Café of Ramsbottom will be showcasing their trademark ‘real’ drinking chocolate, chocolate beer and their famous chocolate pizzas!
* From Liverpool come The Chocolate Cellar with a variety of treats including fresh truffles.
* The Cocoa Emporium will have cakes and biscuits baked fresh and decorated with fun!
*The famous Slattery’s chocolatier will be tempting all with a wide selection of chocolate novelties including Easter eggs, bars and lollipops.
*And Fredrick’s Ice Cream will be scooping praise and ice cream for their famed produce.
And from Wigan come Connie's Kitchen and William Santus & Co - event sponsors and manufacturers of many varieties of sweets including Wigan’s most famous export – Uncle Joe’s Mintballs.
The Uncle Joe’s Sweet Tooth Fair starts at 11am each day in Market Place, Wigan town centre.
More information is available from Wigan Tourist Information Centre (01942 825677) or visit www.wlct.org/foodanddrink.