|Wigan’s 2013 Food and Drink Festival cancelled
Wigan’s annual Food and Drink Festival will not take place in 2013.
Organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), in association with private sector partners, the festival has been extremely popular since it was introduced in 2007.
However, the amount of support from private sector sponsors has reduced by £10,000 this year which means the festival will be cancelled for 2013.
A spokesperson for WLCT said: “It is with great sadness that we will not host a Food and Drink Festival in 2013.
“We have lost some private sector sponsorship for this festival and although we have found some new sponsorship this hasn’t been enough to match previous years.
“It is an extremely difficult financial environment for everyone at the moment, including ourselves, and we are not in a position to cover this shortfall or offer the same amount of financial support as in previous years.
“Given that we have not been able to find new sponsors by the middle of November there is now insufficient time to plan, organise and promote a festival of this scale in time for March.
“WLCT are extremely proud of this festival, that we introduced in 2007 and which has since developed into one of the region's largest.
“Despite the financial pressures, WLCT remain committed to putting on a mixed and varied range of cultural events for the enjoyment of Wigan borough residents in 2013.
“We can confirm that the 2013 Wigan International Jazz Festival will go ahead and we will continue to support and showcase local produce, producers and restaurants through our events and activities where and when appropriate.
“We will also review whether it will be possible to re-introduce the Food and Drink Festival in 2014.”
An estimated 40,000 people experienced the event in 2012 and over £300,000 was spent in the local food and drink sector during the 10 days of the festival.
The Wigan Food and Drink Festival set out to prove there’s much more to the borough’s cuisine than pies. Top names to have appeared in previous years include Antony Worrall Thompson, Aldo Zilli and Simon Rimmer.
In 2010 it was named as one of the World’s Best Local Festivals by the Guardian Travel supplement.