Crocodile, ostrich and wild boar! Bolton Market opens arms to world foods as residents urged to widen palettes

By Clare Tierney

Bolton residents and visitors are invited to engage their senses with cosmopolitan food and crafts as the World Market opens today.

Victoria Square will accommodate the 40 traders during the four-day festival, which runs until Monday.

There will be an array of food, drink and craftwork inspired by and sourced from both Europe and across the world.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “The continental market has proven very popular and successful on its previous visits.

“We know it’s an event that’s guaranteed to bring people in town, boosting the local economy in the process.”

Visitors will be able to buy unusual foods such as ostrich, crocodile, and wild boar meat at the event, which is organised by Market Place Europe

For visitors who crave something slightly less exotic, there will be Indian curries, Thai noodles, a German beer tent and sausage house, French cheeses, a Greek deli, Spanish Paella, and French pastries.

Fashionistas can browse stalls selling pashminas, hats and scarves, French knitwear and Swarovski crystal and jewellery.

Director of Market Place Europe, Allan Hartwell, added: “There will be lots of delicious goods available on our stalls and you can literally taste your way around the world with some of the foods we have on offer.”

Traders will also be selling a range of Fairtrade African arts and crafts, Chinese and Thai gifts, and Dutch plants and bulbs.

Trading times are from 9am to 5.30pm and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

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