The first ever Lowry Outlet Food Festival has the recipe for a super bank holiday weekend. Over eighty specialist producers will be there to tend to your discerning palates; a range of local cheeses, farm-fresh sausages, traditional British pies, and international cuisine is on offer.
The Lowry Outlet Food Festival
It's not just the food festival that has got me excited however, it's the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre Programme that has got my blood pumping. If you love food, are a closet chef, or are a bit of a fine food connoisseur then it's likely you'll know of the celebrity chefs who have stolen the nation's hearts.
Each show lasts 45 minutes, and the chefs hold the fort each day at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm.
Renowned flirt and possibly the easiest chef on-the-eye, Gino D'ACampo with his schoolboy wit, use of fresh Italian herbs, and winning smile is surely going to get festival-goers a flutter when he whips up a new dish.
James Martin is the blue-eyed man's man who has made his name through cookery books, TV shows, in particular BBC 1's Saturday Kitchen, and while he's very much what I consider the Alpha male of the group, his food can be delicate, but also ballsy and very tasty.
New kid on the block Paul Hollywood charmed us all on The Great British Bake Off; the way he eases the dough together to make perfect bread is enough to make anyone weak at the knees (and salivate at the mouth).
It's £7.00 a ticket to watch the chef's in action. Find Gino at the food festival on Saturday, James on Sunday, and (my favourite), Paul on Monday.
Feast of a meal
If you'd rather keep your money for the food then bypass the frills of celebrity hedonism and stick to the stalls that will be full of local and international delicacies and classics.
Now the food is going to be great, but all good festivals need a bit of atmosphere though, don't they? The Lowry have thought of everything; live music (jazz, acoustic, reggae, soul, swing), will be provided on the plaza in front of the Lowry Outlet, so jig your way to the queue, or sway as you nibble on some Camembert.
I've already bought my ticket and I'm already thinking of questions to ask Paul, Gino, and James!