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Food stalls sign up for Bradford Food and Drink Festival

Bradford – Around 20 stalls have already signed up to trade at the inaugural Bradford Food and Drink Festival, but there is still room for more.
The festival, which is being organised by Bradford Council’s Markets team, takes place on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October and will set up in the city’s Independent Quarter on Northgate and Rawson Road between the Oastler Shopping Centre and North Parade.
One of the first stalls to sign up for this new festival was the Saddleworth Cheese Company, founded by former Coronation Street actor turned award-winning cheese maker, Sean Wilson.
Sean, who played Martin Platt for over 20 years in the popular soap, will also be demonstrating recipes from his Great Northern Cookbook at the festival. Joining Sean at the festival will be the renowned Italian chef, Gennaro Contaldo, who will be demonstrating recipes from his latest book, Slow Cook Italian.
Already confirmed are street food traders including gourmet burgers, locally made pork pies and home made mushy peas, spicy chicken and veggie wraps with home made salsa and slaw, German hot dogs and Greek style wraps. This will complement the existing food offering from the surrounding Oastler Shopping Centre such as Roswitha’s Deli and Thai Fever noodle bar, as well as North Parade venues The Sparrow and Al’s Dime Bar. 
Food at the event will have a local feel, with stalls selling produces ranging from savoury treats such as cold pork pies, cheeses and biscuits for cheese, cooking sauces for meat, fish and pasta to sweet items such as locally made cakes, cup cakes, brownies and cookies, handmade chocolates and traditional fudge and sweets.
There will also be local craft ales, ciders and spirits to take away as well as a range of bars serving local brews and stalls serving fresh coffee and donuts.
To keep the festival vibe going there will be street performers and live music.
The organisers are still on the look out for more stalls and would like to hear from anyone interested in adding to the festival. In particular local business that might want to get involved with the city’s up and coming Independent Quarter.
Diana Greenwood, Bradford Council’s Market Promotions and Marketing Officer,said:

“We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to take a stall at the Food and Drink Festival. It could be people who have a catering business, a shop, a market stall or even someone who produces homemade products and wants to have a go at trading – they should all get in touch.

“It is an exciting time in Bradford for food and drink, what with the Independent Quarter and the West End filling up with new and unique bars, clubs and restaurants and the proposals for the renewal of the Oastler Shopping Centre with its established food market stalls.”  

Anyone wanting to trade at the Bradford Food and Drink Festival should email the Council’s Markets Team bradford.markets@bradford.gov.uk or call 01274 432245 to discuss their options.

For more information about the festival visit www.bradfordmarkets.com or follow Bradford Markets on Facebook and @BradfordMarkets on twitter using #bfdfoodfest.
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