NEWS 3 Budding entrepreneurs at Borough Market

Borough Market hosted ov e r 5 0 b u d d i n g stal lholders f rom 11 London primary schools at its annual Summer Produce Sale last month. The event was organised

in p a r tner s hi p wi t h campaigning charity School Food Matters, which aims to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where it comes from. Children from the local

community became market traders for the day, using their enterprise skills to sell school-grown fruit and vegetables in the glass fronted Market Hall. All the proceeds are being

donated to FareShare, an award-winning charity which seeks to relieve food poverty by rescuing good food that would otherwise go to waste. Every £1 raised will provide four meals for vulnerable families across the capital.

To date, the ‘Young Mar-

keteers’ programme has seen more than 7,000 pri- mary school children grow- ing produce in 58 different schools, with close to 800 students coming to sell 45 different varieties of fruit and vegetables at London’s 1,000 year old market. The tiny traders kicked off

proceedings in traditional style by ringing Borough

Market’s iconic bell to open their sale. The annual programme

starts at Borough Market in the Spring, when former Blue Peter Gardener, Chris Collins, teaches the children the art of growing fruit and veg from seed and they visit various market traders to learn top tips on how to run a winning market stall – from marketing, to food hygiene,

to customer service. In June, primary schools

receive a visit from a skilled horticulturist and receive further tips on how to ensure a bumper crop. Dar r e n He nagha n ,

Managing Di rector at Borough Market said: “A commitment to sustainability is at the heart of what Borough Market believes in. “By working with children

we want to encourage the next generation to connect with their food, to enjoy growing their own produce, to eat with the seasons and ultimately, to make informed choices when it comes to what they put on their plate. “The Young Marketeers

programme is all about inspiring the producers, shoppers, chefs and market traders of the future.”

The great Bolton bake-off

Bakers have been invited to rise to the occasion for this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival and produce a unique, show-stopping cake that demonstrates their love of Bolton. The search is on to find the best

amateur cake makers, inspired by the ‘This is Bolton’ campaign, which is asking everyone explain what they love about the borough by completing the phrase ‘I love Bolton because...’. Bolton Food and Drink Festival

is organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi, and takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 23 to Monday August 26. Bakers must submit a design for

Tiny traders at Borough Market’s annual Summer Produce Sale

their cake creation, using a minimum of one Aldi ingredient in the recipe, and there are three categories for entries: beginner, novice and professional. A final selection will then be invited to produce and display their cakes

in the family zone area in the town’s Crompton Place over the festival weekend. The winning baker will receive a

fantastic range of prizes, supplied by headline sponsor Aldi. Judges for the competition include

TV’s Extreme Cake Makers star Rose Dummer; award winning cake artist Kay Gajra; Aldi Logistics Director Virgil Simpson; and Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh. Cllr Greenhalgh said: “This is a

wonderful competition. I am sure we have some amazing amateur bakers in our town and this is the chance for them to show us how good they are – and get some well-deserved recognition and win some great prizes at the same time. Virgil Simpson, from Aldi, added: “We

are very excited to see what delicious creations the talented amateur bakers of Bolton can come up with, and using

Aldi ingredients will mean the end result is even tastier.” Rose Dummer, better known as

Rosie Cake Diva, said: “The cake competition is such a great way for Boltonians to get involved with the fabulous festival. “I’m really looking forward to seeing

the different ways in which life in Bolton inspires their designs. Talented local baker Kay Gajra

added: “This gives people the chance to be as creative as they can and there are lots of things they can use as inspiration about why they love Bolton. “From celebs, football and amazing

cultures all around, to name a few ideas. “It’s an amazing chance to get all

the family involved and have fun in the summer holidays with your little ones. “I can’t wait to see the final show-


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