Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and celebrity chefs Aldo Zilli and Ed Baines were out and about in Preston on Saturday night, sitting down for meals with groups who had gone out for a bite to eat.
Kym, Aldo and Ed sampled the food at 12 different restaurants, discovering the best that the city has to offer, while enjoying a drink and some conversation with the locals.
The Dine with the Stars event was organised by Preston City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) and formed the focal point for the month-long Love Food Love Preston campaign, alongside the Lancashire Market which took place in Friargate earlier in the day.
And each of the stars said they had a great time trying a variety of different foods and meeting lots of different people.
Kym rose to fame through ITV talent show PopStars and became a member of the band Hear’Say before joining the cast of Coronation Street.
And having visited Turtle Bay, Olive Tree Brasserie, EastzEast and Duk-Pond, she said: “It is just a good thing to highlight local restaurants and local businesses in general. It was a good thing for me to do. Obviously Preston is not a million miles from my home in Wigan so it was just something I wanted to get involved with.
“Plus, we got to eat lots of nice food at lots of different restaurants.”
Aldo, who visited Mundo Tapas, Tino’s, Olive Press and Pizza Express, said: “Doing things like this brings people out, brings people together and we really enjoyed it.”
And Ed, who is best known as a judge on Britain’s Best Dish, visited Tiggis, Fusion Room, Angelo’s and Face.
He said: “I wanted to get involved in this because I love the opportunity of meeting members of the public and especially this opportunity of being able to sit down with them to eat and drink.
“I always get something off the back of that. You are able to meet people, sit down and check out the restaurants.”
The Love Food Love Preston campaign has been running throughout August in an effort to shine a light on what the city has to offer in terms of restaurants, eateries and food.
Participating eateries have come up with special £10 and £15 meal offers which have been advertised via a dedicated website at www.lovefoodlovepreston.co.uk and will continue until the end of this month.
Andrea Mellon, of Duk-Pond in Cross Street, said: “It was so exciting to have Kym Marsh in my restaurant.
“It was fantastic for the customers and also Preston BID and all the people in the city centre.”
Earlier, thousands flocked to Preston city centre for the increasingly popular Lancashire Market.
Friargate was transformed into a sea of market stalls with traders from across the county selling a variety of food, drinks and other produce. Local produce such as pies, cheeses and sausages were on sale alongside exotic foods from across the globe including ostrich burgers and paella.