130,000 visitors expected at Bolton Food and Drink Festival this weekend - here's your guide to everything that's happening

The main Bolton Food and Drink Festival marquee takes shape in Victoria Square

The main Bolton Food and Drink Festival marquee takes shape in Victoria Square

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

FOODIES get ready — Bolton Food and Drink Festival is just around the corner.

About 130,000 people are expected to come to Bolton this weekend to enjoy the event, now in its ninth year.

Shoppers in Victoria Square yesterday got a taste of what is in store this bank holiday weekend, as workmen set about assembling the main festival marquee.

The tent will be one of the hubs of activities from this Friday, on top of more than 100 food stalls set to line the town centre streets and in Bolton Market throughout the festival.

Celebrity chef Michael Caines will kickstart the event in the festival marquee on Friday, with a free demonstration of classic dishes.

He is one of dozens of food connoisseurs to attend this year’s festival over four days, with other famous faces including James Martin, Michael Caines, Debbie Hall Evans and Gino D’Acampo.

Street entertain-ment, live music and family-friendly activities in Crompton Place shopping centre will also be on offer over the four days.

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said there was something for everyone at this year’s food and drink extravaganza.

He added: “It’s all systems go for our much-loved food and drink festival. We’ve got a busy week ahead of us with preparations already under way.

“A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to get ready for the festival to make it a success. We’ve got a great mix of events for all the family.

“There are also still a few tickets left for the celebrity chefs, so I’d urge people to snap them up while they can.”

Also on the cards is a star-studded gala dinner, with seven courses prepared by top chefs, which will take place on Friday at the Holiday Inn in Higher Bridge Street. There are still tickets available for £55 per person.

For more information about this event, celebrity chef demonstrations and more, visit boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Tickets are still available to watch celebrity chefs in Victoria Square from boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com

  • Saturday — Gino D’Acampo (11am, 1pm and 3pm);
  • Sunday — John Torode (11am, 1pm and 3pm);
  • Monday — James Martin (11am, 1pm and 3pm).

All the tickets to see CBBC star Katie Ashworth, who is appearing every day at the festival, have been snapped up.

Free demonstrations

Friday: Lifestyle Hall, Bolton Market: 

  • 11am — Aazam Ahmad, BBC Fusion Chef;
  • 2pm — Friends of Fun Food (Urban Outreach).

Friday: Marquee on Corporation Street:

  • 11am — Cookery competition
  • 2.30pm — Michael Caines

Friday: Main Festival Marquee on Victoria Square:

  • 1pm — Michael Caines;
  • 2.30pm — Aazam Ahmad, BBC Fusion Chef;
  • 3.30pm — Debbie Halls Evans.

Saturday: Lifestyle Hall, Bolton Market:

  • 10am — Sean Wilson;
  • Noon — Friends of Fun Food (Urban Outreach);
  • 2pm — Sean Wilson

Saturday: Marquee on Corporation Street:

  • 10am — Carol Brown (chocolate masterclass);
  • 11am — Cocktails;
  • Noon — Sean Wilson;
  • 1pm — Michelle Gillott (chocolate masterclass);
  • 2pm — Carol Brown (chocolate masterclass);
  • 3pm — Jackie Kearney;
  • 4pm — Justine Forrest.

Sunday: Marquee on Corporation Street:

  • 11am — Phil Bianchi — Gift of Oil master class;
  • Noon — To be confirmed;
  • 1pm — John Wilkinson and Tom Gardner;
  • 2pm — Aiden Byrne;
  • 3pm — John Wilkinson and Tom Gardner.

Monday: Marquee on Corporation Street:

  • 10am — Andrew Nutter;
  • 11am — Jon Jones (Farmers’ Arms);
  • Noon — Andrew Nutter;
  • 1pm — Ernyst van Zyl (Lord Clyde country pub, 
  • Cheshire);
  • 2pm — Andrew Nutter;
  • 3pm — Alain Job (owner of Nkono from Bolton Market).

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12:52pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said there was something for everyone at this year’s food and drink extravaganza.

He added: “It’s all systems go for our much-loved food and drink festival. We’ve got a busy week ahead of us with preparations already under way.

I might have known chubby would have a great deal of enthusiasm for the food and drink festival. Our very own Fred Elliott. I say, Cliff, I say.
Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said there was something for everyone at this year’s food and drink extravaganza. He added: “It’s all systems go for our much-loved food and drink festival. We’ve got a busy week ahead of us with preparations already under way. I might have known chubby would have a great deal of enthusiasm for the food and drink festival. Our very own Fred Elliott. I say, Cliff, I say. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: -27

4:29pm Tue 19 Aug 14

templejohn says...

Are these the same *thousands* of people that appear each year at

whatever event is happening,, it must be the same reporter, that

covers, Horwich carnival, Clown......
Are these the same *thousands* of people that appear each year at whatever event is happening,, it must be the same reporter, that covers, Horwich carnival, Clown...... templejohn
  • Score: 7

5:00pm Tue 19 Aug 14

underwater says...

Djorkaeff's right peg wrote:
Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said there was something for everyone at this year’s food and drink extravaganza.

He added: “It’s all systems go for our much-loved food and drink festival. We’ve got a busy week ahead of us with preparations already under way.

I might have known chubby would have a great deal of enthusiasm for the food and drink festival. Our very own Fred Elliott. I say, Cliff, I say.
Hope he is going to pay for any tickets he might need!.
[quote][p][bold]Djorkaeff's right peg[/bold] wrote: Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said there was something for everyone at this year’s food and drink extravaganza. He added: “It’s all systems go for our much-loved food and drink festival. We’ve got a busy week ahead of us with preparations already under way. I might have known chubby would have a great deal of enthusiasm for the food and drink festival. Our very own Fred Elliott. I say, Cliff, I say.[/p][/quote]Hope he is going to pay for any tickets he might need!. underwater
  • Score: 6

7:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

Is that right....£55 a ticket????
Is that right....£55 a ticket???? manchester1
  • Score: 0

7:50pm Tue 19 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

manchester1 wrote:
Is that right....£55 a ticket????
Opps just re read the article ...its for a "Gala Dinner"
[quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: Is that right....£55 a ticket????[/p][/quote]Opps just re read the article ...its for a "Gala Dinner" manchester1
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Tue 19 Aug 14

piszoff says...

£55.00 expenses or own pocket?
£55.00 expenses or own pocket? piszoff
  • Score: 2

10:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

Any delicious kosher stalls at the festival?
Any delicious kosher stalls at the festival? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 1

10:13am Wed 20 Aug 14

655321 says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
Any delicious kosher stalls at the festival?
If there are I reckon they'll get trashed!!
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Any delicious kosher stalls at the festival?[/p][/quote]If there are I reckon they'll get trashed!! 655321
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Wed 20 Aug 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

Its a waste of time people only turn up to see what they can get for free
Its a waste of time people only turn up to see what they can get for free johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 0

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