Bolton Food and Drink Festival attracts record 153,000 visitors

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival attracted large crowds

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival attracted large crowds

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A RECORD 153,227 people flocked to this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival — smashing targets for the number of visitors expected.

The figure is up by more than 18,000 people compared to last year.

From Friday to Monday, Bolton town centre was packed with food fans — visitors attracted by 130 stalls and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, including James Martin, John Torode, Gino D’Acampo and Michael Caines.

Keith Davies, director of development and regeneration at Bolton Council, said: “We set ourselves the target of growing the festival over a 10-year period, which is next year, 2015, to 140,000 visitors.

“The fact we have not only beaten it by so much, but achieved it a year early, is testament to the hard work everyone puts into the festival.

“It also just goes to show the potential for these types of events in helping businesses in the town centre.

“We are really pleased and are already starting to plan for the 10th anniversary Bolton Food and Drink Festival.”

A dedicated children’s zone was set up for the first time in Le Mans Crescent. It saw CBeebies star Katy Ashworth entertain hundreds of families across numerous shows.

Traders travelled from all over the UK to set up stalls at the festival, with cuisines ranging from Chinese to Thai, German to Jamaican.

And visitors came from all over the world, including one from British Columbia.

Jean McMillan had only landed in the UK on Saturday to visit her daughter Sandra Hopkins, in Leigh, but their first trip out on Sunday was to Bolton for the festival.

The 82-year-old said: “The festival was very busy and very nice. The food is amazing and we’ve spent a lot of money.”

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, paid tribute to all the chefs, traders, entertainers, council partners and sponsors who helped to make the festival such a triumph.

He added: “The festival has once again been a massive success. We’ve had some fantastic feedback from festival goers and we’ve pulled international visitors in, as well as from all over the UK.

“When you get celebrity chefs like James Martin saying he doesn’t really know another festival like this, which has grown in this way, then you know you’re doing something right.

“One thing we know for sure that has worked really well this year, which has helped increased visitors, is the new family element to the festival.

"Katy Ashworth, from CBeebie,s has gone down a real treat with young food fans.”

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9:58am Wed 27 Aug 14

LordLeverhulme says...

Seeing as it was an open air event spread over the town centre, how on earth can they come up with the figure of 153,227 visitors ???
Seeing as it was an open air event spread over the town centre, how on earth can they come up with the figure of 153,227 visitors ??? LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 6

10:10am Wed 27 Aug 14

exboard says...

Perhaps they counted the Parking Summons issued and then multiplied the number by a factor. My son received one - for parking on the Sunday.
Perhaps they counted the Parking Summons issued and then multiplied the number by a factor. My son received one - for parking on the Sunday. exboard
  • Score: -9

10:34am Wed 27 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

exboard wrote:
Perhaps they counted the Parking Summons issued and then multiplied the number by a factor. My son received one - for parking on the Sunday.
Sneaky arent they so thats cost him £40 he could have spent enjoying himself, Guess he will think twice about visiting Bolton again.
[quote][p][bold]exboard[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they counted the Parking Summons issued and then multiplied the number by a factor. My son received one - for parking on the Sunday.[/p][/quote]Sneaky arent they so thats cost him £40 he could have spent enjoying himself, Guess he will think twice about visiting Bolton again. Wolfie190
  • Score: -6

11:02am Wed 27 Aug 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

exboard wrote:
Perhaps they counted the Parking Summons issued and then multiplied the number by a factor. My son received one - for parking on the Sunday.
There was free parking in most car parks, Crompton Pl charged £1 for all day, Where did your son pick up a ticket?
[quote][p][bold]exboard[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they counted the Parking Summons issued and then multiplied the number by a factor. My son received one - for parking on the Sunday.[/p][/quote]There was free parking in most car parks, Crompton Pl charged £1 for all day, Where did your son pick up a ticket? Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 7

11:36am Wed 27 Aug 14

exboard says...

Cheadle Square. For the period of the Festival it was designated for disabled only. But they didn't cover up the signs.
Cheadle Square. For the period of the Festival it was [apparently] designated for disabled only. But they didn't cover up the signs. exboard
  • Score: -11

12:36pm Wed 27 Aug 14

heaton watcher says...

A superb event as always. Well done Bolton Council - looking forward to the 10th festival next year.

And give up wingeing about getting parking tickets - the multi-storeys at The Octagon, Topp Way and behind the fire station were all free for the whole duration of the festival. If you park where you shouldn't you deserve all you get!
A superb event as always. Well done Bolton Council - looking forward to the 10th festival next year. And give up wingeing about getting parking tickets - the multi-storeys at The Octagon, Topp Way and behind the fire station were all free for the whole duration of the festival. If you park where you shouldn't you deserve all you get! heaton watcher
  • Score: 16

1:27pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

exboard wrote:
Cheadle Square. For the period of the Festival it was designated for disabled only. But they didn't cover up the signs.
So he got a ticket for parking in a disabled bay. Enough said.
[quote][p][bold]exboard[/bold] wrote: Cheadle Square. For the period of the Festival it was [apparently] designated for disabled only. But they didn't cover up the signs.[/p][/quote]So he got a ticket for parking in a disabled bay. Enough said. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 14

2:03pm Wed 27 Aug 14

LordLeverhulme says...

exboard wrote:
Cheadle Square. For the period of the Festival it was designated for disabled only. But they didn't cover up the signs.
They did though didn't they.
He just didn't look.
[quote][p][bold]exboard[/bold] wrote: Cheadle Square. For the period of the Festival it was [apparently] designated for disabled only. But they didn't cover up the signs.[/p][/quote]They did though didn't they. He just didn't look. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 3

2:41pm Wed 27 Aug 14

pondis says...

Maybe the pigeons counted the people
Maybe the pigeons counted the people pondis
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Wed 27 Aug 14

LordLeverhulme says...

pondis wrote:
Maybe the pigeons counted the people
or maybe the "153,000" visitors included pigeons.
[quote][p][bold]pondis[/bold] wrote: Maybe the pigeons counted the people[/p][/quote]or maybe the "153,000" visitors included pigeons. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: -1
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