The leader of Bolton Council has expressed his delight at the return of the popular food and drink festival this year.

Bolton's coveted food and drink festival will be returning from August 27 to 30 after having to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic last year.

Over 400,000 visitors enjoyed the last live festival in 2019, and the annual event has received numerous awards from the National Association of British Market Authorities.

The festival will look a little different this year with Covid safety precautions in place and the ticketed celebrity chef events in the main marquee not returning until 2022.

The Bolton News: A past Bolton Food and Drink festival in Le Mans CrescentA past Bolton Food and Drink festival in Le Mans Crescent

Cllr David Greenhalgh, council leader, said: "I am delighted that Bolton Food and Drink Festival will return to the town centre this year.

“There are plenty of reasons this festival is considered one of the best of the country and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the North West and beyond.

“After a challenging 18 months, we can be positive about the future and I urge everyone to support the festival and back local businesses.

“A great deal of work is going into making sure this event is safe so we can all enjoy the food, music and entertainment in complete confidence."

The Bolton News: Bolton Council leader, David GreenhalghBolton Council leader, David Greenhalgh

Ruth Doyle, Regional Managing Director at Aldi added: “This will be our 6th year supporting the Bolton Food and Drink Festival and we are really proud to be the headline sponsor once again.

“Our local team will be at the festival giving people the chance to try a selection of our award-winning products, so we’d encourage everyone to come over, say hello and see what tasty treats we’ve got to offer.

“We also look forward to celebrating lots of local businesses throughout the weekend.”

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