Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2011 26th-29th August
18th August 2011
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This year Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with more venues, more chefs and much more to see and do.

With events taking place over the weekend of Friday 26th to Monday 29th August, the organisers, Bolton Council are putting on a range of paid for demonstrations from celebrity chefs as well as a number of high profile chefs who can be watched for free.

Some of the big names who will be attending the event are TV favourites James Martin, Gino D’Acampo and The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers. The celebrities will be appearing on different days in the specially erected marquee ‘Demo Kitchen’ in Victoria Square, while other great names of the culinary world will demonstrate their skills in The Market Place Shopping Centre and Bolton Market on Ashburner Street.

The festival, now in it’s sixth year attracted an estimated 75,000 people in 2010 and provides a great opportunity for local traders to showcase what Bolton has to offer. 

Great examples of a local businesses taking advantage of the event:

The Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant on Great Moor Street, who are holding a 1940’s War Weekend during the festival, inviting customers to join them in dressing in period costume and enjoying entertainment from “The Entertainers” from Farnworth Performing Arts, so why not go along and enjoy the fun.

Bolton Hospice Charity night at Cinnamon Restaurant, Sunday 28 August 6pm-11pm. 4 Course dinner, live entertainment and guest DJ, 50% of proceeds go to the Hospice. £20 per person advanced booking only 01204 388434 or 07725 595514

The Last Drop Village Holtel, Bromley Cross hosting a Lancashire Pie and Peas Supper in The Drop Inn 7-9.30pm Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August £10 per person. Call 01024 873500 or book on line at

Spice Valley Bolton at the Valley Leisure Park, hosting a Bollywood Indian Curry Night, Sunday 28th August 7pm for 7.30pm – Indian DJ, Bollywood dancers and buffet £19.50 per person. Call 01204 388609 

THE Chinese Buffet, Higher Bridge Street is always a fantastic place to enjoy great Chinese food in delightful surroundings, less than 5 minutes walk from Victoria Square.

Many more venues around Bolton are holding events, look out for details.


Chefs to look out for and where:

Festival Marquee, Victoria Square

Friday 12.30pm Michael canes, 2 Michelin Star Chef will open this year’s Festival with a free demonstration, followed by another at 2pm.

Saturday 11am, 1pm and 3pm, The Hairy Bikers – Sold Out!

Sunday 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Gino D’Acampo – Tickets £5

Monday  11am, 1pm and 3pm, James Martin  – Tickets £5

Tickets call 01204 334400 of book on line at


Market Place Shopping Centre

Saturday 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Stacie Stewart Masterchef 2010  Semi finalist – Free

Saturday Noon, Paul Morris, The Chocolate Cafe Cookery demo – Free

Sunday 11am, 1pm and 3pm Anjali Pathak cookery demo – Free

Monday  11am, 1pm and 3pm John Benson-Smith Cookery demo – Free

Monday Noon, James Berry Cookery demo - Free

Monday 2pm, Eddie Shepherd, Greens Cookery demo – Free


Bolton Market, Ashburner Street

Friday & Saturday Noon, Aazam Ahmad BBC Fusion Chef - Cookery demos – Free


This is a weekend filled with great family entertainment and Bolton invites everyone to come along and enjoy the fun.

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