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The annual Bolton Food and Drink Festival once again attracted large crowds on its fourth and last day. Chef James Martin was the star attraction. Picture by Paul Heyes, Monday August 29, 2016.

Tickets on sale for food fest

Tickets for Bolton’s hugely popular Food and Drink Festival will go on sale this Monday, at noon (May 22).

The event takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 25 to 28), and there is sure to be high demand for tickets.

The packed weekend will open on Friday with two Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines, and feature cookery demonstrations from Strictly Come Dancing star Ainsley Harriott, co-presenter of Channel 4 Sunday Brunch Simon Rimmer and festival favourite James Martin.

The event is organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi. Last year, more than 263,000 people attended and the festival won a coveted national award for having the best food market in the country. Read more


Bolton food fest chefs revealed

Take a dash of Ainsley Harriott, a pinch of Simon Rimmer, a sprinkling of James Martin, then stir together with Michael Caines – and what do you have?

The perfect recipe for the Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2017!

This is the amazing line-up of celebrity chefs who will be giving live cookery demonstrations and hosting a series of special events at the festival, which will run from August 25 to 28 this year.

More than 263,000 visitors attended last year’s event, which is organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi and has a reputation as the biggest and best food fest in the north. Read more…