A huge thank you to our partners

Our food and drink festival wouldn’t be what it is without the support of valued sponsors and partners.

Bolton at Home is a social housing provider, charitable community benefit society and proud sponsor of Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

We work to make our tenants and residents lives better through quality affordable homes, opportunities to prosper, and help to save and gain money.

We support the festival because it showcases Bolton’s vibrancy, encourages people to try new things and strengthens community spirit.

All year-round, it’s crucial that we support and partner with a range of local charities and voluntary organisations who are working hard with dedication, skill and experience to address issues affecting communities in and around Bolton. These include homelessness.

According to government figures, almost 100,000 households in England were homeless at the beginning of the year. And there were 7,060 more households living in temporary accommodation at the beginning of 2021 compared to the end of 2019.

We recognise homeless is a major issue nationally, regionally and locally. It’s why we’re a guardian and supporter of Backup, formerly known as Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme.

We’ve donated our festival stall area to our Backup colleagues for their coffee van to raise funds for their housing and support services for homeless young people in Bolton. Please support them if you can.

Through their passionate staff, the team provides a safe and stable place for young people to develop their confidence and life skills enabling independence.

We’re proud to work with Backup to ensure people can positively move-on and into permanent accommodation.

We’re Carrs Pasties, a third generation family business and we have been baking  pasties for the people of Bolton since 1938. We focus on quality and use the best, locally sourced ingredients.

 We’ve got three shops in the town, our Original Shop on Halliwell Road, our Bakery Shop on Manchester Road, and our Market Place Shop at the Market Place Shopping Centre but we have plenty of trade customers who sell our pasties across the north west too.

We also offer a local delivery service, Click & Collect service and a nationwide delivery service. So whenever you need us, we’re always there. The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is our favourite weekend of the year and we are proud to be a part of it once again.

We are CityFibre, the third largest national digital infrastructure builder in the UK, installing Full Fibre broadband in towns and cities across the country including Bolton. We believe the full version is always better. That’s why we’re building a new Full Fibre network in your area, giving you access to the best internet from a choice of broadband providers. For updates on our build and to register your interest, go to:

Delivering quality, unique and highly creative signage, display, point of sale and campaign products, Impression makes an impact for our UK-wide clients. Working alongside clients including well-known retailers, businesses, local authorities and education providers, our end-to-end design, print and installation services attract attention, increasing footfall, sales and brand awareness.   

From consultancy that develops creative concepts, to professional design, manufacture at our Bolton workshop and installation nationwide, our work – including bespoke interiors, internal and external signage, unique props and complete campaign rollouts – engages, inspires and excites audiences.

New for 2021, our Impression eco range comprises 100% sustainable, carbon-neutral and PVC-free materials, supporting clients’ environmentally-aware brand values.

Based in Bolton and proud to be part of the Bolton Family, Impression’s signage, outreach signage, unique props and print can be seen throughout the Festival and we’re excited to see the return of the event for 2021!


Market Place Bolton is delighted to be sponsoring the Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

The Centre has its roots back in 1855 when the original building was created to accommodate the Bolton Market.

The scheme has now been converted to a contemporary venue hosting many national brands alongside independent traders, an emporium where specialist retailers are located and the restaurant sector in the Vaults.

Alongside these retail and catering unites there is the Light multi-screen cinema and Amazonia, a family leisure and indoor golf facility.

With easy parking in the multi-storey car park, protection from the weather and toilet facilities, Market Place is the perfect place to start a trip to Bolton.


Market Place is particularly happy to be host the chef demonstrations for this year’s festival and you can enjoy watching these live on our big screen.

Our own restaurants will be participating in the event and include familiar names like Nandos, Greggs, Carrs, Costa and Prezzo alongside independents such as Fazz’s Indian Kitchen, Klubb & Co., Basic Kneads and newcomers the Oxygen Bar and Bandido’s Tulum.

Come and see us during the Food and Drink festival – from an ice cream at Hotel Chocolat to a Smoothie at Fru-Go we have something to suit every taste!

Alongside the shopping and eating we have teamed up with Rock It to provide a programme of music on the ‘Patio’ alongside the Centre where you will also find the Definitely Maybe mobile bar, fresh pizza and a comfortable outdoor seating area.


Did you know that 70% of all food waste in the UK comes from our homes? Recycle for Greater Manchester want to help you make the most of your food by reducing and recycling your food waste. 

Find out more about how to reduce your food waste and what happens to your food waste when you recycle it by visiting Recycle for Greater Manchester’s stall. 

Follow their tips for ‘Buy, Keep, Eat, Repeat’, to help you plan meals, store your food right, use up leftovers and recycle food in your caddy or food and garden bin!

At the University of Bolton, we are proud to offer our students a positive, supportive and friendly learning environment. Bolton is a welcoming, diverse University, reflected in our vibrant student population.


The University’s Teaching Intensive, Research Informed strategy is the foundation for the institution’s success; focuses on improving the quality of teaching, as well as the student experience. The proof this approach is working is that the University of Bolton has been voted No.1 for Teaching Quality for the past two years in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, and No.1 for Student Satisfaction for the past four years in the Complete University Guide in the North West.

In July 2021, the University of Bolton was named number one in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS).

The NSS results placed the University of Bolton top in the region in seven of the nine categories:

*   Teaching on my course

*   Learning Opportunities

*   Assessment and Feedback

*   Academic Support

*   Learning Community

*   Student Voice

*   Students’ Union

Inclusivity and wellbeing also an important part of the mix in terms of student experience; the University is number two in The Times’ inclusivity league.

We work with the students, to help them achieve their career ambitions. Our fantastic facilities at our town centre campus, enhances their study experience.