Food lovers flock to Bolton for festival

Posted on Tuesday 30th August 2016

Around a quarter of a million food lovers flocked to Bolton for the town’s biggest and best food and drink festival yet.

Visitors travelled from as far afield as France and came from all across the UK to sample food and drink from 180 traders.

In the midst of the culinary celebration was the University of Bolton with a full menu of educational treats.

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival, organised by Bolton Council, featured demonstrations by top chefs.


Chef James Martin visits the University of Bolton's stand.

As a main sponsor the University of Bolton had six stands promoting its courses.

Vice Chancellor, Professor George E Holmes DL said: ‘As a principal sponsor of the festival, we are delighted that this year's event has been such an amazing success.

‘Events such as this provide a perfect opportunity to celebrate what makes us, as a town, so special.

‘The Food and Drink Festival showcases the best of Bolton, and Greater Manchester as a whole, with a fantastic choice of food and entertainment for all.’


The University of Bolton's racing drivers Kelvin Fletcher and Anna Walewska.

The festival was launched on Friday by Michelin starred chef Michael Caines MBE and featured appearances over the weekend from Bake Off queen Nadiya Hussain, Masterchef presenter John Torode and Saturday Kitchen host James Martin.

Visitors were able to sit in the sun on the bank holiday and enjoy the various open air bars and, throughout the weekend, 60 live music acts kept the crowds entertained on the Old Pulteney sponsored music stages.

There was also lots to keep the children occupied, as The Octagon Theatre was transformed into the seaside, complete with a sandy beach and paddling pool and a Mad Science zone in Le Mans Crescent enthralled youngsters with crazy chemistry shows.