Here at Market Place HQ, we’re busy getting set for the biggest event in Bolton’s annual calendar – The Bolton Food and Drink Festival – and what a feast we’ve got in store for you!
Whether you’re a bit of a foodie, or just looking for something fun to do with family and friends, this August Bank Holiday weekend, Market Place is hosting a great selection of activity for everyone to enjoy from celebrity demos to belly-laugh inducing entertainment.
The fun starts on Friday!
Kicking of the weekend in style – one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs, Michael Caines is lined up to officially open the festival at 12.30pm down in The Vaults, followed by a public demo at 2pm.
Friday’s entertainment will be served up by the Bread and Butter Dinner Ladies – spreading their healthy eating message with their comedic culinary capers, and The Ski Ban Hot Dinners – serenading shoppers as they enjoy the festivities.
On Saturday 27th August, the Chefs’ Quarter (AKA celeb central!) will play host to some of the finest chefs in the region. With Sean Wilson cooking up some delicious dishes at 11am followed by Robert Owen Brown at 2pm. TV’s wine experts Oz Clark and Kate Goodman will be taking customers through the art of wine tasting at 12 noon and 3pm, plus John Torode will pay a visit to Great Ale at The Vaults at around 4pm to sample some of their most unusual brews.
Throughout the day, ‘The Foodies’ are set to demonstrate their ‘Gastronomie Economie’ – a combination of affordable cuisine and eye-watering flavours for the public to sample, while larger than life ‘Birdie the Tea lady’ entertains all ages with her high kicks, charm and chatter.
The regional chefs taking over the kitchen in the Chefs’ Quarter on Sunday include Great British Bake Off star Luis Troyano at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm and Rosie ‘Cake-Diva’ Dummer – a former Army helicopter pilot-come-professional cake baker at 11am. Jennie McAlpine AKA ‘Fiz’ from ITV’s Coronation Street and Bolton trained chef Michael Harrison are set to take over at 1pm.
‘Birdie the Tea Lady’ returns to entertain the crowds with her tea-trolley dance routine and The Cake Ladies make a debut appearance to serve up a feast of charm and confectionary.
Bank holiday Monday’s entertainment will be dished up by Reckless Invention – performing to a timeless soundtrack, they evoke the comedy genius of Morecambe and Wise combined with a hilarious homage to classic boybands. Joining them will be Swank – a pair of old school bouffant cinema usherettes in search of the next big Hollywood superstar.
In The Vaults we’ll have another cracking line up of regional chefs waiting to demonstrate their skills for the final day of the event. At 10am, Chocolatier – Jess from ‘In Truffle We Trust’ takes over the kitchen, followed by Andrew Nutter, of ‘Nutters’ near Rochdale at 11am and 2pm, Jon Jones from the Farmers Arms here in Bolton at 12 noon, and Aiden Byrne from the critically acclaimed ‘Manchester House’ at 1pm and 3pm.