It’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend – four days of celebrations that bring thousands of visitors to our town. Voted the best Food Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities, the festival attracted over 263,000 visitors last year. This is the 12th festival and it promises to be even more entertaining, with a bank holiday weekend of food, drink, family entertainment and live music all packed into 4 days.

This year the University of Bolton are again principal sponsor, with a large marquee in Victoria Square and stands showcasing a taste of what the University brings to Bolton. This central location will be a great opportunity to promote our institution and courses, putting us firmly at the centre of all the action.

Award-winning chef Michael Caines MBE is launching the festival on Friday 25th August and later attending the gala dinner set in the main Celebrity Chef marquee on Victoria Square. Saturday brings a wealth of free regional chef demonstrations, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with a lively interactive Alice in Wonderland musical from the Octagon Theatre, and a Pastie and Beer tasting with local firm Carr’s Pasties creating a special festival pastie.

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriet makes his debut at the Festival on Sunday with a flamboyant demonstration and top cooking tips. There’s also Afternoon Tea and Wine Tasting available alongside live music and entertainment which this year extends to Le Mans Crescent. Monday sees a new special event for this year’s festival with two popular regional chefs Aiden Byrne and Andrew Nutter going head to head in a cook-off showdown to see who can create the best recipe with a box of ingredients from headline sponsor Aldi.

A key part of the University’s strategic vision is to build on our already major contribution to the economic development of the town and to play an active role in the Bolton community. Events such as the Food and Drink festival offer us a perfect opportunity to celebrate what makes us, as a town, so special. If you’re in town at the Bank Holiday weekend event, do drop in to the marquee to support your colleagues and the local community.

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