Amazing burgers, the best bangers and award winning cheese – Bolton’s got it goin’ on

Now in its eleventh year, if you haven’t been to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival yet you’re over a decade late for one of the biggest food fests in the North.

But not to worry – make 2016 the year that you head to the bumper foodie fest, which is pulling out the stops and packing the town centre with over 180 food traders over the the four-day food extravaganza.


Not only are there world-famous celeb chefs, there’s also food heroes from the local community – selling, cooking and demo-ig to create a flavourful and multi-faceted event.

With so many events taking place over the weekend from August 26-29, we’ve picked out five of the most appetising to get your juices flowing.

There’ll be more than 180 food, drink and craft traders


Step into the market place for a changing line-up of some of the best food traders in the area. We’re most looking forward to Porcus Sausages – the sausage co who’ve just been awarded the prestigious title of Britain’s best sausages in The Great British Food Awards 2016.

Another highlight is the filthy burger slingers Almost Famous, who will be rocking up in the infamous Wondertruck for the entire four-day period.

You can have Sunday brunch with Nadiya Hussain


Come on, who didn’t cry during *that* British Bake Off final episode? Now, you can join the super-star baker Nadiya Hussain for a family Sunday brunch, where she’ll be cooking some of her favourite recipes and reading excerpts from her brand new children’s book ‘Bake me a Story’.

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You can learn how to cook like James Martin, Michael Caines and John Torode


We’ve all been in awe of his calm, collected cooking style on Saturday Kitchen – and James Martin be just one of four celeb chefs who will be showing you the ropes of professional cooking in the live cookery demos.

Have a glass of wine with John Torode


The Aussie Masterchef ledge will be all up in Bolton’s grill on Saturday, enlightening onlookers to the art of the fermented grape. John will be joined by wine experts Kate Goodman and Oz Clarke – and together they’ll be leading a fun and informative wine masterclass.

Saturday August 27 / with John Torode, Kate Goodman and Oz Clarke, £20 pp

There’s SEVEN different children’s zones to keep the kids entertained


Science is the theme of these kids’ areas, all of which have interactive and fun events suitable for little people aged 2 to 14. Choose from the kitchen chemistry zone, where children can discover the magic of chemical reactions, or the Mad Lab Photo Booth Zone, where kids can dress up like mad scientists for their very own photoshoot.

A ‘Mad Science’ passport is required to take part in zone activities – these can be bought for £2.50 from the Octagon Theatre Box Office.