Saturday, 25 August 2012

Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2012

Bolton Food and Drink Festival is in full flow this starts Friday 24th August and ends on bank holiday Monday 27th August. I popped along on the Saturday to have a nosey and a wander around. I didn't get to see everything on offer (there is SO much going on there!) but what I saw I liked and I was quite impressed with the layout and what was on offer.
There are a huge number of stalls (listed at the bottom of this post) selling food related items, lots of stalls and vans selling amazing street food to eat on site or take home (everything from a cupcake to a pancake to fresh italian pizzas to indian foods...its all here...and most of it cooked fresh in front of you).

There is a beer and cider area, loads of places to sit and relax and eat (undercover and outdoors) and lots of street entertainment and cooking demonstrations to watch (some are free and some are ticketed).

The action centres around Victoria Square in Bolton in the heart of the town centre (outside the town hall) and flows into Deansgate, the main Marketgate shopping centre and the market hall. There really is something for everyone here, if you are a food lover its right up your street browsing the stalls, looking for an unusual lunch over the bank holiday weekend washed down with something amazing, try this for size!
There are some very well known faces appearing over the weekend of the Bolton Food and drink festival...including these two very familiar faces...but more about Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood tomorrow...


Deansgate Street Food Area (Café Nero – Dorothy Perkins)

Zouk Indian foods and snacks
Izabelas Hot cooked foods
Rhumbaba Authentic Jamaican food and sauces including jerk creole, chicken, rice and peas
A Little Taste of Hungary Traditional Hungarian homemade food, beef and chicken goulash, chimney cake, Hungarian sausages, soup and grilled chicken
Dunscar Brewery Locally brewed beers by the bottle
Suzannas Serving up hot food and BBQ
Chaat Cart Indian style street food
Cooked In-Stone Pizza Fresh handmade pizza cooked in a log fired clay oven
The Coffee Carriage Speciality fresh ground coffees, chocolate drinks and tea
John McLaren Ice cream

Deansgate (Dorothy Perkins- M&S)

Bolton Market Wellbeing project- free samples of healthy foods
The Ultimate Fudge Outlet Traditional and specialist handmade fudge
Shirley Roberts Pie Pies, puddings, cakes and bread
Pizza Island Chilli sauces and fry sauces
Cupcakes by Sophia Speciality cupcakes
Derek Priestly – specialist cheeses
Gobbled Up Homemade cupcakes, loaf cakes and full cakes
The Holiday Inn Savoury sausage rolls
Savin Hill Farm Traditional rare breed beef, pork, lamb, mutton, dry cured bacons, sausages and pork pies.
The Kitchen on Great Moor Street – gluten and dairy free cakes
Flint & Flame High quality steel knives
Gourmet Kitchenware High quality kitchen ware
Delicious Sauce Chilli sauces, jellies and infused oils
Route Ginger Gluten free and reduced sugar cakes, tray bakes, pastries, biscuits, preserves and chocolates
Green Choice olives Olives, garlic, feta cheese, Turkish delights, nuts and baklava
The Nook Brew House Bottled real ale
Williams Handbaked Speciality cakes, biscuits and flapjacks
Wellbeing Farm/Whiteside butchers Hand reared meats
John Sault Fudge Homemade Fudge and chocolate truffles
The Little Round Cake Co.
Homemade little round cakes, mini layered cakes, giant meringues, tarts and indulgent brownies.

Oxford Street

Francas Authentic Italian sauces freshly baked pizza’s and garlic bread
Holdens Ice cream & Zest Handmade artisan ice cream and deli
Spinney Kitchen Selection of loose leaf teas and coffee beans
The Tiny Takeaway Selection of specially blended Indian mixed spices to make authentic curries at home.
All you Knead Homemade artisan breads including white, wholemeal, sour dough, rye and other speciality breads.
Mr Vikki’s Indian fusion award-winning pickles, chutneys and chilli sauces
Simply Sencillo Award winning craft somerset cider and flagons gift packs. Cider cake, cheese, jams and chutney
Sue Lee Spring rolls
Occasion Cakes Celebration cakes, novelty biscuits
Old Elephant Fudge Handmade Fudges
MKS Foods Nuts, Turkish Delights, olives, Baklava
Chocolate Magic Handmade artisan chocolates
Fredericks Ice cream The Albert Halls are bringing a selection of Fredericks finest ice creams
Cupcake Creationz Speciality cupcakes
Heritage Kitchen Preserves and chutneys
Retro shots Flavoured vodka shots
Crossmoor Farm Honey…plain and flavoured, flapjacks and candles
Mr Fitzpatricks
Award-winning botanical herbalist. Specialist drinks include dandelion and burdock and sarsaparilla.
The Knife Sharpener Guy Knife sharpening
Be Happy Bakery Gourmet cupcakes, cookies, flapjacks, sweet and savoury muffins and small traditional cakes
The Chilli Jam man Award winning range of chilli jams and oils
Chipstix Cooked potato chips
The Cheshire cheese co. Artisan cheeses including rioja and caramelised onion flavour, sticky toffee pudding and strawberries and cream!
Premium Drinks Alcoholic wines and beers

Victoria Square

Alamyar Green Olives, nuts and baklava
French Flavour Artisan French produce
Purdon’s Cheese Speciality cheeses
Rose Cottage Ltd Speciality pork pies and savouries
The French Corner Ltd Traditional French breads
The Chocolate Café Award-winning handmade chocolates
Gatto Bianco Wine Fine wines
Signature Soaps Handmade specialist soaps- including the natural ‘cooks soap’
Reedys Award-winning chutneys, jams, flavoured oils and vinegars
The Garlic Farm All things garlic… fresh and smoked bulbs, elephant garlic, seeds, chutneys, condiments, oils and seasonings
Bowland pork, Beef & Lamb Hot roast sausage and bacon buns, burgers, fresh pork, beef, lamb, poultry and game
Continental Cottage Ltd Authentic German salami
Dalesbred Finest Meat Home reared beef, pork, lamb, mutton & rose veal
H J Grundy – Fresh fish and seafood
Lancashire Blackpuddings Black puddings, beef puddings, farmhouse pork pies, haggis
Port of Lancashire Smokehouse Smoked fish, meat, cheese, game and poultry

You can read more about the Bolton Food and Drink Festival at Dolly Bakes.


  1. how lovely... what a great weekend of food and a brilliant review!!... a bit far for me to come but I really wish I was there... x

  2. Oh Sue, what a wonderful array of food. I don't think I've ever been to a Food Fest as big as that. And mixing with the stars too!!!! One thing missing though - where's the chocolate?

    1. There are at least two stalls that I saw selling chocolate, and I bought some that was made locally for my mum. x

  3. Looks great, so much food and the sun looks like it was shining too.


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