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Rochdale Food and Drink Festival 2019

16 March 2019

Saturday 16 March 2019
10am - 8pm

Rochdale Town Hall
The Esplanade
OL16 1AB


The region’s foodies are in for another treat at Rochdale Food & Drink Festival, which is being staged on Saturday 16 March in and around Rochdale Town Hall.

Six chefs will be cooking live during the event, staged in partnership with Premier Kia, with eight 40-minute demos scheduled packed with tips, techniques and the opportunity to ask questions as well as meet the hosts.

Popular TV chef Dean Edwards and local star foodie Andrew Nutter will be among the chefs cooking, alongside BBC Fusion chef and Rochdale favourite Aazam Ahmad, as well as a trio of local talent – Austin Hopley from The Baum, Adolfus Lewis from The Hare on the Hill in Littleborough and Noo Meenan from Thai food experts Issan Friends.

  • 11:15am Andrew Nutter he’s had an amazing career since coming runner-up in the National Junior Cook of the Year competition aged just 13-years-old.
  • 1:15pm and 5:15pm Ever popular Aazam Ahmad will be making his tenth appearance in Rochdale.
  • 4:15pm Austin Hopley from The Baum, cooking alongside Adolfus Lewis, chef at the new Hare on the Hill gastro pub in Littleborough. The duo will be making their festival debut.
  • 11.30am and 1.30pm on the Family Stage Mr Bloom from CBeebies with 30-minute shows featuring veggie stories, gardening games and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and their parents!  
  • 12:15pm and 2:30pm Shake, Rattle and Roll workshops, children will get chance to explore instruments, create sounds, sing songs, dance, move, socialise and make a big noise!
  • For older children, the Mad Science team will be hosting spectacular free workshops in their pop-up tent, featuring amazing food related science experiments and a lot of fun.

The festival kitchen, sponsored by local business Quirky Catering, will be located inside the grade one listed town hall along with plenty of stalls and free things to do. There’ll be an outside food and drink village, a series of free themed demonstrations including cocktail making and artisan chocolate making, plus live music from local acts.

If you don’t manage to grab a ticket for one of the chef demonstrations there’ll be a free seating area in the Clock Tower Dining Room to watch on big screens and soak up the festival atmosphere!

To book cookery workshop and Mr Bloom tickets and find out more visit the link below.

Entry fee: Free entry and some free activities, book for cookery workshops

Contact: Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
01706 924773

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