Street Eat food festival returns to Rochdale Town Hall Square

Date published: 01 April 2024

Over 2,000 people flocked to the Street Eat festival last summer and it is set to return to Rochdale Town Hall Square for another serving of food, drink, free entertainment and live music on Saturday 15 June.

Organised by Rochdale Business Improvement District (BID), Street Eat brings together the town’s food and drink establishments, with visitors having their taste buds tickled and thirsts quenched as well as enjoying lots of free live music. Tasty food from local restaurant chefs will be on the menu, with dozens of mouth-watering dishes served up including, Italian, Indian, English, German, American, Greek and more.

There will be free activities and rides for children, bars for the adults and a music stage serving up hours of fun for all ages. BID manager Paul Ambrose who organises the event said Street Eat showcases the vibrant and high-quality food and drink the town has to offer as well as being a great day out: “I’m very pleased to say we are staging this popular event again and that it is returning to its original home on the town hall square which gives us the increased space we need. It’s always a great day, bringing friends and families together, celebrating our town centre eateries and showing what a foodie hotspot the town centre is. We do all we can to make the event as affordable as possible too and entry is free.”

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council’s cabinet member for equity, safety and reform, added: “Rochdale town centre has so much to offer in terms of great food, places to eat and drink, something this Street Eat festival has been very successfully showcasing since 2017. It’s always great to see local traders and independent businesses come together.”

This will be the first time the event has been held on Rochdale Town Hall Square since 2019, having temporarily moved to The Butts during restoration work at Rochdale Town Hall. The full line up of traders is yet to be confirmed but will include include Bombay Brew, Vicolo Del Vino, The Flying Horse, The Baum, Vinseteins, D’Ale House, Bank Top Farm, Tree House Bar and many more.

Ben Boothman, owner of The Flying Horse added: “This is always a very busy day and it’s going to be great to return to the town hall square. With traders serving up smaller and more affordable portions it means you can sample dishes from different venues and experience amazing food on the menu served up here in the town centre. We’re pleased to be working alongside Rochdale BID to celebrate the area’s food and drink offer.”

The Street Eat entertainment and music line-up will be announced in early May.

Admission is free and Street Eat will run from 11am to 7pm.

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