Food & Drink

Bolton Food & Drink Festival is making a ‘spectacular return’ to the town next month

The hugely-popular event will see many festival favourites descend on the Greater Manchester town centre August Bank Holiday weekend.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 27th July 2021

The hugely-popular Bolton Food & Drink Festival is finally returning next month after a year of postponement.

After COVID-19 restrictions sadly meant that the annual festival had to move online in 2020, the support of local businesses of all shapes and sizes is helping the North West’s biggest food and drink event to return in person for its 16th year this summer.

They’ll serve up some of the best food and drink the region has to offer.

World-renowned chefs will share their secrets during free cookery demonstrations, and a collection of outdoor bars, live music and street entertainment is set to create the usual festival atmosphere that draws visitors from far and wide.

Over the course of the four-day festival – which is designed to be COVID-secure with a thorough risk assessment in place- families will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities.


Visitors can also relax in the new picnic zone in the nearby Queens Park.

Speaking ahead of the festival’s return next month, Cllr Hilary Fairclough – Cabinet Member with responsibility for markets at Bolton Council – said: “We are hugely grateful to all our sponsors whose backing will help make this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival a memorable weekend for everyone [as] we want to bring more people back into Bolton and create a vibrant town centre.


“Festivals like this are a key part of doing that.

“It’s great to have so many businesses back an event that will give a real boost to the local economy.”

This year’s supporters include supermarket retailer Aldi, the Bolton-founded nation’s favourite baker Warburtons, town centre destination the Market Place Shopping Centre, Bolton’s beloved Carrs Pasties, and newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers FC.

World-renowned chefs will share their secrets during free cookery demonstrations at the popular four-day festival / Credit: Twitter (@BoltonFoodFest)

As well as a number of other COVID-safety restrictions that are set to be put in place, some changes to the usual programme have also been made in order to keep everyone safe, and all stalls and performance areas will be spaced out to help with social distancing.

Sadly, the popular ticketed celebrity chef events in the main marquee will not take place in the way visitors will remember from previous years – but they are to return in 2022.

Bolton Food & Drink Festival 2021 will take place on Friday 27 – Monday 30 August.


StreamGM and The Manc have teamed up show some some serious love and support to the region’s renowned theatres, nightclubs, and live-music venues with the launch of SeeGM – a digital campaign to shine a bright spotlight on many of the amazing events, club nights, gigs and shows in our region.


You can find out more here.



Featured Image – Bolton Council