Foodies rejoice! Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood set to cook up a storm at Bolton Food and Drink Festival

By Katja Stein

If you’re searching for a sumptuous feast or to perfect your culinary skills then head to Bolton this weekend for this year’s eagerly-anticipated Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

Playing host to a multitude of celebrity chefs, Bolton foodies will also get the chance to chat to local food traders, enjoy live music performances, cooking demonstrations and family entertainment.

Great British Bake Off’s beloved judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are back in Bolton for a second year for three live cookery demonstrations.

Lucky ticket holders will witness the flair and expertise of this pair in the unique sessions this Saturday.

The festival is also host to double Michelin star chef Michael Caines, who will be at the festival sharing his culinary flair with two free special demos at the festival launch today.

Caines is also an Operational Partner and Director of the Abode Hotels and Michael Caines Restaurants, one of which is in Manchester.

Friday will also see Manchester born and bred BBC fusion chef of the year Aazam Ahmad giving two free demos, as well as many more chef demos from the North West across the festival weekend.

This year the specialty market will be bigger than ever with more than 80 stalls set up throughout the town centre on Victoria Square, Oxford Street and Deansgate, with a great range of local and regional producers and stallholders.

And don’t forget to check out the exciting new addition of the arts and crafts stalls on Newport Street.

Look out for some live street performances from Bourbon Street Roof Raisers, Ski Band and Dolly Birds as well as some local talent from Hot Potato Syncapators, Sid Bowfin and Shandy South Funky Mime Show.

The festival is also child-friendly with a new family zone in Crompton Place Shopping Centre giving mini chefs the opportunity to try out biscuit decoration and enjoy fun activities with the children’s entertainers.

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival starts today and will take place until Bank Holiday Monday.

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