Thursday 16 August 2012

Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2012 - More Events!

Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2012
As well as a host of celebrity chefs coming to Bolton, lots of local businesses have also got involved for Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2012. There are a range of deals to be had across the borough leading up to and during the festival. There are some brilliant events, including 1940s themed fish and chips, a Bollywood night, food history, worldwide cuisine and even a corned beef hash competition!

A little bird also told me that there is going to be a new addition to this year's festival in the form of an open air dining area on the South side of Victoria Square, with vendors selling ever-popular street food. It will include:
Ginger’s Comfort Emporium
  • Harvey Nichols’ Gastronomique van selling French cuisine
  • Ginger’s Comfort Emporium selling unique flavoured ice cream
  • Jerk Junction selling traditional Jamaican food
  • Bolton’s Spice Valley selling Indian dishes
  • Macaroon by Alison Seagrave selling delicious cakes
  • The Hungry Gecko, Asian street food by Masterchef 2011 finalist Jackie Kearney

Hungry Gecko

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the Bolton food lovers. For the Bolton Food and Drink Festival, my menu will include salted caramel and peanut butter ice cream, plus my olive oil flavoured ice cream.”

Claire Kelsey of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

“I'm really excited to be taking part in the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year. It's a great opportunity, showcasing some of the best street food in the country, and it's close to home too. My menu includes dishes inspired by street food from India, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.”
Hungry Gecko boss Jackie Kearney

There's also a second food court on Deansgate selling Indian, Hungarian, Polish and Italian cuisine.

The massively popular beer keller is also returning! Other stalls include cakes, artisan bread, home made preserves, hand crafted chocolates, Turkish treats, rustic pies and fudge. I cannot actually wait!

Here's a list of participating venues:

JJ’s Restaurant 
Best of Lancashire Dinner - Thursday 23 August 2012
A four course dinner celebrating the best of Lancashire 
£25 including bottle of wine or 2 pints of Bank Top Flat Cap Bitter. 

339 - 341 Blackburn Road, Egerton, Bolton, BL7 9TH 
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Cost: £25 per head
Tel: 01204 304763 / 07860 567811

Nick's at Chequerbent 
British Classics Menu - Thursday 23 August 2012
Come and enjoy a special festival menu at Nick's at Chequerbent. Dishes include Bury black pudding with smoked mackeral mash, corned beef hash, toad in the hole, lamb cutlets with smashed peas, mint and rosemary and a range of classic British desserts.  Vegetarian options also available.
Prior booking essential. 

465 Manchester Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL3 3JD 
Time: 5pm to 7.30pm
Cost: Two courses - £17.50. Three courses - £21.50
Tel: 01942 819941

T Wright 
Wine and Cheese Pairing Evening - Thursday 23 August
T. Wright is happy to host an evening of wine & cheese tasting within our bespoke tasting room, places are limited so please contact 01204 674140 or email for further information or to reserve a place.

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm 
Cost: £22.50 per person
Tel: 01204 674140

Holiday Inn Bolton Centre
Afternoon Tea - Friday 24 to Friday 31 August 2012
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the four star Holiday Inn Bolton Centre. Consisting of tea or coffee, cucumber sandwich, scone with jam and cream and cake of the day.

1 Higher Bridge Street, Bolton BL1 2EW
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Cost: £7.95 per person
Tel: 01204 879988

1940s Themed Weekend - Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Monday 27 August 2012
Step back into the 1940s at Bolton’s famous Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant.  The restaurant will be dressed in a 1940s style and there will also be live entertainment and singing.  Come along and join in the fun at one of Bolton’s most popular eateries.
Normal Restaurant/Take-away prices to apply.

Restaurant opening times:
Friday 24 August - 8.30am to 7pm
Saturday 25 August - 8.30am to 6.30am
Monday 27 August - 8.30am to 4pm.

Takeaway opening times:
Friday 24 August - 11am to 7pm
Saturday 25 August - 11am to 6.30pm
Monday 27 August - 11am to 4pm

Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant, Great Moor Street, Bolton BL1 1SW
Time: Various
Cost: Various
Tel: 01204 523887

The Kitchen
Turkish Kitchen - Friday 24 August 2012
Authentic vegetarian Turkish food, sweets, music and optional (but enjoyable) Turkish dancing. Four courses for each diner.

The Kitchen on Great Moor Street, Unit 4 Commercial Union House, Great Moor Street, Bolton, BL1 1NH
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Cost: £12.50
Tel: 01204 770881

Bolton Museum and Central Library
Food Glorious Food - Saturday 25 August 2012
‘Food Glorious Food’ - a 'Super Saturday' of activities and crafts exploring the history of food and dining. Activities include a display of food related artefacts, a family friendly Food and Drink trail and a guess the mystery object game.
Bolton Museum and Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BL1 1SE
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free
Tel: 01204 332211

Mecca Bingo
Bolton's Best Potato Hash Competition - Saturday 25 August 2012
Mecca Bingo, located in the town centre, is searching for “Bolton’s Best Potato Hash” on Saturday 25th August 2012.
Simply bring a bowl for our judges to sample from 11am on the day. The winner will be announced at 3:30pm who will receive a cash prize of £150 and awarded a trophy for creating “Bolton’s Best Potato Hash”. So pop in to the club and collect your entry form now! Entrants must be 18 or over.

Mecca Bingo, Moor Lane, Bolton BL3 5DJ
Time: 11am – 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Tel: 01204 388394

Sokrates Greek Taverna
Greek Meze and Live Greek Music Evening - Sunday 26 August 2012
Enjoy a Feast of Flavours with 15 plus dishes served over an hour or so to the middle of the table for people to share in true Greek style. The sound of a traditional bouzouki instrument completes the atmosphere and after the meal you can join in the fun with the Greek dancing.
Sokrates Greek Taverna, 80 - 84 Winter Hey Lane, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7NZ
Time: 7pm – 11:30pm
Cost: £15 per person
Tel: 01204 692100

Spice Valley Bolton
Bollywood Indian Curry Night - Sunday 26th August 2012
Now an established part of the Food and Drink Festival, come and enjoy a traditional Bollywood Indian Curry Night at Spice Valley Bolton.  The evening includes an Indian DJ, traditional Bollywood dancers and Indian buffet.
Spice Valley Bolton, Valley Leisure Park, Bolton, BL1 8TS
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm 
Cost: £20 per person
Tel: 01204 388609

Izabela's at Vanilla Red
A Celebration of European Food and Music - Sunday 26th August 2012
Try a free sample of some more unusual dishes like Pierogi ruskie (Russian Dumplings), Bigos (sauerkraut and sausage stew) Barszcz (Beatroot soup) from Poland and Gulasz (a beef paprika stew) from Hungary.  Come and try the range of dishes then buy your favourite. Price includes a free glass of European lager or a soft drink for each customer. To add to the atmosphere, European music will also be played on the night.
Izabela's at Vanilla Red, 121 Deansgate, Bolton BL1 1HA
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: From £2 - £6
Tel: 01204 394885 

Viva Espana
Festival Paella Night - Sunday 26 August and Monday 27 August 2012
Choose from one of the following 4 paellas;
  • Seafood
  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Mixed 
Special festival price includes a range of starters - bread, mixed olives, salad, serrano ham and a special murcia goats cheese which has been cured in red wine. Prior booking is essential.

Viva Espana, 12 Winter Hey Lane, Horwich, BL6 7AA
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: £12.50 per person
Tel: 01204 438235

Pizza Express Bolton
Family Fun Day - Monday 27 August 2012
Come along and enjoy the range of activities at our 'Family Fun Day'.
  • Face Painting
  • Fun and games for children
  • Dough Flair – come and see our Pizzaiolo's do their stuff to music, and join in too
  • Design a Pizza for Bolton – the winner will be invited back for a meal for 2 and get to make their pizza in the restaurant
  • Kids Pizza making – free when dining with a full paying adult

Pizza Express, 8 - 12 Wood Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 1DY
Time: From 12:00 noon
Cost: Free activities (normal restaurant prices).
Tel: 01204 528776

Bolton Museum and Central Library
Food Glorious Food - Monday 27 August 2012
‘Food Glorious Food’ - Join us for crafts and activities relating to the history of food and dining. We will be displaying some historic dining ware from the collections of Bolton Museum and Smithills Hall.

Bolton Museum and Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BL1 1SE
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: Free
Tel: 01204 332211

To keep up to date with the latest festival news, log on to the website, visit Facebook and search for Bolton Food and Drink Festival or search for #Boltonfoodfest on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. This is just what I've been looking for. When I stayed at hostels in bolton last year, I have experienced this awesome event.


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