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Rochdale Food and Drink Festival

Saturday, 4 April 2020
Time: 11 AM - 8 PM
Logo of the Rochdale Food and Drinks festival.
Venue: Rochdale Town Hall
Address: The Esplanade, ​​Rochdale
Postcode: OL16 1AB
Price: FREE entry and some FREE activities. Charges apply to demonstrations and shows.
Suitable for: Families, Adults, Teenagers, Children
Facilities: Parking, Wheelchair accessible, Refreshments, Toilets
Event organised by: Rochdale Borough Council

Rochdale's celebration of all things food and drink is back on Saturday, 4 April 2020. We'll update this page when we have the details of the festival line up for 2020. In the meantime, on this page, you can view the line-up we had for the 2019 event.

Rochdale's celebration of all things food and drink took place on Saturday, 16 March 2019 in partnership with Premier Kia.

  • Star chefs cooking live in our indoor Festival Kitchen - sponsored by Quirky Catering
  • Outdoor food and drink village with covered seating area and Victorian carousel ride
  • Workshops
  • Children's entertainment on our indoor Family Stage
  • Food stalls
  • Live music and bars

Live cookery demonstrations and shows

The Festival Kitchen and Family Stage will be located inside the grade 1 listed town hall along with plenty of stalls and things to do.

Dean Edwards

  • 40 minute cookery demonstrations at 12.15pm and 3.15pm
  • Cost: £9.00
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
  • If you don't have a ticket, you can watch FREE on screens in the Clock Tower Dining Room

A finalist on the BBC's 'MasterChef' back in 2006 Dean is a familiar face on television. His family friendly cooking style made him a firm favourite on ITV's 'Lorraine.'  He's also the author of three cookbooks  - 'Mincespiration', 'Feel-Good Family Food' and his latest, 'Cook Slow' which features stress free recipes for slow cookers and conventional ovens. On his @deanedwardschef Twitter and Instagram social platforms he regularly shares family friendly recipes to his 39,000 followers.

Masterchef finalist Dean Edwards.

Mr Bloom from CBeebies

  • 30 minute shows at:
    • 11.30am SOLD OUT
    • 1.30pm SOLD OUT
    • 3.30pm
  • Cost: £4 and £5
  • Suitable for ages 1 to 6

Mr Bloom from television channel.

Aazam Ahmad

  • 40 minute cookery demonstrations at:
    • 1.15pm SOLD OUT
    • 5.15pm
  • Cost: £6
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
  • If you don't have a ticket, you can watch FREE on screens in the Clock Tower Dining Room

BBC Fusion chef Aazam Ahmad will be making his 10th appearance in Rochdale, after previously cooking on the food stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival from 2008 until 2016. He’s appeared on television and radio and is a favourite at top food festivals across the world, including the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham in the UK. Born and bred in Manchester, he has a passion for English and Asian cooking. For his 5.15pm demonstration, he'll be joined by special guest Noo Meenan, from Thai food experts Issan Friends.

Aazam Ahmad. Noo Meenan.

Andrew Nutter

  • 40 minute cookery demonstrations at:
    • 11.15am
    • 2.15pm SOLD OUT
  • Cost: £6
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
  • If you don't have a ticket, you can watch FREE on screens in the Clock Tower Dining Room

This local star chef Andrew Nutter has had an amazing career since coming runner-up in the National Junior Cook of the Year competition aged just 13-years-old. 7 years later he launched 'Nutters' Restaurant, which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year. He's won multiple awards, including Lancashire Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and 'Rochdale Man of the Year.' In 2016 Andrew opened gastropub 'The Bird At Birtle.'

Local star chef Andrew Nutter.

Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis

  • At 4.15pm for a 40 minute cookery demonstration
  • Cost: £5
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
  • If you don't have a ticket, you can watch FREE on screens in the Clock Tower Dining Room

Local chefs Austin Hopley from award winning pub The Baum and Adolfus Lewis from The Hare on the Hill - a new craft, cask ale and gastro pub in Littleborough together in the festival kitchen for the first time.

Austin has had a passion for cooking since he was just 13, and he’s been working in kitchens ever since, including a spell at a prestigious hotel in the United States. Adolfus Lewis had 26 years’ experience as a chef before joining the team at the Hare on the Hill in Littleborough. This included a spell working in Barbados – and Adolfus is promising the demonstration will have a Caribbean feel, with a jerk chicken already on the menu.

Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis.


Find us

Official partner

Premier Kia Rochdale
Premier Kia Rochdale's logo.

Festival kitchen sponsor

Quirky Catering
The Quirky Catering company's logo.

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