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Rochdale Food and Drink Festival

Saturday, 24 March 2018
Time: 10 AM - 10 PM
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival logo.
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

A brand new festival on Saturday, 24 March 2018 in and around Rochdale Town Hall with a tasty line-up:

  • Star chefs cooking live in our indoor Festival Kitchen
  • An outdoor food and drink village with covered seating area
  • Workshops
  • Music and bars
  • Stalls and family entertainment
  • 4-course dinner finale - 'Food Glorious Food - with Andrew Nutter'

Official partners The Flying Horse and The Quirky Catering Company.


Live cookery demonstrations and shows

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

Jean-Christophe Novelli. Jean-Christophe Novelli

French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, who runs his own cookery schools, will be hosting demonstrations in the festival kitchen. As well as a renowned television personality he's a successful restaurateur and author of a wide range of books. Dubbed 'the nation's favourite French chef' Jean Christophe is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and multi Michelin star award winner, voted AA Chef's Chef of the Year and a previous recipient of the coveted Egon Ronay Dessert of the Year Award.






Andrew Nutter. Andrew Nutter

  • 40 minute cookery demonstrations at 10.30am and 1.30pm
  • Cost: £6
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11

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 soon expanded into the 18th century manor house it now occupies in Norden.  He's won multiple awards, including Lancashire Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and 'Rochdale Man of the Year.' 

To bring the festival to a close, Andrew and his team will be preparing a 4-course dinner in the Clock Tower Dining Room from 7.00pm. ‘Food Glorious Food – with Andrew Nutter’ - tap into your inner foodie and relish this rare chance to sample the very best in fine cuisine. Wining and
dining shouldn’t feel this glorious.


Nisha Katona. Nisha Katona

Indian curry chef Nisha Katona will be sharing her quick and easy dishes. The food writer, curry evangelist, teacher and owner of Manchester restaurant Mowgli, gave up her career as a barrister to focus on her passion for Indian food. Her recipes are healthy, often vegan and packed with fresh flavour. She promises authentic Indian dishes in 20 minutes using just 3 spices. Her book – 'Pimp my Rice' was published in 2015 and she appeared at Rochdale Feel Good Festival in 2016. Nisha has also appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, Saturday Kitchen and films for the Food Network as well as tweeting daily recipes to her 28,000 followers.


Children cooking. Little Hens Cookery Class

  • 30 minute shows at 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.15pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Suitable for ages 2 to 6

Pat from Little Hens Early Years Activities in Rochdale presents a cookery class especially for the festival, giving you and your little one/s chance to make a nutritional and tasty hot cross bun from scratch, which you can then take home to cook. There’ll be lots of fun and interaction along the way. This FREE class will promote healthy eating, creativity and food awareness whilst building confidence and encouraging independence.  


Tom McNeeney. Tom McNeeney

Tom McNeeney, Head Chef at family pub The Oxford made his debut at Rochdale Feel Good Festival in 2016 and since then has firmly established himself on the area's culinary scene.

Outdoor Food and Drink Village

There'll be an outside Food and Drink Village, a covered seating area plus live music from local acts.


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