The full programme for the first-ever virtual Bolton Food and Drink Festival has been served up.

Online highlights include a cook-along with acclaimed chef Simon Wood, a special performance from folk band Lancashire Hotpots, wild food foraging with popular chef Andrew Nutter, daily storytelling with Bolton Libraries, and a market place with special offers. 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, council chiefs took the decision to change the popular, award-winning festival (August 28th to 31st) to a virtual format this year.

The event is organised by Bolton Council, and sponsored by Warburtons; Bolton at Home; Bolton School; Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and Stateside Foods.

The four-day extravaganza welcomed 400,000 people last year and was hailed by celebrity chef James Martin as the “biggest and best festival in the country”.

“Our beloved Food and Drink festival can’t happen in the usual manner due to the ongoing pandemic but I am really delighted that the team have come up with some innovative solutions to create a virtual version for us all to enjoy. 

Please take the time to enjoy all that is on offer – and join in over the weekend by sharing your stories on the festival’s social media channels. A big focus this year is supporting our local businesses and creative industries. There are so many brilliant businesses backing the festival, and once again I must say a massive thank you to our sponsors and partners for ensuring we can put on this event.”

(Cllr David Greenhalgh, Leader of Bolton Council)

Catch all the action here, follow @BoltonFoodandDrinkFestival on Facebook or @boltonfoodfest on Twitter or Instagram for the latest updates, post using #boltonfoodfest #boltonvirtually.


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