Fine food and drink are in the works this Saturday as Rochdale Food and Drink Festival rolls into town with a huge mosaic of stalls, live cooking demos, star chefs, workshops, family entertainment and some seriously banging music.
The festival will take place this Saturday 16 March from 11am to 8pm, with food and drink fans from across the region expected to descend en masse on the town for the event.
Famous city cheffing names including Dean Edwards, Andrew Nutter, Aazam Ahmad, Noo Meenan, Austin Hopley (The Baum) and Adolfus Lewis (The Hare on the Hill) will be cooking live, with 40-minute demonstrations packed with tips, techniques and of course a Q&A.
Expect an entire food and drink village – the dream – with a fantastic selection of street food, pop-up shops and bars. There’ll be meaty, veggie and vegan delights, combining a mix of healthy choices and tempting treats to suit all tastes, with Turkish breads and fillings, Italian tapas, salads, and delicious wood-fired pizzas galore alongside Chinese, Thai, Greek and Pan Asian street food, gourmet burgers, fusion quesadillas and homemade pies.
More sweet than savoury?..
Us too – expect pancakes and churros and aaallll the fizz alongside Manchester honey bee muffins, artisan chocolates, biscuits, fudge and desserts.
The ground floor will be home to a series of free workshops including CHOCOLATE MAKING. Across the road at The Medicine Tap there will gin and sausage tasting from 12pm – 4pm where you’ll get a sneak preview of their new Vault Cocktail Bar whilst you enjoy complimentary premium distilled Defiance gins and you’ll be invited to sample a selection of quality British meats from the famous Cowman’s Butchers in the Ribble Valley.
We can do that…
There’s also a menu of live music to keep you entertained while you tuck in, with a covered seating area.
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival is this Saturday (16 March), open from 11am to 8pm and entry is free.
You can park free between 9am and 7pm at Hopwood Hall College Car Park on St Mary’s Gate OL12 6RY – which is a 5 minute walk from the festival.
You can book tickets for the cookery workshops and other evens online via the official website here or on the day on a first come, first served basis.