Some of the country’s best-loved chefs will be showing off their culinary skills for free over the four days of this year’s amazing Bolton Food and Drink Festival.



The festival organised in association in Aldi takes place from August 23 to 26.


Demonstrations will take place on Friday and Saturday in Lifestyle Hall, Bolton Market on Ashburner Street, and in Market Place Shopping Centre, from Saturday to Monday.


The annual Bolton Food and Drink Festival once again attracted large crowds on its fourth and last day. Chef Aidan Byrne from Manchester House during his demonstration. Picture by Paul Heyes, Monday August 29, 2016.


TV favourite Aiden Byrne, who owns RestaurantMCR in Manchester, Masterchef winner Simon Wood, who runs WOOD Manchester, Masterchef finalist Geoff Warburton, and chef Robert Owen Brown will be among the culinary talent on display.


In the packed programme over the weekend, local chefs Nick Cullen, Mike Harrison, Jon Jones, Andrew George, Scott Bannon will also be cooking amazing dishes to get the crowd’s tastebuds tingling.



Alain Job, who runs Nkono food stall at Bolton Market, and Dan from Westhoughton Market will be showing off their skills.


Foodie Ria Amber Tesia, social media star Jackie Heaton aka The Baking Nanna (@thebakingnanna1), and supper club host Maria Grieco will also be displaying their talents.



The regional chef demos will be free of charge. This is in addition to the ticketed demos by festival headliners James Martin, the Hairy Bikers, and Gregg Wallace.


Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said: “The number of talented chefs available for people to come and watch this weekend at Bolton Food and Drink Festival is absolutely incredible.


“As well as household names, we have some amazing regional chefs who produce the most delicious food and, to make things even better, their demonstrations will be absolutely free.”


Friday, August 23 – Bolton Market
Time Chef
11am Robert Owen Brown
Noon Alain Job
1pm Scott Bannon
2pm Robert Owen Brown
3pm Geoff Warburton
Saturday, August 24 – Bolton Market
Time Chef
10am Nick Cullen
Noon Jon Jones
1pm Simon Wood
2pm Ria Amber Tesia
3pm Jon Jones
Saturday, August 24 – Market Place Shopping Centre
Time Chef
Noon Geoff Warburton
1pm Jon Jones
2pm Simon Wood
3pm Mike Harrison
Sunday, August 25 – Market Place Shopping Centre
Time Chef
11am Simon Wood
Noon Andrew George
1pm Dan
2pm Marie Grieco
3pm Aiden Byrne
Monday, August 26 – Market Place Shopping Centre
Time Chef
11am The Baking Nanna – Jackie Heaton
Noon Gareth Mason
1pm Scott Bannon
2pm The Baking Nanna – Jackie Heaton
3pm Andrew George



For more information, please visit, follow on Twitter/Instagram @BoltonFoodFest and on Facebook @BoltonFoodAndDrinkFestival.

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