Musical treats in store at festival 

Festival favourite, The Beer Keller and Manchester’s own KRO bar are back in Bolton for the town’s 8th Food and Drink Festival taking place over August Bank Holiday weekend.

Last year both venues proved to be a successful addition to the mouthwatering mix of celebrity chefs, quality traders and family entertainment on offer at the festival, which attracted a record 102,000 people.

The renowned Danish KRO bar will be located on Deansgate and The Beer Keller will be located in Victoria Square. Both will be open from 11am until late each day.  As well as offering an opportunity to relax and enjoy speciality ales and cool drinks, for the first time both bars will be hosting live musical entertainment from local Bolton bands. Details of bands and performance times will be posted on the official website nearer to the festival.

German born Arnd Baggan owns and runs The Beer Keller. He has participated in the festival every year. Arnd says: “I have always been very happy to be associated with Bolton’s festival, it’s a really enjoyable occasion and a very important event for me. I am looking forward to serving customers in our beer garden, which will be located alongside Costa Coffee off Victoria Square and large enough for 400 people. I will have three types of German beer on offer, along with wine and soft drinks. I will also be serving German food from the round grill in Victoria Square.”

The stylish KRO bar is run by the Ruby family who come from Jutland in Denmark. Head of the family, Borge, trained to be a chef and has worked in the London Hilton as bar manager. Mark Ruby, Borge’s son, also trained as a chef, and has worked on the QE2. They opened the first KRO Bar in 1999, opposite Manchester University Students’ Union, followed by KRO Piccadilly and KRO Heaton Moor, all offering a Danish and European menu and an extensive range of beverages from around the world.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We are very pleased that KRO bar and The Beer Keller are back as part of the festival. The addition of live music will really complement the food festival well and should attract even more people to Bolton.

“There is no doubt that over time, the Bolton Food and Drink Festival has become widely recognised as one of the best events of this type.

“Last year’s festival beat all previous records in terms of visitor numbers and we are determined to make this year’s event even better.”

Also featuring at the festival will be Italian chef Aldo Zilli, Great British Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and the ever popular James Martin from Saturday Kitchen.

In addition, some of the region’s finest chefs will be providing free cookery demonstrations at Bolton Market and The Market Place Shopping Centre.

Other highlights will include a new children’s food emporium in Crompton Place Shopping Centre, where children will have a chance to join in with some fun food activities, and a speciality market with over 70 stalls featuring local, regional and specialist traders, spread across Victoria Square, Oxford Street and Deansgate.

Tickets for the Celebrity Chef Demos are selling fast and are available from The Albert Halls box office on 01204 334400 or from the Bolton Food and Drink Festival website.

To keep up to date with the latest festival news visit the official website:,  or search for #boltonfoodfest on Twitter, or ‘Bolton Food and Drink Festival’ on Facebook.

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