Bavarian caramelised nuts, Hungarian chimney cakes and African sweets are just some of the treats on offer from stallholders at this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival.
More than 180 food, drink and craft traders will take over the town centre for the festival, which takes place from August 25 to 28.
The festival market, opening daily from 10am, will be located on Victoria Square, Newport Street, Oxford Street, Deansgate, Market Street, Corporation Street, Hotel Street and Le Mans Crescent.
Well-known burger joint Almost Famous will bring its Wondertruck back to the festival for the second year, selling delicious burgers on Le Mans Crescent.
Le Mans Crescent – which is home to a new Festival Music Bar and is open till 10.30pm – will also host Mediterranean food from Cantina and veggie food from Veggie Rae.
New traders at the festival this year include the Bavarian Nut Man from Devon selling caramelised nuts on Oxford Street; Chimney Cake 4 Me from Southport selling Hungarian chimney cakes and patisserie on Oxford Street; Malavisco Marshmallows offering home-made marshmallows on Newport Street; and Kettlecorn NYC will be serving freshly popped corn in unusual flavour combos at the children’s marquee.
Bolton bakers Carrs Pasties can also be found on Oxford Street along with Jonny Cocktail’s bar, and local farm ice cream makers Milk Maids, who are returning to the festival for the second year.
Also try some tasty Italian food from Bolton favourite Franca’s and don’t miss event regular, the Garlic Farm, from the Isle of Wight, also on Victoria Square.
Tasty burgers from What’s Your Beef – who are returning for the third time - will be available on Newport Street, along with continental catering from the Dog House and Kilted Fudge who have travelled from Aviemore, Scotland.
Bolton Art Circle’s marquee will be on Newport Street, along with a range of traders selling arts and crafts, whilst the popular teenage market and Bolton Market traders will be on Hotel Street with Barn Owl Bill swooping in with their birds of prey display over the weekend.
Deansgate and Market Street will be also play host to some great street food including Thai (Two Sisters Thai Food), Indian (Zouk) and Spanish (Churotopia).
To wash all the food down, pay a visit to the Aldi Top Tipples bar on Victoria Square, where they will be serving Aldi’s award winning range of wines and prosecco, or the real ale and cider bar on Victoria Square.
The real ale bar and the new Festival Music Bar on Le Mans Crescent will also host live music daily with performances from top local musicians.
A variety of street entertainers will also perform across the festival site each day. The festival is organised by the council in association with Aldi.
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “The range and quality of our many traders for this year's festival is incredible. I am sure that there is something for everyone, whatever your taste, over the bank holiday weekend. I am also delighted to welcome new traders to our fantastic festival.
“Visitors to the festival can also make use of free parking in the NCP multi-storey car parks over the weekend and Bank Holiday Monday.”
A full list of traders will be available before the festival, on www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com. Also, for more information, follow Bolton Food and Drink Festival page on Facebook or @boltonfoodfest on Twitter or @boltonfoodfest on Instagram.
Opening times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday – traders open 10am and close 7pm, bars open between 10am and 11am and close between 10pm and 11pm. On Monday, traders open 10am and close 5pm, bars open between 10am and 11am and close between 5pm and 7pm.