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Rochdale Food and Drink Festival

Saturday, 16 March 2019
Time: 11 AM - 8 PM
Logo of the Rochdale Food and Drinks festival.
Venue: Rochdale Town Hall
Address: The Esplanade, ​​Rochdale
Postcode: OL16 1AB
Price: FREE entry and some FREE activities. Charges apply to demonstrations and shows.
Suitable for: Families, Adults, Teenagers, Children
Facilities: Parking, Wheelchair accessible, Refreshments, Toilets
Event organised by: Rochdale Borough Council
Rochdale's celebration of all things food and drink is back on Saturday, 16 March 2019 in partnership with Premier Kia.
  • Star chefs cooking live in our indoor Festival Kitchen - sponsored by Quirky Catering
  • Outdoor food and drink village with covered seating area and Victorian carousel ride
  • Workshops
  • Children's entertainment on our indoor Family Stage
  • Food stalls
  • Live music and bars

Live cookery demonstrations and shows

The Festival Kitchen and Family Stage will be located inside the grade 1 listed town hall along with plenty of stalls and things to do.

Dean Edwards

  • 40 minute cookery demonstrations at 12.15pm and 3.15pm
  • Cost: £9.00
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
Book tickets for Dean Edwards

A finalist on the BBC's 'MasterChef' back in 2006 Dean is a familiar face on television. His family friendly cooking style made him a firm favourite on ITV's 'Lorraine.'  He's also the author of three cookbooks  - 'Mincespiration', 'Feel-Good Family Food' and his latest, 'Cook Slow' which features stress free recipes for slow cookers and conventional ovens. On his @deanedwardschef Twitter and Instagram social platforms he regularly shares family friendly recipes to his 39,000 followers.

Masterchef finalist Dean Edwards.

Mr Bloom from CBeebies

  • 30 minute shows at 11.30am and 1.30pm
  • Cost: £4 and £5
  • Suitable for ages 1 to 6
Book tickets for Mr Bloom

Mr Bloom from television channel.

Aazam Ahmad

  • 40 minute cookery demonstrations at 1.15pm and 5.15pm
  • Cost: £6
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
Book tickets for Aazam Ahmad

BBC Fusion chef Aazam Ahmad will be making his 10th appearance in Rochdale, after previously cooking on the food stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival from 2008 until 2016. He’s appeared on television and radio and is a favourite at top food festivals across the world, including the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham in the UK. Born and bred in Manchester, he has a passion for English and Asian cooking.

Aazam Ahmad.

Andrew Nutter

  • 40 minute cookery demonstrations at 11.15am and 2.15pm
  • Cost: £6
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
Book tickets for Andrew Nutter

This local star chef Andrew Nutter has had an amazing career since coming runner-up in the National Junior Cook of the Year competition aged just 13-years-old. 7 years later he launched 'Nutters' Restaurant, which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year. He's won multiple awards, including Lancashire Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and 'Rochdale Man of the Year.' In 2016 Andrew opened gastropub 'The Bird At Birtle.'

Local star chef Andrew Nutter.

Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis

  • 40 minute cookery demonstration at 4.15pm
  • Cost: £5
  • Seated. Not suitable for children under 11
Book tickets for Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis

Local chefs Austin Hopley from award winning pub The Baum and Adolfus Lewis from The Hare on the Hill - a new craft, cask ale and gastro pub in Littleborough together in the festival kitchen for the first time. More information about this event will appear here soon.

Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis.


Find us

Official partner

Premier Kia Rochdale
Premier Kia Rochdale's logo.

Festival kitchen sponsor

Quirky Catering
The Quirky Catering company's logo.