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FEATURED EVENT: Rochdale Food and Drink Festival

Saturday, 4 April 2020
Time: 11 AM - 6 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

This event has now passed. We'll update this page when we have details of the next Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.

Cookery demonstrations live streaming

We were so looking forward to bringing the festival back to the town hall. We can’t do that, but we can bring a taste of the festival kitchen to you with our live streams. All streams will take place at the following times on Saturday, 4 April 2020:

  • 11.15am: Andrew Nutter, Rochdale's star chef, will be presenting his cookery demonstration.
  • 12.15pm Austin Hopley, head chef at Bombay Brew.
  • 2pm: Tom McNeeney, head chef at The Oxford.

Watch all 3 demonstrations streamed live on the festival's Facebook page


Rochdale's celebration of all things food and drink in partnership with Premier Kia.

  • Star chefs cooking live in our indoor Festival Kitchen - sponsored by Bombay Brew
  • 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

Host - Chris Bavin

The presenter of BBC1’s popular ‘Eat Well for Less’ and a ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’ judge will be hosting the day, introducing and helping our chefs in the Festival Kitchen, meeting visitors and signing copies of his brand new book. 'Fakeaway’ features 100 simple healthy recipes for takeaway-inspired meals that needn't feel like junk food. He also has a great interest in farming and all areas of fresh produce.

Chris Bavin.

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.

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 last 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.


 Stefan Gates - Gastronaut's Food and Science Stunt Show

Stefan Gates.

Tom McNeeney

Tom McNeeney, head chef at local family pub The Oxford is a familiar face on the area’s culinary scene. He last appeared at the event in 2018 and attracted a capacity crowd at Rochdale Feel Good Festival back in 2016.

Tom McNeeney.


Austin Hopley

Austin, formerly of Rochdale’s multi-award winning pub The Baum, is now head chef at new Indian street food restaurant and craft ale pub - Bombay Brew.

Austin Hopley.

Adolfus Lewis

Adolfus went down a storm at last year’s festival and will be back for 2020. He had 26 years’ experience as a chef before joining the team at the Hare on the Hill in Littleborough when it opened a year ago.

Adolfus Lewis.


Noo Meenan

The locally renowned chef from Issan Friends – Rochdale's Thai street food specialists, favourites at festivals and markets across the North West. The multi-talented and inspiring Noo will be making her 2nd appearance in our Festival Kitchen after a successful debut in 2019.

Noo Meenan.

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