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The Street Eat festival returns to Rochdale this Bank Holiday weekend

18 May 2018

Customers dining at the Street Eat festival.

Last-minute preparations are under way for Street Eat which takes place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. The 2-day festival will be serving up another helping for anyone looking for something to eat, drink and free entertainment. 

The lip-smacking event is being staged on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 May 2018 next to the town hall, organised by Rochdale Town Centre Management in partnership with us.

In case you missed its successful debut last year, Street Eat brings together the town's best food and drink establishments. Tasty food from local restaurant chefs will be served, with dozens of mouth-watering dishes at £3 each, including Spanish, Italian, English, Chinese, American and more.

There will be fun activities and rides for the children, including guest appearances by and photo opportunities with Captain America and Spiderman. There will also be Punch and Judy shows performed every hour during the daytime. For the adults, as well as fine food there will be bars open on both days and live music on stage hosted by Revolution 96.2. There's a full line-up of live music featuring local acts including The Funky Two Hats, Noel Fraser, Between the Vines, Indigo Sunset and more.

Noel Fraser performing on stage. Street Eat is sponsored by building and construction company Willmott Dixon, who are developing the new £80 million Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure scheme in the town centre. The new development will feature 200,000 square foot of retail and leisure space, including a 6-screen cinema above the retail units.

'Celebrate Rochdale's town centre eateries in a fun festival setting'

Street food traders will be selling an array of delicious food alongside a bar. Traders include: La Mancha, Cocka Doodle Moo, The Clock Tower Dining Room, Vicolo del Vino, The Flying Horse Hotel, The Riverside Restaurant and more.

A Street Eat trader serving a customer.

Paul Ambrose, from Rochdale Town Centre Management, said local traders have come up with great ideas and the menu is looking very tasty:

"I am pleased that Street Eat is back for its 2nd year to bring people together through food and drink and to celebrate Rochdale's town centre eateries in a fun festival setting. Last year we had a great response and I hope people will come out again and support this local community event. It's family-friendly – you'll be able to buy and try as many small dishes as you like, and enjoy them in a relaxed atmosphere."

Admission is free and no tickets are needed.