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Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
24 March 2018
Star chefs cooking live, food and drink village, workshops, music, bars, stalls and family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Rochdale Town Hall.
Rochdale Wedding Show
15 April 2018
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
Street Eat
26 May 2018
Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs. Dozens of dishes only £3 each, including Spanish, Italian, English, German, American and more.
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