Bolton Food and Drink Festival – All You Need To Know

What is the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is one of the country’s biggest and best food festivals. With an attendance of 400,000 food lovers over a period of four days, Bolton becomes host to a range of top celebrity food personalities and a gigantic range of cuisine from all around the globe.

Is there an entry fee for the Bolton Food and Drink Festival?

There is no entry fee for the Bolton Food Festival and visitors are welcome to browse all the stalls at their own leisure.

Tickets can be purchased to see performances from celebrity chefs and TV personalities in the festival marquee at Victoria Square. To avoid disappointment, visitors should book these tickets online in advance of the festival as past shows have sold out fast.

In recent years, celebrity appearances have been made by James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, Gregg Wallace and Ainsley Harriot.

When does the Bolton Food and Drink Festival start

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is held on the last August Bank holiday of the year.

The next festival will be held on Friday 28th – Monday 31st August 2020.

What’s on offer at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival?

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival has over 200 stalls spread across the town centre to sample from, each serving their own unique mix of fantastic food, locally brewed beer and artisan crafts.

Each year also brings an array of famous faces. Visitors are able to purchase tickets to watch cookery demos by famous faces such as James Martin, The Hairy Bikers and Ainsley Harriot in the festival’s marquee, located at Victoria Square outside the Town Hall.

There are also free cookery demonstrations which take place throughout the festival by professional chefs.

Travelling to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is located in Bolton Town Centre. It stretches from The Market Place and up to Newport Street, making it easy to get to by public transport.

You can get the train or bus to the town centre, the festival is just a short walk down Newport Street from the Interchange.

If you’re travelling by car then there are various pay and display car parks located in the town centre which you could use.

If you are staying with Gordon Moon Suites over the weekend then you are able to use our private town centre car park free of charge.

Where to stay for the Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Located right at the heart of Bolton Town Centre, Gordon Moon Suites provide professionally serviced apartments for short term stays. They are ideal for a long weekend break in Bolton whilst enjoying everything the food festival has to offer.

Each apartment also comes with complimentary town centre parking, a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom and smart TV with Netflix.

Take a look at our range of apartments and enjoy the best food and drink festival in the country, at the best accommodation in Bolton.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2019 – A Review

The sun was shining on Bolton Town Hall

The annual Bolton Food and Drink Festival is over for another year, and what a culinary celebration it was. Regarded as one of the very best food festivals in the country, Bolton welcomed around 400,000 food lovers to its town centre over the four-day festival.

We had a fantastic time sampling the huge range of cuisine, drinks and entertainment which can be found at the festival and feedback from our guests tells us they did too.

The record-breaking August Bank Holiday weather set the perfect stage for the event, with the streets packed with people enjoying the spectacular sunshine, food and drink which the festival offered.

Le Mans Crescent was packed with food lovers

There were over 200 stalls to sample from, each serving their own unique mix of fantastic food, locally brewed beer and artisan crafts.

There was also a great array of entertainment on offer, from musical performances and cooking demonstrations from celebrity and local chefs alike.

It’s fantastic to see the reputation of the Food and Drink Festival grow year-on-year and the line-up for 2019 was certainly difficult to rival, with top chefs and TV personalities; Michael Caines, The Hairy Bikers, Gregg Wallace and James Martin all attending the festival and showcasing their cooking skills.

James Martin called Bolton ‘the biggest and best food festival in the UK’

Located right at the heart of Bolton Town centre, our serviced apartments are the perfect resting spot for anyone thinking of spending the weekend in Bolton for next year’s Food and Drink Festival.

So, if you’re a food lover too, don’t forget to get in touch and book your stay for the best Food and Drink Festival in the country, at the best accommodation in Bolton.

Introducing our new Market Street apartments

Off the back of a hugely successful 2018, which included winning a Guest Review Award from, we have expanded our luxury serviced apartment offering in Bolton to one of the best locations in the Town Centre.

Our new apartments are located on the prime parade of Market Street, with direct access to The Market Place and a fantastic array of shops, restaurants and cafes.

Situated in a beautiful and historic property which has been newly redeveloped, we have further expanded our range of one and two bedroom apartments, offering all the generous space and modern amenities one would need to truly feel at a home from home.

We’ve already had great feedback from our guests, and our team is focused on continuing to provide the faultless service and comfort for every guest that we strive for.

After all, we want to win that 2019 Guest Review Award too!

2018 – Our first year was one to remember

Well, 2018 was a huge success for Gordon Moon Suites in the inaugural year of business. Our luxury town centre apartments proved to be extremely popular with guests who are looking for something a bit more exciting and a lot more comfortable than a hotel.

We were delighted to greet people from all around the world to our apartments, as well as plenty of local guests. We’re looking forward to welcoming many of them back to Bolton in 2019.

The feedback from guests has been overwhelmingly positive, and thanks to their kind reviews we were awarded with a Guest Review Award 2018 from, as a result of achieving one of the highest overall review scores on their website.

We want to say a huge thank you to all of our team, who work tirelessly to provide the best possible service for each and every one of our guests. It’s our goal to continuing offering the highest quality accommodation in Bolton throughout 2019 and beyond.

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