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Businesses back town's new food festival

08 February 2018

Councillor Janet Emsley at The Flying Horse.

Rochdale Food and Drink Festival has gained 2 new sponsors - The Flying Horse Hotel and its catering arm, The Quirky Catering Company, will be official partners of the festival staged for the 1st time on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at the town hall.

The Flying Horse and Quirky Catering will be showcasing their produce at the festival itself, selling hot homemade food and hosting gin tastings. They’ll also be promoting the event to their customers across the borough. The Flying Horse on Packer Street will also be running warm-up events on the run-up to the festival, including ‘Fabulous Fridays’ in February 2018 featuring live music, food, fizz and cider deals.

Jean-Christophe Novelli, Nisha Katona, Andrew Nutter and Tom McNeeney will be cooking live during the new event, with 7 40-minute demonstrations scheduled. If you don’t manage to grab a ticket for 1 of the demonstrations, there’ll be a free seating area to watch chef demonstrations on big screens and soak up the festival atmosphere.

‘We have been a big supporter of local events over the years and I was very excited to hear about this new festival’

The festival kitchen will be located inside the grade I listed town hall along with plenty of stalls and free things to do. There’ll be an outside food and drink village, a series of free themed workshops covering wine tasting, cocktail making, chocolate making and more, plus live music from local acts.

CBeebies ‘I Can Cook’ presenter, Katy Ashworth, is promising to bring her energetic burst of silliness and family fun to the festival indoor stage. Katy Ashworth's shows, at 10.30am and 1.30pm, are aimed at children and grown-ups and are packed with games, sing-a-long songs and laughter, learning about where food comes from through music and imagination.

Rochdale Food and Drink Festival is on Saturday, 24 March 2018 and is open from 10am-6pm. Admission is free.

The Flying Horse pub.

Patricia Boothman, Manager of The Flying Horse Hotel and The Quirky Catering Company, said:

“We have been a big supporter of local events over the years and I was very excited to hear about this new festival produced by the team behind Rochdale Feel Good Festival. We’re looking forward to the opportunities it will present and have lots planned over the coming weeks and during the festival itself. There is now a great food and drink offer in the town centre and I believe in promoting this to as wide an audience as possible, which is why events like Rochdale Food and Drink Festival are so important.”

Councillor Janet Emsley, our cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, added:

“Having 2 sponsors for this new event is a real show of confidence and having these local businesses on board will be a great addition. We are grateful to all the companies who support our events and it’s exactly this kind of support which really gives us a boost. We’ve lots of exciting plans for this new event and I’m really looking forward to it.”