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Music on the menu at Rochdale’s food festival

12 March 2020

Joe Dunne.

It's not just about the food at the Rochdale Food & Drink Festival – there's a menu of live music to keep you entertained while you tuck in and enjoy the mouth-watering fare. 

An outdoor stage with a covered seating area outside Rochdale Town Hall will run throughout the day.

Opening the stage will be Rochdale's Joe Dunne. The talented singer-songwriter, who played the main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival in 2017, will perform at 12noon.

Katie O Malley.

Joe will be followed at 2pm by Rochdale singer-songwriter Katie O'Malley. A familiar face on the Manchester music scene and popular at festivals across the UK, she's supported top 10 album selling Beth Rowley, played alongside Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses, Simply Red) and worked with award-winning producer Simon Dine (Paul Weller).

25th Hour.

At 3pm, making a welcome return will be 25th Hour – an indie rock band from Heywood, Bury and Swinton, who play a mix of their own music together with classic cover versions.

Mary Shanker.

From 4pm, making her Rochdale debut is Manchester singer-songwriter Mary Shanker. Identified by her unique tone and song-writing style, Mary is compared to the likes of Norah Jones and takes compositional influence from artists such as Adele and Demi Lovato.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture at Rochdale Borough Council said:

"We've got another great line-up of musicians performing while you enjoy some superb food and drink. We have worked hard to make it even bigger and better. This festival is great for residents, visitors and the local economy and I'm so pleased that once again there will be so much home-grown talent on show."

Rochdale Food & Drink Festival returns on Saturday 4 April, open from 11am-6pm. Television presenter Chris Bavin hosts the day, introducing Rochdale's Andrew Nutter, Tom McNeeney from The Oxford, Bombay Brew's Austin Hopley, Adolfus Lewis from The Hare On The Hill in Littleborough and Noo Meenan from Thai food experts Issan Friends.

'Another great line-up'

On the indoor Family Stage, popular TV presenter and Gastronaut Stefan Gates will be performing 30 minute shows at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Expect an exciting blend of science and laughter, engaging and educating both children and adults with spectacular experiments, explosions, rockets and edible chemical reactions.

Children will also be able to get involved in some foodie fun, with cooking classes. Pat from Little Hens Early Years Activities in Milnrow will present more classes suitable for 2-10-year-olds, giving you and your little ones a chance to make something nutritional and tasty.

There'll also be lots on offer at nearby local pubs, bars and restaurants, including children's pizza making workshops at The Mannerist Italian restaurant, gin tasting and a sausage eating competition at the Medicine Tap, plus a wine, cheese and cider workshop at The Baum.

The festival is organised by Rochdale Borough Council in partnership with Premier Kia and Rochdale Riverside – the town's new retail and leisure complex which opens in April 2020.

Rochdale Food & Drink Festival is on Saturday, 4 April 2020, open from 11am-6pm. Entry is free.