Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Bolton Street Photography with Ruaux Photography

Bolton Food & Drink Festival 2018 - Ruaux
Bolton Food & Drink Festival 2018 - Ruaux

Bolton Food and Drink Festival runs over the August bank holiday weekend each year.

It’s been running for 13 years now growing into the major event it has become.

Since 2005 the event has grown rapidly to over 200 stalls spread around the town centre. Most importantly, the Bolton Food and Drink Festival’s reputation has grown rapidly too!

Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2018
Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2018

This years festival features food from many parts of the world. Therefore, visitors can be adventurous whilst sampling their street food on the move or relax in the many seated areas scattered around.

For parents, there is plenty to entertain and occupy the children.

Live music plays daily at the Festival Stage on Le Mans Crescent and Real Ale Bar stage on Victoria Square.

Many events, including the appearances by several celebrity chefs, feature around the town. Festival venues include the Festival Marquee, Bolton Market, Albert Hall, Market Place and performances from several street entertainers.

This is now a major attraction with over 250,000 visitors each year but it started from small beginnings.

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Below are some shots from the 2011 event which was pretty much restricted to Victoria Square and was held during the Spring bank holiday, according to my camera’s date!

Check out the panorama from the steps of the town hall which shows the extent of the early years.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2011
Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2011


Compare the visitor crowds with today’s packed streets to see how the Bolton Food and Drink Festival has grown.

Check out these photos from the festival of 31st March 2011:

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