Rochdale Food and Drink Festival receives a new sponsor

Car dealer back in the driving seat for town’s food festival

Automotive dealer Premier Kia will be the official partner of the festival which returns to Rochdale Town Hall on Saturday 16 March.

The Rochdale Kia dealership based on Molesworth Street near the town centre will be promoting the event to their customers across the region and showcasing vehicles at the festival itself.

The deal will also see Premier Kia’s logo on festival marketing and a series of warm-up promotions to showcase the event and the Kia range including the new Kia Proceed.


Ben Bird, general manager at Premier Kia, said: “We are proud to be sponsoring this festival for the first time, and it’s virtually on our doorstep.

Partnering at the festival is a good way for us to support the local community.

There is excellent food and drink offer in the town centre, and I believe in promoting this to as wide an audience as possible, so events like Rochdale Food and Drink Festival are  important.”

Councillor Janet Emsley and Ben Bird, general manager at Premier Kia
Councillor Janet Emsley and Ben Bird, general manager at Premier Kia, official partner of this year’s Rochdale Food & Drink Festival.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture at Rochdale Borough Council who visited Premier Kia this week added: “Having Premier Kia’s investment in last year’s Feel Good Festival was excellent so I am pleased to see them now extend their support.

We are always grateful to companies who invest in our events.

Thousands flocked to the festival last year and we’ve another fantastic line-up with even more to see and do. I’m looking forward to it.”

Six chefs will be cooking live during the event, including Dean Edwards, Andrew Nutter and Aazam Ahmad.

If you don’t manage to grab a ticket for one of the chef demonstrations, there’ll be a free seating area in the Clock Tower Dining Room to watch on big screens and soak up the festival atmosphere.

The festival kitchen, sponsored by local business Quirky Catering, will again be located inside the Grade 1 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 demonstrations including cocktail making and artisan chocolate making, plus live music from local acts.

Over on the Family Stage, Mr Bloom from CBeebies will be performing his one man show.

Also for families with young children – there will be Shake, Rattle and Roll workshops.

The sessions were a big hit at last year’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival  – children will get a chance to explore instruments, create sounds, sing songs, dance, move, socialise and make noise!

For older children, the Mad Science team will be hosting spectacular free workshops in their pop up tent, featuring amazing food-related science experiments and a lot of fun.

Rochdale Food and Drink Festival is on Saturday 16 March, open from 11am to 8pm and admission is free.

To book cookery workshop and Mr Bloom tickets or find out more visit

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