Chef demonstration tickets go on sale for Rochdale Food and Drink Festival

The region’s foodies are in for a treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery shows in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food & Drink Festival, staged on Saturday 24 March in and around Rochdale Town Hall.

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Four chefs will be cooking live during the new event, with seven 40-minute demonstrations scheduled packed with tips, techniques and the opportunity to ask questions and meet the hosts.

Multi award-winning Jean-Christophe Novelli and Indian street food restauranteur Nisha Katona will be among the chefs cooking at the festival alongside star foodie Andrew Nutter and young local chef Tom McNeeney.

As well as a renowned television personality, French celebrity chef Novelli runs his own cookery schools and is a successful restaurateur and author of a wide range of books. Dubbed ‘the nation’s favourite French chef’ Jean Christophe is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and multi-Michelin star award winner, voted AA Chef’s Chef of the Year and a previous recipient of the coveted Egon Ronay Dessert of the Year Award.

French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be hosting demonstrations in the festival kitchen.

Indian curry chef Nisha Katona will be sharing her quick and easy dishes.

The food writer, curry evangelist, teacher, and owner of Manchester restaurant Mowgli, gave up her career as a barrister to focus on her passion for Indian food.

Famous for creating simple dishes, a million miles away from the curry stereotype, her recipes are healthy, often vegan and packed with fresh flavour.

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She promises authentic Indian dishes in 20 minutes using just three spices. Her second book – ‘The Spice Tree’ was published last year and she appeared at Rochdale Feel Good Festival in 2016.  Nisha has also appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Saturday Kitchen and films for the Food Network as well as tweeting daily recipes to her 28,000 followers.

Indian curry chef Nisha Katona who cooked at Rochdale Feel Good Festival in 2016 will be returning for the new festival.

CBeebies ‘I Can Cook’ presenter Katy Ashworth is promising to bring her energetic burst of silliness and family fun to the festival indoor stage – with shows at 10:30am and 1:30pm aimed at children and grown-ups packed with games, sing-along songs and laughter, learning about where food comes from through music and imagination.

Presenter Katy Ashworth is presenting her show aimed at children and grown-ups packed with games, sing along songs and laughter.

Local star chef Andrew Nutter has had an amazing career since coming runner-up in the National Junior Cook of the Year competition aged 13.

Seven years later he launched ‘Nutters’ Restaurant, which soon expanded into its 18th-century manor house in Norden. He’s won multiple awards, including Lancashire Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and ‘Rochdale Man of the Year.’  Last year he opened his latest venture – gastropub ‘The Bird at Birtle.’

Andrew Nutter will be amongst the names at Rochdale Food and Drink Festival.

At 4:30pm it’ll be time for Tom McNeeney, head chef at local family pub The Oxford. He made his debut at Rochdale Feel Good Festival in 2016 and since then has firmly established himself on the area’s culinary scene.

Tom McNeeney, Head Chef at family pub The Oxford has firmly established himself on the area’s culinary scene.

If you don’t manage to grab a ticket for one of the demonstrations there’ll be a free seating area to watch chef demonstrations on big screens and soak up the festival atmosphere!

The festival kitchen will be located inside the grade one 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.

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, said: “As well as the chef demonstrations we will have a tempting range of food and drink traders and a programme of entertainment, combining some of the best food elements of Rochdale Feel Good Festival with some new features.”

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Most spaces for traders have been taken but organisers still need a few more traders who sell food to take home.  To apply, email foodfest@rochdale.gov.uk with details of your products.

Rochdale Food and Drink Festival is on Saturday 24 March, open from 10am to 6pm and admission is free.

To book cookery workshop tickets and find out more visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/events Like the festival on Facebook www.facebook.com/RochdaleFoodFestival or connect on twitter @RochFoodFest

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