It feels like Bank Holiday Weekend was ageeessss ago and I can’t quite believe it’s September already. 2016 has flown by. It’s pretty much Christmas at this point- Strictly starts on Saturday and before we know it, I’m A Celeb will be gracing our screens and it’ll be time to whack out the boxes of Quality Street and slob in front of shitty movies on Christmas 24.
But before we get on to all of that let me tell you about the fabulous time I had during August Bank Holiday.
Boasting over 150 stalls, Bolton’s Annual Food and Drink Festival is spread over 4 days and offers delicious eats from every inch of the globe. As well as all the food you can ever imagine, visitors are kept entertained with unique arts and crafts and a range of entertainment.
An array of celebrity guests attended the weekend’s festivities and 2016 did not disappoint. Michael Caines kicked things off on Friday and the weekend finished with a live demonstration from James Martin, with Sunday seeing Bake Off queen Nadiya Hussain joining ticket holders for an afternoon tea to remember.
I was invited along on the Sunday to experience the festival’s delights and to take a seat at the media table during afternoon tea.
After a morning strolling around the ocean of stalls, I headed to the marquee for the very special event.
Greeted by Salma of Bolton Council’s media team, I was taken to a table right in front of the stage. The view was amazing and I knew straight away I was in for a treat.
Slattery Patissier & Chocolatiers provided a picnic full of mouth-watering delights; from sandwiches and sausage rolls to scones and chocolate strawberries, there was everything you’d find in a traditional afternoon tea and more!
As I was tucking into my delicious picnic, Nadiya Hussain ascended the stage and proceeded to cook up a storm. Starting with a curry made from a traditional family recipe, the Bake Off champion had an amazing stage presence that couldn’t fail to make you smile. She filled the room with laughter and joy as she told tales from the Bake Off tent while whipping up a feast of sweet pastries, joking about what Paul Hollywood would say as she didn’t make her own pastry that day.
Nadiya was then joined by a few of her celebrity chums for a good ol’ Q&A session including Corrie favourite Jennie McAlpine, who owns Annies, a classic restaurant and tea room tucked away in Manchester’s St. Ann’s Square.
After the Q&A, I was given the opportunity to go backstage and meet Nadiya herself which was pretty exciting! She’s so lovely and it was a pleasure to meet her!
It was a wonderful day and I already can’t wait until next year!
The festival had something for everyone and with an estimated quarter of a million visitors in 2016, I am certain it’s going to keep on getting bigger and bigger!