Last Sunday my friend and I were invited* to Bolton Food and Drink Festival to attend Afternoon Tea. I love afternoon tea so I didn’t need any persuading to attend! It’s also been a while since we had a catch up so it was a lovely excuse to get together.


Bolton food and drink festival review A three tier stand filled with cakes and sandwiches on a red and white checked tablecloth with a glass of prosecco at the side


The afternoon tea took place in a beautifully set out marquee and on arrival you were given a glass of prosecco (thank you Aldi) and then we went to sit at the table. The tables had the pots of tea set out as well as the food on traditional 3 tiered stands.

The food was from The Slattery and as I am fairly local, the other people on our table couldn’t believe that neither my friend or I had heard of it before. I have since had a nosy at their website and they are award winning patissiers and chocolatiers, founded in 1967 in Whitefield near Manchester. They have a shop and also dining rooms that need to be booked in advance it is that popular. Anyway, since tasting their food at the afternoon tea, I can see why. The sandwiches and quiche were delicious, I really enjoyed the cheese and tomato quiche. As for the scone, cakes and chocolate, they were divine.


Bolton food and drink festival review A plate of cakes from the Slattery including scones with cream, chocolate cakes with orange lines on top, chocolate circles


The afternoon tea was hosted by Ainsley Harriet. He went around the room chatting to people and encouraging people to ask questions to him or the other guests there which included John Whaite (winner of Great British Bake Off 2012) who was making some chocolate brownies. There was also Alana Spencer (baking business woman and winner of The Apprentice 2016) and Rosie Dummer ( Cake Diva) who created Bolton festival’s Cake Show stopper 2015 with her Giant Elephant cake.

I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, it was a fun and relaxed atmosphere throughout and I would highly recommend going next year if you are a fan of afternoon tea’s.


Bolton food and drink festival review John Whaite, Alana spencer, Ainsley Harriet and Rosie Dummer stand on stand around a cooking worktop talking to each other


Once we had finished, we decided to have a look around the rest of the food festival. The streets were lined with an array of food and drink stalls. It really was a feast for the senses as you walked around. The majority of stalls had samples for you to try and there was a marquee where you could do free wine tasting with Aldi wines. As well as food stalls, there was also a marquee full of various arts, crafts and homeware to suit all budgets. Throughout the day, there was also live music on 2 stages.

The food festival itself is free as you just walk around it in the town but there are some sessions that you need to pre book for, so do remember that.

I noticed an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party whilst walking round and that consisted of a picnic, crafts and a performance so I will definitely be booking that to go with Lucas next year x


Bolton food and drink festival review


16 Comments on Bolton food and drink festival review

  1. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui)
    September 3, 2017 at 9:05 pm (10 months ago)

    I haven’t been to bolton in years and didn’t realise they host this. it sounds absolutely brilliant.

  2. Jazz
    September 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm (10 months ago)

    I love afternoon tea – it’s my favourite thing! This looks amazing.

  3. dearmummyblog
    September 3, 2017 at 10:06 pm (10 months ago)

    Woweeeee thats some spread of food! Sounds like a great event x The Alice in Wonderland tea is good idea for next year!

  4. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    September 4, 2017 at 4:16 am (10 months ago)

    I have never been in a food and drink festival and this is making me want to go to one someday soon! Looks oh so amazing!!!

  5. AutismMumma
    September 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm (10 months ago)

    Sounds lovely, I’m not a tea drinker but will happily take the cake!

  6. Jill Fickling-Conyers
    September 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm (10 months ago)

    An Alice in Wonderland Tea Party sounds like so much fun. I would love to attend a festival like this.

  7. mandy
    September 4, 2017 at 10:32 pm (10 months ago)

    Love love foodie festivals. I keep missing them and seeing them on social media….def plotting everything in my diary for next year esp as my girl will be older we can go further a field.

  8. Deb Sharratt
    September 5, 2017 at 12:38 am (10 months ago)

    Food looks delicious – and looks like you enjoyed it too x

  9. The Breastest News
    September 5, 2017 at 10:32 am (10 months ago)

    OMG that afternoon tea looks amazing! I haven’t had one for ages and so need to get that sorted.

  10. Laura Dove
    September 5, 2017 at 10:33 am (10 months ago)

    Oh I’m gutted I couldn’t go to this! It looks fab, and I love Ainsley Harriet! Slattery’s is amazing – looks like such a lovely afternoon tea and a fab event!

  11. shesaworkingmum
    September 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm (10 months ago)

    That food looks so delicious. I love how interactive it all sounds too. What a great day out!

  12. Olivia Jade (@dungareesdonuts)
    September 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm (10 months ago)

    This sounds like a dream! The quiche on the afternoon tea looks amazing. I’d love to go this festival at some point in the future!

  13. regina malloy
    September 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm (10 months ago)

    never been there but the food looks amazing

    September 12, 2017 at 10:10 am (9 months ago)

    This looks fantastic. I love foodie festivals. I too went to one recently and had a great time and got to try a range of yummy foods too.

  15. hodgepodgedays
    September 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm (9 months ago)

    This looks like a great event. I love afternoon tea and having Ainsley there must have been hilarious.


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