Musicians to serve up some tasty treats for big festival
IT’S not just about the food at next weekend’s Rochdale Food & Drink Festival – there’s also plenty of mouth-watering live music on the menu.
An outdoor stage on The Esplanade by Rochdale Town Hall will run throughout the festival on Saturday, March 24, featuring a host of acts.
Opening the stage at noon will be Rochdale’s Joe Dunne. The talented singer/ songwriter who played the main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival last year after bagging second place in the annual Battle of the Bands competition.
Joe will be followed at 1pm by #Hashtag – a Rochdale-based acoustic quartet who specialise in their own versions of classic tracks by the likes of Bowie, T-Rex, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more.
At 2pm and 4.30pm listen out for Tony Lambert - a singer-songwriter, guitarplaying folk pop musician who writes and performs his own material as well as hits from the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele.
He’s played festivals across the UK and releases a new album this summer.
At 3pm KSR – also known as KS Roosevelt will take to the stage. Featured on BBC Introducing he’s been seducing audiences with his silky soulful voice and was recently named as one of the ‘top 5 musicians and bands to watch in 2018’ by the Manchester Evening News. His lyrics tell of life and love in Manchester and he’s a growing reputation on the North West’s live music scene.
At 5.15pm, Manchester based new band KAZE will be taking to the stage. The highly original vibrant duo who write and perform all their own material have already been played on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Manchester and were supported by BBC Introducing last year.
The festival will be open from 10am to 6pm with a food and drink village and more than 40 traders selling delicious dishes, fantastic street food, pop-up shops, bars and more.
Inside the Grade I-listed town hall – there will be lots of stalls selling food and gifts to take home, including cheeses, chutneys, relishes, Indian street food, Caribbean cakes, muffins, artisan chocolates, black puddings, fudge and desserts. The reception room will be transformed into a 1920sthemed bar for the day hosting a series of free workshops every hour from 11am, including Wonderful Wines, The Gin Experience, and Cocktail Making Like A Pro. In the festival kitchen Jean-Christophe Novelli, Nisha Katona, Andrew Nutter and Tom McNeeney will be cooking live, with seven 40-minute demonstrations scheduled.
CBeebies I Can Cook presenter Katy Ashworth brings her energetic burst of silliness and family fun to the indoor stage – with shows at 10:30am and 1:30pm aimed at children and grown-ups.
Coun Janet Emsley, cabi- net member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, said: “We’ve got a great line-up of musicians performing while you enjoy some superb food and drink. This is a new event which I am really excited about and we’ve had a great response so far.” Entry is free. To book cookery workshop tickets and get the full line-up, visit rochdale.gov. uk/events.
Among those performing at the Rochdale Food and Drink Festival al will be (from left) #Hashtag, #Hashtag KAZE and singer singe songwriter Joe Dunne