This year marked the fifth Feel Good Festival in Rochdale and one of the most popular features each year is the celebrity chef cooking demo’s on-stage. this year’s star and guest host, making a welcome return from 2011 was BBC Fusion Chef, Aazam Ahmed. Meanwhile in the square among the stall several local chefs and food stalls were cooking up a storm of live hot goodies. Farooq Ahmed of Heywood’s Veenas restaurant was sharing his expertise and demonstrating his famous “10 minute curry” technique. Other local stall we spotted of particular interest included Peritos, who we visited and wrote about recently and Chaat Cart who were cooking delicious savouries with a smile under their really, really red canopy. We loved their cartoons and graphics too and the way these imaginative establishments use them to build their unique, fun personalities to engage their customers.
The Rochdale Feel Good Festival always has a good selection of food on show in the market with stalls selling cuisine from around the world. On equal footing with the celebrity Chef’s, here are some of the people, stalls and goodies of the festival.
Of course it wasn’t all food, there was entertainment aplenty culiminating in an evening concert feature Motowm Classics Martha Reeves and the Vandelas. More pics of this festival in general can be seen at Sylhettimesdigital.co.uk.
We also used the opportunity to expose this site to the attention of the *Sylhet Times Digital’s 21,000 viewers. Instead of having a restaurant section in the news site this will now be the destination of their “eating out” section. A bonus of this arrangement means that we will start featuring videos in some of our restaurant articles from time to time as well as photos.
*Sylhet is the place in Bangladesh where the majority of the U.K.s Bangladeshi citizens, or their parents or grand parents came from, particularly those in the North-West, many of whom started restaurants, in fact: the majority of “Indian Restaurants” in England are run by Bangladeshi’s, whereas in Scotland however it’s Punjabi’s.