Bolton Christmas Festival

Auction feeder page

Scott Bannon Head chef and owner of the Boars Head at Hoghton, near Preston is delighted to be auctioning his gingerbread mince pies for the mayor’s charity. 

Wellbeing Farm

We’ve created Mince Stars instead of pies to reflect the magic of The Wellbeing Farm because at the minute we need all the stars, twinkle and magic that we can get our hands on.

The stars have been drizzled with white chocolate, made from puff pastry with the mince mixture in the middle. The mince filling will have a dash of slowdown gin made by the Cuckoo Gin guys at Brindle Distillery and finished off with a dusting of icing sugar snow.  

Mince pies lovingly made for The Wellbeing Farm by Maria Grieco from Dinner at Maria’s.

Simon wood

Bolton food festivals own Masterchef promises 12 masterpieces

Wesley Kelly

Well, my mincemeat filling will be going in something everyone likes maybe it’s creamy but I walnut share just now” 😁

Our entry for the Mighty Mince Pie Auction will be our version of a luxury mince pie cheesecake! Filled with flavours of the holidays and hand finished with edible decorations that look too good to eat.

We create stunning fresh cheesecakes, all hand made using premium ingredients. 

Every one comes from our own unique inspirations From winter’s Cinnamon Spiced Apple Crumble to our fragrant Rose and Pistachio. 


Telephone: 07857118297


Shed sessions

The studio now enables Nigel to film and photograph his work.  Videos are now being uploaded to Youtube; Nigel Haworth Food with roots, where you can subscribe free of charge and watch Nigel working in the shed and demonstrating new dishes for you to try at home.  Nigel is currently also working on recipes for a new book, one which he is developing for the home cook.  A book he has been promising to sit down and create and one he is incredibly excited about.  During the Lockdown he has toured his beloved county on his bicycle and visited all the Lancashire Cheese Makers and developed a dish using their favourite cheese to showcase their produce.

Rivington Chocolate – making small batch , artisan , filled chocolates , bars & honeycomb . We work from our kitchen table, sell at farmers markets , local shops & via our website. 

Our mince pies might include booze & possible chocolate . 

We’re Carrs Pasties and we make quality pasties using the finest ingredients from local suppliers. We have three retail shops in Bolton as well as a local delivery service, nationwide delivery service and Click & Collect service – so there’s plenty of ways you can order your pasties for Christmas! We love being a part of the Bolton community and we are excited to take part in the Mighty Mince Pie project this year to raise money for charity – in true Christmas spirit, we’ve added a surprise shot to our mince pie with a twist.


Hint: Helen’s Merry Baubles, Mince Pie Cheesecake, Surprise Shot.carrs.jpg

Head Chef at James Martin Manchester, Doug Crampton 

Since lockdown, Doug has been researching and creating new recipes, upskilling and producing videos of simple dishes that can be cooked at home; sharing these with colleagues and customers via social media. He has also been hosting cook-along parties ‘CHEF LIVE’ with groups of family, friends, colleagues, customers and corporate team-building events in growing numbers, teaching classes on how to create a simple, but fun home-cooked meal, whilst raising nearly 6k for Sue Ryder Wheatfield’s Hospice.

The Mince Pie –

Mincemeat laced with berries & homemade locally foraged Sloe gin in a spiced short crust case ,topped with Grandma Simpson’s infamous Yorkshire parkin, served with a Sloe Gin shot to help it down nicely !


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Our take on Rum and Raisin Mince Pies, utilising our Rum and Raisin stout ‘Bit of a Rum en’, made with the finest spiced Rum courtesy of the Salford Rum Company.  Our indulgent and rich stout is the perfect accompaniment to wash down our mince pies!!

Northern Monkey was established in Bolton in 2016 as two friends and local Boltonians set about making fantastic real ales with a modern twist.  From a garage to our own Multi award winning Brewery and  Bolton Pub of the Year 2020 Tap bar on the Historic Nelson Square, we continue to provide fine ales throughout the UK.  We are proud of our Northern Heritage and believe our grit and determination to work hard and play hard is testament to our Bolton roots!





Luxury Mince Pies Made from a traditional recipe of juicy vine fruits delicately flavoured with spices and lovingly encased in our melt in the mouth rich short crust pastry. (Suitable for Vegetarians/ Vegans & Dairy Free

Hi, I’m Sushma Solanki, the owner of Sushma’s Snacks, a multi award winning artisan food business from Bolton, Greater Manchester.  I am passionate about food and have taken inspiration for ingredients and recipes from my roots in Kenya and through over 30 years in the travel industry.  I truly believe in the power of food to bring a little sunshine, good times and comfort to our busy daily lives.


Using my knowledge of world cuisine and passion for creativity, I’ve put my thinking cap on and am delighted to be able to bring you a range of unique products that allow you to create authentic food experiences in the comfort of your home.  Whether it’s trying something new for a special occasion, a bit of de-stressing me time or fun with the family there’s space in all our lives for a comforting and uplifting food hug.

Good food, good times.

Happy cooking 😄

Kay Gajra is a mother and cake artist who has been doing cakes for the last 7 years and the cake artist behind Kaykes. Kaykes studio is based in Bolton in the UK . Kay is a self taught Cake Artist whos focus points and areas are Sculpted cakes and Airbrushing/hand colouring .
From the start of when Kaykes was created it was the passion and love of art and realism that has pushed kay forward to try to re-create these in each piece that is produced in her studio  . 

Gareth Mason

My take on the classic mince pie with a modern twist. Perfect for the festive sweet tooths out there.

Holdens and Co Ltd

Holdens & Co. has been an integral part of village life in Edgworth since its opening in 1929, 91 years ago. Famous for its dairy ice cream, made to the same secret family recipe on the premises, as it was when it started. Now, in addition to the ice cream, you can find a retail outlet, coffee shop and ice cream parlour serving breakfast, lunch & afternoon tea 7 days a week, as well as hosting evening events.

Holdens believes in local. That’s local for purchases, local for sales and local for employment; we believe in shop local and preserve local business

The Ice Cream:

The crowning glory of Holdens & Co. is the multi award-winning ice cream. It is still handmade on site to the original recipe and has now also evolved into a range of delicious flavours as well as the dairy classic.

The Farm Shop:

Following a full refurbishment in late 2017 the shop is now a haven of locally sourced, artisan and convenience produce. On offer is a full deli counter with


Mince Pies

We enjoyed doing things “with a twist” so our mince pies, will be traditional but with a twist and will come with an assortment of ice cream to help them down!

Bid well, it’s for a great cause.

The Baking Nanna

Hi! My name is Jackie but I am better known as The Baking Nanna 😁 I co-run a baking community on social media called the  #TwitterBakeAlong that encourages people to get in the kitchen and bake ❤️ I also do live bakealong’s on social media and you may have seen me at the Bolton Food Festival.

I feel so honored to have been asked to be one of 25 people to do my take on the traditional mince pie 😁 I am known for my love of making cupcakes so if you bid on my bake that’s exactly what I will be making you! 12 of my mince pie cupcakes which are almond sponges filled with homemade mincemeat, topped with a brandy buttercream, fondant decorations and a bit of edible sparkle to get you into that Christmas spirit 

Sarah Jane’s

My mince pies all I can say is think brownies

We are a tearoom that has been open for over 7 years we (normally) serve takeaway and sit in. Breakfasts, homemade meals, homemade cakes afternoon teas.

Marie is planning 12 delicacies worthy of Ye Olde pasty shoppe 121 years of trading.

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Cherry tree 

Our head chef Jonathan Jones is making a Mince Pie Saragli (rolled baklava)CHer

Slattery Whitefield 

We are planning 12 extra special mince pies jointly worked on by our bakery and our chocolate workshop.

Slattery Patissier & Chocolatiers, founded in 1967!. A 3rd generation family run unique business, located in Whitefield, Manchester.

Housed in an imposing 3 storey building offering bespoke celebration and wedding cakes to order. Handmade luxury chocolates, fresh cream, fancy cake and ice creams all made on the premises are sold alongside a range of gifts within our retail shop. Our onsite bakery bakes fresh bread daily, and produces delectable outside catering. The Masons dining room serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and sweet treats. Also situated in the building is the Slattery school of excellence; helping you master the arts of sugar craft, chocolate and more. 

Can’t pay us a visit? It has never been easier to have a piece of Slattery in the comfort of your own home, through our online shop.

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Over the last few months I have been working with DeFiance spirits to create a very special rum with the specific purpose of enhancing our special mince pies.

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Tom Bridge
Mince Pie recipe same as  Eccles Cake with 10% added cooked and seasoned Aberdeen Angus Minced Beef. 
My Bio is too big to write but last year I was awarded the FELLOWSHlP on behalf of the World Society of Master Chefs for my work on the History and Best of British Food, The Plaq D’or (Gold Medal) presented to me by HRH The Princess Royal. (medal photograph enclosed) I am also known as The Cookery Detective. Having had 12 cookery books published to date. My very first cookery book published was The People of Bolton on Cookery