The UK’s first Patrón Paloma Week comes to Manchester: what is it and where can you celebrate it?

Touted as ‘the official cocktail of summer 2021’ by The Sunday Times, the Paloma is quickly becoming a popular fixture on cocktail menus across the UK.

A refreshing mix of tequila and grapefruit soda, the Paloma is thought to have come from the iconic town of Tequila in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Until not long ago, this cocktail was little known outside of Mexico, but that’s all about to change.

Now, Patrón Tequila is celebrating this zesty drink with the inaugural Patrón Paloma week which will take place in Manchester and London from 23 to 30 August.

Paloma week will feature bespoke cocktails and complimentary food at selected venues across Manchester

Bars across the city centre will take part in the first ever dedicated celebrations, each creating their own innovative twists on the Patrón Paloma. Participating venues in Manchester include Escape to Freight Island, Ducie Street Warehouse, Motley, Crazy Pedros, El Capo, Washhouse, Cottonopolis and Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn.

As well as the bespoke Patrón Palomas, there will also be complimentary food at some of the venues on selected dates.

How to make a Patrón Paloma

The Patrón Paloma

As well as trying it at bars across the city, if you’d like to make the Patrón Paloma at home, we’ve got a couple of the classic recipes below for you to try out.

You can get the ingredients delivered to your door through the Patrón Pantry Amazon Store. There are also videos showing you how to make them.

Patrón Paloma

50ml PATRÓN Reposado tequila
150ml Grapefruit soda
A pinch of salt  
Grapefruit slice for garnish 
Salt rim (optional)  

Method

Combine ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit slice, and salt rim if desired. Recipe, tips and ingredients here.

Patrón Paloma and Juice

50ml PATRÓN Reposado tequila
30ml Freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
15ml Lime juice
10ml Agave syrup
30ml Premium soda water
Pink grapefruit wedge for garnish
Half salt rimmed glass with pink salt

Method

Combine all ingredients apart from soda, shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda water and garnish with the grapefruit wedge.

Patrón Paloma Week is taking place from 23 to 30 August.

For more information, visit: jiggerbeakerglass.org/article/paloma-week.

Tine and Le Social move into Kampus

Two new restaurant and bar concepts have opened in burgeoning city centre neighbourhood, Kampus.

Restaurant Tine and wine bar Le Social have taken over the Bungalow which, if you haven’t been down to Kampus yet, is a building on stilts across from Canal Street. This collaboration is the latest in a series of residences taking place in the Kampus Bungalow, which has previously hosted pop ups from Isca Wines and Summer Beer Thing.

Both Tine and Le Social will occupy the space throughout August and September, Le Social operating the bar outside and Tine running the restaurant upstairs in the Bungalow itself.

Le Social has an impressive selection of organic and natural wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic options. They also have a bar snack menu including nibbles like Manchego cheese, olives, mini saucissons and spiced mixed nuts.

Le Social at Kampus

This will be the first time Le Social has had a full bar set up. Started during lockdown while owner Jerome was put on furlough from his job as an alcohol sales rep, Le Social has been operated out of one of the containers at Pollard Yard.

Throughout August and September, Jerome has curated a series of events planned throughout his stay, including DJS, street food takeovers and brunch events. When we were down there were three performers roaming the space, including a leotard-clad hula hoop dancer.

Le Social is open from 4-10 on Thursday and Friday and 12 till late on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit Le Social’s Instagram page.

Jerome from Le Social with Josh and James from Tine

Tine was first set up by chefs Josh and James as a pop up in Blossom Street Social in February 2020.

Josh said: “We set up Tine as we thought Manchester has a big lack of local Mancunian chef run restaurants, so we got together with the focus on finding the best products in the UK and some from Ireland. I’m from an Irish family and James has Irish heritage also which relates to our name. In English it means the tip of a fork or deer antler and in Irish means a fire or blaze as we intend to cook on wood embers in a really refined way.

“We set up tine in February 2020, two weeks before Covid hit, which obviously hurt us massively in every aspect and worked around government restrictions as a pop up at blossom street social wine bar until November 2020. We’re now at Kampus trying to restart our brand and hopefully get one step closer to opening a permanent restaurant.”

The opening week menu at Tine

Josh has been chef for 10 years, training with Michelin-starred Simon Rogan. He worked at Where The Light Gets In in Stockport before becoming Senior Sous Chef at Mana for the first year. James has worked as a chef for 15 years, notably working as Aiden Byrne’s Senior Sous Chef for 6 years at Manchester House.

The multi-course menu will change based on the produce available. When we visited the first course was an oyster sat on top of a wild plum. A perfect mouthful, it was salty-sweet and as fresh as anything.

Next, we had Dayboat Ikejime Sea Bass which had been brought up from Cornwall, having only been caught the day before. The fish was lightly cured and served on top of a creamy smoked yolk which formed the sauce of the dish, and topped with fresh orange tomatoes and lemon rind.

The meat course was Hogget loin, two thick slices of lamb with perfectly crisped fat and juicy pink middle. Hogget is a lamb that has been aged for a year or two which means that the meat has a fuller flavour than that of lamb but not as strong as mutton. It was served with a rich pumpkin seed stew and a side of fermented potato bread (a nod to the pair’s Irish heritage).

Dessert was green strawberry which had been pickled (so it tasted almost like lychee) and served with a walnut parfait and frozen Eccles cake.

Hogget loin with pumpkin seed stew

Finally, we had cheese to finish – a soft Connage cheese, topped with thin slices of fresh pear and served in a crisp cracker cup.

The menu is as refined as you’d expect from a pair with these credentials and each dish isn’t quite like anything I’ve eaten before.

Tine is open Thursday to Sunday until the end of September. To book visit: tinemcr.com.

CBRB and Henry C join forces to open French bistro 10 Tib Lane

Late night ramen joint CBRB and Chorlton cocktail bar Henry C have come together to announce a brand new restaurant and bar concept – a French-style bistro in the old Bock Biere Cafe site.

Ten Tib Lane is a three-storey restaurant and bar which aims to ‘push the boundaries of Manchester’s food and drink scene’.

The venue looks casual and cosy with a muted colour palette, dark wood floors, terracotta walls, a tiled bar, leather seats and rich velvet booths.

10 Tib Lane

The EATMCR team were chatting other day about the distinct lack of French restaurants in Manchester. While French gastronomy is renowned the world over and was even added to the UNESCO list of “intangible cultural heritage” in 2010, it seems to have fallen out of favour with UK restaurants who are favouring other cuisines over the traditional French cookery.

That’s not to say there aren’t some great independent French restaurants in Manchester like 63 Degrees in the Northern Quarter and Man Bites Frog in Chorlton. However, when you compare it to the number of Italian, Spanish or even Japanese restaurants in the city, the French are lagging far behind.

An absolute Francophile myself, I think this is a real shame, so I’m excited to see a venue bringing a fresh and forward-thinking take on the cuisine. The food and drink menus at 10 Tib Lane will be constantly evolving, with a focus on seasonal, homegrown and locally sourced ingredients.

The menu at 10 Tib Lane

There will be small plates such as lamb rump, braised broad beans, saffron aioli and rosti; a ‘Club Sandwich’ made with chicken, truffle, smoked bacon and celeriac; and carefully thought out vegetarian options like potato and chive financier, ginger, sweet potato aligot.

The chef behind the menu is Alex Shaw of Volta, who has previously been awarded Chef of the Year by the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and Restaurant of the Year at the City Life awards.

For drinks, there is a refined cocktail menu, including both well known drinks and more progressive additions.

Examples include the understated Whisky and Soda, which consists of milk washed Chivas 12y whisky, Chivas Mizanura blend whisky, burnt caramel vanilla and citric acid.

There’s also Le Mastrou which has Lilliet Blanc vermouth, Cacao Blanc liqueur and olive oil-washed Plymouth gin – a technique which consists of infusing (or “fat-washing”) gin with olive oil. It looks and feels like a martini, but it’s light, chocolatey and sweet.

Unfortunately the news of the new opening was coupled with the announcement that CBRB will be ‘laying low’ for a bit. The team has decided to take a break due to the increasing pressure from Covid guidelines and the test and trace system.

A post on CBRB’s Instagram read: “The toll the past couple of weeks has taken on our team is immeasurable. The uncertainty caused by test and trace, combined with behind the scenes issues of a struggling supply chain and goods shortages nationwide… you get the picture.”

Talking about the launch, Ben Gretton, who launched CBRB in 2018, said: “We wanted to create a high end experience, but without any of the stuffiness that usually comes with that. We want to be a place people come for a nice bottle of wine and a few oysters after an afternoon of shopping, as much as for a special date night or anniversary spot or just a place for a few afternoon cocktails and a couple of light plates. It really is a place for everyone and we’ve worked hard to create a relaxed vibe that isn’t trying too hard, it’s just a cool place to be.”

Sophie Robson, co-owner of Chorlton’s Henry C, added: “We’ve been customers in each other venues for years and have total respect for how we approach the industry, so when we saw the venue and the opportunity it gave us, it was a no brainer to do it together. We all believe in honest service, incredible food and drink and that’s what 10 Tib Lane is about.”

Ten Tib Lane opens on Thursday 29 July. To book a table visit 10tiblane.com and stay up to date by following their Instagram here.

An evening of cricket, live music and food: The Hundred at Emirates Old Trafford

A brand new cricket competition – The Hundred – is coming to Manchester, with four home games scheduled at Emirates Old Trafford over the next few weeks.

The matches, which will be hosted on 25 and 28 July and 5 and 10 August, will also have a full programme of entertainment, food and drink for visitors to enjoy.

The Hundred is a new, shorter, more fast-paced format of cricket where only 100 balls are bowled for each team. Each game lasts less than three hours, as opposed to Test cricket matches which can last three, four or even five days.

This competition will see the Manchester Originals compete against seven other teams from across the country in men’s and women’s competitions.

For the matches at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester will take on Birmingham Phoenix on 25 July, Northern Superchargers on 28 July, Southern Brave on 5 August and London Spirit on 10 August. There will be women’s and men’s fixtures at all events.

At each event there will be a live set from a different band. BBC 6 Music has collaborated on the line up which includes Wigan band The Lathums for the first event, followed by The Orielles, Porij and, finally, Everything Everything. The matches will all be hosted by BBC Radio Manchester DJ Roesh.

Now, the food. We’ve teamed up with Manchester Originals to curate the line up of independent food traders who will be dishing up the goods at each of the four events.

There’ll be burgers from Solita, gourmet bangers from Grandad’s Sausages and hot salt beef bagels, burgers and fries from Triple B.

Crunched Tacos will also be there for the last three fixtures, serving their hard shell tacos. And A Few Scoops will be there serving their alcohol-infused ice cream, sorbets and ice pops from their baby pink tuk tuk.

Overall, it looks set to be a pretty cracking day out. Outdoors, watching some sport, some live music and digging into some delicious food. Lovely.

Tickets for Manchester Originals home fixtures available here.

Things to eat and drink when it’s sunny in Manchester

I don’t know if it’s because we’re all severely holiday deficient at the moment but wandering around Manchester in this weather (if you squint ever so slightly), we could just be abroad.

And what’s the best holiday activity? Correct. Eating and drinking everything in sight.

So let’s go. Here are some of our favourite things to get in Manchester in the sun – including some suggestions from you lot.

Ice cream

Ok, first up in this heat, it’s got to be ice cream. And for somewhere as notoriously rainy as Manchester, we’ve got a pretty great selection of places to get a few scoops of the cold stuff.

Serving at both their Ducie Street and Hatch sites, Gooey‘s cereal milk soft serve is the perfect heatwave snack. It’s like a 99 from your local ice cream van with an added dose of nostalgia. It’s made by local ice cream maker Rogue Ice Cream and is quite frankly, delicious.

Also doing soft serve at the moment are Siop Shop who have been dolloping maple soft serve onto their donuts at their Tib Street shop. Lovely.

Across the road, the newly opened Lazy Sundae on Tib Street serves a range of scoops inspired by their owners travels including Mango Mochi, Matca and Earl Grey Biscoff. There’s also bubble tea, soufflé pancakes and pineapple bao buns filled with milk tea ice cream.

Talking of ice cream sandwiches, Nell’s has got their own version, made using Cheshire Farm Ice Cream sandwiched between Nell’s signature cookies. Choose from salted caramel, cookies and cream, red velvet and vegan chocolate. Find them at Common and The Beagle.

Also on that ice cream sandwich hype are Sicilian NQ serve scoops of classic Italian gelato wedged inside a sweet brioche bun. Flavours include pistachio, chocolate, stracciatella, vanilla, strawberry and more.

For more classic Italian gelato, head over to Taste It on Blackfriars Road in Salford run by Italian husband and wife team Simona and Gianfranco. The flavours change daily and include Bronte Pistachio DOP, Ricotta and Pears, and Espresso, as well as a range of vegan gelato and sorbet.

Food

In my opinion, the key to food in the sun is that when you close your eyes, you need to feel like you’re abroad. You need to trick your taste buds into believing you’re in Italy, Spain, Mexico or whichever cuisine/destination you choose.

The Fritto Misto from Salvi’s is just made for eating in the sun; a mix of battered calamari, prawns and courgette, served in a paper cone. While we’re at it, we’ll take one of their loaded apertivo boards which come with three types of mozzarella, cured meats, olives and bread. And an Aperol Spritz with that, thanks.

The Italians just absolutely kill it when it comes to food in the sunshine though don’t they? A Neapolitan pizza from Rudy’s, freshly-made pasta dishes from Belzan Pasta Kitchen at Freight Island or arancini from T’arricrii at Hatch – you can’t really go far wrong.

Another favourite among you lot was of course tapas. Specifically at an outdoor table at Bar San Juan in Chorlton or Porta in Salford – both stellar places to sit in the sun and nibble and drink to your heart’s content.

I don’t know about you, but if there’s one food the sun makes me crave, it’s seafood. All this week I’ve just been dreaming of sitting out on that terrace at Oystercatcher with half a dozen oysters and a glass of something cold. Absolute heaven.

Of course, they’ve got lots of other great seafood and fish dishes too, with a weekly changing seasonal menu. At the moment, there’s dishes like Moules Frites, Black Sea Bream and a seafood platter featuring sea bream, red tiger praws, mussels and squid.

Drinks

Iced coffees

Straddling the ice cream and iced coffee divide is the affogato, and you won’t find many better in Manchester than Rudy’s. Their version is a scoop of vanilla ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium with a shot of hot Italian Kimbo espresso poured over. You can also add a shot of Amaretto. Naughty.

Ginger’s also do their own version of an affogato at their ice cream bar on the first floor of Afflecks.

For classic iced lattes, some of our favourites in town include Federal, Just Between Friends, Feel Good Club and Foundation.

We also love the Vietnamese iced coffee from both Ca Phe Viet and Pho Cue – dark roasted coffee with condensed milk and topped up with ice. It’s rich, sweet and ice cold. While you’re at it, Vietnamese food is perfect for this weather.

Margaritas

We asked you what drinks you crave in the sun, and the responses were heavily in favour of Margaritas – classic margs, frozen margs, spicy margs, all the margs.

One of our favourites has to be the margaritas from Picos in Mackie Mayor. We went the other day and tried their new Passion Fruit Margarita – fruity, sharp and with a healthy dose of tequila, it’s sunshine in a glass.

Other firm favourites are the frozen Margaritas from Crazy Pedros. The classic is made with El Jimador tequila, Giffard Triple Sec and Supasawa or you can choose from a range of flavours: strawberry; peach and passion fruit; pineapple and pomegranate; watermelon and pink guava; and lychee and grapefruit.

Passionfruit margaritas from Picos in Mackie Mayor

At Ramona, which feels made for this weather, the margaritas have been catching our eye in a big way. They have a happy hour too. Every Thursday & Friday, all their Margaritas are a fiver.

We also spotted the Frozen Marg of the month at Southside Tequila Joint in Withington, a blue lemon sour margarita which comes served in a large glass, complete with a glow stick and Refresher bar – obviously.

With all of the above, obviously make sure you get the respective tacos or pizza from whichever place you’re ordering from. Those margs are strong stuff.

Pints

There’s nothing like a crisp, refreshing pint on a hot day. Sometimes, any pint will do, but here are some beers/places to go that we think are particularly great on a hot day.

At the moment, there’s probably nowhere better to have a drink in Manchester in the sun than Stevenson Square. You’ve got outdoor seating from Flok, Eastern Bloc, Hula and more. All primed and ready to pull your pints.

There are too many great beers and breweries to mention but here a couple of beers we’d recommend. From Seven Brothers brewery, there’s the Sabro IPA, which they describe as a “tidal wave of coconut and citrus flavours” and from Cloudwater, their classic pale ale called How Wonderful, it’s bright, juicy and a corker of a beer for a sunny day.

Fell in Chorlton has a cracking selection of beers too, they can be bought from the shop to takeaway or you can sit and drink them on the tables outside. There’s a changing selection of beers available. My personal favourites for this weather are the raspberry sour beer and the Paddler, which is a lemon iced tea Radler; light, zesty and almost too drinkable.

Have a great weekend!

It was supposed to get rainy over the weekend but it now looks set to stay dry, so plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy some food and drink outdoors.

No time like the present though, eh? I’m parched, off to go find an ice cold Marg in the sun.

Boxpark is coming to Manchester

Manchester is set to get another city centre foodhall, this time from London operator, Boxpark.

As reported in Place North West magazine, the news was shared by Chief Executive of Allied London, Mike Ingall on LinkedIn, who says that they are close to agreeing a lease with Boxpark for the 30,000 sq ft Albert Shed complex in Manchester’s new St John’s neighbourhood.

Ingall said: “The deal is not done yet but we have shaken hands and that is good enough for me.”

Albert Shed – not to be confused with Albert’s Shed in Castlefield – is on the corner of Water Street and New Quay Street. This new part of town will also be home to MIF‘s The Factory which is currently under construction.

“First cut for our new Food Hall Warehouse!” – Mike Ingall on LinkedIn

If you haven’t heard of Boxpark before, their existing venues bring together street food, drinks and entertainment under one roof. The first site opened in Shoreditch in 2011 and has been followed by two further openings in Croydon in 2016 and Wembley in 2018.

Set in the heart of their respective boroughs, each one promises a unique experience, and so you would hope that the Manchester site will offer something that’s unique and personal to the city.

Similar to Hatch which opened in Manchester in 2017, the Boxpark sites so far have all been constructed out of repurposed shipping containers.

The new opening is part of a larger expansion for Boxpark which has created Instagram handles for sites in Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol and other locations around London.

There’s no confirmed date for the opening of Boxpark Manchester just yet, but according to Ingall the aim is to open by June 2022.

That’s all we know for now but we’ll keep you updated as more is announced.

Reopening week parties in Manchester as social distancing ends

It’s finally happening. Restrictions are lifting, social distancing is ending and dancing is back on the cards.

To celebrate, Manchester’s clubs and bars are planning some big (and long) parties throughout reopening week.

Here are some of the parties you can still book tickets for.

Hula

Hula Tiki is throwing a 12-hour party from 5pm to 5am on Monday 19 July with DJ Gareth Brooks. Tickets are free but they’re selling fast. To grab one click here.

Hula Tiki is throwing a 12-hour party

Hidden

Hidden has been busy making improvements to the club while its been closed and they’ve now reopened their doors at the earliest possible opportunity (midnight on Sunday 18 July). They’ve got day and night parties every day of reopening week. Book tickets here.

Joshua Brooks

Reopening on Friday 23 July, Joshua Brooks has been undergoing a £200,000 revamp to get it ready for opening. The reopening weekender will feature sets from the likes of Darius Syrossian and DJ Mark Knight. Tickets have sold out for the Friday night but there are still some remaining tickets for the event on Saturday here.

Joshua Brooks is reopening on Friday

4nd Street

42s has planned a full week reopening week programme, kicking off with the reopening week party on Monday, followed by the return of some of its regular nights – Blowout, Amplified, Skint, Urban Legends and Dirty Dancefloor. Book here.

Venue

Venue is reopening as a club from 19 July after having operated as a ‘night pub’ recently. There will be two reopening parties on Monday and Tuesday, Red Wednesday with ‘indie, disco and good vibes’, requested night on Thursday and indie floor fillers on Friday. Tickets and information for reopening week here.

Mint Lounge

They opened last week with their seated sessions, but Mint Lounge will soon be able to reopen fully on Monday 19 July with their Levelz Lockdown Liftoff event. Funkademia will also return on Saturday 24 July. Book via Skiddle.

South

South is throwing a 30-hour reopening party, kicking off at one minute past midnight on Monday 19 July and running until 6am in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Tickets can be bought for either the first or second half of the night here.

Manchester chippies to takeover Manchester Food and Drink Festival for one day

Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF) is returning to the city this autumn and today it has announced the first wave of events as part of the 2021 programme.

The independently-run event which was postponed last year due to the pandemic will run from 16 to 27 September.

Director of MFDF, Alexa Stratton Powell said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the Festival back this year. Postponing in 2020 was hugely disappointing – a tough decision but the right one of course.

“We set up the Festival,  a small group of people, to champion independent food and drink businesses. We’re still a very small team but we are just as committed as ever, particularly now as we face a whole new chapter for hospitality, to showcasing the very best that our amazing city has to offer. This year we’re looking forward to celebrating our brilliant hospitality industry and bringing people together for some cracking food and drink!”

The Festival Hub on Cathedral Gardens

The Festival Hub will once again be located on Cathedral Gardens and will be the centre of the event, with street food, bars, live music, an artisan market and takeover events hosted by various Manchester restaurants and operators.

The Hub is free to enter with bookable tables and some saved for walk ins. Most of the available tables have already been booked now but there is still some limited availability alongside walk in spaces.

There is also a range of fringe events at venues across the city which takes place throughout the festival.

Here’s everything they’ve announced so far.

The Festival Hub

The Bull & Bear Hub Takeover

Tom Kerridge’s restaurant, The Bull & Bear will be taking over the MFDF Festival Hub for a special supper club, serving a three-course ‘pub grub’ menu. Of course, it’s a pub menu from a two Michelin starred chef so this won’t be the food from your average boozer.

The Bull and Bear in the Stock Exchange Hotel

Diners will enjoy a started of potted Loch Duart salmon with apple jelly and cucumber chutney, braised beef and blue cheese pie with English mustard mash and Seven Brothers ale gravy for main, and to finish it’s banana custard with dates, pistachio and honeycomb. A vegetarian option will be available too.

The event will take place on Monday 20 September. Tickets cost £55 per person and can be booked here.

Manchester’s Biggest Chippy Tea

For the Festival Chippy Tea takeover, the Hub will be filled with five different restaurants, chippies and traders, all cooking up their take on the classic fish and chips.

The line up includes traditional chippy Anchors of Didsbury, popular Ancoats spot Hip Hop Chip Shop, Manchester’s first all vegan chippy JJ Vish and Chips, English market diner Street Urchin and Lord of the Pies.

Hip Hop Chip Shop

Dessert will be provided by A Few Scoops who will serve alcoholic ice cream from their custom built tuk tuk.

This event takes place on Wednesday 22 September and is free to enter but there are a limited number of tables available to pre book here.

JJ’s Vish and Chips

Schlosstoberfest

An early Oktoberfest celebration, Albert’s Schloss will bring Munich to Manchester with their Schlosstoberfest takeover.

The MFDF street kitchen will be serving Bavarian street food throughout the evening. There’ll be bratwurst, pretzels, lederhosen and plenty of beer. Plus, there’ll be a full programme of live entertainment that Schloss is so good at.

Schlosstoberfest is taking place on Thursday 23 September at the Festival Hub and is free to enter.

There’ll be pretzel and bratwursts a plenty at Schlosstoberfest

Street Food & Bars

From Thursday to Sunday for the two weeks of the festival, there will be a changing selection of street food traders.

Over the first long weekend (16 to 19 September), traders include What’s Your Beef, Aunti Ji’s, Great North Pie Co, The Spinn, Grandad’s Sausages, Hanoi 75, Maison Breizh and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium.

Also that weekend, there will be a trailer at the Hub with a different restaurant or chef cooking in it each day including Evuna, Jackie Kearney and Tast.

There will be a changing selection of street food traders across two long weekends

Over the second weekend, visitors to the Hub can enjoy dishes from Halloumination, Patty and Press, I Knead Pizza, Northern Soul and Spoons Desserts.

Eat Well Mcr will have their own trailer from 24 to 26 September with a different restaurant partner each day cooking the menu. Profits raised from the kitchen, including a £1 donation added to orders, will go to Eat Well to support the work they do feeding vulnerable people in Greater Manchester.

Throughout both weekend, the Just Eat Food Chalets will host some of their best rated Manchester restaurant partners including Peck and Yard, La Bandera, Vertigo Plant Based Eatery and JJ Vish and Chips.

There will be three bars at the Festival Hub; a Manchester Beer Bar serving a range of regional beers and ciders; the Franklin and Sons bar with a range of creative gin and tonics; and the Truly Hard Seltzer Bar serving alcoholic sparkling water in flavours like Wild Berry and Black Cherry.

The Manchester Beer Bar

MFDF Artisan Market

Across both weekends, there will be an artisan market at the Festival Hub, open from midday until 7pm.

There will be two separate line ups featuring independent food and drink producers from across the region.

Stalls will include Ancoats artisan bakery Companio, Paradiso Authentic with Italian desserts, Chorlton Cheesemongers, Bread Flower with sourdough bagels and seasonal bouquets, HM Pasties, Cocoa and Bloom with artisan chocolates, Manchester Cheesecakes, Chorlton Bread Co, Devil Dog small batch sauces, The Gourmet Brownie Co and Crozier Drinks.

Elsewhere in the city

More Festival Fringe events will be announced closer to the time but here’s what’s announced so far.

MFDF Wine and Fizz Fest

Halle St Peter’s

Taking place at Halle St Peters on Blossom Street in Ancoats, the Wine and Fizz Fest will see some of the region’s most exciting independent wine retailers and brands come together for three tasting sessions on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September.

Tickets cost £12.50 and will allow visitors to taste their way through dozens of wines from across the globe from retailers like Decent Drop, Grape to Grain, Le Social, and Cork of North. UKiYO Republic will also be there showcasing their range of Japanese sake.

As well as tasting the wines, guests will also be able to buy bottles at the event to take home.

Book here.

Special festival offers

As the official partners of the festival, Just Eat is offering 20% off between Thursday 16 September and Monday 27 September.

There’s 20% off Roomzzz Aparthotel at the Corn Exchange throughout the festival too if you want to make a weekend of it.

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is on from 16 to 27 September. More events will be announced in the lead up to the event.

To view the full programme and book tickets, visit their website or download the app on the App Store here or Google Play Store here.

Things to do in Manchester this weekend (whether you’re watching the football or not)

It properly feels like summer at the moment. It’s sunny (for now), we’re allowed to do things and – crucially – there are actually things to do.

It’s been a long time since it felt worth doing a weekend round up for events in Manchester, but this week, the city is absolutely buzzing.

Of course, there’s the football tomorrow, but whether you’re into that or not, there’s plenty to get up to over the next few days. Here are a few highlights for this weekend.

England v Ukraine

The Crown and Kettle is accepting walk ins for the Euros

It’s coming home, guys. If you haven’t heard, England has made it through to the quarter final of the Euros, taking on Ukraine this Saturday evening.

You’re going to be hard pressed to find a booking for anywhere showing the game but there are still a few places doing walk ins where you might be able to grab a table.

Places doing walk ins include Crown and Kettle, Bunny Jacksons, Lost Cat, Tib Street Tavern, Dive Bar and Stage and Radio.

Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

MIF is now underway with various arts, music and theatre performances as well as other cultural events during the 18 days of the festival.

As well as the programme of ticketed events, the free-to-enter Festival Square on Cathedral Gardens is open from today with live music, food and drink.

Food traders include Honest Crust, Stellar, Heathcote&Co and Eat Well MCR.

More info here.

Summer Beer Thing

Summer Beer Thing at Kampus

Summer Beer Thing returns this summer for a month-long, canal side pop up.

The event is hosted by Common & Co, the guys behind Common, The Beagle, Port Street Beer House and Nell’s Pizza, which will soon open their permanent space at Kampus alongside new pub Cornerstone.

There will be plenty of beers, DJs on weekends, fried chicken from Kongs and Nell’s ice cream sandwiches, as well as natural wines, cocktails, softs and snacks.

Open Thursday to Sunday, walk ins only.

Manchester Union Brewery 2nd birthday

Manchester Union Brewery birthday party

Manchester Union Brewery throwing a belated birthday party this Saturday 3 July – six month after it was due. The brewery missed the opportunity to celebrate at the time due to lockdown restrictions.

Visitors can drink their award winning lager and their black lager After Dusk right next to where it is brewed, and there will be Verdant See Food and Dance IPA on tap for the occasion.

There will be snacks from Beehive serving Manchester Eggs and freshly baked pretzels from Pretzel & Spelt, which will be free to anyone spending over £10 at the bar.

No bookings required. More info here.

Food at MIF: Festival Square and supper clubs with the city’s top chefs

Manchester International Festival kicks off this week, running for just over two weeks at venues across the city.

The programme includes a wide range of events including gigs, theatre shows, dance performances, installations and other cultural celebrations.

Highlights include Damon Albarn and Arlo Parks at Manchester Central, a sculpture of Big Ben made out of political books on Piccadilly Gardens and an opening night performance which will see 150 Manchester residents among hundreds of dancers take over Deansgate for a unique new dance work.

As usual, Festival Square will be the central hub of the event, with free live music and DJs, guided tours, family events and some great food and drink. This year, Festival Square will be situated on Cathedral Gardens as its normal home of Albert Square is closed for renovations.

Open from 2 to 18 July, Festival Square is always a great place to hang out, grab a beer and some food and enjoy some free live performances.

Food on Festival Square

Festival Square is always a great place to hang out, grab a beer and some food and enjoy free live performances

Mackie Mayor and Altrincham Market favourites, Honest Crust, are returning to Festival Square, firing up their wood-fired oven to serve sourdough pizzas alongside fresh summer salads.

There will be a fully vegan offering from Stellar, a collaboration between Dan Hope (of Firebird Hope, Four Side, KRUM and Plant Grill) with partners Jason Wood and Lou Oates. The menu will feature Barbacoa Yuba Sandos, falafel burgers, Southern Fried Tofu and more.

There will also be food on offer from Heathcote&Co who have been a staple since the very first MIF. They will be serving affogatos, speciality coffee and ice cream floats. Fingers crossed for sunshine.

Also at Festival Square throughout the event are Eat Well MCR, the social enterprise co-founded by chef Mary-Ellen McTague which has provided nearly 45,000 to some of the most vulnerable in our communities since the start of lockdown.

Last year, Eat Well MCR launched their marketplace, filled with meal kits and local produce from a range of independent Manchester food and drink brands. The marketplace has helped to fund their initiative and also provides a platform and support for these indie businesses.

The menu includes a ‘build your own picnic’ with products from some of these partners including pickles and ferments Plucky Pickle, pies and scotch egg Beehive Food, bread from Holy Grain, whipped butter from The Creameries, salads from Cinderwood Garden, hummus from The Refuge, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels and an Eat Well Kimcheese toastie. There will also be other toasties and bagels for children.

Mary-Ellen McTague (centre) from Eat Well MCR alongside fellow Directors Gemma (left) and Kathleen (right)

Chefs and restaurants from the Eat Well MCR collective will be popping down throughout the festival to offer special dishes to diners, starting with some incredible chocolate from Eddie Shepherd of The Walled Gardens Underground Restaurant. Other chefs and restaurants providing specials include Lorcan Kan from Things Palace, Elnecot, Where The Light Gets In, 3 Hands Deli, Blackbird Pantry and Joe Otway from Higher Ground

Mary-Ellen said:

“It’s so exciting to be able to collaborate with MIF again, for me personally but also because it’s the perfect platform to showcase our wonderful marketplace suppliers, the chefs and restaurants in our amazing collective, and to be able to tell our story to the wider community, all whilst raising much needed funds to continue our support work.” 

As well as their stall on Festival Square, Eat Well is also hosting a series of supper clubs with some of the city’s top chefs.

The supper clubs will be hosted at San Carlo Bottega in Selfridges Exchange Square. Five chefs are taking part across four nights with one chef taking the reigns for each of the first three events and a duo of chefs for the final event.

All tickets cost £65 per person which can be booked as tables of two and four only. This includes a four course dinner with a welcome drink, with options to add wine pairings or other drinks on the night.

Anna Søgaard from Erst, 5 July

Anna Sogaard from Erst

The menu for the first supper club will be created by celebrated Sous Chef of Erst in Ancoats. Anna was raised between Florida and Copenhagen and spent time working in Nordic fine dining kitchens before joining Erst in 2019.

The restaurant has since received national attention and praise, most recently being included in the National Restaurant Awards’ top 100 restaurants in the UK.

Book here.

Julià Castelló from Tast, 6 July

Julià Castelló from Tast

The next evening, Head Chef of Tast will take over the kitchen in San Carlo Bottega. Born in Girona, Julià trained in Catalonia, worked in restaurants on the Costa Brava and spent two years at the Michelin-starred Cinco in Berlin before moving to Manchester to open Tast in 2018.

He started as Sous Chef under Paco Perez and was promoted to Head Chef earlier this year.

Book here.

Mary-Ellen McTague from The Creameries, 12 July

Mary Ellen McTague from The Creameries and Eat Well MCR

The following week, Mary-Ellen McTague takes charge of the menu – co owner of The Creameries and founder of Eat Well MCR, Mary-Ellen has helped to provide almost 45,000 meals to vulnerable people in Manchester since the start of lockdown.

She was also formerly the Chef-Patron at Aumbry in Prestwich and Executive Chef of The Real Junk Food Project in Manchester.

Book here.

Isobel Jenkins from Isca and Josh Al-kazhraji from Moorcock Inn, 13 July

Isobel Jenkins and Josh Al-kazhraji

The final supper club in this series is hosted by a duo of chefs. The first is Isobel Jenkins, chef and co-owner of natural wine bar and organic deli, Isca Wines in Levenshulme, and also co-founder of supper club Season’s Eatings.

She will be joined by Josh Al-kazhraji who currently cooks at the Moorcock Inn in Sowerby Bridge. Together they have created a special four-course menu exclusively for MIF.

Book here.

Manchester International Festival runs from 1 to 18 July. To view the full programme and book tickets, visit: mif.co.uk.