Gastronomes rejoice: today marks the start of the annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival (until 12 October). Now in its twelfth year, highlights include the much-loved fine food market in St. Ann’s Square (pop by for lip-smacking snacks or a hot lunch), a real ale festival (sup on beers from 30 regional breweries) and, best of all, a star-studded gathering of celebrity chefs – everyone from the Hairy Bikers and Clarissa Dickson-Wright to Michael Caines. Caines, incidentally, runs one of the best eateries in Manchester – read Andrew Shanahan’s review, which we think may be the first ever to include a reference to ‘kittens’ breath’ in a restaurant description, here.
To celebrate the start of the festival, MFDF is offering one very lucky reader a slap up meal at Obsidian. Part of the festival’s Dinner in the City series (specially created, one-evening-only menus in some of Manchester’s finest restaurants), the prize includes a seven-course, Lancashire-themed meal for two. Head chef Bryn Evans has been hard at work selecting the finest local ingredients and has settled on a final menu that includes Fleetwood sea bass and Bury black pudding – with Manchester Tart for afters, naturally.
Please note that this competition has now closed.
Image: The Hairy Bikers hit the road (en route to Manchester, presumably). Courtesy Manchester Food & Drink Festival.
The very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North include a collaboration with a renowned dance company, the return of Manchester Science Festival (bigger and better than ever), a showcase of exquisite craft at the Old Granada Studios, and much more. All in all, it’s an exciting, boundary transcending time for art in the North.
With Rising Stars and World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. As we enter the final furlongs, there are still tickets available for some events, from creative non-fiction to a canalside special commission. And once MLF is over, Manchester Science Festival will be chemically enhancing words with poems about the periodic table.
As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music venues burst from the seams with live music for you to enjoy. So whether it’s an acclaimed classical ensemble in a world-renowned concert hall or that up-and-coming young artist in a packed, sweaty venue, we’ve got your gig-going plans covered – with occasional musical highlights from around the region thrown in for good measure…