Festa Italiana at Cathedral Gardens

Part of our Food and Drink guide

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Festa Italiana
Festa Italia

Festa Italiana, 25–27 August 2023, free entry - Find Out More

Festa Italiana Manchester is the country’s biggest festival designed to celebrate Italian food, drink and culture. Now in its sixth year, it has become established as one of Manchester’s most popular events with over 38,000 visitors flocking to last year’s superb (and sunny) event.

All held in a specially created city centre ‘Italian oasis’ on Cathedral Gardens

The event takes place across Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, filling Cathedral Gardens with Italian producers, chefs, food, drink and music, and even a pop-up cinema tent showing a series of Italian classics.

Festa Italiana

Best of all, it’s free, and you can expect the UK’s best Italian food traders, an array of high-quality Italian drinks, a banquet hosted by celebrity Italian chefs, cooking demos, family-friendly activities and more.

There’s a huge line-up of events and masterclasses to enjoy too (some are paid), alongside the pop-up bars and street food stalls. You can expect to sample the wares of locally-famed businesses such as hosts Salvi’s and many more.

Check back here soon for the full schedule of events and activities.

Festa Italiana

25–27 August 2023
Free entry

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