It may have taken its sweet time getting here but it looks like summer has finally arrived – and just in time for Manchester International Festival, too. The event’s hub has set up shop at Albert Square in the heart of the city, offering punters the chance to enjoy some free music and top grub whilst basking in the city sunshine – but when it comes to food and drink at MIF Festival Square, what can you expect to find on the menu? Well, since you asked…

Freebird Hope
You’ll probably recognise these guys from Oxford road haunts Yes and Hatch but for the next few weeks you’ll find them serving up their signature fried chicken and homemade seitan burgers at Festival Square. Definitely worth giving a cluck about.

Honest Crust
It’s no secret that Manchester’s got some serious slice game but few do it better than Altrincham Market and Mackie Mayor regulars Honest Crust. They’ll be on hand at Festival Square throughout July to keep the party plied with pizza.

Acclaimed chef Gary Usher brings the flavours of his new King Street restaurant Kala to the MIF festivities this year, offering hungry attendees a selection of dinnertime dishes including truffle and parmesan chips. They’re like cheesy chips – but fancy.

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium
It wouldn’t be an outdoor event in Manchester without ice cream wizards Ginger’s Comfort Emporium. Once you’ve filled your belly with something savoury, they’ll be waiting in their colourful van to offer you something sweet with their marvellous mash-up of ice cream flavours. Chorlton Crack all the way, right?

Idle Hands Coffee
With so much stuff packed into MIF this year, you really can’t afford to flag. Thankfully, Northern Quarter Coffee favourites Idle Hands can keep you pepped throughout the month with their fresh coffees, espresso martinis and famous pies.

Manjit’s Kitchen
Family-run street food pros Manjit’s Kitchen will be on site during MIF to serve up a selection of vegetarian and vegan Indian snacks, each inspired by the recipes of Manjit’s grandmother. Keep an eye out for the chilli paneer wrap.

Beers, Wines and Soft drinks
Last but by no means least – this year’s official beer supplier is JW Lees who will be serving up a selection of beers (£4.50 approx), Champagnes (£10.50), wines (£5 a glass), Prosecco (£5.50), spirits (£5) and soft drinks (£2) throughout the month of MIF.

So there you have it. With so much food and drink at MIF Festival Square, you really are spoiled for choice.

Fri 05 Jun – Sun 21 July, Festival Square, Albert Square Manchester, noon – late,

Mon 1 Jul - Sun 21 Jul
Simon Bland
Published on:
Sat 13 Jul 2019