Typical, there are no festivals for weeks, and then three come along at once. This week it’s all about celebrating in true foodie heaven, beginning with pancake festivities at Kosmonaut. After devouring as many crepes as is humanly possible, check out the many Valentine’s Day deals (click through for our round up, plus a new one – unlimited wine at Flok!) about town. Heading into the weekend for a Chinese New Year food market at St Ann’s Square, where there will plenty of traditional Chinese delicacies to try, alongside some more modern takes on Asian street food. In new openings, we welcome Pioneer Coffee to the Manchester fold, and try the new dishes on the menu at Bundobust.

Chinese food market in St Ann’s Square
To welcome in the Lunar New Year, Manchester will be awash with red, and events run at venues across the city. We are mightily excited for the Chinese food market that will pop up in St Ann’s Square. There will be plenty of traditional Chinese foods to try, pot-sticker dumplings, moon cake, and steamed bao buns (filled with meat and veg) from the likes of street food favourites Wallace and Sons. People’s Choice award winner at the British Street Food Awards, Dim Sum Su, will be serving up her trademark Korean fried chicken bao with Sichuan pepper fries, and NQ diner Cottonopolis will be there to show off their creative, Asian-inspired flavours.
Sat 17 – Sun 18 Feb. St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7LF. @CNY_MCR for updates.

Deal of the week – all of Ginger’s ice creams for £10 (pictured)
A Valentine’s special at award-winning ice cream parlour, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium. Head up to the first floor of Affleck’s Palace for an offer that could melt the coldest heart. In exchange for a tenner you will receive one scoop of each of the ice cream specials on the Ginger’s board. Flavours such as chai spice, gin and plum sorbet, pear and tonka bean and their legendary Chorlton Crack (salted caramel and peanut butter) will be up for grabs. The deal caters for up to 6, works as an indulgent date for 2, or as a man vs food challenge for 1 – it’s totally up to you.
Tue 13 – Fri 16 Feb. Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, 2nd floor, Affleck’s Palace, Oldham Street, Tel: 07980 628 868, 10am – 6pm, www.gingerscomfortemporium.com

Now open: Pioneer Coffee near Victoria
A new events space, coffee shop, bar and restaurant has opened up at the Federation Building near Victoria Station. After launching last month to Federation staff, the cafe is now open to the public. It looks great too, with simple décor, indoor plants, comfy sofas and coffee beans from the likes of local roasters, Heart and Graft. There are classic brunch options, and a proper roast on Sundays, featuring apricot stuffed pork loin with plenty of crackling and roast potatoes.
Now open. Pioneer Coffee. Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester, M4 4BF. Mon-Sun 8am-6pm.

Pancake special at Kosmonaut
Flip it upside down with Kosmonaut at their Stranger Things 2 quiz accompanied by a great stack of pancakes from Fat Tony. The NQ bar launched their Fat Tony’s food concept back in the Autumn with a menu of hearty, no-frills classics, and we expect the pancake feast to follow suit. Have a look at our round up of Pancake day events for some more creative Shrove Tuesday ideas here.
Tue 13 Feb, Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 2FF. Tel: 0161 236 9876, 7pm, FREE, www.kosmonaut.co

New pizza place in Didsbury – Blend Pizza and Taste Lab
Manchester isn’t short of pizza places with Rudy’s in Ancoats, Chorlton’s Double Zero, and Honest Crust at Mackie Mayor. The pizza trend has now branched out to the ‘burbs with Blend Pizza and Taste Lab, a brand new opening in Didsbury. With a menu running from pizza (topped with a range of classic Italian ingredients, served on a choice of bases) to truffle mac n’ cheese and rib-eye steak.
Now open. Blend Pizza and Taste Lab, 721 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 6WF. Tel: 0161 445 4777.  www.facebook.com/blendpizzatastelab

New menu at Bundobust – with mushy pea curry & more
There’s a whole lot more to enjoy at Bundobust. Click here for our review.
Bunobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG. Tel: 0161 359 6757 www.bundobust.com

In short

Grub stars, Oh My Glaze, will be setting up shop at Hatch
They join Blue Caribou Canteen, El Marchador Tacos and Takk, who have been trading out of the Oxford Road shipping container venue complex for a month now. For a taste of Oh My Glaze’s famous sticky wings cooked in a choice of homemade sauces, head to this week’s Grub food fair on Friday or Saturday.
Opening date TBA. Oh My Glaze at Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED. @OhMyGlaze

Craft Beer tasting at Burnage micro-bar, Reasons To Be Cheerful
Tuck into ‘Three to Watch in 2018’ tap takeover as a mini Manchester Beer Week event. Featuring local brewers Beatnikz Republic, Pomona Island and Wander Beyond, a ticket gets you six beers to taste and a chat with the brewer.
Wed 21 Feb. Reasons To Be Cheerful, 228 Fog Lane, Manchester, M20 6EL. Tel: 0161 425 9678, 7.30pm, £19.45 www.eventbrite.com

Tue 13 Feb - Wed 21 Feb
Olivia Rye
Published on:
Tue 13 Feb 2018