This week’s food and drink news includes reopening for Apotheca, Dough, a Hong Kong inspired supper club at Ancoats Coffee Co, Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2017 and much more.

Reopening: Apotheca and Dough in Northern Quarter
After some unfortunate flooding following one of 2016’s storms, sister venues Apotheca Bar and Dough are ready to open their doors once more. Dough has taken the opportunity to devise a different, equally creative pizza menu, with plenty of gluten free, dairy free, vegan and veggie options. Local artist Stan Chow has provided some apt watery artwork for the event and there’s a Twitter promise of ‘lots of free stuff’ on the evening. They’re open already  – but they are hosting open parties next Monday from 7pm to mark the official reopening.
Thu 19 Jan, Apotheca Bar, 17 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1FS, 7pm, FREE, &

Book tickets: Ancoats Coffee Co. Hong Kong-inspired supper club with Dim Sum Su
The supper club is back and the first collaboration of 2017 sees Dim Sum Su taking over the kitchens at the Royal Mills-based coffee shop. The food pop-up is run by Hong Kong-born Sue C.F. Lee, with dishes inspired from there and her later upbringing in the UK. There are carnivorous and vegan menus for this event, each start with a wheat pasty dumpling dish, followed by a handmade crispy wonton, then a Chinese steamed Bao course. A choice between chicken and black bean or aubergine and tofu stew, both served with rice then leads onto a dessert of Chinese custard tart with ice cream, homemade mango syrup and chocolate sauce. There are soft drinks available to buy at the bar, and guests are invited to bring their own alcohol for a small corkage fee. A feast in beautiful surroundings.
Fri 20 Jan, 7-11pm, tickets are £30, Ancoats Coffee Co, Unit 9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill Street, Ancoats, M4 5BA,

Book tickets: Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2017
The Festival is back for the second year, with over 600 brews to taste. As well as a massive selection of cask conditioned craft ales, key-keg conditioned ales and traditional ciders and perries, there will bottled and draught beers from around the world. Accompanying food comes in the form of gourmet sausage rolls and pies from The Crusty Pie Company and Handmade Cornish Pasties, with vegan and gluten free options from the latter. English muffin concoctions such as pork belly, sausage, bacon jam, cheese and egg will be available from the Muffin Man and Manchester regulars What’s Your Beef will be bringing their burgers to proceedings. Toasties from Viva La Toastie, meaty goodies from The Pickled Porter and plenty of beer crisps on offer from Piper’s will ensure you’re fully fuelled for beer sampling. There are plenty of seminars and workshops for aficionados or budding brewers, check out the full events programme.
Thu 19 – Sat 21 Jan, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX, Thu noon-10.30pm £4; Fri 20 Jan noon-10.30pm £7; Sat noon-7pm £7,

Book tickets: Burns’ Night at The Koffee Pot
Anyone who has heard the Burns’ Night address to the haggis, will know of the gusto the poem is delivered, ‘Fair and full is your honest, jolly face… The Koffee Pot (where haggis is served every day of the week) has got your back to celebrate the Scottish tradition, with a four-course meal, whiskey and cocktails along with bagpipes and addressing of the haggis. Plus the Gay Gordons dance group will be on hand to perform traditional Scottish dancing into the evening. With smoked salmon blinis to start, there will be Cullen Skink, then haggis, neeps and tatties to follow. Finishing with raspberry and whiskey cranachan, there is also a Scottish veggie alternative for each course.
Wed 25 Jan, The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE, 6.30-11.30pm, £25, and

Tue 17 Jan - Wed 25 Jan
Kate Holmes
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Tue 17 Jan 2017