This week’s food news includes supper on a bus in Alexandra Park, a new branch of Spanish restaurant and bar Evuna in Knutsford, Manchester Bierfest in Albert Square, 50% off food at Font Chorlton and Vivid Lounge, Levy Night Market – Veg Fest and much more. It’s also just been announced that Mary-Ellen McTague is taking over the running of Whitworth Art Gallery’s cafe bar – read the full story here.

Coming soon: third Evuna restaurant in Knutsford
With established tapas restaurants in the Northern Quarter and on Deansgate, Evuna is opening a Spanish wine boutique and restaurant in Knutsford. Set to arrive in August, it will occupy a Tudor property over three floors, right in the heart of the town. With a basement bar and extensive wine cellar, the ground floor will be dedicated to serving the tapas which had made Evuna so successful in Manchester. The Knutsford venue will also have a Spanish garden, with a retractable roof for outdoor dining year round.
Opening at the end of August, Evuna, 46 King Street, Knutsford, WA16 6DT,

Levenshulme Market goes veggie for one night only
The third in the series of evening events, Levenshulme Market is holding a veggie special in celebration of National Vegetarian Week. With local street food stalls offering plenty of veggie and vegan dishes, there will also be range of food, beer, art, craft and many other stalls to take goodies home, with Beatific DJs providing the soundtrack on the night.
Fri 19 May, Levenshulme Market, Stockport Road, Manchester, M19 3PJ, 5-9pm, FREE,

This weekend: Manchester Bierfest in Albert Square
Time to dig out your lederhosen, the event returns for 2017’s beer festival on Albert Square. The biergarden and German village are free to enter, with tickets required for the Bavarian FestTent. With stalls selling traditional food, handmade German beer and German sparkling wine, there will be plenty of oompah music to ensure you feel transported to Bavaria. Check the link below for ticket details and opening times for each day.
Thu 18 – Sun 21 May, Manchester Bierfest, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 4JW,

Purple pizza anyone? Prince-inspired celebration at Hulme Garden Centre
Probably the best titled event around to celebrate National Vegetarian Week, and also their new Prince solar panel project. Apparently Prince used to secretly buy people solar panels, so between the anniversary of his death and his birthday (21 Apr-7 Jun), climate change activists 10:10 are fundraising to put panels on the roofs of organisations fighting for the causes he believed in. At Saturday’s event, guests are invited to find out more while making purple pizzas.
Sat 20 May, Hulme Community Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RG. Tel: 0161 227 8198, 1-4.30pm, FREE,

Only £3: Brazilian Food Festival at Sachas Hotel
Join a collection of Manchester’s Brazilian community for their inaugural Brazilian festival, with a range of traditional dishes, caipirinha, guarana and live music. Stalls will be selling food to eat at the event and also plenty of produce to take away. There will also be a free beginner’s capoeira class, it being a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.
Sat 20 May, Britannia Sachas Hotel, 12 Tib Street, Manchester, M1 1JG, 1-7pm, £3,

Food, craft beer, music & more: ShinDigger Sessions at Antwerp Mansion
Local brewery ShinDigger are holding their third all day party at Antwerp Mansion, with the unique venue transformed into a colourful playground by local artistic collaborators for one night only. DJs Reform Radio, Better Days, Battlestar Mancunia, Nubiyan Twist with live sax and bongos, Blood Money Club Traxx, and Kerouac will be playing, plus ShinDigger beers will be served alongside Manchester Three Rivers Gin and cocktails. Food will be provided by local regulars Mio Pizza and Dim Sum Su. Read our preview.
Sat 20 May, Antwerp Mansion, Rusholme Grive, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 5AG, 3pm-3am,

Book now: Supper club on a re-conditioned bus with Commonplace & Real Junk Food Project in Alexandra Park
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Commonplace Bus, Alexandra Park, Russell Street, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 7JL,

Federation brewery opens in Altrincham’s Con Club
To add to the ever-expanding food and drink offerings in Altrincham, the town is getting its first microbrewery. Named Federation after the brewery that used to provide beers for the country’s Working Men’s Clubs, it’s based in new bar and restaurant, The Con Club, itself a conversion of a former club. With a weekly beer output of 1,152 pints. The first few include pale ale A Wing and a Prayer and mango beer Mangoes into a Bar.
Federation Brewery and The Con Club, 48 Greenwood Street, Altrincham , WA14 1RZ, Tel: 0161 696 6870,

Offers of the week

50% off food at Font Chorlton this Thursday
The Chorlton branch of local bar and restaurant group The Font is launching a new Summer menu, and they want you to come and taste the new dishes, with 50% off food all day on Thu 18 May. With mains such as spiced lamb and smoked aubergine tagine or oven roasted chermoula mackerel, pop in to check it out.
Thu 18 May, The Font, 115-117 Manchester Road, Manchester, M21 9PG, Tel: 0161 871 2022, 10am-10pm,

50% off food at Vivid Lounge Sat & Sun during May
Based on Great Ancoats Street on the Ashton Canal, Vivid Lounge has built up a local following serving brunch which then transitions into Thai curry bowls in the afternoon. Their curry dishes include pork and cassia leaf, duck and tamarind or morning glory – a garlic and oyster sauce stir fried aquatic plant, a staple in Thai and south Asian cooking. To sample the new summer menu with 50% off food, book a table on Saturdays or Sundays during the rest of May, at 3pm, 5pm, 7pm or 9pm.
Vivid Lounge, 149A Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 6DH, Tel: 0161 272 8474,

Tue 16 May - Wed 31 May
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 16 May 2017