Manchester food and drink news this week includes Salford Beer Festival, Grub Food Fair at Alphabet Brewing Co, a new branch of Crazy Pedro Part-Time Pizza Parlour in the NQ, bargain meals at Rosylee, great news for chef Adam Reid who takes over from Simon Rogan at the French at the end of the month and fish and chips for Kosmonaut as the Hip Hop Chip Shop opens in the bar’s basement. Fancy a supper club this Autumn? Read our guide to the three best dining events in Manchester – including an El Bulli chefs reunion at Iberica – here, plus Trove has just expanded and is now selling buckwheat dumplings as well as extraordinary bread.

Salford Independent Beer Festival
This weekend is the Salford Independent Beer Festival in Saint Sebastian’s Community Centre. Easily accessible by public transport (details on the website below), the festival is curated by Sweet Sweet Records, bringing Dom Major, The Jonny Woodhead Band, George Fell and Duke and the Darlings to the stage. With all but a few brewers hailing from the north, the beer list is a celebration of world class ales.
Thu 20 – Sat 22 Oct, Saint Sebastian’s Community Centre, 1 Douglas Green, Salford, M6 6ES; Thu 20 Oct, 6-11pm, £4; Fri 21 Oct, 11.30am-4.30pm, £4 & 6-11pm, £5; Sat 22 Oct, 11.30am-4.30pm, £5 & 6-11pm, £5,

GRUB Food Fair at Piccadilly’s Alphabet Brew Co
After a successful launch last weekend, Grub food fair returns to Alphabet Brewing Company near Piccadilly Station. This fair showcases comfort food from Mac Daddies, Mediterranean veggie and vegan fare from Soraya’s Kitchen, The BarnHouse Bistro burgers, gyoza purveyors Wallace and Sons, plus new winter ice cream flavours from Scoop Up. Just a five minute walk from Piccadilly Station, DJs provide the soundtrack to ease lunchtime into evening at the brewtap. Reminder – take cash.
Sat 22 Oct, GRUB Food Fair, Alphabet Brewing Company, 99 North Western Street, Manchester, M12 6JL, noon-10pm, FREE,

Celebrate Gin and Tonic Day at newly opened Leaf on Portland Street
Manchester gin makers, Three Rivers, are joining forces with brand new restaurant Leaf, based on Portland Street. To celebrate International Gin & Tonic Day, the venue will be offering a classic G&T for £4.50 and a menu of seasonal twists on the formula. Master distiller Dave Rigby will give a talk about the history of gin, and serve free samples too.
Wed 19 Oct, Leaf on Portland Street, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6DW. from 5.30pm, FREE,

Best Fish & Chips in the NQ: Hip Hop Chip Shop move into Kosmonaut basement
Local street food stars Hip Hop Chip Shop have come in out of the cold. Serving out of the basement of Kosmonaut, they’ve got the space to offer a full menu from their temporary digs. Lighter bites include jerk batter fish and plantain, chilli battered sausage wrapped in bacon with curry sauce, chilli battered onion rings and Louisiana spiced crabcakes. For the hungrier soul, Halloumi Myself and I (battered halloumi fingers, chips and minty mushy peas) or Shinny Shinny Ya Pie (shredded beef shin and mushroom shortcrust pie, chips, pea fritters and black gravy) are just a few dishes from the extensive menu.
Mon-Thu, 4-9pm; Fri-Sun, 12-10pm, Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF, more information here: @thehiphopchippy and

Crazy Pedro’s Part-Time Pizza Parlour is opening a second site in the Northern Quarter – under Affleck’s Palace on Short Street just off Tib Street, and overlooking Dive bar – opening at the start of Nov; award-winning chef, Adam Reid, is taking over from Simon Rogan at The French from November; Rosylee’s 50% off food on Mondays offer continues.

Tue 18 Oct - Sun 6 Nov
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 18 Oct 2016