This week’s food & drink news features a festival to get you drunk, a drunken butcher to help you enjoy prose, and the city’s first jazz club to open this millennia…

Salford Beer Festival
Halloween weekend might seem like a way off, but if you’re into independent craft brews, you might want to get the Independent Salford Beer Festival in your calendar now. New local breweries are thrust in to the spotlight at this year’s event, with beers sourced from no further than the West and East Pennines. A full list of breweries will be posted to the festival’s website, where you can also pick up your ticket (from £4).
Fri 30 Oct – Sun 1 Nov, Saint Sebastian’s Community Centre, Salford M6 6ES, Times and prices vary,

Drunken Butcher (pictured) gets poetic
There’s more to the Drunken Butcher, aka Iain Devine, than food and booze. Indeed, it seems the chef is also a fan of the written word and to prove it, he’s created a special six-course literary-inspired supper club based on his favourite poems. There’s Toads by Philip Larkin, which has been translated into sardines on toast, and dessert inspired by John Betjeman’s Slough, with nougat, chocolate ice cream, caramel sauce.
Sat 7 Nov, Drunken Butcher v2.0, M16 8JY, tickets £20 plus booking fee from

Cafe Istanbul’s new jazz club 
Cafe Istanbul, one of Manchester’s oldest turkish restaurants, turns 35 soon – and it’s come up with a pretty unique way to celebrate: by opening up a jazz club in its basement. It’s the first new jazz club to open up in the city since 1999, and it open on Friday 17 September for a big birthday bash. La Gitane, as it’s called, is in very capable hands, with Matt and Phreds founder Matt Nickson handpicking musicians for the opening event and beyond.
Opens Fri 17 Sep,La Gitane at Cafe Istanbul 79-81 Bridge Street, M3 2RH,

Thu 17 Sep - Sat 7 Nov
Rakhi Sinha
Published on:
Wed 2 Sep 2015