Manchester food news this week includes a host of new openings including a firm launch for Hispi, the best of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2016, the world’s biggest coffee morning attempt at Gorilla, a fundraiser for the Real Junk Food Project, a special MFDF event which celebrates the life of Prince through the medium of pizza and wine at PLY – plus a new vegan restaurant for Stockport called The Allotment.

New openings for Hispi, Porta and Bundobust
We had a quick chat with the team from Bundobust – a craft beer and Indian street food concept from Bradford, which was mooted to open near Piccadilly from the end of September. In fact, work has just started on the project and they hope to be open by the first week in December. Other projects to look forward to include Hispi – the baby sister of Chester’s critically acclaimed bistro, Sticky Walnut. This one is set to open in Didsbury on Friday 7 October (booking are being taken now), while another Chester export, tapas and wine bar Porta, is to open in Altrincham in October. This week also sees the launch of Manchester Food and Drink Festival – read our guide to the banquets and best free stuff to get your teeth into – plus there’s a record breaking attempt to host the world’s biggest coffee morning at Gorilla on Friday (30 Sep). Find out how to get involved here.

Real Junk Food Fundraiser at 53Two
As part of the fringe programme of Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Real Junk Food Manchester are throwing a party and gala dinner at new Manchester venue 53Two. As ever, the concept is that the chefs skilfully intercept food destined for the bin and create a tantalising menu from those ingredients for punters to pay-as-they- feel afterwards. This one’s a bit different though – as well as the feast, bands and DJs will provide the soundtrack for the night in the form of DJs Sarah Walters, Pasta Paul and Thom Docking (Drunk at Vogue), The Nat O’Brien Band and Jo Dudderidge from The Travelling Band. Held in the atmospheric arches, booking is advisable to join them for drinks, food, music and dancing, all raising money for this amazing cause, fighting food waste and poverty.
Thu 29 Sep, 53two, 8 Albion Way, Manchester, M1 5NZ, 7pm-late, prices vary,

Debate with cake: EU Bake Off at Ancoat Coffee Co.
Are you sick of people talking about the channel shift of Great British Bake Off? Do you love cake? Are you still dissecting the implications of Brexit? If the answer is ‘yes’ to these things, head down to the Great European Bake Off at Ancoats Coffee Co. People are invited to bring with them baked goods hailing from their favourite country and enjoy an informal chat with like-minded folks.
Sun 2 Oct, Ancoats Coffee Co, Unit 9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill Street, Manchester, M4 5BA. Tel: 0161 228 3211, 2-4pm,

The Three Ps: Celebrate Prince with pizza at PLY
Prince, pizza and PLY. Held at the Northern Quarter venue, four pizzas will be created based on four songs, with four matching wines while a Prince playlist accompanies the Manchester Food and Drink Festival event, for the duration. With some Prince-themed giveaways, early bets are on Purple la Reine.
Tue 4 Oct, PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1DW. Tel: 0161 711 0401, 7pm, £12,

Tue 27 Sep - Fri 7 Oct
Kate Holmes
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Tue 27 Sep 2016