Manchester food and drink news this week includes the Real Junk Food Project, a vegan beer festival at Islington Mill, Grub Food Fair, 8th Day and more.

Manchester Vegan Beer Fest at Islington Mill
Winningly named events organiser Fat Gay Vegan joins forces with vegan-friendly Pitfield Brewery to host this weekend’s festival at Islington Mill, a ten minute wander from Salford Central Station. Food will be served from Manchester vegan favourites Mother May I and V-Revolution, with London-based Essential Vegan providing sweet treats. Booze on offer will be – of course – vegan beer, ciders, wine and soft drinks. The festival’s ethos is to run the event as ‘not a place to deliberately make people feel bad about stuff’.
Sat 17-Sun 18 Sep, Islington Mill, James Street, Salford, M3 5HW. noon-8pm, £4,

GRUB Food Fair at Runaway Brewery ft. DJ Agent J
Autumn is a-comin’. Sadly, that also means that this Saturday sees the final GRUB Food Fair of 2016 at Runaway Brewery. A summer regular, they’ve collaborated with some excellent food vendors, and this finale is no exception. The line-up includes Polish delicacies from Smak, Manchester chicken purveyors Mumma Schnitzel, salt beef and grilled cheese sarnie-lovers Savage Cabbage, contemporary Turkish and Mediterranean fare from The Otto-Men and breads from new-Manchester-kid-on-the-block, Pollen Bakery. All washed down with the usual delicious beer from Runaway, served straight from the source. The day’s DJ soundtrack comes from Agent J – Jamie Groovement (he also happens to be one of Manchester Wire’s club writers) and Woe Jebster of Mind on Fire Collective. Just a reminder: take cash.
Sat 17 Sep, The Runaway Brewery, Dantzic Street, Manchester M4 4JW, noon-10pm, free entry,

Meet the authors: A Chinese Street Food Odyssey with Sweet Mandarin’s Lisa & Helen Tse at Waterstones Deansgate
Pop into Waterstones on Deansgate to meet authors Lisa and Helen Tse as they launch their book, A Chinese Street Food Odyssey. As the team behind the Northern Quarter’s Sweet Mandarin, they’ve been serving the city for years. This book looks at the street food cultures of China and the bustling markets.
Sat 17 Sep, Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW, 11am-2pm, FREE

The Real Junk Food Project at The Koffee Pot and Levy’s Inspire
The beat goes on for Corin Bell’s pay-as-you-feel food revolution. Made from seasonal produce that would otherwise be needlessly thrown out, the team consistently concoct a delicious menu, always accommodating to vegan/vegetarian and gluten free diets. All funds raised go back into the project – working with businesses to reduce food waste, helping people in food poverty to have access to nutritious food, and campaigning to make the food system fairer and more sustainable. Good people.
Wed 14 Sep, The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. Tel: 0161 236 8918. 7-9pm, pay-as-you-feel after the meal,
Fri 16 Sep, Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AR. Tel: 0161 850 4747, 7-9pm, pay-as-you-feel after the meal,

In short

Levenshulme Market is taking a trip to the city on Fri 16 Sep, 5-9pm. They’re heading to the University of Manchester, for a night market behind the Students’ Union. After that, they’ll be on campus every Tues lunchtime 11.30am-2.30pm until early December.

Veggie, vegan, organic cooperative The 8th Day is running a series of free tastings in September, in association with the Soil Association. Pop in on Thursday 15 September to sample products from The Raw Chocolate Co.

Tue 13 Sep - Sun 18 Sep
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 13 Sep 2016