This week's food and drink news includes festivals galore, with vegan beer, pizza & prosecco, and a beer fest with a gin bar and some live music. Plus there's two new restaurant openings, a Runaway supper club, a late night Levy market and more.
This weekend: Manchester Vegan Beer Festival at Islington Mill
Food promoters, Fat Gay Vegan, are bringing the Manchester's Vegan Beer Festival to Islington Mill in Salford. Expect a great range of vegan beers and ciders from vegan owned and operated breweries including Bad Seed, Brass Castle and Twisted Barrel. Street food stalls will be on hand in the form of VRev Vegan Diner, vegan meats from Sgaia, Mother May I, The Vegan Food Pod, and Moodley Manor.
Sat 16 Sep, Islington Mill, 1 James Street, Salford, M3 5HW, 11am-8pm, £4adv/£8 OTD, veganbeerfest.co.uk and www.facebook.com
Two new openings: Elnecot bar in Ancoats and Kielys Irish Bar at 1 Watson Street
Manchester has two new contemporary bars. Elnecot is a new independent for Ancoats - click here for our full preview - and Kiely's is a modern take on the traditional Irish formula that's literally just opened on Watson Street - read our preview.
Runaway for Supper: new monthly supper clubs at Runaway with GRUB
The Runaway Brewery and foodie mavericks GRUB are collaborating to bring a new monthly pop-up dining room to the city, called Runaway for Supper. Each edition will see a different food trader bringing a specially created four-course menu to proceedings, serving it at Runaway’s new tap room which looks out over the brewery floor in full flow. Each course will be paired with one of the brewery’s signature beers, and the bar will be open an hour ahead of service to get started. First up in the series, is Wholesome Junkies. Their menu begins with an Autumnal crostini with homemade ricotta, roasted butternut squash, caramelised onions and sage; followed by salt and pepper Portobello mushrooms with spring onions, sriracha mayo and ponzu dipping sauce. The main is a spiced pumpkin curry with tamarind and caramelised onion brown rice, pumpkin bon bons and crispy shallots; finishing off with a dessert of toffee apple upside-down cake with vanilla custard. Get your tickets while they’re still up for grabs.
Thu 21 Sep, The Runaway Brewery, Unit 4 Millgate, Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 4JW, 6.30-11pm, £35, www.eventbrite.co.uk
This Friday: Levy Night Market
The Levy Market team are putting an evening bash on this Friday with street food, vintage stalls, live music and more. Read our preview.
Fri 15 Sep, Levenshulme Market, Levenshulme Train Station Car Park, Levenshulme, M19 3AB, 5-9pm, FREE, www.facebook.com
Book tickets: Oktober Festival Weekender at Albert Hall ft. Riot Jazz & more
The Albert Hall is set to be transformed into a Bavarian, beery wonderland this weekend. Decked out to replicate an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, there will be a range of German beers served, alongside a healthy dose of lederhosen, oompah, wurst and pretzels. With sessions on Friday evening, Saturday daytime and evening, and Sunday, there is also a stellar line-up of music with Norman Jay, Tim Burgess, Marshall Jefferson and Riot Jazz headlining. Tickets available via the links below.
Fri 15-Sun 17 Sep, The Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR, times vary, £5/10, www.seetickets.com
This weekend: Seven Bro7hers' Brewback Beerfest w. live music & pop up gin bar
With their Ancoats bar flourishing, Seven Bro7hers is taking the party back to where it all began this weekend by opening up the brewery for their inaugural beer festival. Brewback Beerfest will also signal the launch of new brewtap bar, Tap 7. Serving their own range of craft beers and ciders, there will also be other locally sourced brews on offer, as well as a pop-up gin bar, a range of street food and live music all day. Your ticket will be exchanged for beer tokens on entry – head down to check out the new digs.
Sat 16 Sep, Seven Bro7hers Brewery, Unit 63 Weybridge Enterprise Centre, Daniel Adamson Road, Salford, M50 1DS, noon-11pm, £5, www.eventbrite.co.uk
Book now: Pizza & Prosecco Festival at BEC Arena
Uniting two Italian forces in gastronomic harmony, the Pizza & Prosecco Festival is coming to Manchester. With 20 different types of prosecco on offer, prosecco cocktails, a range of pizza pop-ups and live music all day, get involved with Saturday’s do. Each release of tickets has sold out, so get yours now whilst they’re available.
Sat 16 Sep, BEC Arena, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1SN, 2-11pm, £15.99, www.fatsoma.com and www.facebook.com
Trip out of the city: Red Willow brewery's birthday party in Macclesfield
Just a 20 minute train journey from Manchester, why not visit Macclesfield brewery Red Willow on Sunday to join in the celebrations for its fourth birthday party. Serving their trademark range of beers to sample, there is also street food on offer: Indian fare from Vaso Kitchen, Mexican treats from Sabroso Street, Kenyan grill from Nyama Choma, and burgers from What’s Your Beef.
Sun 17 Sep, Red Willow Macclesfield, 32a Park Green, Macclesfield, SK11 7NA, 12-8pm, www.facebook.com
Offer of the week: 90 minute pizza and booze feast at Buca di Pizza
Buca di Pizza is offering diners an all-you-can-fit-in pizza deal, with unlimited refills of prosecco or beer for £25.95. Available every day, 12-8.30pm, the whole menu is up for eats including hickory barbecue sauce, mozzarella, chantico spiced cheddar, smoked pancetta and hickory smoked pulled pork; or sweet potato and chickpea sauce, falafel, herb marinated feta, red onion, rocket, chilli and mango dressing; as well as the more usual pizza suspects. Booking is advisable via the details below.
Offer available Buca di Pizza, 16 Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5ND, Tel: 0161 839 7832, 12-8.30pm, www.bucadipizza.com
The British Street Food Awards: Saturday has sold out but there are still tickets for the Sunday session of 2017. Click here for more.
Mossley apple pressing session: Sun 17 Sep, Mossley Community Centre, Roughtown Road, Mossley, OL5 0SG, 2-5pm, www.facebook.com
Blazing Sadler’s: a social meet up for cyclists for a ride and drink, Sun 17 Sep, FREE entry, The Pilcrow Pub, Hanover Street, Sadler’s Yard, Manchester, M60 0AB, 11am-5pm, www.facebook.com