Wine connoisseurs and crisp fanatics will soon be able to find unlikely common ground with a brand new ‘wine and crisp pairing’ event coming to Manchester.
Sustainable riverside cafe Open Kitchen is shining a whole new light on the humble bag of crisps with Chips and Sips, which will see guests sample classics like Monster Munch, Wotsits and Frazzles alongside glasses of ‘beautiful’, organic and low-intervention wines.
The principle will be the same as any other wine tasting; learn about each wine and see how they complement the various flavours in each crisp.
Open Kitchen came up with the idea for the event by wanting to combat the notion that ‘wine tastings and pairing evenings can sometimes feel intimidating, snobby, and bewildering’.
They said: “What better way to take all of the snobbery, and quite frankly the class, out of a wine tasting evening, than pairing beautiful wines with the likes of Wotsits, Frazzles, and some Monster Munch??”.
Sustainability and ethics will still be at the heart of the event, with C&O Wines having selected a range of small, independent, family-run or cooperative owned vineyards.
They have also selected wineries that have organic or minimal intervention methods at their core.
The entire evening will be suitable for vegetarians, though some snacks may not be suitable for vegans (Wotsits, we’re looking at you).
Though guests with any specific dietary requirements are still encouraged to attend, all they’ll need to do is drop an email to Open Kitchen, who will then find snack alternatives that allow them to join in with the festivities.
Chips and Sips will take place at Open Kitchen on Thursday September 22nd at 7pm, with tickets costing £27.54pp.
For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
There’s a restaurant in Manchester dedicated entirely to toasties
There’s also a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes and shakes…
Manchester’s very own toasty restaurant has launched a brand new menu with loaded fries, jacket potatoes and shakes.
Frankie’s Toasties found life back in 2018 when a ‘typical born ‘n’ bred Manc lad’ decided to share his love of the humble toasty with the good people of Manchester.
Frankie’s was quick to earn a name for itself among foodies across the city, mainly thanks to its eclectic menu of toasties, all costing just £3.25 a piece.
Fillings include Supernoodles, ‘builder’s breakfast’ and cheese, mac and cheese, pulled pork and hot ramen with cheese, as well as some classics such as ham and cheese and tuna melt.
Frankie’s also boasts a selection of ‘sweet’ toasties, with fillings such as Nutella, Lotus Biscoff and S’Mores with chocolate and marshmallow.
And now, Frankie’s has launched a brand new menu with some exciting new additions.
Joining its usual toasties is a new menu of loaded jacket potatoes, all of which can be customised with an array of tasty toppings and fillings for just £4.
Customers can choose from classic fillings such as tuna mayonnaise, chilli con carne and baked beans, as well as some more unusual choices including spicy ramen noodles, BBQ pulled pork, meatball marinara and creamy garlic mushrooms.
Extra toppings include hash browns, fresh chillies, nacho cheese and jalapeños.
The new menu also boasts loaded ‘filthy’ fries and over thirty milkshake flavours, ranging from banoffee pie, Nutella, salted caramel, Snickers and Kinder Bueno, as well as a number of vegan options.
Frankies Toasties can be found at its original restaurant down Portland Street, and also at its new site in the Arndale food market.
For more information on the menu and where to find your closest Frankie’s, visit the Frankie’s Toasties website.
Manchester cocktail bar voted one of the best in the entire world
Another win for Manchester…
A cocktail bar in Manchester has been voted as one of the best in the entire world.
Each year, a panel of expert bartenders, drinks writers, cocktail specialists and educators select the very best cocktail bars the world has to offer for the World’s Best 50 Bars awards.
And for 2022, a cocktail bar situated right here in Manchester made the list for the top 100 establishments across the globe.
Joining bars from far-flung locations like Krakow, New York, Singapore, Cape Town and Sydney is Schofield’s, a new bar on the scene situated in Sunlight House down Little Quay Street.
Schofield’s – owned and operated by Bury-born brothers Dan and Joe Schofield – has proved to be a huge hit among city centre punters thanks to its team of knowledgable cocktail connoisseurs, who put intricate mixes on both classics and their own unique signature drinks.
Drink highlights include the Guinness Punch – Bacardi Ocho, Guinness, condensed milk, nutmeg and vanilla – and the Lone Tree – Chase GB Gin, Schofield’s very own Dry Vermouth and orange bitters.
Reacting to the news on Instagram, the Schofield brothers said: “We are a little lost for words upon hearing the news that we ranked as the 59th Best Bar in the World (The World’s 50 Best Bars List 2022) making us the only bar in England to place in the list outside of London since 2008.
“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it many more times but this is a true testament to the hard work put in by the team on a daily basis. We are proud to call you colleagues and proud to work alongside you.
“After opening during the Global pandemic, we never imagined we would receive this sort of recognition and it drives us to be better and do better for you, our guest.
“We are proud to play a small part in the thriving food and drink community in Manchester. We look forward to seeing you at the bar soon!”
Schofields is open from 12pm – 1.30am Wednesday to Sunday, and accepts both walk-ins and bookings.
Manchester Christmas Market’s legendary Yorkshire pudding wraps are BACK this year
The wraps can be filled with a selection of roasted meats, vegetables, potatoes and gravy
The Manchester Christmas Markets’s world-famous Yorkshire pudding wraps will officially be making a comeback for 2022.
Last week, Manchester City Council announced that the annual markets would be returning on November 10th, where they will operate across the city centre until December 22nd.
And now, the undisputed highlight of the markets has also confirmed its return; the famous Yorkshire pudding wrap.
Porky Pig, the vendor behind the delicious invention, took to social media to announce it would once again be serving up its hearty wraps ‘bigger than ever’ throughout the duration of the markets.
They wrote: “Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 we are coming for you bigger than ever this year. We are excited to get back to what we do best.”
The Yorkshire pudding wraps – which catapult to viral fame every year – can be filled with a selection of pork, gammon, beef, chicken and lamb, along with a selection of roasted vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and lashings of gravy.
This is all wrapped up in a giant Yorkshire pudding for guests to enjoy there and then.
And this year, market-goers will also be able to feast upon battered pigs in blankets, pigs in blanket barms, and even a giant pig in blanket wrapped up in a Yorkshire pudding.
The Manchester Christmas Markets will this year be returning to the ‘Winter Gardens’ at Piccadilly Gardens.
It is likely that stalls will also operate on Market Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens, though this is yet to be confirmed by the council.
Manchester’s Christmas Market spokesperson, Councillor Pat Karney, said: “With Christmas Day a mere three months away, that can only mean one thing – Manchester Christmas Markets Day is even sooner!
“In fact, there’s only seven weeks left to go until you can grab a gluhwein and buddy up with a bratwurst whilst checking out the fantastic Christmas gifts and goodies on the best Christmas Market in the land. Mark it on your calendars – 10 November – they’re back!”