Manchester is in for a treat this summer with the return of the UK’s biggest Italian food festival.
Described as ‘the country’s most exciting and vibrant festival of Italian food, drink and culture’, Festa Italiana is a unique celebration of all things Italy, and will once again be gracing Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens for the August bank holiday weekend.
The festival found life five years ago by the family-run Italian restaurant group Salvi’s, and was quick to grow in popularity, with over 38,000 people visiting during last year’s event alone.
And this year, a number of the festival’s most popular faces will be returning alongside some exciting new additions.
The festival’s famed workshops and demonstrations will take place once again, alongside some of Italy’s finest cuisine courtesy of celebrated Italian chefs Giancarlo Caldesi (Return to Tuscany, Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch), celebrity chef and award-winning restaurateur Aldo Zilli (The One Show, This Morning, Celebrity Masterchef), Great British Bake Off 2021 winner Giuseppe Dell’Anno, and, of course, Festa founder Maurizio Cecco.
Specialist pastaia Carmela Sereno Hayes will also join the line up, where she will host her acclaimed pasta-making workshops across the weekend.
And like previous years, some of Manchester’s most celebrated Italian food and drink traders will be dishing up their own takes of Italian cuisine,
On the drinks front, some of Italy’s most popular drinks brands will be on hand to help guests wash down their pizza and pasta, including Gin Mare, Luxardo and Poretti.
And brand new to Festa this year will be an Italian art exhibition, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Alongside a line up of live musicians and entertainment across the weekend, there will also be activities to keep children entertained while their parents feast upon pasta, pizza and Aperol… so families need not worry.
Festa Italiana will take place at Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens across the late bank holiday weekend from August 26th-28th, and will be completely free to enter.
More details will be announced in the coming weeks – visit the Festa Italiana website to stay posted with news and updates.
Turtle Bay is giving out FREE chicken wings and cocktails at new Salford Quays restaurant
The Quayside restaurant is set to open next week
Turtle Bay will soon be opening a brand new restaurant in Media City and, to celebrate, will be giving out FREE jerk chicken wings and booze for one day only.
The restaurant chain – popular for its Caribbean-inspired food menu and extensive selection of rum cocktails – will be expanding out of the city centre with the opening of its new Quayside venue next week on August 19th.
But to give Salford’s residents a taste of what’s to come before the grand opening, Turtle Bay will be giving out FREE samples of its menu on Friday August 12th.
Between 12-2pm and again at 4:30-6:30pm, people will be able feast upon jerk chicken wings, Turtle Bay’s famous Reggae Rum Punch and cups of Red Stripe beer.
There’ll be no bookings or sign-ups required; all people will need to do is head down to the MediaCity piazza venue during the two time slots and help themselves.
And that isn’t all; Turtle Bay will be exclusively launching its brand new cocktail menu at its Salford Quays restaurant before any other venues across the country.
The restaurant’s famous Bottomless Brunch deal will also be coming to the new venue this September, with it running every day from 10am to last sittings at 3pm (5pm on Sundays).
The two-hour long Caribbean cocktail and brunching experience includes unlimited tropical cocktails, mocktails, Red Stripe and prosecco all to a soundtrack of laid back reggae beats.
Bottomless brunch includes any breakfast, brunch, burger or fresh roti dish – from Big Kingston Grill Down (a Caribbean twist on a full English), to the Vegan Yardbird all for £31.50 per person.
Salford Quays customers will also be able to enjoy Turtle Bay’s delicious rum-based cocktails as 2-4-1 every single day.
Happy Hour will run from 10am to 7pm each day, with a late happy hour also kicking off from 9.30pm between Sunday and Thursday, and from 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Turtle Bay in Salford Quays is opening on August 19th, with bookings available now. For more information and to get booked in, visit the Turtle Bay website here.
You can now get a bottomless Sunday roast for you and your dog in Manchester
This could be the most wholesome Sunday activity ever…
Sundays are all about roast dinners, dog walks and copious amounts of booze, and there’s now the perfect combination of all three right here in Manchester.
The city’s resident South American inspired restaurant Peru Perdu has unveiled its brand new bottomless Sunday roast offer that comes complete a miniature ‘doggy roast’ for your four-legged companion.
Peru Perdu serves its own take on a roast, with a choice between Churrasco Picanha – thirty-six-hour slow cooked beef – and Pollo tigre de lêche – tiger milk-soaked roasted chicken.
Both these roasts come with all the good stuff, including Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, and lashings of truffle gravy.
And those dining with their dogs can order a FREE doggy roast, with the same choice of beef and chicken roasts.
All doggy roasts are served in suitable dishes with a complimentary side of veggies and bone gravy.
Peru Perdu also offer their human guests the choice to upgrade to a bottomless roast for an extra £25, giving them unlimited Bloody Marys throughout the duration of their visit.
There are two Bloody Marys on the menu; the Verdita Bloody Mary made with Pisco, verdita, tomato juice, spices and lemon, and the Red Snapper, made with Maté-infused Canaima gin, tomato juice, spices and lemon.
And that isn’t all on the Peru Perdu lineup; on the last Saturday of every month, the venue hosts an explosive bottomless drag brunch.
For £45 per person, guests are welcomed by the restaurant’s queens and poured bottomless Chandon Garden Spritz for ninety minutes. There, they can enjoy two courses cooked in front of them at the open kitchen.
The Sunday roasts at Peru Perdu are served weekly from 12pm til late – get booked in now.
Greater Manchester chippies are giving away FREE fish and chips this August
Fancy a free chippy tea?
Hundreds of chippy teas across Greater Manchester will be reimbursed throughout August as part of a scheme to help small businesses with the cost of living crisis.
Sarson’s Vinegar has officially launched its #SarsonsFryday campaign, which will see hundreds of dinners be reimbursed for the remaining summer weeks.
The scheme was launched to extend a helping hands to struggling chippies across both Greater Manchester and the rest of the country amid the ongoing cost of living crisis.
To claim their free dinner, all customers will need to do is take a photo of their order and share it onto Twitter or Instagram with the tag @SarsonsUK and hashtag #SarsonsFryday.
To be valid, all entries must ensure they are following the Sarson’s official social media channels to be considered, and must have proof of purchase via a receipt for their meal.
Eastenders actor and chippy tea enthusiast Adam Woodyatt teamed up with the company to make the scheme a reality. He said: “#SarsonsFryday is a fantastic way to reward the loyal customers who keep our fish and chip shops open for business.
“It’s fair to say I know a thing or two about running a fish bar, and I encourage everyone to head to their nearest chippy and get their order in pronto, you never know it might be free!”
Bryan Carroll, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Sarson’s, added: “The rising cost of living means we’re naturally all looking for ways to cut down our expenses, and sadly, one of the first thing that consumers cut back on is meals out and takeaways, leaving many of our favourite chippies at risk.
“As we enjoy the warmer weather, we wanted to help the nation support their local so we’re making everyone’s favourite day of the week even better with #SarsonsFryday.
“Whether it’s a staycation with friends, seaside visit with the whole family or a quiet Friday night in, we want to make sure Brits can get their fish and chip fix – so this summer, it’s on us!”
To find out more about how to apply for the Fryday scheme, visit the Sarson’s website.