A brand new immersive dining experience in the middle of the forest is coming to Manchester this Christmas.
Courtesy of the popular light and arts festival Lightopia, Dine in the Light will give guests the opportunity to partake in the never-before-seen experience of fine dining in magical ‘dining domes’ deep in the woodlands of Heaton Park.
Each dining dome, which will seat up to six or twelve for up to ninety minutes, will be serving up an imaginative and hearty three-course menu of classic seasonal dishes, all carefully curated by Alderly Edge Hotel’s former head chef Chris Holland and The Life Cafés & Resorts Culinary Team.
Starters will include the likes of roasted pumpkin soup with a parmesan and sage crumble, Swiss cheese and Riesling fondue served with torn ciabatta for dipping, vegan buffalo cauliflower wings and Sriracha hot dip and a confit duck terrine with a zingy orange and cranberry salad.
And for the main event, guests will have the choice of hanging kebabs – either lamb marinated in harissa and mint and served with flatbread and dips or smoky barbecued mushroom and celeriac served with flatbread and preserved lemon – and sticky glazed short rib of beef with pureed potato and tenderstem broccoli, or slow-cooked chicken rubbed in Middle Eastern spices served with pilaf rice.
And, perhaps most importantly, the desert menu will offer a choice between the ‘Manchester Trifle’ with layers of Vimto jelly, vanilla sponge and mulled blackberries or a ‘Heaton Mess’ Meringue loaded with fresh cream, baked peaches and raspberries.
There will also be a vegan dark chocolate and orange mousse and, for those lacking a sweet tooth, a cheeseboard boasting a selection of locally sourced cheeses and biscuits.
For the little ones, there will also be a children’s menu in the form of the ‘Pirate Banquet’, where they will be served their food in their very own ‘pirate ship’.
Also new for Lightopia 2021, The Stables Courtyard Bar and Dining will offer a more laid back dining experience with a selection of excellent food such as gourmet soft shell tacos, delicious stone-baked pizza al taglio, roasted chestnuts and festive beverages, as well as a line up of live music and, of course, plenty of festive spirit.
Three courses and a drink will cost £38 per person, with each Dining Dome experience needing to be booked in advance. There will be three slots to choose from; 5pm, 6:30pm or 8pm.
Lightopia will be open to the public from November 18th 2021 until January 3rd 2022. The event will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except during school holidays, as well as Christmas Day.
To book your own Dine in the Light slot and for more information, visit the Lightopia website here.
The Black Friar is transforming into a magical winter tavern for Christmas
The tavern will boast roaring fires, cocktails and festive feasting
The Black Friar pub is set to be transformed into a magical winter tavern with festive tipples and open fires this Christmas.
The historic Salford pub – which reopened last year after standing derelict for nearly two decades – will provide a candlelit and cosy retreat complete with roaring fires, rugs and furs, ready for a season filled with warmth, nostalgia and festive feasting.
The Winter Tavern will boast the perfect space for celebrating Christmas with a selection of á la carte, festive dining and cocktail menus, providing plates of festive grazing and winter tipples.
The Black Friar has also partnered with Highland Park 12 Whisky to provide the drinks at the new Winter Tavern.
Distilled in the Scottish Orkney Islands – which is historically known as the ‘Viking Kingdom’ – Highland Park will be bringing its Celtic charm and expertly crafted spirits to the venue, giving guests the chance to warm up with cocktails and hot toddies on tap.
Additionally, the Tavern will be available for private hire throughout the festive period, with the space accommodating up to forty-five seated for the festive sit down menu.
It can also be booked out for canapés for a more casual affair, with a standing capacity of fifty-five people.
The Winter Tavern comes complete with a full private bar, bathrooms and space for a DJ – which The Black Friar can help plan and provide entertainment for.
The Black Friar’s Winter Tavern will be open from November 21st, and bookings for tables and private hires are open NOW.
A HUGE wine festival is coming to Manchester this weekend
10 independent wine traders will be bringing their very best vinos for guests to taste and sample across the event
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is set to host a HUGE wine festival with over 100 vinos to sample this weekend.
MFDF’s Wine Festival is set to take over the newly-refurbished New Century Hall, where a whole host of independent traders will showcase the very best vinos their wine lists have to offer.
Attendees will be able sip their way through some of the most exciting and interesting wines from across the globe, all carefully selected by the city’s best wine experts.
Guests will also get the chance to chat directly to some of the industry’s most passionate retailers, who will guide them through the vast selection of wines they have on offer.
This year’s participating wine traders include Le-Social, Grape to Grain, Italy Abroad, Cork of the North, That Wine Cellar, Sip Wine Bar, UkiYo Republic, Ad-Hoc and Suppher.
A programme of tutored wine tastings and specialist masterclasses will also take place across the weekend, offering extra opportunities to delve into specific wine topics, themes and regions.
All the masterclasses are free to attend and come included in the ticket price.
As well as wine tutorials there will also be free flower workshops and even the chance for guests to try their hands at a spot of painting.
Also at the festival this weekend will be a number of market stalls from some of the cities most beloved vendors, including Ancoats Coffee, Mello.Haus, Trafford Horticulture, MFDF Award-winner Dormouse Chocolates and Caroline Dowsett.
Additionally, there will be music provided by Babyflxcko and Lebo across the event, and the bar will be open throughout.
The MFDF Wine Festival is taking place this weekend from Friday October 7th (6-9pm) to Saturday October 8th (12-5pm and 6-9pm).
Tickets cost £16.99pp. Get yours booked here.
An all-you-can-eat cheese buffet is coming to Manchester
Guests will be able to indulge upon a selection of the country’s best cheeses for two and a half hours…
The ultimate all-you-can-eat deal is coming to Manchester next month in the form of an epic bottomless cheese buffet.
Northern Quarter pub Pie and Ale is set to host the legendary one-off cheese buffet courtesy of Leeds-born cheese tasting company Homage to Fromage.
Homage to Fromage was founded by friends Nick and Vickie, an unlikely duo from Yorkshire who came up with the idea to run cheese-based events following a random conversation on Twitter in 2011.
And for their Manchester event, Homage to Fromage will be showcasing its top eight cheeses of 2022, alongside a selection of freshly-baked bread, crackers, chutneys and ‘all the trimmings’.
The cheese will be served on an all-you-can-eat basis for two and a half hours, giving guests the opportunity to indulge upon a mix of cheeses, whether they be crumbly, creamy or peppery.
Pie and Ale will be on hand for the drinks side of things, with a handsome selection of rotating ales and craft beers, as well as a number of canned and bottled beverages.
And to pair with the cheese is a modest wine list, alongside a choice of cocktails and soft drinks.
Organisers have promised a ‘laid back and informal’ event, adding that there will be some ‘absolute belters’ making an appearance across the evening.
Homage to Fromage will be bringing its epic cheese buffet to the Northern Quarter’s Pie and Ale on Thursday November 17th. The event will kick start at 7pm.
Guests will be able to take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet for just £20pp – though it is worth noting that drinks are not included in the ticket price.
For more information and to book your own tickets, visit the Homage to Fromage website.