The UK’s largest Italian food festival is set to return to Manchester this summer.
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.
Festa, which was initially born out of Manchester’s Italian community four years ago, is back with a bang after a COVID-19 break last year with workshops, demonstrations, book signings and some of Italy’s finest cuisine courtesy of celebrated Italian chefs such as Aldo Zilli, Giancarlo Caldesi, Gennaro Contaldo and, Festa founder, Salvi’s owner Maurizio Cecco.
Maurizio’s twelve-year-old daughter, Sienna Cecco, who is also a talented chef in her own right, will be joining the party and leading free kids cooking classes throughout the three day long festival.
Carmela Sereno Hayes, the hugely popular pastaia (specialist pasta maker) and author, will also be making a return to Festa Italiana and running her much talked about pasta workshops all weekend long.
And as for the beverages front?
Well, it wouldn’t be a weekend dedicated to Italian cuisine without some authentic Italian booze, would it?
A number of the big labels will be on hand to keep your thirst quenched throughout the weekend such as Peroni, who will not only be serving pints of their famed lager, but will be popping up their portable cinema, too.
Complete with bean bags, deck chairs, popcorn, aperitivo boxes, Peroni (obviously) and themed classic movie screenings of Cinema Paradiso, Romeo and Juliet and La Dolce Vita, the popular lager will have you covered.
There will also be a space and activities over the weekend to keep children entertained while their parents feast upon pasta, pizza and Aperol… so, families, worry not.
The festival has been confirmed to take place at Cathedral Gardens on the August bank holiday weekend, Friday 27th to Sunday 29th.
For more information, you can visit the Festa Italiana website here.
ShinDigger & Adelphi Lad’s Club are throwing a FREE month-long festival to celebrate reopening
The ultimate welcome back for the Adelphi Lads Club!
The newly-renovated Adelphi Lads Club and ShinDigger has unveiled its August schedule with a series of FREE beer parties across the month.
The historic venue, located on Cannon Street in Salford, reopened back in June after standing derelict and neglected for over a decade.
So to mark its first summer back appropriately, Adelphi Lads Club has teamed up with local brewery ShinDigger to host the epic Shingri-La Festival.
The festival will see the venue be transformed into a free beer party every weekend in August, where it will play home to a range of local food vendors and DJs.
The residency kicks off this weekend on Saturday August 6th with an event curated by Salford DJ Jenna G. Throughout the day, local artists including Aletha, Lena C, and Mystique will take to the stage for a day-long party in the venue’s newly renovated terrace.
The following week on Saturday August 13th, Steam Radio will take to the decks alongside Nabihah Iqbal and Salary Boy.
The line-up continues the week after on Saturday August 20th with iconic performers such as Mafalda, Alexander Nut and Leon Riley, with even more names set to be announced in the coming weeks.
Dr. Banana will then host a legendary set to conclude the festival on Sunday August 28th.
And on the drinks front, ShinDigger will be on hand with a wide selection of its IPAs and lagers, as well as its beloved summer range.
ShinDigger was founded in 2013 by students Paul and George, who started selling their home-brew at house parties.
The business, launched with a small £10k government grant for young entrepreneurs, has gone from strength to strength throughout the last nine years, and has released over forty different beers, all of which have proven to be a huge hit among Mancunians.
And to soak up the booze will be a selection of freshly baked pizzas from local pizzeria Talk to Me Pizza. Wing Tings will also be serving up their signature style chicken wings and chicken tender sandwiches, the perfect pairing with ShinDigger’s IPA.
The Shingri-La Festival events are completely free to attend, though bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.
A covered football fan park for the 2022 World Cup is coming to Manchester
A number of footballing legends will be providing live commentary throughout the games
Manchester is set to embrace the unusually chilly World Cup with the arrival of an immersive covered football fan park.
The highly-anticipated football tournament is set to look slightly different this year, with it being hosted in the middle of winter over in Qatar from November 21st to December 18th.
This means instead of soaking up the summer sun with jugs of beer, football fans will this year be forced to don scarves and hats, all while retreating to the warmth of pubs and any establishment with decent central heating.
But luckily for Mancunian fans, a covered football fan park will be arriving at Soccer 6’s in Trafford Park to host the ultimate viewing experience.
Trafford Park will be transformed into the ultimate football venue, with huge anti-glare screens, world-class sound systems, an exclusive bar, local food traders, DJs, and competitions with huge prizes to be won.
And as per 4TheFans tradition, each match screening will welcome a footballing legend, with favourites last year including Paul Merson, Tony Cottee, Trevor Sinclair, Wes Brown and Stuart Downing.
These football icons will provide exclusive match analysis throughout the games, alongside ‘bags of banter’ as they engage with fans.
The football legends confirmed for Manchester are:
- Monday November 21st: Wes Brown for England v Iran. Doors open at 10am for 1pm kick off.
- Friday November 25th: Joleon Lescott for England v USA. Doors open at 5pm for 7pm kick off.
- Tuesday November 29th: Wes Brown for England v Wales/Scotland/Ukraine. Doors open 5pm for 7pm kick off.
4TheFans will be taking over Trafford Park for the full duration of the tournament from November 21st to December 18th. The line up of local food vendors will be confirmed at the end of August.
General admission starts from £12pp, while VIP tickets start from £30. Season tickets are available for all three games in England’s group and the final, with prices starting from £40. Groups of six can also get 30% off their tickets.
The world’s biggest Banksy exhibition is reportedly coming to Manchester
A selection of the artists’ most famous works will be on display right here in Manchester
Manchester is set to host the world’s biggest Banksy exhibition as part of its critically-acclaimed world tour, according to reports.
The Art of Banksy has already graced a number of major global cities on its tour, including Toronto, Tel Aviv, Miami, Melbourne, Sydney, and Gothenburg.
And next year, it is set to arrive in Manchester, where it will showcase some of the street artists’ best work and lesser known gems in a purpose-built gallery within the First Street development on River Street.
The plot has previously been used to host major events such as Pride and Homeground.
Manchester City Council and HOME are reportedly involved in the build of the new space, which will happen between Monday September 5th and Thursday September 22nd 2022.
There, a selection of prints, canvasses, screen prints, and limited-edition pieces dated between the years 1997 to 2008 will be displayed for visitors to see up close.
The exhibit will also feature the artists’ more recognisable pieces, such as ‘Girl and Balloon’, ‘Flower Thrower’ and ‘Rude Copper’, as well as some of Banksy’s lesser-known masterpieces.
Once open, visitors will reportedly be able to access the gallery from 10am – 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am – 7pm Sunday to Thursday.
Exact opening dates are yet to be confirmed, although it’s rumoured that it will be open to the public from late September until January 2023.
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Banksy, whose identity has never been revealed, is one of world’s most infamous artists, renown for his politically-motivated street art and explosive ‘pranks’.
Back in 2018, he organised for his ‘Girl with a Balloon’ piece to be put through a shredder just moments after it had been sold at auction for £1.4m. Funnily enough, the shredded-version of piece shot up in value, making it more valuable than ever before.