Manchester to stage world’s first simultaneous charity dining experience for over 1000 people


Manchester’s first ever city-wide banquet in aid of charity is aiming to raise half a million pounds in just one night in memory of restaurant entrepreneur Tim Bacon.

The co-founder of the Living Ventures Restaurant empire who is credited with transforming Manchester’s dining scene passed away in 2016.

Now business partner Jeremy Roberts has announced a groundbreaking event, Dream the Impossible, which will see Living Ventures venues across Manchester stage a simultaneous dining experience for more than 1,000 people – thought to be a world first.

After dinner, guests will be taken to the Albert Hall to complete the evening with an unforgettable party.

Jeremy revealed details of the event during SpinFEST at The Oast House on Sunday 30th April where Tim’s friends and former colleagues gathered on the anniversary of his passing.

The event will raise money for The Tim Bacon Foundation’s inaugural appeal for Christie’s Proton Beam Therapy project and Maggie’s Centres who provide much needed care for cancer patients.

The Tim Bacon Foundation was set up by Jeremy in January this year in honour of his erstwhile partner to raise funds for cancer charities.

“Living Ventures will be closing its city centre restaurants for the night on 21st September to hold what I think is the first simultaneous charity dining experience in the world for over 1000 people,” said Jeremy.

“The idea is to celebrate Tim’s contribution in establishing those restaurants by enjoying excellent food and drink and above all having some seriously good fun!

“So, after dinner, we will be having a huge party featuring an incredible line up of acts at the Albert Hall on Peter Street (a venue Tim loved) for everyone dining with us that night.

“I’d like to urge people to save the date. We will be announcing more details including the entertainment planned for this very special party in the coming weeks.”

The dinner and party will be held on September 21st 2017 at Living Ventures restaurants Artisan, Alchemist, GUSTO, Grill on the Alley, Australasia, Grand Pacific and Manchester House, and after at The Albert Hall.

Tickets will start at £100 and will be available via the Tim Bacon Foundation website from 15th May.


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