John Legend is here this weekend. If you’ve not already bought your tickets, get to it – they won’t be around for long. Or if you’d rather skip the queues and the bluesy singing of this stateside crooner, Social Chain have launched their first ever Love Food Festival. Read more about it here.
This week we’re going with foodie delights, tomato fights and taking your drinking game to new heights. Here they are, in no particular order.
The British Street Food Awards 2017
The 2017 British Street Food Awards is the one everyone’s been talking about and it’s coming to Manchester this weekend, hosted by innovative street food events company GRUB. After five regional heats, the 17 best traders in the UK will fight it out to be crowned champions and win the right to represent the Britain in the inaugural European Street Food Awards taking place in Berlin. So why not head down to the iconic Mayfield Depot this weekend and enjoy free tastings of the competition dishes as well as testers of the craft beer. To vote for your favourite, download the app here. And make sure you don’t eat for a couple of days beforehand. You’ve got a lot of food to work through.
Get messy at La Tomatina
Getting pelted in the face by a fruit or vegetable may sound like a punishment from a Shakespearean comedy but, once a year in the south of Spain, it’s all in the name of fun. This weekend, the quirky and rather sticky La Tomatina comes to our fair city for one of the world’s greatest food-fights. This event at Bowlers Exhibition Centre might not have headline artists or a killer sound system, but if you fancy trying something a little different with your weekend, then it’s hard to beat. With every ticket you’ll get a bag of squashed tomatoes (to reduce impact). When the siren sounds, its every man and woman for themselves. Click here for tickets.
Oktoberfest at Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall
After the stellar success of last year’s Oktoberfest celebrations at Albert’s Schloss, an extra special event has been added to the beer calendar for 2017 to officially launch Oktoberfest in Manchester. Albert Hall have also announced Oktoberfestival, a Bier Halle Weekender taking place over this weekend, at the exact same time as the original Octoberfest in Munich and it will star all the official Munich festival food and drink. You can expect world class beers and lederhosen in abundance, as well as a super cool music line-up that Albert Hall have put together to accompany the beer drinking festivities. Wunderbar. More info here.