Warning. If you’re on a diet, it’s probably best if you stop reading now. The events we’ve selected for this weekend are the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy some foodie goodness before you need to start thinking about your beach bod. Each of these events is as unique as the neighbourhood they take place in. Whether you fancy trying truffles by the dozen, a taste of seasonally brewed beer or something new on a food crawl, these events have got you covered. Here they are in no particular order.
Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival
You are invited to dream, discover and devour all things chocolate for two decadent days of chocolate-filled goodness at the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival this weekend. Expect some of the best chocolatiers and chocolate stylists in the country coming together to bring you everything from award-winning artisan truffles to authentic Spanish churros. You might need a bib because things tend to get messy. There’ll also be live music, prosecco and, yes, you guessed, a rich chocolate fountain. Eat your heart out, Willy Wonka. Free.
PLY Beavertown Brewery
A bustling bar and pizza hangout with a mirror tiled, wood fired oven, PLY is the place to go for killer eats and craft beer. This Saturday it plays host to the exclusive Manchester launch of Beavertown Brewery’s brand new seasonal beer, Bloody ‘Ell. It’s the only venue in Manchester where you can taste this exclusive good stuff and if you’re a lover of beer, it’s your perfect excuse to sample a little more than you usually would. Bloody ‘Ell is a spring seasonal liquid, brewed for only a month and a half every year due to the availability of organic Sicilian blood oranges. It’s the perfect craft beer to enjoy on a crisp spring Saturday afternoon. Wood fired pizza optional but recommended. Free.
Northern Quarter Food Tour
Everybody’s heard of a pub crawl. Well, now we’ve got a food crawl. If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie and quite fancy a little Mancunian history thrown in, then this is right up your alley. A team of foodie experts have carefully selected the best eats and route to give you a new taste of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It’s an area that’s seen massive redevelopment and a host of new bars and restaurants. The tour centres on the eateries and history west of Newton Street with tales of Dutch weavers, superheroes, arch criminals and drag queens. £30