Three to see this weekend: go vegan, get cultured and be merry

Whether it’s a Beer and Cider Festival, a vegan fair or a night at the theatre that takes your fancy, here are three things for you to enjoy this weekend.

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

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Manchester Central will be showcasing over 750 of the finest beers, ciders and perries this weekend so there’s a reason to head into town. You’ll get to sample top notch British brews as well as plenty of international beers, independent beers and even gluten-free and vegetarian beers. What more could you want? Food? Well there’s plenty of that too. Expect food stalls like The Pickled Porker serving up their signature cured sausages and What’s Your Beef serving up bespoke and delicious beef burgers. It’s nice to know there’s a tram stop right next door and easy access to transport links so you can roll home to nurse your hangover in peace.
Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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This award-winning theatre production based on the Mark Haddon novel of the same name  tells the story of Christopher Boone, a teenage mathematician with Asperger’s Syndrome, and remains a one of a kind show. For all of you who missed out on (or couldn’t get enough of) the production’s last visit to The Lowry, here’s your chance to see it this weekend.
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

Truth or Dairy at the Northern Vegan Festival

Looking to do something a little different this weekend? Well, why not head to the vegan fair at Cross Street Chapel? It’s an all-dayer hosted by the Northern Vegan Festival which pays homage to a variety of Manchester’s top tier vegan vendors, serving up plant-based fare, clothing, jewellery and cosmetics. There will be vegan solutions for all aspects of modern life to help all of Manchester’s city dwellers sample a meat-free, dairy free, cruelty free lifestyle, albeit only for one day. There will be 30 stalls, and a café and film room upstairs screening the film Truth or Dairy with Benjamin Zephaniah. There will also be cheesecake. Yes, the vegan cheesecake alone is worth going for. Plus it’s free entry free so there’s really no reason not to.
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1NL


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