If you’re vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian, please look away now.
Manchester is a city of meat lovers. We have some of the finest restaurants, chefs and locally-sourced meat products in the country. And, if we’re honest, we’re probably a little bit smug about it.
Whether you’re a gym bunny stocking up on your chicken breasts or an office worker celebrating promotion with a blue steak, our city has some world-class meat available right on its doorstep.
But there’s one meat that has been chronically undervalued across the country.
Here’s a clue. It’s leaner than beef and contains lower saturated fat and cholesterol whilst maintaining high levels of iron and protein.
Here’s another. It’s popular in Jamaican and West Asian cuisine.
In case you haven’t guessed yet, we’re talking goat.
Historically, goat meat hasn’t been popular in England. It has a reputation for being tough and stringy. And since we can afford better quality meats like lamb, beef, pork and chicken, we often can’t be bothered to experiment.
But Northern Quarter institution Koffee Pot are hoping we’ll expand our minds and open our wallets as they join forces with restaurants across the country in putting goat on the menu for Goatober, part of this year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival.
On Sunday 8th October, Koffee Pot will be challenging Grafene’s Darren Goodwin, Richard Sharples from Hispi, Mary-Ellen McTague from the Manchester Art Gallery Café and James Whetlor from Cabrito Goat Meat to create a four course menu that uses goat meat and tantalises our tastebuds.
The menu will include kid goat breast, cabbage, gooseberry and mussel dressing for starters, kid goat and salt baked celeriac ‘lasagne’ with smoked Peakland White custard and pickled roots for mains and sambocade with goat milk sherbet and elderberries for pudding.
The event runs from 7pm until 11pm and costs £40. Sounds like a goat-to event – and a bargain for a unique 4-course meal by some of Manchester’s most accomplished chefs.