Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2013

Warning: Graphic food content which some readers may find highly irresistible…

Manchester has once again shined with another amazing food and drink festival. I’ve visited perhaps one too many times this week, but I enjoyed some of the finest food and drink the city has to offer.

We first stumbled upon the festival after a gigantic Vietnamese dinner at I am Pho. The sights and smell of the festival’s food was so tempting, but all we could manage were after-dinner cocktails from Apotheca.

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The Boozie Milkshakes were like a naughty and creamy dessert in a glass – just the way to begin celebrating the weekend! We spent the remainder of the evening listening to the amazing live music in the beer tent and explored the rest of the stalls – all the while making a list on which ones we would visit next time!

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Later in the week, on a rather chilly evening we visited the festival once again.

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We started by visiting The Drinking Den which was home to a great selection of fine wine, beer, cider and cocktails.

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As we had previously visited the Apotheca stall, Silvia and I thought it was time to try some of the wine. The Drinking Den was packed full of people enjoying a tipple or several and we soon found at the Bakerie stall. The kind gentleman talked us through their wine and we enjoyed tasting their white, red and rose selection.

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We were also treated to a few slices of the freshly baked focaccia bread which were drizzled with oil and vinegar.

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 The focaccia was deliciously fresh and the flavours complimented the wine tremendously.

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We were indeed rather happy ladies!

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We soon discovered that Bakerie offer bread making classes and wine tasting events – I for one will definitely be attending!

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After enjoying a scrumptious starter, we had a wander around the rest of the festival. Unfortunately we visited on the Wednesday when a lot of stalls were packing up in order to be replaced by more food tents. After a little disappointment, our spirits were soon raised as we discovered an impressive purple vehicle which went by the name of Rita – the MexiVan, otherwise known as Margo & Rita.

Rita the MexiVan was like no other street food vendor I have seen before –
She was home to the best Mexican food I have ever tasted.

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We decided to order a side of BBQ nachos with a sour cream sauce to accompany our pulled pork flour tacos.

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The vibrant colours of both dishes show how Mexican food should be – alive and kicking with flavour…

Margo & Rita definitely achieved this!

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After our incredible Mexican feast, we needed a British classic – tea and cake.

We headed to Split Milk‘s van and ordered a selection of teas, hot chocolate and cake for a touch of something sweet and stodgy.

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Feeling like our bellies were once again about to burst, we called it a night and rolled all the way home.

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Today the weather in Manchester was simply glorious, the sun was shining and the sky was painted a picturesque shade of blue.

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I’m sure you’d agree the sunshine gives everyone a spring in their step… up to the Food & Drink Festival of course!


I invited Deborah and Andy for some lunch and found the festival to be the perfect place to go on such a lovely day.
The festival was buzzing with people and we found ourselves following our noses to all the new food stalls.

From American grills and Indian street foods, to French cheeses and British cupcakes –

I think today’s visit certainly had the best variety.

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Andy and I decided to be adventurous and opted for the Exotic Game tent – He got the zebra and I had the wild boar with apple.

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We both thought the caramelised red wine onions and salsa dressing added a lot to the meaty taste.
I’m not sure if I would order the wild boar again, I found it a bit too chewy and fatty – but it was rather succulent nevertheless.

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Deborah was the healthy one and ordered the mixed salad box from the Indian, Moroccan and Lebanese Street Food tent.
It looked so vibrant and exotic compared to a normal salad – plus it definitely had a spicy kick to it!

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After our main meals we were on the hunt once again for something sweet.

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I was a little naughty today and had double dose of sugary sweetness in the form of – The Good, The Bad and The Spicy Pancake (Apple Bramley Sauce, Nutella and Cinnamon) plus a vanilla and salted caramel macaroons. 
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After we all had our sweet treats in the form of cake, macaroons and pancakes we headed to Starbucks for tea and coffee.

Over the past week I have become obsessed with Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte (otherwise known as PSL) –
It literally tastes like October… if you can imagine what that tastes like!
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I guess after all that, who doesn’t need a big cup of coffee…
And a gym membership)?!

6th October 2013
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2 Comments

  • Reply LFFL

    I’d love if I could visit Manchester!

    21st October 2013 at 11:34 pm
    • Reply marianna larissa

      Hello!
      You should come and visit Manchester! It’s a great city – so much to do, eat and see! We have the Christmas markets starting in mid-November which is lovely place to see so I will of course be writing a few blog posts on this… in between eating my Christmas crepes and sipping my mulled wine.
      Thank you for your comment 🙂
      Marianna @ Happiness in a Cupcake

      21st October 2013 at 11:47 pm

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