The sun shines on Heaton Park
Thousands of visitors headed to Heaton Park in glorious sunshine last weekend (7-8 July) to enjoy Manchester Eats festival.
The festival’s successful inaugural year saw celebrity chef demonstrations from the likes of Marco Pierre White, Matt Tebbutt, Ed Baines, Adam Reid and Manchester’s own Mary-Ellen McTague.
During the weekend, visitors had a chance to check out some of Manchester’s top local and independent businesses at the festival’s artisan markets. There were also free cookery workshops and demonstrations from The Vegetarian Society Cookery School and chocolatiers In Truffle We Trust.
Youngsters enjoyed a weekend of family fun and entertainment in the dedicated kids’ area with vintage fairground rides, pizza making, a junior chef academy, arts and crafts, pony rides, a volcano experiment and sports sun with the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation.
With over thirty pop-up restaurants and street food vendors including Cottonopolis and Proove Pizza, foodies weren’t short of new flavours to discover. Visitors enjoyed DJ sets from the Disco Classical-sponsored prosecco tent and demos from Red’s True BBQ. There were also stalls dedicated to artisan gins, craft beers and speciality coffees.
The festival’s official sponsors, Innis & Gunn and premium lager brand Chang, attracted crowds with feel-good music and deckchairs in the sunshine.
Isabella Kantor, Manchester Eats Event Manager said, ‘A big thank you to everyone who came along to Manchester Eats at the weekend. There was a fantastic atmosphere and it was great to see so many people enjoying the fun.
We’ve been running the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival for eleven years and we wanted to bring the same vibrant atmosphere to Heaton Park.’