Levenshulme’s popular natural wine bar Isca is popping up at KAMPUS for a two-week residency, bringing some of their tastiest low-intervention bottles into the city centre.
It marks the first of a summer series of food and drink pop-ups at KAMPUS, designed to champion independents of Manchester whilst heralding the new opening of the waterside gardens.
The brainchild of sommelier Caroline Dubois and Chef Isobel Jenkins, who met while working at Michelin-recognised Stockport restaurant Where The Light Gets In, Isca is one of the city’s most respected homes of natural wine.
The pair have pioneered natural wines and ethically-sourced produce in Manchester, and now they’ll be showcasing the best of their selection down at Manchester’s garden neighbourhood over the course of a fortnight.
Isca’s founders have put together a wine list featuring a carefully curated mix of ‘old world’ natural wines from small producers in Europe for guests to enjoy, with glasses starting from £5.
These will sit alongside a selection of beers from independent breweries, house homemade soft drinks and organic small plates including British and Irish farmhouse cheeses.
“People don’t realise that most supermarket wine has never been touched by a human hand and we want to tell the story of some amazing natural wines from the handpicked grapes to the incredible taste,” said co-founder Caroline.
“We’ve always had lots of demand in the city centre and Kampus is the perfect location for us to bring the natural wine experience.
“We’re working with some niche winemakers and local producers so the independent vibe Kampus is creating really appealed to us.”
Visitors can sit out in the sun or enjoy a tipple from Isca in the Kampus Bungalow, a security cabin on stilts overlooking the canal that has since been transformed into a sort of ‘village hall’ for pop-ups and community events.
There’ll also be a bottle shop on hand so you can take any favourites home with you.
Isca will serve on Friday and Saturday for two weekends at KAMPUS from June 11, opening at the Manchester garden neighbourhood from 5pm until late.
And it’s walk-ins only, so no need to book.
Isca KAMPUS opening hours:
Friday 11 June 5-11pm
Saturday 12 June 2-11pm
Friday 18 June 4-11pm
Saturday 19 June 2-11pm