An Italian take on a Christmas Market is heading to Deansgate Square in Manchester city centre.
With two tipis and four festive huts, plus a fire pit, workshops, and live entertainment, the new winter hub comes from beloved Italian restaurant Salvi’s.
The Italian Christmas Market will take shape at the foot of Manchester city centre’s giant skyscraper neighbourhood from November 27.
Salvi’s will be opening a new permanent site at Deansgate Square in the new year, but in the meantime, visitors to the market will be able to feast on authentic Italian food and drink, like sweet and savoury takes on soffietti (fried doughballs).
Italian drinks legends Aperol, Campari and Peroni will all run their own bars on site, whipping up warming tipi tipples.
Expect hot mulled negronis (£8, made with Campari, red wine, sweet vermouth, gin, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange), Aperol Spritzes (£8), and Italian mulled wine (£6).
There will also be other twists on the classic negroni cocktail, like a fig negroni (£8), a hazelnut negroni (£8), and a negroni sbagliato (£8) which is topped with prosecco.
The Italian Winter Market will also include traditional Italian soft drinks like Crodino, Chinotto and Cedrata, plus house wines, prosecco, and – of course – limoncello.
The other tipi bar will be manned by Peroni, serving their lager on draft (£4.50) and their alcohol-free Peroni Libre.
During the market’s run, the tipi will host occasional Peroni and Pizza parties.
As well as that, visitors will be able to get stuck in with tiramisu or panettone-making workshops.
One of the four festive huts will be a grotto of Salvi’s produce, where you can pick up top-quality Italian produce like pasta sauces, cheese, oils and meats, plus gifts like aprons and hampers.
The whole thing will be soundtracked by a programme of DJs (every Friday and Sunday), live music (every Thursday and Sunday) and live entertainment.
Salvi’s will put on some entertainment and events for children too, and people can borrow blankets to sit around the fire pit.
Salvi’s owner Maurizio Cecco said: “We are so excited to be involved in the Christmas market at Deansgate Square; with our new venue opening there in early 2022 we want to create an authentic Italian festive wonderland for customers old and new.
“Come along for food, drinks, dancing, or just a chat if you’re passing… the Salvi’s door is always open.”
The Salvi’s Italian Christmas Market will be open in Manchester from November 27 to December 22. Head over here to discover all things Christmas in Manchester this year.
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Food & Drink
This Manchester bar is selling PINTS of Bloody Mary and a slice for six quid
Whether it’s downing pints of water before bed, spending all day on the sofa asleep, or a big fat fry-up the morning after, everyone has a favourite hangover cure.
One of ours has to be the Bloody Mary, aka the best ever hair of the dog – a mixture of spicy tomato juice, vodka, lemon, hot sauce and, in a perfect world, something smoky with pickles.
So when we heard that Manchester rock bar Jimmy’s is selling PINTS of the stuff for just six pounds with a big fat slice of focaccia-like Detroit pizza included, we felt compelled to share the good news.
After all, party season is basically upon us – and that means struggling through more hangovers than we can typically endure.
The Ancoats boozer is currently home to Manchester’s original Detroit pizza heroes Corner Slice, a long time favourite in The Manc office from day one.
The team also has a pizza shop in Failsworth, but for the next month (well, until 23 December), they’re slinging their signature slices out of the kitchen at Jimmy’s to help you soak up the booze.
The deal, which is available every day, includes a pint of Bloody Mary and a square slice of their thick deep-pan Red Top pizza: a mixture of red sauce, Corner Slice’s signature cheese blend and basil pesto.
Available every day of the week, from open until the kitchen closes, you can opt to enjoy your pint of Bloody Mary and pizza in the bar or get it to take away if you’d rather curl up on the sofa with some grease and your favourite TV show.
The brainchild of owners Frank Brashaw and Danny Broadbent, Corner Slice has made a well-deserved name for itself in Manchester thanks to serving up deep pan pizza with traditional Italian toppings and a curly cheese crust.
The popular Failsworth-originated pizzeria was the first to bring its Motor city-inspired rectangular pizza pies to Manchester after what it said was a “light bulb” moment during lockdown.
As well as the simple ‘Red Top’, some of Corner Slice’s best-loved dishes include square pies loaded with the likes of Korean Cauli, Portocini (a mix of portobello and porcini), and a number of regularly-changing specials and vegan specials.
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Food & Drink
There’s a big ‘Winter Beer Fest’ happening in Manchester to kick off the new year
Once Christmas is over and the hustle and bustle of the festive season has died down, there’s often not a great deal to look forward to in January.
But this time, Manchester’s very-own GRUB has got you covered as the much-loved Winter Beer Fest is back by popular demand for 2023, and tickets are already on sale if you’re keen to kick off your new year with a pint or two.
Unfamiliar with what GRUB is?
Well, it’s a street food market space that’s located just outside the city centre at the Red Bank Project in Cheetham Hill, and it’s known for having a wide range of rotating food vendor pop-ups that provide foodies in Manchester with some of the best eats from right across the globe.
But, despite what the name suggests, and even though that may be what it’s best-known for, GRUB isn’t just about food – and, to properly see in the new year in style, the venue is once again hosting it seasonal beer festival in January.
The GRUB Winter Beer Fest gives Manchester beer lovers the chance can sip creations from some of the best local breweries.
Running from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 January 2023, over the course of the three-day festival you can expect there to be plenty of local brews to taste test – with brewery bars coming courtesy of some of the region’s best like Unbarred Brewery, Rivington Brewing Co, The Runaway Brewery, and Squawk Brewing Co.
That’s not all either, as there’ll also be over 30 guest taps too.
If you’re not a big beer lover, you can also expect a street food market, a mulling bar, pop-up tasting events, and so much more over the extended weekend.
Fancy it then?
Tickets for the GRUB Winter Beer Fest 2023 will set you back just £6, and include entry to the festival, access to the full range of beers – including all the brewery bars and guest taps – as well as branded WBF glass to take home with you afterwards.