A huge Hong Kong street food festival is coming to Bury’s award-winning market this March, bringing with it over thirty different traders serving up cuisine from the region.
Taking place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March, foodies heading down to the infamous market can expect to find a variety of different Hong Kong favourites on offer at this free-to-attend festival.
Making use of already empty stalls at the market, the event will offer Bury natives an introduction to the region’s food – characterised by richly lacquered roasted meats, fine soups and morsels of both sweet and savoury dim sum, as well as rice dishes, bubble teas and the increasingly popular Hong Kong French toast.
With stalls spanning homegrown Cantonese cooking as well as a selection of Japanese, Korean and South Asian dishes, businesses confirmed to take part include Sale cakery A Little Sweet, Ardwick restaurant Fat Tat and Pand.ora Meal Box.
A Little Sweet owner Jeffrey Koo Ka Chun, is known for his Red Bean buns – a wonderfully light steamed sweet bread, filled with azuki bean paste – but is also something of a local celebrity after appearing on Bake Off: The Professionals in 2022.
He has already teased out its menu for the event, revealing plans to serve up a range of Hong Kong favourites including custard-filled pineapple buns and freshly baked egg custard tarts.
Ardwick restaurant Fat Tat, meanwhile, will be providing steaming hot Hong Kong hot pots, whilst Pand.ora Meal Box is set to dish up the likes of Hainanese chicken rice, Cantonese thin pancakes, peanuts mochi, rice balls and more.
Elsewhere, there’ll also be bubble tea from Shining Rainbow Dream Tea & Snacks, Asian teas from Bang Bang Brands, and traditional Yunnan province rice noodles courtesy of Derek Leung.
The event is being organised by a stallholder local to the market, who hopes that it will help introduce people in Bury to more of Hong Kong’s brilliant street food. .
It is being held as part of a month-long, UK-wide programme of festivals designed to promote Hong Kong culture within sixteen different UK cities.
Arranged in collaboration with the Hong Kong March cultural festival and Moliuliu’s Store, a Hong Kong grocery store based in the market, the event will promote and celebrate Hong Kong culture to different communities through the medium of food and craft.
Cammie Liu, owner of Moliuliu’s Store in Bury Market and one of the organisers behind the event, told Manchester’s Finest: “The main purpose of the market is to introduce Hong Kong street food to the local people, as I believe food can connect people from different cultures,”
.“It will make use of the empty stalls, attract more young people to explore the lovely Bury Market, and also allow Hong Kong people to have the chance to set up their businesses.”
Iconic Manchester nightclub Panacea reopens as IKaro, a new grill and champagne bar
This week, an iconic Manchester venue will reopen its doors with a brand new concept.
The legendary city centre nightclub known as Panacea is about to reopen as IKaro, a new grill and champagne bar on John Dalton Street.
The move follows an application for planning permission earlier this year and sees a new team into the former popular celebrity hotspot Panacea, which has been closed since 2015.
At the restaurant, diners will find two menus focusing on two different elements, fire and ice. On the first, you’ll find Grilled Lobster Tails, Japanese A5 Wagyu Ribeye, and Australian Wagyu Tomahawk.
On the second an array of Sushi and Sashimi such as Torched Hand Dived Scallops and Bluefin Tuna Otoro.
Behind the menus are talented sushi chef, Lattawan Buchanan, who’s spent time at popular restaurants Ivy Asia and former ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ finalist, Exose Grant.
Head Chef Exose Grant, said, “Our menu showcases the best of the land and sea. We’ll be using fresh, quality produce in the best possible way. Innovative and impeccably presented dishes that don’t compromise on flavour.”
Behind the bar, you’ll find countless varieties of Champagne including a frequently changing sommelier’s selection of rare bottles which, in keeping with the venue’s reputation as a go-to late-night haunt, will be served up until doors close at 2.30am.
Head of bars, Sean McGuirk, said: “Alongside our extensive ‘by the bottle’ offering, you can expect elevated classic cocktails, as well as some uniquely extravagant options.
“Our team will play with flavours and theatrics to deliver an experience like no other.”
IKaro will mark its launch with a VIP event on Saturday 23 September before doors open to the public on Wednesday 27 September.
The court heard how the attack took place as the youngster walked to her friend’s house.
As she walked past the address Valentine was staying at in his camper van outside, she was set upon by a pack of six dogs that were being kept both in the back garden and in the defendant’s camper van, according to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
The little girl’s older sister then bravely tried to wrestle the dogs off her as she was being attacked on the pavement.
It was only when her mother picked her up that the dogs ran off.
The little girl sadly sustained “serious injuries” to her face, scalp, hand, abdomen, arms, legs, back, and shoulder during the attack – which she has since had surgery for.
Following the traumatic incident, Valentine was arrested on Tuesday 28 March when his van was traced to Fallowfield in south Manchester, and the dogs were subsequently seized, before he was also arrested in connection with another incident back in December 2022 when a man was walking his pet Dalmatian.
Both the man and Dalmatian were injured after being set upon by the dogs, and a member of the public was said to have had to intervene.
Following his trial last week, Valentine was handed a 49-month prison sentence.
He was also banned from owning dogs for life, and has a 10-year restraining order after pleading guilty to eight charges of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, and possession of Class B drugs.
Speaking following the trial, DC Goodhand, of Trafford CID, thanked the victims for supporting the prosecution, adding: “Whilst nothing can take these experiences away from them, we hope that today’s sentence goes some way to allowing them to heal and move on.”
DC Goodhand also urged anyone with information relating to dangerous animals to report this to the police, so that “appropriate action can be taken”.