A new monthly travelling food festival is set to launch in Wythenshawe later this month, bringing some of Greater Manchester’s best street food traders to the south Manchester neighbourhood.
Featuring local traders, pop-up brewery bars, take-home produce stalls and a stacked stage of entertainment, the new monthly event will come from original Manchester street food festival favourites Grub.
Teaming up with Manchester City Council, the new Grub Carnival will bring top local food traders to every corner of the region – popping up at a new location in Greater Manchester every month.
The first event will take place outside the former Wythenshawe indoor market on Saturday, 23 July, with street food stalls from non-traditional dumpling purveyors Desert Island Dumplings, burger purveryors Rad Burger and Italian foodies Il Forno.
Further traders confirmed for the first festival include The Neighbourhood Coop, Thief Street Grill & Waffle, The Chaat Walas, tiramisu heroes Paradiso Authentic Italian and Marzipan Mcr.
That’s not all, either. There’ll be a mini-produce market full of goodies from local independent food and drink producers, too, and a fully-stocked beer bar showing off the best summer pours from Manchester’s breweries.
The Grub Carnival bar will be stacked with craft beer from the likes of North West brewers like Vocation Brewery, Squawk Brew Co. Rivington Brew Co and many more, plus the Runaway Brewery team will be there in person pouring and talking about their beers.
Elsewhere, there’ll be a range of cocktails, mocktails, wines and soft drinks to enjoy, a Grub Carnival tent hosting a stage full of live entertainment and DJs, and lawn games keep the kids (and adults) amused.
Grub is also reaching out to the Wythenshawe community to collaborate and offer support through their ‘School Of Grub’ scheme, a free-to-attend workshop presented by successful street food traders giving real life advice on how to get started in the business.
The best prospects from those workshops will then get free mentoring from Grub and a leg up to get to their first street food gig.
Grub also wants to hear from local businesses, residents, artists, musicians and community groups who might want to support or get involved in the event. If that sounds like you then please drop them an email using the address [email protected]
GRUB Carnival kicks off Saturday 23 July at 12 noon and runs until 8pm. The event is free entry, no tickets are needed and all comers including families and dogs are welcome.
Full details of the event can be found on the event page here. The event can be found at Wythenshawe Civic Centre, Rowlandsway, Wythenshawe M22 5RG.
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New stations appear across Manchester for city’s rentable ‘Burnham bike’ scheme
The roll-out of Greater Manchester’s Bee Bike cycle hire scheme has stepped up a gear, with new docking stations appearing across the city centre.
The scheme, nicknamed the ‘Burnham bikes’ as a nod to London’s ‘Boris bikes’, initially launched in Salford and along the Oxford Road corridor.
Several new yellow stations have appeared around Manchester now, with plenty more on the way.
The next phase of the roll-out of the Bee Bikes has seen stations installed around St Peter’s Square and Manchester Central.
By the time the scheme is complete, bike numbers will increase to 1,500, which will include 300 e-bikes.
It’s all part of the vision for a Bee Network – a joined-up, integrated public transport network across the region.
And it’s certainly off to a more successful start than Mobike, which famously withdrew from Manchester due to high levels of vandalism and theft.
The Bee Bikes are funded by TgGM and operated by Beryl, which runs similar schemes in London, Watford and Bournemouth.
Richard Nickson, programme director, Cycling and Walking at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “The cycle hire scheme has really taken off in Greater Manchester since it was first introduced, and we are seeing significant numbers of riders and distances travelled by on the bikes- which is fantastic, particularly as we are still in the early days of the scheme’s roll out.
“The next phase of the roll-out has now started in Manchester city centre, with new stations installed at key locations including Manchester Central Library, Manchester Central Convention Centre and St Peter’s Square.
Manchester is OFFICIALLY in the running to host Eurovision
The potential host cities for Eurovision 2023 have been announced this morning – and Manchester is officially in with a chance.
The UK has stepped in to host the global singing contest in place of this year’s winners, Ukraine.
As our nation was runner-up this year with Sam Ryder’s Spaceman giving us our biggest success in years, it’s over to the UK to welcome all the countries taking part.
Cities have been announcing their bids for several weeks, with 20 expressions of interest to host sent in.
But it’s a complicated event, so those who wish to host need to actually have a suitable venue and the financial contribution too, and demonstrate that they will celebrate and honour Ukrainian culture and artists.
The shortlist of seven cities has just been announced live on BBC Radio Two, on Zoe Ball’s breakfast show.
The full shortlist for the cities that may host Eurovision in 2023:
If Manchester is successful, Eurovision will take place at the AO Arena in the city centre, Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig has announced.
She said: “We are thrilled to have made it through to the next stage to become the 2023 Eurovision host city.
“Manchester stands ready to put on the biggest party in the UK at the city’s AO Arena, taking our place in Eurovision’s unique history.
“We have a large and proud Ukrainian community in Manchester. It would be our privilege to host this iconic celebration on their behalf and we will do everything we can to honour them throughout.”
“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023,” said Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor.
“The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event.”
The final decision will be based on scoring criteria from the BBC and the EBU.
It’s expected that the host city will officially be announced in the autumn.