Urmston is hosting its own pop-up food and drink festival in September – featuring many the Trafford town’s most popular local traders.
The market – which is being held in association with Manchester Food & Drink Festival and organised by Love Urmston, Urmston Partnership and M41 – will host a selection of grub stands, retail stalls and vintage mobile bars.
The mini festival has been launched following the huge success of Urmston’s summer market – which attracted more than 6,000 visitors over four afternoons.
Organisers have said the festival will be fully COVID-compliant with social distancing measures in place, ensuring all visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and drink safely.
The pop up market later this month aims to showcase the best of Urmston’s indpedeent food and drink scene – which is renowned for its diverse mix of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars and pubs.
Mark Rackham, from The Barking Dog says: “We had a phenomenal response to the pop up markets throughout August and the demand for more remains as strong as ever, from both traders and the general public.
“We’re delighted to be hosting our first Food and Drink pop up market in association with the Manchester Food and Drinks Festival; it’s a great platform to shout about and showcase the fantastic food and drink outlets in Urmston and the locality.”
Gemma Marshall, from Gems Delicious Treats, adds: “Having welcomed approximately 1500 visitors at each pop up market in August, we anticipate more than 2000 visitors attending this one alone, which will be incredible for the traders and a great financial boost to the local economy.”
Providing the site for free, the McGoff Group was once happy to support this pop up market, with Paul Danks, Business Development Director at McGoff Group, commenting: “We were thrilled to hear how successful the summer pop up markets had been with the visitor level at each a significant number.
“We’re proud to support the local Urmston community and it was our pleasure to provide the site once again.”
Local traders attending the mini food and drink festival include:
The Barking Dog
Gems Delicious Treats
Maki’s Curry Buns
Pudding & Pie
Roti Food & Liquor Chorlton
The Cheese Court
The Pizza Maker
Linda’s Creative Crafts
Scentz with Felicity
Whimsical Wonders by Ruth
The one-day-only pop-up market will be hosted on the M41 site on Railway Road on 26 September, from 10am until 6pm.
For further information, visit the Love Urmston website.
You can visit National Trust sites for free this autumn
The National Trust is celebrating the arrival of a new season by offering free visits to the sites it cares for this autumn.
Families will be able to visit the many stately homes, grand gardens, beaches and countryside locations that are looked after by the charity.
The limited-time offer will allow people to book an autumn trip to a National Trust site of their choosing.
Each free ticket will admit two adults and up to four children, with hundreds of sites taking part in the campaign.
The National Trust says: “Everyone needs nature and autumn is when it really glows.
“As the scenes change around us escape into the season with a free visit to the places we care for.”
Around Greater Manchester, those include Dunham Massey with its ancient deer park, the incredible Lyme Park (famous for its role in Pride and Prejudice), and the historic Quarry Bank.
Not to mention those just across the borders into neighbouring counties, like Marsden Moor, Hare Hill, and Hardcastle Crags.
You can also use the free National Trust pass to visit Castlefield Viaduct, the sky-high urban park that opened here in Manchester this year.
The 330-metre Grade II-listed steel viaduct was transformed with plants and landscaping into a heritage park, which is technically only a temporary installation while the National Trust works on a permanent vision for the landmark’s future.
Independent Polish restaurant Platzki is bringing back its famous vodka and pierogi festival to Manchester this week, and we couldn’t be more excited for some hearty dumpling fare.
Notorious for its top-tier filled pierogi, which are made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savoury or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water, Platzki is already something of a go-to for fine Polish food in Manchester.
But now, traditional European dumpling fans have another reason to get themselves down as the restaurant will be focusing almost entirely on pierogi for two days this week.
Taking place across Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October from 3pm until sell-out (or at 9pm, whichever comes first), diners will have the chance to try Platzki’s perfect homemade pierogi in a range of mouth-watering flavours.
There will be plenty of different fillings to try, including some brand new vegetarian pierogi for non-meat eaters.
That’s not all, either. There’ll also be a midweek vodka tipple on standby as Platzki shows off its huge range of favourite Polish vodkas.
Think salted caramel vodka, strawberry vodka, golden black cherry vodka, hazelnut vodka and delicious cherry-chocolate vodka, all of which are (as we know too well from experience) dangerously drinkable.
Each day, the team will be making hundreds of pierogi for local dumpling lovers to sample.
Elsewhere, they will also be serving up some of their favourite dishes from the menu including a hearty sausage stew with freshly-baked bread, and melt-in-the-mouth karkówka roasted pork neck with spinach egg noodles.
A fixture in the city since 2018, Platzki has built up a reputation for serving an interesting list of Polish vodka and wine alongside traditional dishes like dumplings, pork neck and meatballs.
It has a gorgeous plant-filled restaurant and a bright terrace that backs onto the Great Northern Warehouse, giving diners views over the Great Northern Square as they dig into some of the best Polish food in the city.
To find out more about this week’s dumpling festival, follow Platzki on Instagram here.