A street food festival offering a taste of Hong Kong is coming to one of Greater Manchester’s award-winning markets, bringing with it plenty of delights from the region. The Hong Kong food festival will be taking over Bury Market, which recently won ‘Best Market Attraction’ for 2023, and will feature over 30 stalls serving traditional Hong Kong cuisine and handicrafts.
Taking place on March 17 and 18, the festival, named So Hong Kong, will not only celebrate Manchester’s Hong Kong community, but also introduce people to the region’s food, which includes homegrown Cantonese cooking as well as Japanese, Korean and South Asian dishes. Hong Kong cuisine is characterised by rice dishes, roasted meats, soups, dim sum and the increasingly popular Hong Kong French toast, many of which will be available to sample in Bury next week.
Businesses already confirmed to take part include Sale-based bakery A Little Sweet, run by award-winning chocolate and pastry chef Jeffery Koo, also a contestant on Bake Off: The Professionals in 2022. The bakery will be there serving their new pastry ‘Hong Kong style Pineapple bun with custard filling’, freshly baked egg custard tarts as well as their Red Bean Bun, a Japanese steamed bun featuring an azuki bean paste filling.
Another business joining A Little Sweet at the So Hong Kong food festival is Pand.ora Meal Box, a popular Bury restaurant bringing plenty of authentic Asian dishes like Hainanese chicken rice, Cantonese thin pancakes, peanuts mochi, rice balls and more. Alongside these traders, there’ll also be bubble tea from Shining Rainbow Dream Tea & Snacks, Hong Kong hot pots from Ardwick’s Fat Tat, traditional Asian teas from Bang Bang Brands and Yunnan rice noodles from Derek Leung.
Arranged in collaboration with the Hong Kong March cultural festival and Moliuliu’s Store, a Hong Kong grocery store based in Bury Market, the event will also feature traders offering Hong Kong arts and crafts, with everything from handmade accessories, stationary, pearl jewellery, candles and aromatherapy products available to browse.
So Hong Kong food festival will take place at Bury Market from 9am – 4.30pm on Friday 17 March and 9am – 5pm on Saturday 18 March. The event is free to attend.