Dig Out Your Eating Pants: A Free Italian Food Festival Is Coming To Manchester

By Laura O'Neill

Carb-lovers rejoice! A festival dedicated to pizza, pasta and prosecco is coming to Manchester

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In July, Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into Little Italy for a Festa Italiana, a free-to-attend festival celebrating the wonder that is Italian food, drink and culture.

Inspired by Manchester’s Italian heritage, organisers have promised an abundance of food, booze and live music, with traditional Italian street food and a bottomless pizza and prosecco buffet.

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The festival was launched by independent, family-run Italian restaurant, Salvi’s. The owners decided to bring the festival back following the success of last year’s event which was attended by a whopping 26,000 people.

Organisers will be flying in food producers from across Italy to work alongside local chefs for The Italian Producers Market on site, which will feature authentic and artisan food and drink.

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While an Italian craft beer bar will be on site serving up new beers and pairing them with specially created tapas style food matches, all set to a soundtrack provided by Italian musicians.
Maurizio Cecco, founder of Festa Italiana and proprietor of Salvi’s restaurants, said:


“Festa Italiana is the Festival of Italian culture. It is inspired by everything that I love about my motherland – the food, the wine, the cocktails, the music, the family fun… the al fresco enjoyment of it all. Manchester is my home now – and I love it here just as much, so Festa Italiana is a celebration of my two favourite cultures. I can’t promise to bring the Italian sunshine but I know it will be a fantastic weekend whatever the weather.”

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The festival will be free to attend with a number of ticketed events.

Where: Manchester Cathedral Gardens, Corporation St, Manchester M4 3BG. Find it on Google Maps.

When: July 13-15, 11am-11pm.
More information: Visit the festival website for more information or to book tickets.