Festa Italiana Manchester is back for a second year to celebrate all things Italian.
Taking place from 13th - 15th July, Manchester's Cathedral Gardens will once again be transformed into a 'Little Italy' to welcome the country's most exciting festival of Italian food, heritage and culture.
Inspired by Italy's traditional festivals, Festa Italiana is all about bringing the community together to socialise, enjoy beautiful Italian food, drinks and live music.
Our festival is all about bringing Manchester's Italian community together, along with guests flying in from Italy, to celebrate traditional and authentic food, drink, music and culture, and recreating the atmosphere of festivals over in Italy.— Festa Italiana MCR (@festaitalianauk) June 22, 2018
We can't wait to see you there! pic.twitter.com/TYIc3F7b8j
Last year's incredible debut festival saw over 26,000 people revel in authentic Italian culture, and this year is set to be even better, boasting Italian street food, live cookery shows, producer's markets, bars, banquets and bands for all the family to enjoy.
Organised by family-run Italian restaurant Salvi's and Manchester's wider Italian food community, the festival is a chance to indulge in the idyllic Italian lifestyle, complete with the Italian weather!
A taste of what to expect:
Aperol will be turning a whole corner of the Festa orange, with hammocks, Vespa Seating and Foosball tables all creating a fabulous Italian drinking experience! Italy’s most famous recent cocktail export, the Aperol Spritz, will be served up in abundance and there’ll be Aperol Spritz masterclasses happening too in the cookery theatre.
Kick back Italian style at Festa Italiana with two Aperol Spritz for £10 all weekend long.— Festa Italiana MCR (@festaitalianauk) June 29, 2018
Plus, learn how to craft the perfect Spritz at a masterclass at 4pm on Saturday 14th July! pic.twitter.com/w1HYtsJCvm
Capri Spritz Bar
Limoncello Di Capri is the only real, certified and authentic Limoncello in the world and it’s coming to Manchester for the first time!
Beer lovers will be in continental beer heaven with Poretti, Menabrea and Peroni all hosting craft beer bars and serving up some of their most exciting birras especially for Festa Italiana.
There will be a special child-friendly programme for youngsters, including: the Play Factore Bambini Garden and Bambini Cucina - where little ones will have the chance to try fresh pasta making!
Live Cookery Theatre
The Live Cookery Theatre will showcase a host of Italian chefs from Manchester to Italy and beyond giving Festa-goers the chance to learn the secrets of the world’s most popular cuisine. Chefs include Gianfranco Iervolino, Carlo Molon and Francesco Scafuri.
@ChefMolon is flying to Manchester from Lake Como in Italy especially for the Festa. Catch him at the Festa Pavilion on Sat 14th at 2:30pm and Sun 15th at 5pm.— Festa Italiana MCR (@festaitalianauk) July 2, 2018
We can't wait and neither can he... pic.twitter.com/Q8o1z4DR1V
Festa Feasts - Long Table Banquets
Banquets will see the city’s finest Italian food brands collaborating for the first time to create the ultimate Italian dining experience. Salvi’s, San Carlo and Lupo Caffè Italiano will join forces to create a course each of an extraordinary feast.
The Crazy Quartet, Hetty and the Jazzato Band, Whoever and the Somethings and XS' very own Clint Boon will be taking to the stage across the weekend!
More information and the full schedule for Festa Italiana can be found here .