Festa Italiana returns to Manchester to celebrate all things Italian

Festa Italiana

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.

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 Escape

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.

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. 

Bambini Fest

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. 

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.