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MCR Food Stories: Mancunians Talk Food

Well-known citizens chat grub and grog for MFDF: What's your story?

Published on August 21st 2012.


MCR Food Stories: Mancunians Talk Food

AS MANCHESTER ’s Food and Drink Festival prepares to celebrate its fifteenth year in the city, it's launched its 2012 activity with a collection of Food stories from some of Manchester ’s favourite citizens and ambassadors. 

The Festival is looking for additional food and drink stories from across Manchester. 

The site features an initial 15 stories from a broad range of Manchester folk including Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine, San Carlo Group Restaurant's MD Marcello Distefano, poet Mike Garry, DJ Mr Scruff, chef Andrew Nutter, Manchester Confidential’s Mark Garner and more.

Fifteen individuals have been chosen - one for each year of the Festival’s history. 

Manchester people are now being asked to add to this compilation with their own stories which can be sent in for inclusion on the site. 

Memories include grandma’s apple pie, the best curry whilst travelling, bagels with Morrissey, and in Jennie McAlpine’s case a total fail when it came to ordering in Italian. 

Jennie who stars in Coronation Street and is the co-owner of new Manchester restaurant Annie’s, opening Autumn 2012, provided the following story.

"At a canalside restaurant in Venice I decided to impress my friends with my grasp of the Italian language. Things were going well until I ordered a glass of peach tea. The waiter was soon back with my order - a bowl of fish soup.

"I hate fish soup, but smiled as I ate it, explaining to my friends how important it is for them to say 'pesce' and not 'pesca' if they want to avoid getting a disgusting glass of peach tea.”

Jennie is pictured below with San Carlo Group Restaurant's MD Marcello Distefano whose featured food story is a favourite childhood memory of his grandmother taking him to buy swordfish at a fish market in Sicily. 

Festival director Siobhan Hanley comments.

“Our Food Stories project is here to acknowledge the absolute centrality of food to people’s lives as well as our 15th anniversary. Everyone has a favourite food memory, story, recipe or even kitchen utensil and we want to hear about them.

"Our Festival is free, democratic and all about Manchester and its people - our Food Stories site is a way to celebrate that and give food fans a channel to participate.  Its launch this week is the perfect way to let people know that the festival is back, and tickets for special events are now on sale.” 

The Festival is looking for additional food and drink stories from across Manchester. 

All people have to do is post their story of no more than 100 words on the MFDF Facebook page here giving it a title, name and address.

The Festival will then pick 10 of the best stories to include on the site.

Jennie McAlpine and Marcello DistefanoJennie McAlpine and Marcello Distefano

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Jonathan SchofieldAugust 21st 2012.

Talking of language confusion I was once in Spain and ordered a polla frita rather than a pollo frito, the latter is a fried chicken, the former is a fried male member. My how those waiters laughed at me. Fortunately they delivered the hen not the cock so to speak.

SmittyAugust 21st 2012.

Isn't it interesting though that the "-a" ending usually represents female and the "-o" ending represents masculine. But why does it not apply here, or in other similar circumstances? This is the kind of question I used to ask in Spanish class when I hadn't done my homework... I think that polla is actually cock, in both senses of the word.

2 Responses: Reply To This...
James KayAugust 22nd 2012.

Playing a little fast and loose with the word 'interesting'!

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

because spanish has a stronger latin root than english. Also I've been told that one of the first printed english dictionary's was printed by the dutch, they changed quite a number of spellings because despite not actualy speaking any english they thought our dictionary contained spelling errors.

Christine LawleyAugust 23rd 2012.

I'll never forget lunch al fresco on my first visit to Italy . Playing safe with taste and lira, I opted for macaroni cheese and a beaming waiter brought the steaming plate- full to my table. Picking up the wooden ' pepper- mill', I liberally ground the pungent dark stuff all over the meal, turning the waiter's grin into a puzzled frown. For you see, it was the powdered chocolate for cappuccino, ha ha. So I wouldn't look totally eccentric, I ate most of it, no doubt prompting the waiter to go off to the kitchen to tell his colleagues about " crazee Inglese"....

CobbydalerAugust 24th 2012.

I'm afraid the MFDF £15 offers are woeful apart from the MC Cafe @ Abode & perhaps Piccolino. Most only available from 12 to 7 as well. Soup, generic chicken, pasta...

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