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The Manchester Picnic returns next month

Three day foodie event set for Piccadilly Gardens

Written by . Published on July 12th 2011.


The Manchester Picnic returns next month

THE Manchester Picnic will be taking over Piccadilly Gardens for three days in August after last year's event drew 10,000 people.

Piccadilly Partnership and CityCo will be holding the event on 5-7 August, as the grassed area of the gardens is transformed with benches and bunting.

There will be 60 wooden picnic tables and speciality market stalls from well-known Manchester restaurateurs including Harvey Nichols, Abode Hotel and Mint Hotel, in a specially created Gourmet Garden styled and dressed by Curve Interiors.

"There is already a real buzz about the event and The Manchester Picnic Weekend is set to be a highlight of our city centre summer activity."

Prestwich’s Aumbry, which won Restaurant of the Year at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards last year, will have a stall offering summer picnic favourites. 

The Mark Addy will also be running Robert Owen Brown’s Marvellous Meat Emporium and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium will be selling handmade ice creams and waffles from its retro ice cream van.

There will be seafood salads, ready-made picnic baskets, smoothies, a hog roast, jerk chicken, fresh squeezed juices, paella, strawberries and cream and cream teas.

UKTV’s Good Food Channel will be filming 'Monster Munchies with Matt Dawson' on the Saturday and a Teddy Bear’s picnic will be held on the Sunday. 

Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesperson for Manchester City Council said: “Last year’s event was a really memorable weekend. It was great to see Piccadilly Gardens the focus for families having fun. 

"There is already a real buzz about the event and The Manchester Picnic Weekend is set to be a highlight of our city centre summer activity again this year.”

Alexandra King, Piccadilly Partnership director said: “We were really pleased with the turn-out last year which exceeded expectations. There seems to be a real appetite for city centre outdoor event demonstrated by the large numbers attending the Northern Quarter street parties back in April.

"We have some great stalls again this year selling quality food at affordable prices. The Manchester Picnic is a great opportunity for people to get together and enjoy one of the city’s most popular green spaces”   

Iain Mackenzie, general manager of Harvey Nichols Manchester, said: 'This is the second year that we have been involved with the Manchester Picnic. We think it is a great event where Manchester's food community can get together and showcase the fabulous cuisine that the city has to offer, in a relaxed and family friendly environment."

The picnic areas will be open from 12pm– 6pm all weekend.

For more information on The Manchester Picnic visit www.piccadillymanchester.com.  For more information on Cityco visit www.cityco.com

 

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