Manchester Eats Festival at Heaton Park

Not afraid to set the bar high, Manchester Eats has attracted not one but five of the country’s hottest chefs to its inaugural line-up at Manchester Eats Festival.

The festival, which will be taking place across July 7-8 in Manchester’s Heaton Park, will be bringing the height of food and drink sophistication to the city often referred to as ‘The Food Capital of the North’.

Leading the bill in the festival’s ‘Celebrity Chef Theatre’ are Saturday Kitchen’s Matt Tebbutt, and bad-boy of the kitchen Marco Pierre White, both of whom will be participating in Q&A sessions over the weekend, as well as giving cookery demonstrations.

Commenting on his attendance at the festival, Matt said:

“I’m really looking forward to getting to Manchester and spending a day at the festival in Heaton Park, it’s a real celebration of this amazing city’s vibrant food and drink scene. Craft beers, great food, cooking demos and hopefully some good weather…how else would you want to spend a weekend?”

Also appearing across the two-day event are award winning local chefs Adam Reid and Mary-Ellen McTague, as well as TV chef and restauranteur Ed Baines.

Head Chef at The French, the restaurant at Manchester’s exclusive Midland Hotel, Manchester-born Adam Reid has four AA and is also a former winner of the BBC’s prestigious Great British Menu competition.

Adam shared his thoughts about participating in the festival in his home town:

“‘I’m excited to be involved in Manchester Eats and to join in celebrating the great food and drink that Manchester has to offer. I’m proud to be on the line up with so many other great names and I’m sure punters will be in for a treat with so many activities and classes available throughout the day.”

Attendees at the festival will have access to sessions in the Celebrity Chef Theatre free of charge across the weekend. Unlike other events of the sort, Manchester Eats will also be offering a huge range of interactive sessions to attendees, free within the ticket price. These range from cooking classes for kids, chocolate masterclasses delivered by luxury Manchester chocolatiers In Truffle We Trust and vegan and vegetarian cooking classes delivered by The Vegetarian Society Cookery School.

Official charity partners the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation will be providing a free activity zone on both days with interactive, accessible sporting activities for both children and adults. The event also features a dedicated children’s village and live DJ sets.

There are already a host of exciting names on the exhibitor list, including Cottonopolis, Proove Pizza and Manchester Gin, with more being added each week in the run up to the weekend.

Tickets are available from or

Advanced Saturday/Sunday Passes : £7.50/ £9 on gate

Advanced Weekend Passes : £12/ £13.50 on gate

Kids : Under 14’s get in free!

Gin garden

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