l TRAVEL bible Rough Guides recently confirmed what every Mancunian already knows, the city is the country’s cultural capital and with an enticing series of sporting, culinary and art events coming up in the next few months it’s clear Manchester deserves such an accolade. If you’re a sports fan, a gourmet, are seeking a cultural fix or are just after an unforgettable day out with the family then look no further than Manchester’s exciting programme of events.
May has is a series of foodie fiestas taking place.
From May 15 to 17 restaurants and street food traders are joining forces for the first Castlefield Food Festival.
The three-day event at Castlefield Bowl will feature a demo kitchen showcasing cooking expertise, pop-up restaurants and live music. From May 30 to 31, Albert Square will be filled with the mouth-watering aromas of barbecue when it hosts the Grillstock festival. DJs and bands will also be performing providing the perfect musical accompaniment to the annual celebration of all things grilled, pulled and slow cooked.
The Spring Festival of Markets returns to St Ann’s Square on May 21 running until June 7. The market includes a selection of themed stalls, a vintage fashion boutique and unique products from some of the north west’s best artisans, three bars and live entertainment.
On May 10 The Great City-Games Manchester will see world-class athletes compete on a purpose-built track on Deansgate and in an arena in Albert Square.
The games will be a rare chance to see top athletes compete in an urban environment and marks the competitive return of Jessica Ennis-Hill in the 100m hurdles.
The following day, May 10, sees the return of Morrisons, Great Manchester Run when thousands of runners will take to the city streets for Europe’s biggest 10k run.
From May 31 to June 7 Northern Lawn Tennis Club, Didsbury, will host the Aegon Manchester Trophy. The tournament will see some of the world’s best tennis players kicking off their preparations for Wimbledon.
For anyone looking for inspiration, innovation and a chance for serious contemplation Manchester International Festival begins on July 2.
With an exceptional arts programme the festival nurtures new work and debut performances – highlights to look out for include Bjork’s first European performance of her new album, and an unprecedented collaboration between painter Gerhard Richter and composer Avro Pärt.
Finally the unmissable Manchester Day is on June 14. The city embraces a party atmosphere as the streets become a carnival of colour with a parade, amazing spectacles and exciting things to do. Manchester Day should be in everyone’s diary.