The monster Festival Hub returns - as usual it will pop up in front of the Town Hall and will be completely free, but this year expect a whole new and improved Festival site and programme.
We're creating a foodie paradise and the action is split over 2 sessions, so there's double the reason to come visit.
Today sees the opening day of the festival and the first day of Robinsons Pub on the Hub. There will also be lots of lovely streetfood traders at the hub along with all our fabulous producers.
Pizza Peddlers | 26th September - 1st October
Pizza Peddlers is a mobile street food business serving fresh pizza out of their vintage Citroën van. Fresh sourdough pizzas will be speedily cooked to order in their wood fired oven using only the best local and seasonal produce.
Kukoos | 26th September - 1st October
KuKoos is a mixture of Indian, Moroccan and Lebanese street food focused on delivering tasty, healthy food available to eat all day. Serving delights such as falafel, samosas, a selection of fresh wraps and authentic biryanis to take away.
VFresh | 26th September - 1st October
VFresh serves fresh, quick and tasty Vegetarian Society Approved street food for all – here, there and everywhere! Putting a refreshing twist onto vegetarian food by mixing and blending a variety of ingredients and flavours to create their own unique wraps, individual pots and special sides.
Churros Susanna | 26th September - 1st October
Vegan friendly and dairy free, Susanna is always dedicated to creating the perfect churro every time for everyone! All churros are freshly cooked with care and served with a warm pot of dipping chocolate for extra yumminess!
Margo & Rita | 26th September - 1st October
Margo & Rita only cook using the most local produce as possible, using traditional spices to create the most authentic and flavoursome dishes. Their specialty dishes are Pulled Pork Tacos, Cactus Quesadillas and ‘Bad Boy’ Burritos, all of the food is freshly cooked front of house for the highest level of flavour.
Crepe Lucette | 26th September - 1st October
Crêpe Lucette is a unique and glamorous mobile vintage crêperie, offering a delicious range of both sweet and savoury crêpes. From the classic ‘lemon and sugar’ to the distinctive ‘goats cheese and sweet pepper relish’ Crêpe Lucette uses handpicked, locally sourced ingredients to ensure the tastiest crêpe experience.
Exotic Game by Ank Marvin | 2nd October - 6th October
Ank Marvin brings his (exotic) game to the festival this year, serving a selection of rare, premium meats that are all genuinely and responsibly sourced from wild animals such as Llama sausages and Zebra steaks.
Cibo | 2nd October - 6th October
Cibo will be providing rustic, Venetian food at Albert Square this year offering Venetian Cicchetti and a selection of meatballs. They know the importance of having the freshest, highest quality ingredients, so Cibo make all of their pasta fresh onsite twice a day.
Levanter Fine Foods | 2nd October - 6th October
Levanter Fine Foods bring their pop-up Paella and Tapas bar back to the festival, cooking fresh, authentic paella from scratch. Aswell as the varied range of paellas on offer there will also be a Jamon Bar offering a selection of delicious artisan cured ham, to be served with a selection of olives and fresh bread topped with their amazing gourmet olive oil.
Zouk | 2nd October - 6th October
Zouk serves a tasty range of health conscious Indian street food, and will have a variety of lite bites and traditional Karahi’s to offer a glimpse into innovative Indian cuisine. Their selection of wraps also includes a vegetarian Paneer Tikka option, all served with salad and sauce of your choice and the traditional Karahi’s are available as Lamb or Chicken served with a choice of pilau rice or naan bread.
Spilt Milk | 2nd October - 6th October
Spilt Milk is a mobile café that prides themselves on their delicious and imaginative food and excellent customer service. Bringing with them a full fair-trade coffee menu served by fully trained barista’s as well as a variety of specialty teas, cold drinks, toasted bagels and their mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes, slices and biscuits.
Castro | 2nd October - 6th October
Castro is a Southern American street food vendor who’ll be bringing their popular sticky Pulled Pork to the square, alongside this Castro will also be serving BBQ beans, shredded beef brisket, homemade slaws, sauces and pickles.
Pancake Corner | 2nd October - 6th October
Pancake Corner is a Manchester based business passionate about food; they will be serving the finest selection of sweet and savoury pancakes, all 100% fresh and made to order.
Chaat Cart | 2nd October - 6th October
Chaat Cart’s Indian street food is inspired by a childhood in India and travels around South Asia, Chaat is a roadside snack usually sold in India from a cart. All of their dishes are vegetarian, healthy, delicious and made fresh to order. All the vegetables used in Chaat Cart’s dishes are organic and locally sourced.
Fire and Slice | 2nd October - 6th October
Fire and Slice Pizza serve freshly prepared Artisan wood fired Pizza’s cooked in a clay oven to give them that rustic, handmade touch. Their menu changes accordingly with the seasons, using only the finest quality ingredients to achieve the best flavours. In addition to Pizza’s, Garlic Bread and mini Calzones will also be available as specials.
All Star Lanes | 2nd October - 6th October
One of the city’s hottest new additions, All Star Lanes will be bringing their acclaimed brand of retro, authentic American cuisine to the Square. The focus will be one of the latest food trends they’re championing - frickin delicious chicken!
Robert’s Gourmet Fish and Chips | 26th September - 1st October
Executive Chef at The Mark Addy and previous MFDF Chef of the Year veteran, Robert Owen Brown is bringing his own fishing trawler to the Square for the Festival. Fresh seasonal catch of the day will be served simply and in the aged old partnership of which we never grow tired of here in Manchester - Fish and Chips.
Chaophraya | 26th September - 1st October
This pop-up version of the popular and award-winning restaurant brings a taste of Bangkok to Manchester city centre for the first session with Thai curries, fresh stir fries and gorgeous South East Asian snacks.
Harvey Nichols Does NYC | 26th September - October 1st
Harvey Nichols are bringing a taste of the big apple to the proceedings with their NYC-inspired streetfood offering featuring the wonderful.. Chilli Dog!
Mumma Schnitzel | 26th September - 1st October
Visiting the city all the way from London where they’ve taken the streetfood world by storm, Mumma Schnizle will be serving up ‘seriously scrummy schnizle love in a bun‘ for session 1!
Albert’s Chop House | 26th September - 1st October
MFDF Newcomer of the Year Nominees Albert’s Chop House will be bringing you their famed brand of traditional British cuisine for the first time in a Streetfood setting with delicious seasonal comfort food on the Square!
Susanna Churros | 26th September - 1st October
The original Spanish treat, Susanna will be bringing her handmade churros and the finest Spanish valor chocolate to the Festival Hub! A tasty and surprisingly healthy option, so no need to feel bad with the lovely treat!
Ginger’s Comfort Emporium | 2nd - 6th October
Manchester's own national award winning ice cream van for the grown-up's!
Ginger's menu at the Hub this year will include Chorlton Crack (salted caramel peanut butter), fennel pollen & verjuice, Vanilla, Juniper & plum ripple, Pure Origins chocolate and Rhubarb & pink peppercorn sorbet"