Manchester Eats Food Festival: Review

Sunday, July 08, 2018
Yesterday I visited a food festival for the first time, the Manchester Eats food festival in Heaton Park which is very close to where I live so I had to go especially as Heaton Park is such a beautiful park. Yesterday was such a boiling hot day, perfect food festival weather! I was kindly added to the guest list for the food festival which is one of the few times I've been on an event guest list and it doesn't feel any less special! Annoyingly I completely forgot to take my DSLR so I had to use my iPhone 7; you can see some of my Instagram Stories for more!

The festival started yesterday and featured chocolate workshops, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs including the famous (and super lovely) Marco Pierre as well as numerous stalls from a range of Mancunian and international brands such as Hotel Chocolat, Costco and more. The festival also had a large kids village including fair ground rides and childrens workshops.
We arrived a little late yesterday but thankfully we were able to see some of Marco Pierre White's first cooking demonstration which was of a delicious sounding mushroom risotto. I haven't seen any celebrity chefs before so it was very exciting especially as Marco Pierre White is such a famous and accomplished chef. He seems so lovely, down to earth and funny which definitely came across in the demonstration.

The chefs tent wasn't as large as I thought it would be so there were limited seats and for me personally, I think it would be have been better value for money if the celebrity demonstrations and events were closer together. Additionally, when we arrived at the car park, there were no signs indicating which direction the festival was, we just had to follow the noise without knowing if we wee heading in the direction of the entrance.
There were various stalls that catered for a wide range of interests and tastes such as a vegan/vegetarian area, craft beer stalls, Hotel Chocolat mobile van, greek food, Thai pies, cookies and ice cream stalls and stalls dedicated to just garlic produce...yes! We only bought a couple of items at the festival including some delicious samosas from an Indian food stall (I can't remember the name) and natural salt from The Dorset Sea Salt Co. As well as food, snacks and alcohol, there were produce stalls with pre-made condiments and cooking ingredients.

A few friends were interested in going on the Sunday, today, and thought that there would be lots of food samples but from my experience, there weren't but there were some. The prices differ per stall but the food prices overall were reasonable. We had a sample of the ice cream buns from Milky Stax and it was incredibly delicious!

Overall, for my first food festival experience, I was very excited and it definitely met my expectations on the whole; the celebrity cooking demonstrations were definitely my favourite aspects of the food festival. The only negatives for me personally was the lack of sign posting at the car parks, the wait between demos and the slight lack of seating - as it was such a hot day I think covered seating would have been useful. I definitely want to visit more food festivals now and there's one in Liverpool on the 15th and 16th September that I'll be looking out for so if you missed the Manchester Eats food festival you don't have to long wait until the next one.

Have you been to a food festival? Did you visit the Manchester Eats mood festival yesterday or today? 

20 comments

  1. AAAAH IT LOOKS SO GOOD! I love food lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  2. I love food festivals - grazing my way from stall to stall! x

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  3. I'm dying to go to a food festival, they always look amazing!

    Gemma Louise

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  4. I went to the Edinburgh one last year. I didn't know what to expect but I really enjoyed myself. I spent a fortune on gourmet marshmallows and macaroons!

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  5. Ive never done a food festival but I like the idea of celebrity demos x

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  6. Sounds like you had a great time x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  7. Food Festival's are amazing! I attended my first one in Bristol in May and I loved it xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  8. It looks like so much fun! :) I went to a food festival in Cardiff yesterday and had a fab day! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  9. I remember when I went to my food festival, and it was boiling hot then! Glad you had a lovely time though! xx

    Brooke | www.brookeclarke.com

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  10. I went to the Kent Vegan Food Festival last year and it was amazing! This looks so much fun!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  11. Food festivals are always great! I went to one a while ago and I remember wanting to taste everything!

    www.laurencarmen.com

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  12. Ahhh this looks such a fun time!!!

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  13. Ooh this sounds so good! I’d love to visit.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  14. Sounds like a good day! I would have gone right for the Indian food too. Also love Greek. So many choices!

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  15. Aaaahhh chocolate workshop yes please!

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  16. I would love to go to this!! Sounds so good x

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  17. I really want to go to a food festival!!!!

    Joyce  

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  18. I love food festivals! They make the day feel so much better x

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  19. I'm such a foodie, I'd love to go to an event like this. So glad you enjoyed it x

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

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