Manchester real food market – 12th & 13th, 26th & 27th. Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. Fortnightly, friday and saturday, 10am-6pm. Launched in April 2009, the market boasts a brilliant selection of farmers and traditional producers, who twice a month bring their fresh home-grown and home-reared produce from local farms into the heart of the city. I’ve yet to visit this market but perhaps this is the month.
The Manchester picnic – 5th-7th August, Piccadilly gardens. One for all the family, with delicious food and drink stalls, large themed picnic area and bags of family entertainment. There’s even a teddy bear’s picinic on sunday. Stalls open 12noon – 6pm, free entry.
Food glorious food, part of The Cheshire game and country show – 27-30th August. The Cheshire show ground. A place to sample and buy a whole range of local and regional artisan products. Producers and retailers are complemented by the Country Kitchen cookery demonstrations and the Piazza, a specialist catering area.
Open 10.00am – 6.00pm daily
Adults £10.00 Oaps £9.00 Children £4.00 under 5s free
Treacle market – sunday August 31st, 10am-3.30pm. Market place, Chestergate, Macclesfield town centre.
What the website says – A monthly high quality local food & drink and arts, antique and craft market. Bring a basket and stock up on wonderful locally produced beers, juices and delicious provisions. If it’s the unusual or different you seek Treacle is the perfect place to spend a few hours and meet up with friends, browse the stalls and listen to live music too.
A little further a field – The Wirral food and drink festival. 28th & 29th August, 10am-4pm – Claremont Farm, near Bebington, CH63 4JB. Adult £4, Children £1.50, Family ticket 2 adults & 2 children £10, extra children £1 each. FREE Car Parking, FREE Shuttle Bus from Spital Train Station.
What the website says – live music, cookery demonstrations, the sheep show a humorous educational live stage show about sheep and wool, beer tent and lots of food and drink produces will be exhibiting their products.