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26th May 2021

A huge Italian street food festival is coming to Manchester

Charlie Herbert

It’s the biggest Italian food festival in the UK.

Festa Italiana will be returning to Manchester for its fourth edition this year, bringing a taste of Italy to Cathedral Gardens over the August bank holiday.

First launched in 2017, the event is the largest Italian food festival in the country, featuring delicious pizza, fresh pasta, crepes and deli meats, bringing Italian street food to Manchester city centre.

And there will be some intriguing new editions this year as well – including an outdoor cinema.

Sponsored by Peroni, the big screen will appear over the weekend and will screen classic such as La Dolce Vita, Romeo and Juliet and for viewers to enjoy whilst slumped into bean bags and deck chairs and sipping on Italian lager and cocktails.

The festival is also set to feature a “photography exhibit surprise,” as well as a range of workshops, demonstrations, book signings and banquets.

Some of the chefs confirmed to be attending so far include Aldo Zilli, Giancarlo Caldesi, Gennaro Cantaldo, specialist pasta maker and author Carmela Sereno Hayes, and Festa founder Maurizio Cecco.

Meanwhile. Salvi’s has confirmed that it will be returning with its popular deli stand, for all your cured meat, cheese, olive oil and cake needs.

The ‘lineup’ for the the street food is yet to be revealed, but be sure to expect some new Italian-inspired eateries that have emerged during the lockdowns.

Previous years have seen festival founders Salvi’s churn out popular fried pizzas and fresh pasta alongside Shudehill’s Pasta Factory, Rio Ferdinand’s glitzy Italian Rosso, and sourdough West Didsbury pizzaiolos Proove.

Emerging out of Manchester’s rich Italian heritage and community, Festa Italiana will return to its home at Festival Piazza at Cathedral Gardens, and will take place from August 27-29.