MANCHESTER Food and Drink Festival has announced a huge vegan takeover at the new Festival Hub in Cathedral Gardens on Sunday September 29, with local vegan luminaries Shaun Ryder, John Robb, Bundobust, Matthew Nutter and Jackie Kearney all playing a part.
The ‘Vegan Kitchen’ will take over the Dining Dome Live Cookery Theatre throughout the day. From 12pm-4pm some of the leading lights from Manchester’s huge vegan scene will be taking to the stage to showcase some of the most innovative and exciting plant-based dishes, products and cookery techniques around.
Masterchef star Jackie Kearney (above), already author of three best-selling vegan cookbooks, will be cooking up dishes from her ‘Vegan Christmas Feasts’, due to be published in September.
Matthew Nutter, development chef at Foodwell, and ex owner/head chef of the celebrated Allotment vegan restaurant will demonstrate recipes that make the most of his favourite flavours – miso baked pineapple tatin, miso caramel, confit beetroots, pomegranate and rose.
For one day only, the food traders at the free-to enter Hub will also be offering their own special vegan offerings. Look out for Dim Sum Su’s vegan Chinese dumplings, Tibetan Kitchen’s vegan Himalayan street food, Thai from Tampopo, The Ottomen’s Middle Eastern & Med inspired vegan dishes fand plant-based ice creams from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium. There’ll also be vegan beers from Camden Town Brewery, vegan G&Ts from JJ Whitley plus vegan wines.
Later the Dining Dome will host a very special MFDF vegan banquet. A Plant-Based Evening with John Robb, Shaun Ryder and Bundobust will start at 6pm, providing an out of this world vegan-meets-music Indian street food experience.
Broadcaster, musician and journalist John Robb is a vegan of 10 years standing and Shaun Ryder is a pescatarian Happy Monday who loves vegan food. Together they will be hosting a feast from their favourite restaurant Bundobust. John and Shaun will tconverse about their love of plant-based food, Manchester, and Shaun’s struggles to become a vegan.
An array of award-winning Bundobust dishes will be paired with vegan beers from the new Bundobust Brewing Co, sound-tracked by a great Manchester playlist.