SPOOKY eh? Jaw dropping high jinks are promised as the Mexican Day of The Dead goes live at the Mayfield for Manchester Food and Drink Festival – one more step in bringing the abandoned Piccadilly rail depot back to life.
This high profile banquet, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Festival, is curated by Thomasina Miers, former Masterchef winner and high priestess of Mexican food in this country with her upmarket Wahaca chain wit an outlet in the Corn Exchange.
Her Manchester feast at the Mayfield depot from 7.30pm on Saturday, October 7, will involve a five-course dinner comprising traditional Mexican dishes such as agua chile negro with scallop, bitter orange and habanero; quesadilla with four cheese and forage herbs; salsa verde and seared venison with Tijuana sauce, as well as vegetarian options.
On arrival, everyone will be greeted with a glass of Olmeca Altos tequila and the Mexican-themed night will also include a traditional Mexican Festival of the Dead interactive performance, and Day of the Dead Face painting.
The event is part of a festival series inside the Depot’s astonishing space on the 24 acre site alongside Piccadilly Station earmarked for a £850m redevelopment. The MFDF provides a one-off chance to eat and drink in this historic venue. Tickets for the banquet are priced at £55 and are now available here.
Thomasina will also be carrying out a free demo at the Festival Hub on Albert Square at 2pm on the same day when she will signing copies of her new book, Home Cook by Thomasina Miers.
The author told ToM: “I am so delighted to be part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival this year, not only demo-ing recipes from my new book but also cooking up a storm with Wahaca at a banquet that is sure to be a wild fiesta.”