Festa Italiana Manchester is a free, weekend-long celebration of all things Italian.
From 13th to 15th July, Manchester’s Italian community will once again transform Cathedral Gardens into ‘Little Italy’ creating a city centre oasis of ‘la dolce vita’.
Inspired by Manchester’s Italian heritage, as well as the traditional festivals over in Italy, the Festa is all about the community coming together to socialise, enjoy beautiful food, delectable drinks and live music.
Following an incredible debut festival in 2017, which saw over 26,000 people descend on Cathedral Gardens, this year’s event is all set to be bigger and even better.
The 2018 event promises a more in-depth education around Italian food and culture with hands-on style masterclasses. Plus there’ll be more for the kids via the “Bambini Cucina” – a children’s food festival all of its own!
As well as masterclasses, chef demonstrations, producer’s stalls and Italian streetfood, the 2018 Festival intends to host a number of unique banquets – a chance for lucky ticket holders to experience a unique Italian dining adventure right in the heart of the city centre.
The live music stage will also be ramped up with artists and musicians performing throughout the whole Festival period this time.
There’ll be lots more Italian brands, producers, restaurants and bars involved too – think pizza to prosecco and everything in between… including Festival sweethearts, the Italian Nonnas!
The Festival Piazza will be free to attend, whilst other events and activity will be taking place at venues across the city.