Manchester's Biggest Outdoor Italian Festival Have Just Announced 2019 Dates And Exciting Expansion Plans


Festa Italiana

The country's biggest and best Italian Festival is back in Manchester for 2019 and we could not be more excited.

The free fest is always on our annual hit-list for Manchester and this July is set to be better than ever.

Cathedral Gardens will once again be transformed into "Little Italy" as Manchester hosts the very best in terms of Italian food and culture. And that means PIZZA!

When is it?

Festa Italiana Manchester will be returning for its third year between 26th-28th July 2019 with a newly-expanded site to accommodate the Italian community in the biggest ever collaboration between Greater Manchester’s Italian restaurants

Expect TONS of Italian cooking and more Italian producers, chefs, food, drink and music than ever before.

Open from 11am – 11pm the daily programme will include live cookery demonstrations; an artisan Italian food market; Italian banquets, and bespoke bars serving everything from Negroni to Meloncello.

Italian bands and musicians flown over especially from Italy will be providing the famous entertainment alongside (of course) some of Manchester’s best DJs.

So what's it all about?

As always, the key theme is aaaaalllll about the importance of cooking at home together as a family, and its impact on health and well-being – something that is a huge part of Italian culture.

The Festa has also pledged to bring together Manchester’s Italian food community on the biggest scale yet, collaborating with even more of the city’s best Italian restaurants and food heroes, as well as more Italian brands from across the UK and Italy, than ever before.

Maurizio Cecco, owner of Salvi’s, and a Naples native has successfully brought his vision to life over the past two years in creating a truly authentic celebration inspired by the traditional festivals he attends back home over the summer in Italy.

He says:

“Manchester has a rich Italian heritage and I’m proud to call this wonderful city home. Festa Italiana is all about bringing the traditions from my other home in Naples right here to Manchester – it’ a cultural exchange. We have been stunned by the popularity of the event – last year was amazing, the place was packed with visitors enjoying all things Italian. It was a beautiful thing!

"This year we’re building on that success, ensuring that even more of the Italian businesses get involved and celebrating a new theme around Italian family food values. It will truly be an Italian feast for all the senses – we can’t wait!”

Watch this space...

If you're a restaurant or brand and would like to be involved you can email for more information and of course, have a neb at all the glorious food and drinks to come over at the official website here.

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