The Victoria Baths Foodie fest is to return on Sunday 14 October with a stellar crop of Manchester’s street-food vendors, all coming together within the Edwardian grandeur of one of the city’s most beloved buildings, Victoria Baths.
Possibly the most perfect way to spend a Sunday with friends and family, enjoying tasty food being served by stallholders, whilst soaking up a unique slice of Mancunian history.
The Sports Hall (formerly the Male 2nd Class pool) will be the epicentre of a diverse collection of street food stalls, offering everything from Caribbean cuisine to wood-fired Pizzas, cakes, cheesecakes and brownies. The Victoria Baths bar will be open, and that all important cup of tea and coffee or a soft drink will also be available, to complement everyone’s foodie selections.
Manchester’s legendary “Rice and Three” curry dishes will be making an appearance on the day at The Curry Den’s pop-up in the Pineapple Room (named after its stained glass window which features a Pineapple design), where Male 1st class ticket holders used to take a bath. Tickets are on sale now for this pop-up meal here.
The festival feel of the event is sealed with performances from the Ordsall Acapella Singers in the wonderful Gala Pool, where the acoustics are amazing.
For those who want to dive deeper into the story of Victoria Baths and its unique past there are guided building tours taking place throughout the day. The Discover Victoria Baths tour shows visitors the amazing architecture of the building and its history, including stories of those who used the building and lived in it. The Off Limits tour takes visitors to lesser known parts of the building including the boiler house, filter room and the under-pool areas.
Doors open from 11am till 4pm and admission is £4 (or £8 including a guided tour), with free admission and guided tours for children (under 16s) and Friends of Victoria Baths. Visitors can simply turn up on the day and pay at the entrance, but need to buy a ticket online in advance for lunch from The Curry Den.
All the money raised from Victoria Baths’ Open Days helps to keep this beautiful building open to the general public andsupports Victoria Baths Trust’s long-term vision to bring back into their original use some of the building’s historical features, including the Turkish Baths. For further information on Victoria Baths you can visit the official website here.