Did you know that 15 million tonnes of food are wasted each year in the UK? Yes, really. Well Open Kitchen MCR have the perfect solution. By intercepting perfectly good ingredients that would otherwise go to waste, this not-for-profit enterprise creates lip-smacking dishes for the public to chow down on.
On the second Friday of every month, head down to Manchester’s Beer Nouveau brewery to their SURPLUS event, an evening filled with indie beer and amazing street-food dishes made from their fabulous ‘waste food’. The income generated from these events (and their private catering service) supports a number of community organisations that help people in crisis. Fancy getting involved? As a social enterprise, they welcome volunteers on a shift-by-shift basis to experience the kitchen in full flow, by helping chefs prepare dishes for their community engagement. Just get in touch with them via social media to find out more.
It won’t take long for the nostalgia to set in here. In a team of eight, you’ll take on a series of mysterious mental and physical challenges in four separate zones – Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic – followed by the iconic Crystal Dome. Start the fans please!
Chapter One is a cute independent book shop and café that’s perfect for hiding away for a few hours with a book in hand. They serve up amazing homemade cake and coffee (vegan and gluten-free treats are available too) and occasionally host crafty workshops.
The Manchester Bee, symbolic of the city’s industrial revolution, can be found throughout the city streets, on bollards, murals and bus stops. So to mark your time in Manchester, why not learn how to make your own bee mosaic? It’ll look great hanging on your garden wall.