What’s on the menu in Festival Square?

Albert Square in front of Manchester’s historic town hall is once again being transformed for this year’s Manchester International Festival (MIF19). Temporarily renamed Festival Square, this hugely popular space in the centre of the city is open from 5-21 July, offering great food and drink; live music, cabaret and DJs; supper clubs featuring Michelin starred chefs; and special events. It’s also free to visit and is the place to go for information and top tips about what’s on from our merry band of MIF volunteers.

From British classics to Indian street food, coffee to craft beer, our Festival Square food traders will be in residence throughout the Festival – and there’s an amazing series of Supper Clubs and Lazy Lunches from some of the region’s top chefs. Find out what’s on the menu…


JW Lees

Festival Square’s official beer supplier, serving up beers, wines and soft drinks and a limited edition craft beer from The Boilerhouse


Honest Crust

Wood-fired pizzas and summer salads daily from Mackie Mayor & Altrincham Market favourite.



Restaurant food on the go from Gary Usher’s brand-new Kala


Manjit’s Kitchen

Superb Indian vegetarian and vegan street food and snacks, all inspired by Manjit’s Grandmother’s recipes

Firebird Hope

Hatch favourite and YES resident, create a special Festival Square menu with free-range chicken thigh and homemade seitan.


Idle Hands Coffee

Fresh coffee every day and espresso martinis by night, with tray bakes and the best vegan cherry pie


Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

Inventive and irresistible ice cream with a new MIF19 inspired flavour – the perfect treat


Paul Heathcote & Friends

Lancashire legend Paul Heathcote curates a series of Supper Clubs and Lazy lunches

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