Lunya, Manchester’s independent Catalan restaurant-bar-deli, is celebrating the famous ‘Calçotada’ Catalonian festival in its city centre restaurant with an event on Sunday 17th March. 


It’s a very special date on the Catalonian calendar and is celebrated throughout the region and here in Manchester too for the past nine years, thanks to Lunya.


The ‘Calçotada’ is a celebration of the seasonal arrival of the unusual ‘Calcot’ – a Spanish vegetable, best described as a cross between a spring onion and a baby leek. At the Calçotada, the Calcots are traditionally charred over flames until soft and sweet on the inside, with a delightful smoky flavour. These are then served wrapped in newspaper, and eaten with the hands – picked up, peeled and dipped in Romesco sauce (almonds, roasted peppers, olive oil & sherry vinegar). It is all rather messy, and totally delicious.

The eating of the Calcots is followed by lots of chargrilled meats, and the celebration is topped off by the pouring of cava served from a great height using a porron (a traditional Catalan wine pitcher).


All this will be recreated at Lunya on 17th March for Manchester’s own Calcotada Festival.


The menu on the night includes Calçots and romesco sauce, fuet, salchichón and Catalan tomato bread; butifarra, lamb chops, chicken with rosemary, garlic and lemon and patatas bravas and crema Catalana.


In traditional Calcotada stlye, the special celebration ends with the pouring of cava served from a great height using a porron!



The celebration starts from 12.00pm and booking is essential. For more information, please visit this website now.