• Festa Italiana Manchester is back for a second year
  • 13th – 15th July 2018
  • 11am – 11pm every day
  • Cathedral Gardens to be transformed into “Little Italy”
  • Event to become annual fixture on the city’s calendar
  • Bigger event planned for 2018 with even more emphasis on food and drink masterclasses, tastings, live music and family fun.

If you love all things Italian, then listen up.  Festa Italiana Manchester, the city’s first festival of Italian food, drink and culture has announced that it will be returning for a second year in Summer 2018, and plans to become an annual fixture on the city’s calendar.


Festa Italiana Manchester is a free, weekend-long celebration of all things Italian.

From 13th to 15th July, Manchester’s Italian community will once again transform Cathedral Gardens into ‘Little Italy’ creating a city centre oasis of ‘la dolce vita’.

Inspired by Manchester’s Italian heritage, as well as the traditional festivals over in Italy, the Festa is all about the community coming together to socialise, enjoy beautiful food, delectable drinks and live music.

Following an incredible debut festival in 2017, which saw over 26,000 people descend on Cathedral Gardens, this year’s event is all set to be bigger and even better.


Maurizio Cecco, founder of Festa Italiana and proprietor of Salvi’s restaurants, comments:

“We have an amazing foundation this time on which to build.  Last year we were starting from scratch, we were creating something new, and we had no idea how popular the event was going to be. To see so many people come and enjoy our ‘Festa’ was staggering… and fantastic! This year we are back with SO much more for visitors to enjoy – from the live music to the number of producers involved, it’s going to be much bigger and even better –  we only just got started last year!”


The 2018 event promises a more in-depth education around Italian food and culture with hands-on style masterclasses. Plus there’ll be more for the kids via the “Bambini Cucina” – a children’s food festival all of its own!

As well as masterclasses, chef demonstrations, producer’s stalls and Italian streetfood, the 2018 Festival intends to host a number of unique banquets – a chance for lucky ticket holders to experience a unique Italian dining adventure right in the heart of the city centre.

The live music stage will also be ramped up with artists and musicians performing throughout the whole Festival period this time.

There will be lots more Italian brands, producers, restaurants and bars involved too – think pizza to prosecco and everything in between… including Festival sweethearts, the Italian Nonnas!


The Festival Piazza will be free to attend, whilst other events and activity will be taking place at venues across the city.

Any restaurants or brands who would like to be involved in this year’s festival are encouraged to email [email protected].

Full information and updates can be found on the festival website www.festaitalianauk.com.

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