The restaurants, bars and hospitality stars in the running for this year's Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards can today be revealed. The annual awards recognise the best places to eat and drink across Greater Manchester as well as honouring the chefs and front of house teams who work in them. Prizes will also be presented to the region's top food and drink producers and retailers, as well as the best events on the culinary calendar. New for this year is an artisan drinks producer category, recognising the region's booming brewing and distilling industry, as well as an award for the best vegan offering, replacing the vegetarian category. Phil Jones, MFDF founding director, said: "There’s so much going on all the time in Greater Manchester’s food and drink sector that these award categories are constantly evolving and it’s exciting to be able to add new ones to reflect the diversity and progress in the city. "This year the quality of the nominations is … [Read more...] about Manchester Food and Drink Festival reveals 2019 awards shortlist
Neighbourhood festival 2019
Parklife might be over for another year but festival season is only just getting started in Manchester. Multi-venue music festival Neighbourhood has announced the first wave of acts for this year's event, which returns to the city on Saturday October 12. Miles Kane heads up a bill packed with more than 100 artists, who will perform at venues across the city including Manchester Academy, the O2 Ritz, Albert Hall, Deaf Institute, Gorilla and YES. He'll be joined by artists including Easy Life, Ten Tonnes, VANT, Good Cop Bad Cop, Giant Rooks, The Big Moon, HMLTD, The Pale White, The Academic and Sports Team. As always, the festival will showcase some of Manchester's hottest homegrown talent with acts including The Blinders and Phoebe Green. Up-and-coming artists including Sophie & the Giants, Lady Bird, Inhaler, Lauran Hibberd and many more will also be showcased at the one-day event. Last year's event saw acts including Everything Everything, Sam Fender and Temples perform to sold … [Read more...] about Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival announces 2019 line up
YOU ALREADY KNOW YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. BUT EXPERTS SAY YOU ALSO ARE WHERE YOU LIVE. IN A SPECIAL REPORT, THE IRISH TIMES SHOWS HOW 10 IRISH MAIN STREETS INFLUENCE THE HEALTH OF THOSE WHO LIVE THERE Most of us accept the wisdom that you are what you eat. But it’s also true to say that you are where you live. The spaces where we live, work and socialise shape our choices about our consumption and behavioural habits. These are automatic and unthinking, triggered by cues in the environment around us. Living in a vibrant town with access to health advice, a choice of shops, accessible places to exercise and welcoming spaces to congregate makes it easier to opt for healthy lifestyle choices. On the other hand, if you live in a place surrounded by clusters of takeaway outlets, bookmakers and pubs, those healthy choices require a more conscious effort. The architect and former president of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, Paul Keogh, cites the term “obesogenic … [Read more...] about Does your neighbourhood have too many pubs?
Foodies in Bristol are eagerly awaiting the return of this year's Food Connections, which kicks off in just over a week. The annual festival brings a feast of fun and informative events to the city and this year is certainly no different, with plenty for people of all ages to enjoy. In total there will be more than 50 events taking place in the main festival hub, which this year is Colston Hall's foyer, while more than 70 other partner events will be taking place at various venues across the city. There will be a mix of community events, pop-up suppers, debates and demos - many of which are free or just a few pounds to attend. Below is everything you need to know about the festival. When does Bristol Food Connections take place? The festival runs for 10 days between June 12 - 23. What's the aim of the event? The festival shines a light on the unique food culture in Bristol. It brings together residents, visitors, producers, artisans, consumers, businesses, families, chefs, … [Read more...] about The best events at Bristol Food Connections 2019
May has been another busy month for the courts of Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas. Rapists, drug dealers, burglars and fraudsters are among the criminals we have reported on in May 2019. StokeonTrentLive journalists attend courts across the region every day to cover cases. Our reporters cover the latest proceedings at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, Stafford Crown Court and other courts when local people are in the dock. We've reported on the following cases where criminals have been sent to prison by courts in the area during the last month. Click the full story option below each to read more about the case. For the latest cases to appear before judges and magistrates across the region and beyond, check our dedicated court page for the very latest news from the courts. Abbey Hulton Regular customer Gary Floyd pulled out a 12-inch carving knife in a city centre pub and pointed it at his ex-partner. The 57-year-old was at the Market Tavern, … [Read more...] about Locked Up: North Staffordshire criminals jailed in May 2019