Garden City Festival, south Manchester’s celebration of local horticulture, produce and good food, takes place on Saturday 15 September from 11am to 4pm across Wythenshawe town centre and at the Forum.
With three main zones of ‘food’, ‘gardening’ and ‘crafts’, it promises to be a great day out for all the family, with stalls, workshops and demonstrations to interest all ages.
Visitors with children might like to enter the competition on the day to meet Mr Bloom from CBeebies and Ben Foulks, presenter of the show, will be running ‘Growing up Green’ workshops throughout the day where children can take their first steps towards growing their own plants and vegetables.
Now into its fourth year, the festival champions local produce, fresh food and a return to greener, sustainable living. In addition to the wide range of attractions, visitors could find themselves jumping to the beat with the Manchester School of Samba, meeting farm animals, or pedalling their way to an ‘eco-smoothie’! Even travel around the event is ‘green’ – visitors can choose to walk or board the donkey carriage to travel around the zones.
Food lover or not, there will be something to appeal to everyone, with cooking demonstrations throughout the day, local market produce and tasters from local food businesses and community groups. Professional chefs such as the award-winning
David Gale, executive head chef from the Hilton Manchester, will be on hand to demonstrate a variety of recipes and techniques, and even the younger visitors will be inspired to love cooking with their own piece of ‘cookery theatre’.
Keen gardeners can join the Q&A sessions with Simon Tetlow, head gardener at Tatton Park, or watch demonstrations from Tatton’s gardening team. Wythenshawe’s local experts will be on hand with top tips from Manchester Organic Gardeners and Wythenshawe Park Horticultural Society.
The craft village at the Forum includes ceramics, woodwork, calligraphy, local crafts and workshops to keep the younger ones occupied. Jungle Trex will hold hourly, interactive animal-handling sessions at Forum Library with an educational and entertaining show about animals and their habitats, including reptiles, mini beasts and exotic creatures.
Entrance and most activities are free. For more information visit www.wythenshawetowncentre.co.uk.