Freight Island reveals new traders, roller skating rink and free Sunday festivals
Located on Baring Street, in the middle of the Depot Mayfield regeneration, The escape to Freight Island has become one of the UK’s most popular culinary destinations.
Open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday, the food market will soon see a new selection of traders this spring, featuring local favorites as well as national food heroes – all to be in place by May 2022.
The first is Carnival, a new concept collaboration with Richard Turner, co-founder of some of the country’s best steakhouses, including Hawksmoor, Pitt Cue Co, Blacklock and Meatopia Festival.
Richard and the team will take over the grill from what used to be Baratxuri.
Using the finest meat from a single producing farm, Carnival menu highlights will include premium thin cuts of ribs, sirloin steak and T-bones, as well as pork chop with garlic ketchup. apples and tamarind, lobster with wild garlic, short ribs of smoked beef, crispy scampi fries and potato gratin with anchovies and parmesan.
For those who like to see the action, a limited “Front Row Seat” tasting menu by Richard Turner will also be available as part of an exclusive offer.
Another exciting food concept comes from the team behind Belzan, who will be refreshing their current counter with an all-new charcoal-grilled fried chicken offering, called Lucky Foot.
They say it will showcase modern cuisine using the best chicken – made from scratch in Manchester.
Burgerism, Manchester’s own online and delivery-only burger restaurant, will also join Escape to Freight Island.
It will be a highly anticipated arrival as burger fans can now dine for the best burger in town.
Their premium crushed burger and fries will replace Patty Queen, and menu highlights include “Cheesed” with two crushed patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and Burgerism sauce in a brioche bun.
For those with a sweet tooth, local favorite Batard will take up residence outside the Plant Room with its brand new restaurant offering sweet American pies and ice cream.
Batard will partner with Wildfarmed, a community-led farming system to repair the soil through regenerative agriculture, co-founded by Andy Cato of Groove Armada.
In addition to the sweet offering, an exclusive collaboration will also come from Gooey with special hot cookie doughs and ice cream that will only be available at Escape to Freight Island. These new dessert offerings will replace Choo Choo and Soft Boi.
On the mezzanine level inside the venue, Good Life Skates will occupy the space with a brand new 8,000 square foot roller rink opening this spring.
The new rink and brand of roller skates will also sell merchandise, hoodies, t-shirts and bucket hats, and the Good Life Skates mezzanine will have its own food and drink offerings that customers can enjoy. enjoy alongside their skating experience.
As warmer weather approaches, Escape to Freight Island has also announced a brand new series of free Sunday festivals called Better Days, launching from Sunday 17and April and until Sunday 28and August.
Full-day sessions will host family-oriented events during the day with a silent kids’ disco and other kid-friendly activities.
Kick-off of the Sunday sessions on the 17thand In April, the big launch party will see disco legends Greg Wilson alongside Graeme Park, Sally Rodgers (A Man Called Adam), Don Letts and Jenna G.
The series will then see a collection of big-name DJs, local legends, plus a host of collectives and festivals take over the outdoor space – featuring Erol Alkan, DJ Paulette, Danielle Moore (Crazy P), Mike Don and more.
Sundays are also accompanied by the venue’s Sunday Social Club, offering delicious specialties – a 55-day-aged ground beef with Béarnaise sauce and a lobster roll with a mouth-watering butter sauce, both served with fries – with options to choose from. accompaniment to macaroni and cheese or chopped salad.
A new addition to the menu will also include Sunday roasts from Carnival’s new concept.
There will also be a variety of paid and free events from Wednesday to Sunday.
Wednesdays will see live performances on the stage inside, while Thursdays will see a takeover of The Comedy Store, followed by The Curious Cabaret – a new immersive show.
Fridays will feature a series of local residencies with Manchester’s favorite managers.
Through the weekend, Saturdays are all about having the best DJs to keep the beat going and get guests started the party, followed by Better Days on Sundays for a healthier experience with families and friends.
Escape to Freight Island hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday (4pm-11pm), Friday (4pm-1am), Saturday (12pm-1am) and Sunday (12pm-10pm) . You can find out more and book tickets here.