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Chorlton Market – 19/04/2014

It was our first time at Chorlton Market and what a wonderful surprise! The small market is packed with high quality produce and delightful sweets.

Besides our usual favourites – venison Scotch eggs and sausage rolls from the Moocher, the Buttery pies and sticky toffee pudding, and the delicious scones of Pudding&Pie Café – we have found amazing flavours ranging from British traditional dishes to exotic international cuisine.

The Uprising Bakehouse showcases a variety of savoury breads, focaccia and hot cross buns alongside Iranian sweets. The walnut and cardamom cake, a version of the Persian love cake, was light and perfectly spiced. If you ever get the chance to try it, do not waste it! Seriously, that cake is life-changing. Their borek with feta and parsley is also worth mentioning as it reminded us of Mediterranean pastries.

In terms of preserves and savoury jams, Alam’s mango chutney was arguably one of the best we’ve ever tried and the Buttery mint jelly was spot on, refreshing and perfect with lamb. Special Preserves brought some gorgeous jams and curds with unusual flavours and combinations. We thoroughly recommend the blueberry and strawberry jam, the passion fruit curd and the hot chilli jam.

The market was fully stocked with fresh meat from Savin Hill and Brown’s Butchers, including pork, lamb, rose veal and wild venison, and beautifully coloured organic eggs, just in time for Easter.

For the arts&crafts lovers there were several stands with art supplies, personalised ceramics, vintage vinyl records and silver jewellery by Leaf.

Intense flavours, fresh organic produce, arts&crafts – the Chorlton Market exceeds the highest expectations, turning a Saturday trip into a weekend treat.

Easter Egg Hunts in Manchester 2014

Some family fun in Manchester this Easter weekend:

Levy Market, Levenshulme, Saturday, 19th April, 10:00 – 12:00

Tatton Park, Lindt Bunny Garden Trail,  5th – 27th April

Dunham Massey, Easter Eggstravaganza (Cadbury Easter Egg Trail), daily, 18th-21st April, 11:00 – 16:00

Quarry Bank Mill, Easter Eggstravaganza (Cadbury Easter Egg Trail), daily, 18th-21st April, 11:00 – 16:00

Lyme Park, Easter Eggstravaganza (Cadbury Easter Egg Trail), daily, 18th-21st April, 11:00 – 16:00

Heaton Park Traditional Easter Fun Fair, daily, 5th – 27th April, from 12:00

Manchester Airport, Runway Visitor Park, Sunday, 20th April, 10:00 – 14:00

Manchester City Stadium, Easter Egg-Head Hunt, daily, until the 26th of April

Which one is your favourite? What else should be on the list?

Manchester Art Gallery – spring programme

The Manchester Art Gallery is bursting with vibrant colours this spring, turning into a bright cosy shelter for rainy days.

Joana Vasconcelos’ Time Machine exhibition has brought sunshine indoors. Her artwork, blending with the permanent collections of the gallery and stretching across the entire building, is a playful mix of fabrics, synthetic materials and technology. The collection is a magnificent metaphor for life and fecundity blooming after a long cold winter. You can almost imagine the artist knitting and crocheting away whilst dreaming of spring. Joana has found inspiration in the most unexpected places, from ordinary household items to the intricate connections between Manchester and her home country Portugal, in an attempt to link past, present and future through an unconventional art medium.

In addition to the historic permanent collection, the Gallery also showcases Manchester’s connections with English and French Impressionism, including Sisley’s Mancunian heritage and Adolphe Valette’s gloomy view of the Irwell Bridge, a must-see of the collection. Further breathtaking scenery is displayed in the temporary exhibition on Victorian stereotypes of Scotland, A Highland Romance: Victorian Views of Scottishness.

There is still some time left to admire the 17th and 18th century Dutch and Flemish collection, and to find out more about the beginnings of the Manchester Art Gallery and Thomas Horsfall’s efforts to promote art education in Manchester.

We were glad to discover that the Manchester Art Gallery is currently hosting several sculptures and artwork from the Whitworth Gallery, which was closed for extensive renovation last summer.

When:  15 Feb – 1 Jun 2014

Where: Manchester Art Gallery

More info: Time Machine

Photography © Claudiu Mihăilă