From Moss Side to the world – young people take the lead in developing a new, positive image of their community.

“Please come and see the heart-filled work we, the amazing Moss Side Pride Girls, have put into improving our local area and into opening your eyes to what an amazing place Moss Side is. Come and join us at the first ever Moss Side food festival.” Caitlin 13, Moss Side

This Saturday, join us in Alexandra Park between 12-4pm for Moss Side’s first ever Food Festival. This much anticipated event incorporates mouth watering food with community spirit.  We hope to bring people together to share tastes, culture and music, and generally have fun with the family.

Food is about more than taste and culture alone. Food touches on so many issues, from animal welfare to food banks. In Manchester, while there is a boom in a new ‘foodie’ culture, with new restaurants popping up every week, there is also a huge rise rise in the use of food banks.

But this is a food festival with a twist. It is not about getting the usual stall holders from outside of Moss Side to come along. Instead, it is about supporting local, Moss Side people to cook with family recipes and passion.

What makes Moss Side Food Festival so unique, is that the idea was the idea of a group of young female entrepreneurs, aged 12-13, who live in or around Moss Side. Not only did they want to celebrate the amazing array of food that comes from their community, but also  shake off the negative stereotypes hanging over Moss Side.  The story presented by so many outside Moss Side is one that doesn’t ring true to the girls we work with.  They feel that there are too few who see the strength and potential of their brilliant community. In 2015, the girls developed a manifesto to tackle negative depictions of Moss Side. They were determined to tell a different story:

“Let’s celebrate Moss Side and recognise the talent within” – Moss Side Pride Manifesto, 2015

We want the festival to be accessible to all, so we’ve kept prices down and are offering taster or half portions.  This idea came from the young people, who were aware that children’s portions aren’t usually offered and that food markets are often too expensive for families. The event is free to enter, and will offer range of free activities.  For those who want food, we’ll be offering a fantastic range of mouth-watering dishes, starting from £2.50.  

This is an event about sharing food, space and time with one another. This is about a new generation in Moss Side – proud and ready to shed old stereotypes, building a new reputation instead.  So join us for a day to remember, and discover the hidden treasures of Moss Side, a truly magnificent community.