Guide to explore the region’s foodie hotspots

foodlovers.jpgA new guide which celebrates the speciality foods that set our region apart is being published next month.
The 260-page NW Food Lover’s Guide’, is being released, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day, and promises to be a tour of the region’s finest suppliers and producers.
Pat Foreman, chief executive of the publishers Food Northwest, said the region was home to some of the country’s most famous foods from cheeses, cakes and chutneys to real ales, sausages and ice creams.
He said: “The demand for quality regional and speciality local food is growing rapidly, fuelled by the passion of farmers, food producers and local chefs in the region.
“Greater Manchester is a great place to seek out local and regional foods. Whether in the food halls and restaurants in Manchester city centre or the delis, markets, traditional butchers and pubs in the surrounding areas, there are many surprises to be found. The region is home to some of the country’s most exciting and innovative products and most dedicated producers, and this book provides an easy-to-use guide, for residents and visitors alike.”
Looking through the list of Greater Manchester outlets and producers, I’ve already spied plenty of the usual suspects and favoured haunts such as my favourite lunchtime stop Shlurp, Harvey Nichols and Barbakan.
But there’s also some less well-known names on the list such as the just 12 months old Adesso Marinades from Gorton which I’m told was borne out of a shared love of all things Italian by co-founders Rizwan Rashid and Brian Goodhand.
Copies of the guide, which gives full contact and availability details, a selection of recipes and information for those visiting the region which includes sample itineraries will be available from the Food Northwest website priced £4.99 from February 14th.

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