HUGE Open BBQ Fire Pits & Jamaican Jerk: Manchester Craft Beer Festival reveals Food Line-Up for 2022

Showcasing the best young chef talent in the North West alongside BBQ masters conducting the new open fire pits and some of Manchester’s favourite independent restaurants.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 31 May 2022

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Manchester Craft Beer Festival returns to Depot Mayfield on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd July, after a successful debut last summer. This year they’ve pulled out all the stops to deliver a food line-up that encompasses some of the best young chef talent in the North West – who will be taking the reins on new open fire pits feasting concepts.

New for 2022 are The Fire Pits, featuring a series of guests chefs and live fire specialists serving up a signature dish for hungry festival goers.

On Friday you’ll catch Tom Bray from Country Fire Kitchen, while on Saturday Ronnie Aronica from Bench and Belzan’s Sam Grainger take over. From The Ashes BBQ will have their own dedicated pit throughout the entire festival.

Tom Bray was inspired to create his own BBQ culinary venture Country Fire Kitchen after his years living in South America and discovering the art of Asado. Expect whole lamb and beef ribs ‘a la cruz’ – roasted ‘on the cross’ – hung beef fore rib, fire veg of onions, leeks, butternut squash and chimichurri.

Ronnie Aronica is the chef-owner of Bench, a neighbourhood bistro and natural wine bar in Sheffield that started as a series of local pop-ups focussing on communal dining and open-fire cooking. A self-trained cook, while Ronnie takes inspiration and influence from all over, his food has a natural Italian and Sicilian emphasis thanks to his family background and upbringing.

Joining him is Liverpool’s Sam Grainger, chef patron at the critically acclaimed Belzan, a small neighbourhood restaurant where he focusses on British produce interwoven with Japanese and European ingredients and techniques. Sam also joined forces with London’s Breddos Tacos to launch Mexican taqueria Madre, which has sites in Liverpool and Manchester.

Pitmasters From The Ashes BBQ specialise in whole animal butchery, and the holy trinity of smoke, fat and flavour on live fire. Priding themselves on delivering a comforting and delicious menu, from low smoked pork shoulder encased in handmade doughnuts to big, meaty beef ribs to gnaw on, it’s set to be quite the spectacle.

Also on the line-up are some fantastic independent restaurants from across Manchester – including Northern Quarter’s Chakalaka and Chorlton’s Jerk Junction.

You’ll find Chakalaka bringing their bold flavours to Depot Mayfield with signature South African classics such as Boerewors, Biltong and Bunny Chow – a celebration of all that is great about South African cuisine and culture.

Award-winning Jerk Junction are all about ‘food, familia and flavour’, or as they put it, ‘the best Caribbean food outside of the island’. Expect Jamaican classics such as rice ‘n’ peas, jerk chicken, and curry goat, all prepared daily in their on-site jerk house then brought to us to cooked in a jerk drum.

Jerk Junction


The festival dedicated to celebrating craft beer in all its glory will be joined by the legendary GoldieNorman Jay MBE and David Holmes.

Each ticket is priced at £55 and allocates guests entry for a five-hour session on the Friday or Saturday to sample the brewers and enjoy live music from their heavyweight headline acts. The ticket includes ALL OF YOUR BEER, a special festival beer glass and access to the festival’s pop-up kitchens.

From sours to IPA’s, lagers to imperial stouts, MCBF presents breweries from all over the world, bringing multi-styles of delicious beers for guests to explore. Representing Manchester, Manchester UnionBlackjack, TrackMarblePomona Island and Beatnikz.

Some of the best breweries from all over the UK join them; Scotland’s Moonwake and sour specialists Vault City, to  Norfolk’s Duration pouring fresh beers and wild ales that are brewed from nature, and Beak from East Sussex making everything from hop-forward IPAs and best bitters to saisons and imperial stouts.


The Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Dates: 22nd – 23rd July 2022

Three sessions across 2 days:
Friday – 6pm – 11pm
Saturday – 11:30-4:30pm
Saturday – 6pm-11pm

Venue: Depot, Mayfield
Cost: £55 (includes ALL YOUR BEER, entrance and special festival beer glass)

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