A hidden gem run by Italian couple Enrico and Daniela, who offer the most raved about schiacciata sandwiches in Manchester from their one-bedroom flat in Northern Quarter are coming to Kargo Mkt. Credit: Ad MaioraA hidden gem run by Italian couple Enrico and Daniela, who offer the most raved about schiacciata sandwiches in Manchester from their one-bedroom flat in Northern Quarter are coming to Kargo Mkt. Credit: Ad Maiora
A hidden gem run by Italian couple Enrico and Daniela, who offer the most raved about schiacciata sandwiches in Manchester from their one-bedroom flat in Northern Quarter are coming to Kargo Mkt. Credit: Ad Maiora | Ad Maiora

The 20 vendors opening at MediaCity’s massive new food hall Central Bay with its 400 seats and huge terrace

Central Bay at MediaCity is set to become Greater Manchester’s largest food hall with 20 independent vendors. Here is the full line-up.

The full line-up of 20 vendors moving into Salford Quays’ massive new food hall has been announced and features some of Greater Manchester’s most popular food spots, representing cuisines from around the world.

Central Bay and its Kargo MKT foodhall is set to be the largest of its kind in Greater Manchester, adding to the list of multi-kitchen venues that have been popping up across the region over the last few years.

It is located on the waterfront at MediaCity, near The Lowry and overlooking other local landmarks such as Old Trafford and the Imperial War Museum North. The site will include 400 seats, a 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace, five waterside shipping container kitchens, and a shipping container bar.

The launch night is taking place on 14 September and will be open to the public after that.

The food hall is being run by operators Blend Family, the team behind the British Street Food Awards 2022  ‘Food Hall of the Year, Cutlery Works’ in Sheffield and The GPO in Liverpool.

As well as a wide variety of food vendors, Central Bay will also host pop-up events, indie markets, live music performances and recreation space for children, and other celebrations of the cultures represented in the Kargo MKT.

There will also be plenty of deals to take advantage of, including family deals, visitors and locals can take advantage of regular £6 lunch deals from all kitchens Monday to Friday, £5 bottomless batch brew coffee and tea, happy hour deals, bottomless brunch, 20% student discount, and a handy workspace.

Matt Bigland, founder and CEO at Blend Family said: “We take great pride in curating exciting culinary experiences for people and this is one of the most exciting line-ups of world food we’ve ever put together. We can’t wait to open the doors in partnership with Quayside MediaCity and see the smiles on faces as everyone enjoys the incredible plates these kitchens are going to serve.”

Here are 19 of the 20 vendors arriving at Central Bay this September. The only other vendor is Locale Coffee, a fresh concept from the team behind Cuppers Choice.

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