Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 22 June - 30 June 2019. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2019 team, please get in touch.



Photograph – Elly Langlois

FEED – Serving Didsbury’s stories on a plate!

Thursday 1st June 6pm – 9pm, Food Sorcery, Waterside Hotel, Didsbury.

We’re looking for people who have a dish with a story behind it to share at a one-off event for Didsbury Arts Festival

On Sunday 25th June we’re organising three very special meals for a small number of guests. Each will be hosted by a different collection of people who might not know each other yet, but who are all connected to Didsbury. This is NOT about being a gourmet chef! What’s important is that each dish, and the person who makes it, tells a story – of family tradition or traveling the world, of a favourite custom or childhood memories.

A specially designed, limited edition recipe book will accompany the meal, a free copy of which will be given to everyone taking part in the project.

If you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to hear from you! Come along to Food Sorcery on Thursday 1st June any time between 6-9pm for an informal, drop-in evening to meet, eat, swap stories and recipes and help pull together our three menus.

RSVP by emailing hello@xplusyequals.co.uk – we need to know who’s coming because we’ll be cooking for everyone!

Please bring with you:

  • Your recipe (you don’t need to actually cook it for this get together but will need to make it for the main event)
  • Things to go on your recipe book page - photos, tickets, maps, handwritten notes…. anything that helps tell your story
  • Special or traditional equipment you use to cook or serve your dish – it’ll help set the scene.
  • Children, family and or friends who might want to join in or come along with you – everyone’s welcome!

Other questions, answered:

Q: What will it cost me?

A: It shouldn’t cost anything – we have a budget to cover ingredients for the main event, and if your travel needs covering, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

Q: Where and when is the main event?

A: It will take place at Food Sorcery on Sunday 25th June. It’s a cookery school, so they have great facilities that we can use.

Q: What will I have to do for it?

There’ll be one sitting at lunch, one at tea time and an evening event, but you’ll only be expected to cook for one of the three meals. Each sitting will last around 1.5 - 2 hours.

We estimate about 15 guests per meal.

We also have access to Food Sorcery on the afternoon of Saturday 24th June to prepare, practice or precook.

Q: Who’s organising this?

A: Ruth Bridges and Rebecca Legg have been commissioned to do this, as part of Didsbury Arts Festival. You can see some of their past work at www.xplusyequals.co.uk

If you’d like to know anything else before Thursday, just email hello@xplusyequals.co.uk