A Greek, Argentinian and Caribbean barbecue is coming to Whalley Range in collaboration with Shindigger

The Cookout event welcomes three of Manchester’s pitmasters for a full day of food and drink in support of The Trussell Trust local food banks.

By Emma Davidson | 6 June 2023

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Now that sun-filled days are a more regular feature, Shindigger has announced a huge day event in Whalley Range with some of Manchester’s tastiest barbecue pop-ups. Taking place on Saturday 17 June at The Carlton Club, The Cookout will feature food from Manchester’s Knights BBQ, Broke N Bone, and Taka Taka Mam.

Knights BBQ are known for their succulent and tender smoked Caribbean jerk chicken that pairs perfectly with a pint in the sun, while Broke N Bone take influence from the traditional Argentinian Asado way of cooking, with meat grilled over a long period of time. They’ll be bringing a whole lamb to The Cookout, as well as steaks to char on the fire pit.

All full-day of local food and drink heads to The Carlton Club. Image: Shindigger

Greek street food specialists Taka Taka Mam are usually found slinging out stuffed gyros and slices of Spanakopita over in Stockport. Now heading over to Whalley Range, the pop-up will have a menu of chicken and lamb gyros, alongside squeaky slices of grilled halloumi for any vegetarian diners.

Running from 2-10pm, Shindigger will be providing the drinks with a dedicated bar of eight draught options, including summer specials and Chin-Chiller – a brand-new pour making its debut at the event. An easy drinking 3.4% pale ale designed for an all-dayer, it uses El Dorado hops and new experimental variety HBC 586 and is finished with refreshing and zingy notes of mango and lychee. 

Shindigger’s new Chin-Chiller ale will launch at The Cookout. Image: Shindigger

Tickets for The Cookout come in at a fiver, with all proceeds going towards local Trussell Trust food banks. The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks that supply food to people facing hardship with numerous sites across Greater Manchester, including Salford, Fallowfield, Burnage, and Stretford. 

With the cost-of-living crisis affecting a growing number of people, food banks are now more important than ever, and The Trussell Trust reported a 37% increase in food bank usage across their network between April 2022 and March 2023. For the price of an additional pint, the money you pay for a ticket to The Cookout will go toward vital community work and support for those struggling with soaring food prices. 

With the warm weather looking like it’s here to stay, The Cookout will no doubt be an idyllic afternoon in celebration of all that Manchester does best. For an afternoon well-spent pop in for a barbecue special or a gyro and soak up the sun and a few pints of Chin-Chiller.