Family fun in the sun from the 2nd to the 4th of August at the Manchester Picnic

This weekend sees the return of the Manchester Picnic to Piccadilly Gardens. Now in its fourth year, the three day festival puts food, drink and family fun on the menu for the people of Greater Manchester.

Summer isn't often very successful for us here in Manchester but we'll take any chance to soak up some sun - and what better way than to whip out the cartoon red and white squares, the wicker hamper of cucumber sandwiches, pop open some pink lemonade and banter about how very British we feel.

Fortunately for us the food isn't brought from home, and it certainly isn't just British - with twenty-five international traders to choose from. There are of course some fantastic British offerings such as classic and local fish and chips, but it's an eclectic affair with international delicacies and foreign flavours coming from the likes of Papa G's Greek Klefticos and giant paella from Las Paelleras. So basically, there's plenty of top notch grub to try, taste and enjoy - Manchester picnic style!

Even though we'd be more than happy to spend our entire weekend grazing the food stalls like a farmyard animal, it's not all about the eating. Live music and entertainment is on the cards on each day to accompany the top notch grub, and with the urban gardening festival 'Dig the City' opening the same weekend, The Manchester Picnic has adopted a gourmet garden party theme, and intends to get picnic goers down to Exchange Square for a spot of post feeding den building with the National Trust Tree house. Sunday throws out tons of games and activities to go at including Giant Jenga, Connect Four and face painting, to name but a few.

A real fun in the sun family weekend of great grub, amazing music and brilliant games and activities. We can't wait!