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Escape to Freight Island has unveiled its new line of traders for spring, and there are some really impressive new additions.

The outdoor food hall has been a huge success since opening in 2020 and has established itself as one of the most popular dining spots in the city.

But now its selection of food merchants is getting a major overhaul, with Escape to Freight unveiling an all-new lineup for the spring season this week.

And among the new faces is Burgerism, a place known for serving “the best burgers in Manchester”.

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Burgerism is the ultimate success of containment; born as a dark kitchen in Salford, the takeaway service exploded in popularity throughout 2020 as people were stuck at home and increasingly bored of their own home-cooked meals.

They have become well known and loved for their (you guessed it) their burgers, which have even been proclaimed ‘the best burgers in Manchester’ by star chef at Mana, Simon Martin.

Their menu is wonderfully simple and only consists of a handful of options, the most popular being the “cheese” burger – two smashed beef patties, American-style cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and Burgerism’s homemade burger sauce.

The “Free Bird” is also a huge hit, consisting of fried chicken breast, house spiced oil, back sauce, fresh coleslaw and pickles.

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Burgerism also offers a range of chicken wings, as well as tasty fries and a selection of drinks, soft and alcoholic.

Although Burgerism isn’t the only exciting new addition to Freight Island this spring; Carnival will take over the grill from what used to be Baratxuri, where they’ll be serving beautiful cuts of prime rib, sirloin and T-bone, as well as pork chop with apple ketchup and tamarind, lobster with wild garlic, smoked beef ribs, and crispy fried scampis.

Another exciting food concept of fried and charcoal grilled chicken will come courtesy of lucky footwhich will serve first class poultry and showcase modern cooking techniques using the finest chicken.

And those with a sweet tooth can expect to see Manchester’s iconic dessert parlour. Stickywho have become famous in the city for their colossal donuts and cookies.

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A local bakery will also be offering treats Bastardwho will set up outside the Plant Room with their brand new Diner.

Notably, Batard will partner with Wildfarmed, a community-led agricultural system to repair the soil through regenerative agriculture, co-founded by Andy Cato of Groove Armada.

A brand new roller skating rink Good Life Skates will also open this spring with the launch of a series of all-day Sunday festivals Better days, which will feature renowned DJs and local legends every Sunday. It will happen with a huge launch party on April 17th.

The new traders will arrive at Freight Island in April and May. For more information and for the full list of new additions, visit the Escape to Freight Island website.


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