Manchester Food and Drink Festival have unveiled the full programme of events for the celebratory 20th anniversary Festival.
The original Manchester food party and, 20 festivals later, still the best, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival offers up an unparalleled range and breadth of events, with something to please all palates.
No food celebration in the north brings together so many talented collaborators from so many corners of the food scene.
The 20th anniversary programme is more creative, exciting and diverse than ever.
This year’s Festival sees involvement from 252 partners including chefs, brewers, authors, street food traders, wine merchants, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, forgotten railways, community groups, pubs, bars and food foragers.
There are more than 100 events happening across the city and surrounding neighborhoods with food heroes descending on Manchester from all over the region and the UK! From Ella Mills’ first pop up outside London to Altrincham’s fabulous Sugo (both pitching up in the city centre especially for MFDF) Manchester is set to be the UK’s top food destination of the Autumn.
The centre piece is the Festival Hub on Albert Square, where the biggest and best-ever, FREE, pop up food village is to be built. This will become the city’s very own heavenly food and drink neighbourhood for 11 jam-packed days. The Hub will be open from 12noon – 11pm daily and will feature street food, an indie beer festival, gin, wine, chefs, masterclasses, pop up restaurants, live music and more.
As well as the Hub happenings, there’s banquets in forgotten railway arches; fine dining extravaganzas in some of the city’s most glamourous restaurants; wine festivals; cocktail safaris; gin trails; food entrepreneur workshops; rustic basque banquets; ‘Manchester Tart-Offs’; craft beer tastings; cakes; ‘octogenarian cookery’; mushroom foraging… and of course the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards.
Below are a selection of Festival highlights, and there is a huge amount more detailed in the Festival brochure, which can be downloaded here
Phil Jones, Festival Founding Director commented:
“We hope Manchester is hungry! This is without a doubt our biggest and best programme yet – there is something fantastic happening every day throughout this Festival! Events are selling out fast so I advise foodies to pick up a brochure or get on the festival website and grab themselves a place at whatever takes their fancy ASAP! We’d like to say a big thank you to all the brilliant chefs, partners and restaurants who have come together to make this such a special celebration of Manchester’s food culture. Happy Birthday MFDF and all and we’ll see you at the Festival Hub!”
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