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MFDF Award Nominations 2014

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We are pleased to announce the shortlist of nominees for the 2014 Awards, the most prestigious food and drink awards in the region.

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester. This year sees a bumper list of new dining stars, and exciting talent across the board, following a year of significant development for Manchester’s national foodie reputation. The following establishments have been selected for shortlist by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.

The public’s votes will be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery shop visits made between the announcement date and the Gala Dinner. The winners will be only be revealed at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards on September 29th. The Awards dinner is a glittering finale to the Festival, and the venue for the hotly anticipated announcements. In 2014, the Festival is also pleased to announce that thanks to the support of Manchester City Council, the event makes a return to the iconic Great Hall at Manchester’s Town Hall.

You can only vote once, so make yours count!

Voting closes Thursday 18th September at 12pm.

The nominations are…

Restaurant of the Year


Newcomer of the Year


Chef of the Year


Pub of the Year


Food Pub of the Year


Bar of the Year


Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year


Cheap Eats of the Year


Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

This year the Best Food and Drink Retailer category will be searching the whole region for the best purveyors of food and drink 'to go' and be involving the general public in the process from the off - no shortlist will be announced by the judges. The Festival is asking the people of Greater Manchester once again to provide this shortlist and winner, and help us uncover the best food and drink retailer in the region. This year the Festival will announce a winner as well as 2 'runners up' at the Gala Dinner.

Best Food and Drink Pop Up Event, Club or Project of the Year

Designed to recognize the ever more pioneering food and drink one off projects, events, activities and pop ups happening in the region. The criteria for this category are fairly broad and the judges will consider special events, markets, pop up bars or restaurants, and dining clubs. The Festival will announce a winner as well as 2 'runners up' at the Gala Dinner.

festival event highlights

Gary Neville and the Hotel Football team cook up a storm at MFDF

Gary Neville and the Hotel Football team cook up a storm at MFDF

Friday 26th September 18:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Street Food hits Festival Hub @ Albert Square, Session 2

Street Food hits Festival Hub @ Albert Square, Session 2

Wednesday 24th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

MFDF Cheese and Chocolate Fest

MFDF Cheese and Chocolate Fest

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Live Music at the Hub

Live Music at the Hub

Thursday 18th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

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