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MFDF Awards 2018

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The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has revealed the shortlists for the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Awards.

The awards are the most sought-after and prestigious in the North West, and celebrate the innovative and high quality restaurants, bars and individuals who contribute to the hospitality industry in the area.

This year, for the 21st Festival, 18 awards will be presented in 18 different categories.

Owned and organised by the Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF) the awards will be held at The Gorton Monastery on the 8th October, and are recognised by the industry and consumers alike as setting the standard for the food industry across the country.

The shortlisted venues below have been officially nominated for an MFDF award by the MFDF judging panel that comprises the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.

You can only vote once, so make yours count!

Voting closes 27th September at midnight.

The nominations are...

Restaurant of the Year, Sponsored by

Recognising the ‘best of the best’ dining establishments in Greater Manchester in 2018. This category can feature restaurants of any style or price point.

Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the Year, Sponsored by Bookatable

This award recognises the best premium to fine dining establishments across the city.

Casual Restaurant of the Year , Sponsored by Manchester Confidential

This award aims to recognise the best informal dining establishments in Manchester.

Newcomer of the Year , Sponsored by Manchester Evening News

Celebrating the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period in June 2017.

Chef of the Year , Sponsored by Stephensons

Aiming to celebrate the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens - his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene.

Pub / Beer Bar of the Year , Sponsored by Carlsberg UK

Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere.

Bar of The Year , Sponsored by Double Dutch

Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’.

Out of Town Venue of the Year , Sponsored by R Noone & Son

Now in its third year, this award recognises the superb establishments that are based in the suburbs of Greater Manchester.

Coffee Shop/Tea Shop of the Year , Sponsored by Gorton Monastery

Affordable Eats Venue of the Year

Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, quick and simple dining experience. This category can include cafes, takeaways and any venue whereby the price point and service style mean that the overall concept is widely considered by customers to be a more of a ‘food on the go’ style of dining and a main meal and drink can be purchased for under £10.

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

To reflect the growing number and status of food and drink retailers in Greater Manchester.

Vegetarian Offering of the Year , Sponsored by Quorn

Reintroduced in 2017 this award focuses on the growing number of vegetarian offerings in the city and reflects the huge growth in meat and dairy free dining.

Manchester Brewery of the Year

This award raises a pint to all the great breweries establishing themselves throughout Greater Manchester and celebrates the very best brew in town.

Pop Up, Event or Project of the Year , Sponsored by Manchester’s Finest

Designed to recognise the ever more pioneering food and drink one off projects, events, activities and pop ups happening in the region.

Front of House Team of the Year , Sponsored by Boutinot Wines

This award aims to recognise the most outstanding front of house team in Manchester. The panel were looking for the restaurant that goes that extra mile in terms of service – where customers can rely on an experience that makes them feel special, from greeting to departure.

Street Food Trader of the Year Award

Awarding one of the Greater Manchester-based street food legends that are gracing our kerbs with an ever-increasing plethora of gastro goods.

Best Sustainability Award, Sponsored by Sustainable Restaurant Association

Recognising commitment to environmental and ethical practices within Greater Manchester’s restaurant industry. Restaurants are asked to put themselves forward for this award via submission of a sustainability template form. To put your business forward, please fill out the application form HERE.

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Recognising someone who contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester over the last 21 Festivals. There will be no shortlist for this category and businesses or individuals may not nominate themselves, but are welcome to nominate their peers.

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