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MFDF Awards 2020

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The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has revealed the shortlists for the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Awards. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the huge impact it has had upon the hospitality sector, the 2020 awards have been adapted for this year with changes to format, award categories and the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony.

A host of new categories have been created especially for this unprecedented year - all designed to recognise the industry’s impressive innovations and adaptations since lockdown and beyond.

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.

If you think we’ve forgotten anyone - please make sure you tell us via the Lockdown Heroes category!

You can only vote once, so make yours count!

The closing date for votes is midnight on the 26th September and the winners will then be announced in October at the virtual Awards ceremony on 5th October.

The nominations are...

Best Online 'at home' Food and Drink Content, Sponsored by Moda Angel Gardens

Recognising the best online food and drink content shared by Manchester’s chefs, producers and industry experts including recipe cook-a-longs, chef demonstrations, Q and As, virtual wine tastings and masterclasses.

The Best Restaurant Takeaway Adaptation, Sponsored by Just Eat

Recognising restaurants who have adapted their business model, menus and offering to provide a takeaway/delivery service during lockdown.

Best DIY Delivery Food Offering , Sponsored by Roomzzz Aparthotels

Recognising the restaurants, chefs and businesses who have created 'do it yourself' recipe delivery meal kits for people to create their own restaurant quality meals/dishes at home.

Best Food and Drink Box Delivery

Recognising the best food and drink delivery boxes created to serve the community with fine food and drink during lockdown.

Best Innovation , Sponsored by Hun Wine

Recognising the most impressive business innovations by food and drink operators during the COVID-19 crisis.

Newcomer of the Year , Sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon

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

Best Online Veggie/Vegan Offering, Sponsored by Meatless Farm

This award recognises the restaurants and food businesses that have provided innovative and exciting menu options for vegetarian and vegan diners via takeaway/delivery services during lockdown.

Artisan Drinks Producer of the Year , Sponsored by Franklin & Sons

This award recognises the plethora of fabulous local drinks producers, from gins and ciders to ales and meads, if it’s produced in Greater Manchester and tastes great, we want to celebrate it.

Take Away Coffee Experience of the Year

This category recognises quality coffee takeaways during the COVID-19 crisis. This category is an adaptation of The Coffee Shop of the year award and only recognises those businesses that were able to stay open via takeaway.

Street Food Trader of the Year

Awarding one of the Greater Manchester-based street food legends who have adapted their services to provide takeaways and deliveries during lockdown.

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Recognising someone who has contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester. There will be no shortlist for this category. An award winner will be announced on the night chosen by the MFDF awards judging panel.

Lockdown Heroes, Sponsored by Manchester Evening News

This award recognises those individuals and businesses who have provided continued support for the wider community, the food and drink industry and Greater Manchester as a whole during the COVID-19 Crisis. There is no shortlist for this, we are handing this over to you the public!

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