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MFDF Award Nominations 2015

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Manchester Food and Drink Festival has today announced the shortlist of nominees for its 2015 award categories, representing 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, reflecting the most exciting elements of the region’s dining scene at an incredible time for Manchester.

The below establishments have been selected for shortlist by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.

This year’s judging panel comprises food experts from across the region and includes...

Paul Ogden, Manchester Evening News
Dianne Bourne, Manchester Evening News
Neil Sowerby, Taste of Manchester
Ruth Allan, Manchester Wire
Thom Hetherington, Holden Media
Simon Binns, Eat Drink Manchester
Emma Sturgess, Freelance Writer
Andy Cronshaw, Manchester Evening News

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 on 21st September at Manchester Cathedral, where Harvey Nichols will be creating the menu.

You can only vote once, so make yours count!

Voting closes 10th September at 9am.

The nominations are…

Restaurant of the Year, Sponsored by Caterer.com

Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2015. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Manchester House


Newcomer of the Year, Sponsored by Manchester Evening News

Recognising the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period (July 2014).

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Manchester House


Chef of the Year, Sponsored by Mint Staffing Solutions

Aiming to recognise 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.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Adam Reid, The French, The Midland Hotel


Pub of the Year, Sponsored by Fever-Tree

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

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: The Dockyard, MediaCityUK


Food Pub of the Year

Acknowledging our region’s ‘gastro pubs’ - a chance for pubs to be recognised for what they’re doing in the kitchen, as a pub dining experience.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom


Bar of the Year, Sponsored by I Love Manchester

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

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Manchester House


Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year, Sponsored by Taste of Manchester

Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester


Cheap Eats of the Year

Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, casual eating experience. Judges looking for venues that can offer a good meal for under a tenner!

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Viet Shack, Manchester Arndale


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

Designed to recognise 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.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: B.Eat Street Manchester


Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Marston's

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.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Epicerie Ludo, Chorlton

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Recognising a person or business who has contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester over the last 16 years. There will be no shortlist for this category and businesses or individuals may not nominate themselves, but are welcome to nominate their peers.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Tim Bacon, Living Ventures

Best Street Food of the Year

The Festival will recognise one of the street food legends that are gracing our kerbs with an ever-increasing plethora of gastro goods.

To be eligible for this category, businesses must own an authority registered street food operation that has been trading for at least 6 months at the time of entry. A judging event for this award will take place at the Festival Hub during MFDF 2015. Businesses don’t have to be trading at the Festival Hub to be eligible, but they will need to be able to bring a signature dish to the Square for the judges to taste. MFDF’s Best Street Food Winner will be named at the tasting and presented with their award at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards.

The deadline for this category will be open right up until the start of the Festival and has a separate application form. Businesses must email alexa@foodanddrinkfestival.com to register. More details to be announced.

festival event highlights

Gaucho Beef Masterclass

Gaucho Beef Masterclass

Wednesday 16th September 18:30 at Gaucho, M3 2LB

The MFDF Wine Passport

The MFDF Wine Passport

Thursday 10th - Monday 21st September at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Green Lampshade with Mary-Ellen McTague

The Green Lampshade with Mary-Ellen McTague

Saturday 12th September 16:00 at Whitworth Art Gallery, M15 6ER

Gaucho Meet The Winemaker Dinner

Gaucho Meet The Winemaker Dinner

Thursday 17th September 19:00 at Gaucho, M3 2LB

festival long offers

Big Indie Wine Fest 2015
Liquor Market
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