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Introducing the 2015 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2015 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 10th - Sunday 20th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The MFDF Wine Passport

The MFDF Wine Passport

The perfect way to toast the Manchester Food and Drink Festival? With a top quality glass of wine of course! You'll be able to buy exclusive wines across Manchester's finest drinking establishments at just £5 a glass. With some of the most elite venues across the city signed ...

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

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 10th - Sunday 20th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

The UK's best-selling golden ale gives its name to the Hub's central beer outlet at the start of the festival. The Wainwright Ale Trail Bar gives you ample opportunity to savour its delicate  citrussy flavours balanced with a subtle sweetness... but that's just the start of the ...

Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th September at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Biospheric Mushroom Farm

The Biospheric Mushroom Farm

For the first time in Manchester, a hyperlocal, specialised mushroom farm will be dropped in Albert Square - part of a unique collaboration between the Biospheric Studio and MFDF. Throughout the festival, people can come for a farm tour, to see the fungi production. You will meet the CEO and Head ...

Thursday 10th - Sunday 20th September at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Three Wine Women

The Three Wine Women

Wine is a drink promoted more widely towards the female market, yet like hairdressing and cooking, when one surveys the 'top dogs' of the trade, it tends to be the men doing the swilling. MFDF has invited three of the UK's top wine experts to descend on the Festival ...

Thursday 10th September 18:30

Chilli & Tequila Festival

Chilli & Tequila Festival

Mistress of the chilli and Queen of all things hot and spicy, Thomasina Miers, founder of the lauded Mexican restaurant group, Wahaca, and author of Chilli Notes, is coming to MFDF to head up a celebration of heat and hard liquor. Chill growers from around the UK will be showcasing ...

Friday 11th September 12:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Big Indie Wine Fest 2015

Big Indie Wine Fest 2015

This is one festival highlight you won't want to miss, as the celebrated Big Indie Wine Fest returns to Manchester Town Hall, taking over the stunning Great Hall. The event is a celebration of exciting, exclusive and boutique wines brought to you by the best independent merchants. It's ...

Friday 11th - Saturday 12th September at Manchester Town Hall , M2 5DB

Chef Demo Day

Chef Demo Day

You'll need to get to the Festival Hub early in order to get a good seat! We have a day filled with fantastic foodie demos brought to you this cracking line up of culinary geniuses. 

1pm - Olia Hercules 
Olia Hercules is a Ukrainian-born Leith's and Ottolenghi-trained chef, recipe ...

Saturday 12th September 13:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Liquor Market with the Drinks Enthusiast

The Liquor Market with the Drinks Enthusiast

The Liquor Market, hosted by the Drinks Enthusiast, pops up once again in the decadent surrounds of Deansgate's Elixir bar. This is your chance to dive into the world of boutique spirits. Lose yourself in the intoxicating samples of the UK's best brand ambassadors with everything from single ...

Saturday 12th September 14:00 at Elixir , M3 2BY

Bio-Historic Banquet

Bio-Historic Banquet

Guests will dine under the shadow of a giant whale skeleton, surrounded by some of the Museum's most extraordinary exhibits while enjoying a unique six-course culinary experience created by chef Robert Owen Brown using ultra-local produce grown by the Biospheric Foundation. The menu will be inspired by the Museum ...

Saturday 12th September 18:30 at Manchester Museum, M13 9PL

The Great Manchester Bake Off

The Great Manchester Bake Off

Is your bread the best in town? Are you an expert at icing cakes? Does your pastry rival any French patisserie? If the answer's yes, then pop on your apron and oven gloves and compete in Manchester Food and Drink Festival's 'Great Manchester Bake Off'.

In partnership with ...

Sunday 13th September 12:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up since MFDF 2014. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such as 7 Brothers ...

Monday 14th - Sunday 20th September at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Simon Rogan presents 'Week Gastronomique'

Simon Rogan presents 'Week Gastronomique'

For one magnificent week only, Simon Rogan will showcase his talented brigade of head chefs and their extraordinary food (Michelin stars and all) in Manchester as he hosts a culinary week at The French at The Midland Hotel. Each evening sees a different chef devise a special tasting menu of ...

Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th September at The French, M60 2DS

Tasting Tuesday with Tampopo

Tasting Tuesday with Tampopo

Tampopo bring you a taste of things to come, a look back at their very best, and a preview of some exciting new cocktails, as part of a very special evening at the Hub. For one night only, you'll be the tasting panel as Tampopo celebrate 18 years of ...

Tuesday 15th September 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Capital at The Hub!

Capital at The Hub!

Join Capital for a food extravaganza! For a third year Capital have partnered with Manchester Food and Drink Festival to bring you something different in aid of Global's Make Some Noise. Rob, Rach, Sally and Wingman have volunteered to cook you up a treat in their very own pop ...

Wednesday 16th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Chinatown Supper Club - in association with Yang Sing

Chinatown Supper Club - in association with Yang Sing

In association with the Yang Sing, MFDF is taking you on a magical gourmet tour of Manchester's Chinatown. You'll meet up at the Pagoda at the heart of this fascinating district, then follow a trail round three key culinary venues, where your guide will explain the history and ...

Thursday 17th September 18:00 at Chinatown Pagoda, M1 4HE

Bread & Med Masterclass

Bread & Med Masterclass

You won't want to miss this fantastic hands-on collaboration between two of the city's finest indie food operations. Trove will head up a bread making masterclass where guests will be able to make their own dough. While it's proving, Salvi's, along with some of their key ...

Thursday 17th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Experimental Ice Cream Banquet with Ginger's Comfort Emporium

Experimental Ice Cream Banquet with Ginger's Comfort Emporium

Ice cream luminary, Claire Kelsey, of Ginger's Comfort Emporium is creating a very special 6 course banquet for the Festival... consisting entirely of ice cream. The menu is top secret and not for those without a leaning towards a sweet tooth, but Claire's acclaimed, experimental (and highly addictive ...

Friday 18th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Chef Demos

Chef Demos

You'll need to get to the Festival Hub early in order to get a good seat! We have a day filled with fantastic foodie demos brought to you this cracking line up of culinary geniuses. 

1pm- César Garcia, Iberica
The Spanish restaurant chain's latest outpost has been ...

Saturday 19th September 13:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Green Grows the City

Green Grows the City

This exciting collaboration between organic co-op Manchester Veg People and the Moss Cider Project offers a hands-on, grow-your-own, make-your-own experience to festival-goers.The Veg people are bringing their own produce to a specialmarket at the Hub, along with local restaurant partners they supply, Bistro 1847 and Urban Cookhouse, to provide ...

Sunday 20th September 12:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

MFDF Gala Dinner & Awards

MFDF Gala Dinner & Awards

We're delighted to host the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards, one of the industry's most hotly anticipated events, at the stunning Manchester Cathedral. This glitzy celebration is where the region's highest profile and best regarded food and drink awards are announced. Harvey Nichols will be playing an ...

Monday 21st September 18:00 at Manchester Cathedral, M3 1SX

Festival Fringe

Beef and Pudding Manchester Feast

Beef and Pudding Manchester Feast

Acclaimed local chef David Mooney cooks up a Manchester-themed feast in association with Seven Brothers Brewery and guests at Beef & Pudding - supporting the Wood Street Mission (helping families in poverty). A fabulous three-course feast with carefully selected craft ales and stouts to match. 

In association with www.ahoy.co.uk

Thursday 10th September 19:00 at Beef and Pudding, M2 4AA

The Secret Pantry

The Secret Pantry

Join Tea Hive as they host a special evening to launch their new late night opening. A night of small plates, prohibition style cocktails and vintage board games. 

Ticket price includes set menu of 6 tasting dishes (vegetarian menu available) and 2 cocktails - and as many games as you can ...

Friday 11th September 19:30 at Tea Hive, M21 9PW

Cloudwater Brewery Tap Festival Special

Cloudwater Brewery Tap Festival Special

September will see the launch of Cloudwater's Autumn range with focus shifting from US hop harvests in light and thirst quenching beer to hop harvests from New Zealand, Australia, and then Europe.  Richer, darker, and a little stronger, they'll be presenting beer styles that fit the season's ...

Saturday 12th September 11:00 at Cloudwater Brewery, M1 2NP

Gaucho Cookery School

Gaucho Cookery School

Fernando Larroude will show you how to prepare a three course Argentine meal.

All Gaucho events must be booked on 0161 833 4422 or email olga.wolodzko@gauchorestaurants.com.

Saturday 12th September 13:00 at Gaucho, M3 2LB

The Green Lampshade with Mary-Ellen McTague

The Green Lampshade with Mary-Ellen McTague

A food/music event based on electronic music pioneer (and food enthusiast) Delia Derbyshire's work, featuring 5 dishes by Mary-Ellen McTague and five performances based on themes drawn from her influential output, which kicked off at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Delia famously realised the original Doctor Who theme in ...

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

Gaucho Electro Brunch

Gaucho Electro Brunch

Make your own Bloody Mary off the trolley in this all-inclusive brunch, served with an Argentine twist against a backdrop of cool beats. Various times available. 

All Gaucho events must be booked on 0161 833 4422 or email olga.wolodzko@gauchorestaurants.com.

Sunday 13th September 11:00 at Gaucho, M3 2LB

Northern Quarter Food Walk with Peter O'Grady

Northern Quarter Food Walk with Peter O'Grady

Take a stroll around the Northern Quarter and admire it's astonishing gastro scene with the man who started it all! Peter O'Grady opened the Market Restaurant in 1980, back when it was the only restaurant in the area. Nowadays he's one of the city's Blue Badge ...

Sunday 13th September 11:30 at Fred Aldous, M1 1LW

Mustard Tree Mini Fest

Mustard Tree Mini Fest

Mustard Tree is one of Greater Manchester's best loved homeless charities. One of their many commitments is The Freedom Project. Through the training, volunteering and counselling opportunities that they provide, Mustard Tree help to remove the additional barriers that their participants encounter. Normally running the cafe at Mustard Tree ...

Sunday 13th - Sunday 20th September at Mustard Tree, M4 6AG

Edible Mushroom Hunt with Jesper Launder

Edible Mushroom Hunt with Jesper Launder

This is a popular walk held in the open parkland of Didsbury and the Mersey Basin. Learn how to identify the good edible species and how to avoid the woodlands deadliest mushrooms! All good edible finds will be cooked up at the end for a distinct and delicious taste experience ...

Sunday 13th September 12:00 at Fletcher Moss Park, M20 2SW

Burger and Lobster Tank Talks Sessions

Burger and Lobster Tank Talks Sessions

A bargain introduction to this popular new arrival, serving exactly what it says on the label. Places limited - email marketing@burgerandlobster.com

Monday 14th September 12:00 at Burger and Lobster, M2 4WU

Gaucho - For the love of Dulce de Leche

Gaucho - For the love of Dulce de Leche

Exec chef Brett Duarte helps you explore Argentine's best-loved dessert through three easy recipes.

All Gaucho events must be booked on 0161 833 4422 or email olga.wolodzko@gauchorestaurants.com.

Monday 14th September 18:00 at Gaucho, M3 2LB

Taste on Two at Harvey Nichols

Taste on Two at Harvey Nichols

Join Harvey Nichols for an evening dedicated to fabulous food and drink. Enjoy fantastic drinks, food tastings, cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, and plenty of foodie treats – as well as a sneak peek at Christmas gifting at Harvey Nichols.

In association with www.ahoy.co.uk  

Monday 14th September 18:00 at Harvey Nichols, M1 1AD

Champagne Tasting at Tattu with Louis Roederer

Champagne Tasting at Tattu with Louis Roederer

Tattu Restaurant & Bar, in association with Louis Roederer, is inviting you to an evening of elegance and glamour with a champagne tasting held in the restaurant's private parlour room.

Guests will be given an introduction to a variety of different champagne styles, accompanied by delicious canapés to complement ...

Monday 14th September 18:00 at Tattu Restaurant and Bar, M3 3EB

Burger and Lobster Tank Talk Sessions

Burger and Lobster Tank Talk Sessions

A bargain introduction to this popular new arrival, serving exactly what it says on the label. Places limited - email marketing@burgerandlobster.com.

Tuesday 15th September 18:00 at Burger and Lobster, M2 4WU

Gaucho Ceviche Masterclass and Tasting

Gaucho Ceviche Masterclass and Tasting

Make your own ceviche from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices with a chilli kick under the guidance of Gaucho exec chef Brett Duarte.

All Gaucho events must be booked on 0161 833 4422 or email olga.wolodzko@gauchorestaurants.com.  

Tuesday 15th September 18:30 at Gaucho, M3 2LB

Late Summer's Harvest

Late Summer's Harvest

A selection of small plates, up to 10 plates between two peope, from late summer's rich bounty, each matched with a liquid sidecar - be it beer, wine, sherry or cocktail. We've developed a selection of dishes to make the most of late Summer's vast produce. Expect dishes ...

Tuesday 15th September 18:45 at Common, M4 1HW

Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success

Get the secret ingredients for business growth. Food & drink businesses are one of the most popular start ups today. In the competitive world of food and drink, everyone needs the recipe for success. Come and hear from some of the region's top foodie entrepreneurs to learn their secret ingredients ...

Wednesday 16th September 18:00 at Central Library, M2 5PD

Giro Pasta Barilla Feast

Giro Pasta Barilla Feast

Love Italian cooking? Discover the world of Barilla, Italy's N.1 Pasta! Try a variety of delicious pasta and the authentic Italian flavours of Barilla ready-made sauces in our all-you-can-eat pasta event. No need to order: you will be served several pasta dishes with different sauces and you can ...

Wednesday 16th September 18:00 at Al Bacio Italian Restaurant, M2 6DW

Gaucho Beef Masterclass

Gaucho Beef Masterclass

Master griller Fernando Larroude lays bare the secrets behind cooking four of their ionic Argentine beef cuts. Learn to clean, cut and grill them.

All Gaucho events must be booked on 0161 833 4422 or email olga.wolodzko@gauchorestaurants.com.

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

Hawksmoor at Home Feast

Hawksmoor at Home Feast

An intimate, three-course Hawksmoor dinner for a limited number of guests, featuring dishes from the book of the same name, not usually available on the menu, matched with Hawksmoor blend wines and One Water. The menu will be presented by the head chef Liam, wines by Nicole and cocktails in ...

Wednesday 16th September 19:00 at Hawksmoor, M3 3WB

Manchester Art Gallery Festival Event

Manchester Art Gallery Festival Event

Taste nibbles and cocktails inspired by the gallery’s rooftop garden. Join in a tour that takes in representations of food and drink in the gallery’s collections.

Thursday 17th September 17:30 at Manchester Art Gallery, M2 3JL

Grill on the Alley Steak School

Grill on the Alley Steak School

So, we at the Grill on the Alley know a little about a lot of things, we're clever like that. But one thing we do know from the front to the back, nose to the tail, you might say, is about Meat. Steak to be precise.

Now we know ...

Thursday 17th September 19:00 at Grill on the Alley, M2 6EG

Gaucho Meet The Winemaker Dinner

Gaucho Meet The Winemaker Dinner

Wine director Phil Crozier pairs four of his own Corte G wines with four courses of Argentine heaven and discusses why Argentina now ranks so high in the wine world.

All Gaucho events must be booked on 0161 833 4422 or email olga.wolodzko@gauchorestaurants.com.

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

Doubletree Hilton Rooftop Fever-Tree Party

Doubletree Hilton Rooftop Fever-Tree Party

Doubletree is inviting all gin lovers to enjoy their favourite summer drink with spectacular views of the city from its beautiful rooftop venue, the SkyLounge. Join them for a late summer gin experience in conjunction with Fever-Tree Gin and enjoy two gin cocktails and nibbles with your ticket.

In association ...

Thursday 17th September 19:00 at Doubletree Hilton, M1 3DG

Portobello Road Gin Masterclass at Pot Kettle Black

Portobello Road Gin Masterclass at Pot Kettle Black

Join Gin Instructor Nick Fox of Portobello Road Gin and The Ginstitute as he takes you on a whirlwind tour of the fascinating and frequently miserable history of London Dry Gin, and an in-depth look into the classic botanicals used by many gin brands.

In association with www.ahoy.co ...

Thursday 17th September - Monday 17th August at Pot Kettle Black, M3 2BW

An Evening of Cheese & Cider

An Evening of Cheese & Cider

The Moss Cider Project founders Dan & Joe return to The Anchor for what will prove to be yet another festival highlight filled with artisan cheeses and craft cider. 

Now in its 4th appearance as a festival fringe event the evening centres on a shared experience as you taste your way ...

Friday 18th September 18:00 at The Anchor Coffee House, M14 4PA

Celebrate with Bollinger at Pot Kettle Black

Celebrate with Bollinger at Pot Kettle Black

Fine tune your appreciation of Bollinger's world-class reserve champagnes through this structured masterclass. The evening's keynote speaker, Bollinger's Cathy Swift, will give guests a detailed overview of all Bollinger and Ayala reserves, including the recently released '05 vintages of Le Grand Année and Rosé.

In association ...

Friday 18th September 19:00 at Pot Kettle Black, M3 2BW

Small World Plates Supper Club

Small World Plates Supper Club

Join Uprising Kafe for their very first Supper Club and help them to launch their new vegan menu. The donation includes a vegan set menu of 6 small plate main courses, plus dessert, beer and soft drinks! You can also enjoy a special 20% discount on Uprising's artisan bread ...

Friday 18th September 19:00 at Uprising Kafe, M16 0BN

Cloudwater Brewery Tap MFDF Special

Cloudwater Brewery Tap MFDF Special

September will see the launch of Cloudwater's Autumn range with focus shifting from US hop harvests in light and thirst quenching beer to hop harvests from New Zealand, Australia, and then Europe.  Richer, darker, and a little stronger, they'll be presenting beer styles that fit the season's ...

Saturday 19th September 11:00 at Cloudwater Brewery, M1 2NP

Mushroom Forage with Jesper Launder

Mushroom Forage with Jesper Launder

This mushroom hunt into Redisher Woods (near Ramsbottom) is a great opportunity to see some of our fascinating native fungi and learn how to identify some of the very best edible species, as well as how to differentiate from the deadlier varieties! Early Autumn is the perfect time to find ...

Sunday 20th September 10:00 at Hare and Hounds Pub, BL0 9RY

Andrew Nutter's Birthday Cruise and Closing Party

Andrew Nutter's Birthday Cruise and Closing Party

Celebrate charismatic chef Andrew Nutter's birthday with a cruise down the Manchester Ship Canal - enjoy secret food and drink stops on the way, followed by a fabulous after party at Tattu. The boat will collect you at 3pm prompt from The Mark Addy, and take you over to continue ...

Sunday 20th September 15:00 at The Mark Addy, M3 5EJ

The Great Gatsby Tipsy Tea Party

The Great Gatsby Tipsy Tea Party

Get your Gatsby on for an afternoon of exquisite and decadent fun, courtesy of The Fitzgerald and Sipsmith Independent Distillers.  

Sample a delightfully intriguing selection of alcoholic gin cocktails, alongside a delicious array of our delicate sandwiches, cakes and pastries. 

You'll arrive to a glass of bubbles, then be ...

Sunday 20th September 15:00 at The Fitzgerald, M1 1DB

Rudy's Pizza Making Night

Rudy's Pizza Making Night

Rudy's presents an evening for fellow pizza fanatics on the 20th of September at their new cafe in Ancoats. Neapolitan pizza has unique characteristics compared with the many other styles we are more familiar with in the UK. Co-owner and chef Jim Morgan will talk about his own passion ...

Sunday 20th September - Thursday 20th August at Rudy's Pizza, M4 5DH

Ghana Go North

Ghana Go North

Welcome to GHANA GO NORTH - this family friendly feast of the senses will be taking you on a taste tour of contemporary Ghanaian cuisine. Through sharing plates and sharing space you're all GHANA GET DEAD TASTY together! They will transport you to the bustle and vibrancy of GHANA while ...

Sunday 20th September 20:00 at RedbankCo, M4 4HF

It's all about Navarra tasting

It's all about Navarra tasting

As part of Evuna's philosophy to bring Manchester the very best of Spain, Evuna's new Bodega listing is Otazu. Dating back to the 12th century born out of the pilgrims journey of Santiago de Compostella this estate was rebuilt in 1991. They cultivate wines with the Pago classification ...

Monday 21st September 18:30 at Evuna, M3 4EW

festival event highlights

Portobello Road Gin Masterclass at Pot Kettle Black

Portobello Road Gin Masterclass at Pot Kettle Black

Thursday 17th September - Monday 17th August at Pot Kettle Black, M3 2BW

Experimental Ice Cream Banquet with Ginger's Comfort Emporium

Experimental Ice Cream Banquet with Ginger's Comfort Emporium

Friday 18th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Tasting Tuesday with Tampopo

Tasting Tuesday with Tampopo

Tuesday 15th September 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Hawksmoor at Home Feast

Hawksmoor at Home Feast

Wednesday 16th September 19:00 at Hawksmoor, M3 3WB

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