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Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 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 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, 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 29th September - Sunday 9th October 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 29th September - Sunday 2nd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Bookatable Feast

Bookatable Feast

Go on a culinary adventure in Manchester…

 As MFDF’s exclusive booking partner, you can discover and book the best tables with Bookatable, throughout the festival.

 This celebration of dining out takes place across Manchester’s favourite restaurants: you’ll find festival menus at your favourite high street spots, as ...

Thursday 29th September - Monday 10th October

Three Wine Women

Three Wine Women

After the success of last year’s Three Wine Women event, this year MFDF will be staging the event on a new theme and with a new visiting ‘wine woman’! Susy Atkins will join the BBC’s Kate Goodman (owner of Didsbury’s Reserve Wine Shop) and Evuna Manchester’s ...

Thursday 29th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Innovation by Aiden Byrne | Hidden Banquet

Innovation by Aiden Byrne | Hidden Banquet

“Innovation by Aiden Byrne” is taking place at the rediscovered London Road Fire Station on Friday September 30. Aiden, of the acclaimed Manchester House, has created a very special menu for the occasion, all designed around the theme of ‘innovation’ – that special spirit that Manchester is famous for and which ...

Friday 30th September 18:00 at London Road Fire Station , M60 7RA

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 in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

EAT with Adam

EAT with Adam

The French by Simon Rogan’s acclaimed Head Chef and previous MFDF ‘Chef of the Year’, Adam Reid, will be bringing an exclusive and bespoke tasting experience to the Festival Hub. Expect an original take on a truly inclusive tasting menu, designed specifically for MFDF 2016. 

Spaces are strictly limited ...

Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

MFDF Spanish trail

MFDF Spanish trail

We are celebrating the remarkable blossoming of Spanish cuisine in the city centre with a tapas crawl that could be done nowhere else in the UK, incorporating a Magnifico Sevenrestaurants sited along, or just off, Deansgate Evuna, El Rincon, Tapeo, Iberica, La Bandera, El Gato Negro and Lunya. Each ...

Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th October

Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

This is one festival highlight you won't want to miss, as the celebrated Big Indie Wine Fest will be taking over the stunnng Great Hall in the Whitworth Art Gallery. The event is a celebration of exciting, exclusive and boutique wines brought to you by the best independent merchants ...

Friday 7th - Saturday 8th October at Whitworth Art Gallery, M15 6ER

Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

The team behind Ramsbottom's amazing Basque bar, Baratxuri, come into the heart of the city centre to take over the Festival Hub guest restaurant for one night only. Joe Botham (nominated for Chef of this Year in this year’s Food and Drink Awards) and his team are specialist ...

Friday 7th October 19:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Jackie Kearney's Experimental Vegan Banquet

Jackie Kearney's Experimental Vegan Banquet

Author of Vegan Street Food, Master Chef Runner Up and general street food legend, Jackie Kearney will be gracing MFDF with her meat and dairy free super powers with an experimental vegan banquet.

Saturday 8th October 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Great Manchester Bake Off

The Great Manchester Bake Off

Are you a star baker? So good you could be crowned our Bake Off Champion 2016? Or do you fancy hosting a cake stall to raise funds for the local community, or just want to eat cake? Either way, our Great Manchester Bake Off is for you. In partnership with ...

Sunday 9th October 14:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

The MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony are the highest profile in the region and are the longest standing, best-regarded awards in the region. They are recognised by the industry and consumers in equal measure. They create a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester and are ...

Monday 10th October 18:00 at The Palace Hotel , M60 7HA

festival event highlights

MFDF Spanish trail

MFDF Spanish trail

Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th October

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 2nd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Bookatable Feast

Bookatable Feast

Thursday 29th September - Monday 10th October

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

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