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Events Festival Fringe

15th September

Manchester Oktoberfestival

Manchester Oktoberfestival

Albert Hall will be hosting Oktoberfestival, a Bier Halle Weekender taking place over the weekend of September 15th - 17th. The Hall will be transformed and decked-out to the full to recreate the raucous, sociable atmosphere of the world famous beer festival.

They'll be serving up the largest selection of ...

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September at Albert Hall , M2 5QR

28th September

MAD Cocktail Week

MAD Cocktail Week

Shaking things up with a celebration of all things cocktail, MAD Ltd will be hosting a series of pop-up events, bespoke serves and exclusive discounts across their five Northern Quarter bars; Hula, Rosylee, The Fitzgerald, Walrus and Tusk.

Here’s a little taste of what’s on offer… But there ...

Thursday 28th September - Sunday 8th October at Northern Quarter, M1 1DW

Be at One Cocktail Bar at The Hub

Be at One Cocktail Bar at The Hub

Renowned Be At One Cocktail Bar will be taking part in this year’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival. They will be serving a selection of concoctions from their 150-cocktail menu, these will include their famous Pornstar Martini, an indulgent ice-cream based Buenot, a fruity Candy Pants and a classic and ...

Thursday 28th September - Tuesday 3rd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Gin parlour at Rosylee

Gin parlour at Rosylee

Rosylee will play host to a gin parlour throughout MFDF, so if gin is your favourite tipple, head to the bar where you’ll be able to create your own gin masterpiece by selecting your favourite gin and adding your own botanicals to garnish.

Thursday 28th September - Sunday 8th October at Rosylee Tea Rooms, M1 1DB

Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast gives lucky foodies the chance to experience a dinner like no other, taking in four private and unusual eating spots around the city.

You will be guided through a four course menu in some of the most exclusive venues Manchester has to offer. Stops will include drinks in ...

Thursday 28th September 18:00

A Masterclass with Hudson at The Fitzgerald

A Masterclass with Hudson at The Fitzgerald

Whether you’re a whiskey connoisseur or not, The Fitzgerald's tasting session and masterclass will expose you to the full variety of Hudson’s bourbon and whiskeys. From the expressively woody and superbly smoky Baby Bourbon to the vibrant Manhattan Rye and the rich and peppery four-grain. 

You’ll ...

Thursday 28th September 19:00 at The Fitzgerald, M1 1DB

90s House Party at Walrus

90s House Party at Walrus

Get ready to party 90s style with Walrus and New Amsterdam Vodka! Walrus will be throwing back the years with the best 90s playlist, 90s inspired cocktails and retro games for the best house party of your life. There’s also a free welcome cocktail thrown in!

Free entry. Ticket ...

Thursday 28th September 20:00 at Walrus, M4 1ES

A Whiskey Fuelled Gig - with The After Hours at The Fitzgerald

A Whiskey Fuelled Gig - with The After Hours at The Fitzgerald

The volume will be cranked up from 9pm with live music from The After Hours, providing their eclectic mix of awesome choons, for a whiskey-fuelled gig.

The After Hours, will be bringing the party with their direct and unpretentious approach to both swing jazz and live dance music. They’ll ...

Thursday 28th September 21:00 at The Fitzgerald, M1 1DB

29th September

Weird is my happy place

Weird is my happy place

Throughout the history of beer there’s always been the more – unusual – side of brewing. From the infamous Cock Ale of the early 17th century, brewers have been adding more than just water, malt, hops and yeast to their creations. For this weekend, Beer Nouveau have rebrewed Cock Ale with ...

Friday 29th September 14:00 at Beer Nouveau, M12 6DY

Brasserie du Mont Salève tap takeover

Brasserie du Mont Salève tap takeover

Well-regarded French brewery Brasserie du Mont Salève is making a rare trip across the channel for an evening of beer and cheese at 57 Thomas Street. Join the brewery team to sample four beers on keg and four bottled, each introduced by one of the brewers. A range of cheeses ...

Friday 29th September 19:00 at 57 Thomas Street, M4 1NA

30th September

Oldham Real Food Festival

Oldham Real Food Festival

Join over 30 local traders selling food and drink containing naturally-sourced ingredients. Plus, food demonstrations, talks and live entertainment.

Saturday 30th September 11:00 at Parliament Square, OL1 1RA

Tea Tasting at Gallery Oldham

Tea Tasting at Gallery Oldham

Try a range of new teas from local company Tea Punks and explore the River of Tea: From Bengal to Britain photographic exhibition.

Saturday 30th September 11:00 at Gallery Oldham, OL1 1AL

 Weird is my happy place -Saturday

Weird is my happy place -Saturday

Throughout the history of beer there’s always been the more – unusual – side of brewing. From the infamous Cock Ale of the early 17th century, brewers have been adding more than just water, malt, hops and yeast to their creations. For this weekend, Beer Nouveau have rebrewed Cock Ale with ...

Saturday 30th September 12:00 at Beer Nouveau, M12 6DY

Retro Masterclass at Walrus

Retro Masterclass at Walrus

Back to the old school, as you learn how to make classic 90s cocktails at Walrus with our selection of fun, retro serves like the Blue Lagoon, Long Island Iced Tea, slippery Nipple and there’ll be Jell-O shots to round up the session and 90s nibbles to keep you ...

Saturday 30th September 15:00 at Walrus, M4 1ES

Tiki Masterclass at Hula

Tiki Masterclass at Hula

If rum, fun and tiki fun is your thing, then this masterclass is for you, You’ll learn how to make some retro-cool tiki drinks and use fire to create all the drama of Hula.

Book your place fast as this one is sure to sell out! 

Saturday, 30th September ...

Saturday 30th September 15:00 at Hula, M1 1DB

1st October

Be at One Manchester – Cocktails and Cupcakes

Be at One Manchester – Cocktails and Cupcakes

Manchester’s favourite cupcakery and cocktail bar has joined forces to bring you an afternoon of Cupcakes and Cocktails.

 

You will be greeted with a Bellini on arrival, then Hey Little Cupcake will teach you all the skills needed to decorate 4 of your own cupcakes, which you can either ...

Sunday 1st October 15:00 at Be At One , M3 2BB

Northern Spain Sidreria Experience

Northern Spain Sidreria Experience

Come and enjoy an authentic Sidreria Meal including classes on how to pour Asturian Cider the traditional way. Wellies are recommended!  After watching our Master "Escanciador" pour cider, you will get the chance to have a go yourself.

This will then be followed by a Sidreria menu for 2 comprised ...

Sunday 1st October 17:00 at Tapeo and Wine, M3 3NW

2nd October

Gourmet six course food and wine sampling evening

Gourmet six course food and wine sampling evening

Gourmet six course food and wine sampling evening showcasing Evuna's favourite boutique wineries £35 per head.

As restaurant founder and wine expert, Jane Dowler, buys direct from vineyards in Spain, Evuna also offers some of the most competitively priced Spanish wines in the UK, with no extras going to ...

Monday 2nd October 18:00 at Evuna , M3 4EW

Harvey Nichols Taste on Two

Harvey Nichols Taste on Two

An evening dedicated to fine food and drink at the Second Floor, showcasing the very best of Harvey Nichols Manchester. We’ve got something to please all your foodie appetites with tasting stations from the best of our suppliers, food workshops and live demonstrations with plenty of samples to get ...

Monday 2nd October 18:00 at Harvey Nichols Manchester , M1 1AD

Cheese Tasting Night at Lunya

Cheese Tasting Night at Lunya

Join Lunya for their Cheese Tasting Night! A fabulous evening of all things cheese – the perfect event for cheese lovers. Lunya has one of the world’s best Spanish cheese collections and this night will showcase many of them.

You will hear about how cheese is made, discover different styles ...

Monday 2nd October 18:30 at Lunya, M3 2BB

Taste Tour of Thailand

Taste Tour of Thailand

Enjoy a fantastic 5-course taste tour of Thailand’s varied and fabulous food, for just £27*.

You’ll be greeted with a delicious cocktail (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic) or a cold bottle of beer -  you decide. 

Then sit back, relax, and indulge in a selection of 8 of Tampopo's ...

Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th October

Arnie Quiz at HULA

Arnie Quiz at HULA

Test your knowledge of this ultimate legend..

Do you know your I’ll Be Backs from your Get to the Chopper, relive all of Arnie’s most iconic movie scenes.

There’s lots of prizes to be won and you can enjoy whilst sipping Arnie-inspired tiki cocktails as you re-live ...

Monday 2nd October 19:00 at Hula, M1 1DB

Brooklyn Beer Tasting

Brooklyn Beer Tasting

Come to the Hub on Monday to join Brooklyn Beer who are teaming up with 'The Flava People' to bring you an intimate beer tasting with food pairing experience.  Brooklyn ambassador Chris will be selecting 3 of his favourite beers for you to try and The Flava People will be ...

Monday 2nd October 19:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

3rd October

 FAZENDA MEAT & WINE TASTING WITH CATENA ZAPATA

FAZENDA MEAT & WINE TASTING WITH CATENA ZAPATA

Fazenda is a luxury Brazilian rodizio steakhouse serving 15 cuts of premium meats in stunning surroundings, alongside an exquisite wine list. Join internationally renowned Argentinian wine producer Catena Zapata for a unique masterclass including the full Fazenda rodizio experience, finishing an evening of knowledge and splendour with a specially created ...

Tuesday 3rd October 18:00 at Fazenda, M3 3AP

Recipe For Success

The Manchester food and drink scene has never been hotter. From street food to speakeasys, the city's dining at a more diverse table than ever. 

But how do you survive in a notoriously difficult business sector? And how do you grow your brand into a household name? Hear from ...

Tuesday 3rd October 18:00 at Central Library, M2 5PD

Vapiano's blind tasting

Vapiano's blind tasting

Head to Vapiano for something altogether different… Don't be nervous - this isn't a bushtucker trial. It's dishes from their menu but you'll try them blind folded.

Think you can tell your veg apart? How about the herbs? You'd be surprised as to how much you ...

Tuesday 3rd October 19:00 at Vapiano, M4 3TR

Aiden Byrne's Six Course Tasting Menu at Manchester House

Aiden Byrne's Six Course Tasting Menu at Manchester House

To celebrate MFDF's 20th anniversary, award-winning chef, Aiden Byrne has created a very special tasting menu. 

Guests are greeted with a glass of fizz before sitting down to six course with a matching wine flight.

Book via 0161 835 2557 or email bdm@manchesterhouse.uk.com. 

Tuesday 3rd October 19:00 at Manchester House , M3 3BZ

Wine tasting with Gusto

Wine tasting with Gusto

Join gusto's head sommelier for an evening of wine and nibbles.

They all have our favourites, familiars and first-choice wines, but how about those slightly more expensive versions; why pay more? They look at some staple wines (Sauvignon Blanc for white, Cabernet Sauvignon the red and Provence rosé) and ...

Tuesday 3rd October 19:00 at Gusto, M20 2DW

Basque Banquet at Baratxuri Y Comedor

Basque Banquet at Baratxuri Y Comedor

Baratxuri will be serving whole fish and big cuts of meat roasted & chargrilled in their Pereruela wood-fired oven. All Asado (roasted) dishes are cut and served at the table with sides and rescoldo veg cooked in the embers of the fire.

Tickets available from the bar or email info@levanterfinefoods ...

Tuesday 3rd October 19:30 at Baratxuri, BL0 9AT

Shed Head Cocktail Masterclass

Shed Head Cocktail Masterclass

Join Shed Head ambassador Shiv as he creates a very special cocktail for you, talking you through it and showing you all his secrets so you can make at home.  Free cocktail for all attendees.  Places are limited, to book now click below:

Tuesday 3rd October 19:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

4th October

Meet the Brewer

Festival brewers, Three B's will be at the Square on Wednesday 4th October to talk you through the brewing process.  Come and talk to the experts and learn all you want about the art of traditional brewing from this wonderful family owned brewing co.  Tastings at 1pm and 6pm.

Wednesday 4th October 13:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Octogenarian Cooks

The Octogenarian Cooks

Come along and taste the food of the Octogenarian Cooks – a group of older people sharing their recipes and cooking skills.

Under-nutrition is a major cause of functional decline and mortality amongst older people. It can lead to poorer health outcomes, but it often goes unnoticed amongst older people.

Shopping ...

Wednesday 4th October 15:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Take a Journey Through Spain with Iberica

Take a Journey Through Spain with Iberica

In a revelatory hands-on Spanish experience kick off with a chance to mix your own G&T and, of course, drink it, before learning from head master carver Sergio Escudero all about Jamón Ibérico through a live carving demo while enjoying this delicacy with a glass of bone-dry Manzanilla. 

After ...

Wednesday 4th October 18:00 at Iberica, M3 3HF

Vermouth Tasting at Lunya

Vermouth Tasting at Lunya

Vermouth is the on-trend drinks sensation in Spain and rapidly taking hold in the UK and beyond. They have historic vermouth makers and some very modern ones.

They couldn’t be further from the industrial sweetened chemicals of Martini and Cinzano. Small batch production by artisans ensures that Spanish vermouth ...

Wednesday 4th October 18:00 at Lunya, M3 2BB

Trio of pasta garofalo at Al-Bacio

Visit Al-Bacio and try our delicious TRIO OF PASTA GAROFALO

Main Course (v) £ 9.95 

A main course dish with 3 types of pasta topped with different sauces (also suitable for vegetarians).

Pasta Garofalo may have only arrived recently in the UK, but in Italy it has existed since 1789 ...

Wednesday 4th October 18:00 at Al Bacio Ristorante Italiano , M2 6DW

Epernay's Whiskey Vs. Whisky Evening

Epernay's Whiskey Vs. Whisky Evening

American Whiskey faces off against Scotch Whisky. 

On arrival you'll be given 1 welcome Scotch cocktail, then 1 bourbon cocktail. 

You'll also get 2 scotch tasters and 2 bourbon tasters throughout the tasting. 

Wednesday 4th October 18:30 at Epernay , M3 4EE

Masterclass with Portobello Rd Gin at Rosylee

Masterclass with Portobello Rd Gin at Rosylee

Portobello Rd Gin are based on one of the most famous roads in London, and they’ll be taking a trip up north to share their story and give you a masterclass on their delightful gin, blended from 9 botanicals, and which serves it works best in.

Wednesday 4th October 18:30 at Rosylee Tea Rooms, M1 1DB

Vapiano's blind tastings

Vapiano's blind tastings

Vapiano Manchester Food & Drink Festival Blind Tasting - 3rd and 4th October at 7pm. Head to Vapiano for something altogether different… Don't be nervous - this isn't a bushtucker trial. It's dishes from their menu but you'll try them blind folded.

Think you can tell your veg apart ...

Wednesday 4th October 19:00 at Vapiano, M4 3TR

Taste the Love's Feel Good Food pop-up with a difference

Taste the Love's Feel Good Food pop-up with a difference

Sarah is collaborating with her brother Luke Holder, chef at Hartnett Holder & Co, to create an evening revolving around charcuterie & matching beers. Indulge yourself in a four course menu & talk incorporating Luke's artisan charcuterie & cooking flare. 

More info at tastethelove.co.uk

Wednesday 4th October 19:00 at Trove , M19 3EX

Tattu presents: An evening with Akashi Sake

Tattu presents: An evening with Akashi Sake

Join Tattu for an exclusive dinner as part of MFDF 2017 in partnership with premium Sake brewery, Akashi. 

Guests will enjoy an innovative three course menu, with each course paired with a premium Sake.

During the evening there will be an introduction to each Sake with an explanation of the ...

Wednesday 4th October 19:00 at Tattu, M3 3EB

Ultimate Cocktail Crawl

Ultimate Cocktail Crawl

MAD takes you on a global cocktail roam as you try cocktails inspired by different corners of the world. Starting in Africa and the tribal surrounds of Tusk you’ll enjoy a homemade infusion cocktail from South Africa’s Whitley Neill. Back to England and Rosylee for a quintessentially British ...

Wednesday 4th - Thursday 5th October

5th October

Twenty Years of Great British Food

Twenty Years of Great British Food

Pro-manchester’s Food and Drink Group has teamed up with Ollie Lloyd, CEO of the UK’s fastest growing food website Great British Chefs, to take you on a journey through the UK’s love affair with food over the last twenty years.

Sharing the insight from his latest UK-wide ...

Thursday 5th October 12:30 at Lunya, M3 2BB

Gin Tasting at Lunya

Gin Tasting at Lunya

Join Lunya for one of their most popular events.

Gin Tasting nights are legendary for their great value, fun and informality.  

If you are a gin lover, then this is the event for you. Find out more below, and book online on their Bookings page.

Thursday 5th October 18:30 at Lunya, M3 2BB

Zouk Tea Bar's Banquette menu

Zouk Tea Bar's Banquette menu

The Banquette menu will feature several courses and 20 authentic dishes from all over the Indian sub-continent. 

There are 85 tickets available at £20 a head and places must be booked in advance.  

Visit www.zoukteabar.co.uk for more info or to book.

Thursday 5th October 19:00 at Zouk, M1 5QS

Amicable Club at Rosylee

Amicable Club at Rosylee

Join us for an evening of gin and fine food, as Rosylee and Thomas Dakin Gin recreate the 18th century amicable club for Manchester Food and Drink Festival. There’ll be a three-course meal, perfectly matched for gin drinking, with serves from Thomas Dakin.

The evening also includes a masterclass ...

Thursday 5th October 19:30 at Rosylee Tea Rooms, M1 1DB

Tiki Disco at Hula

Tiki Disco at Hula

Get ready to party at the Tiki Disco, with massive 80s and 90s hits banging out all night long, we’ve got giveaways, games, retro cocktails and if you come in fancy dress, you might win a bottle of Bacardi.

Free entry.

Thursday 5th October 20:00 at Hula, M1 1DB

6th October

Wild Edible Mushroom Forage with Jesper Launde

Wild Edible Mushroom Forage with Jesper Launde

This fun weekday activity will be held in Redisher Woods, Holcombe Brook, just a couple of miles north of Bury.

This foraging event will see us head up the valley through a mixture of native woodland to open pastureland at the top. By moving through a mixture of distinct habitats ...

Friday 6th October 11:00 at Redisher Wood, BL8

Cheese, cider and that which falls far from the tree

Cheese, cider and that which falls far from the tree

Not content with just one cheese & cider night, The Moss Cider Project heads closer to home and returns to The Anchor, Rusholme for part two of their exploration into curds, whey and apple-based drinks.

Expect a few surprises at this one as Dan takes you beyond cider and shares his ...

Friday 6th October 18:30 at The Anchor, M14 4PA

Feast of Beasts Menu at Hawksmoor Manchester

Feast of Beasts Menu at Hawksmoor Manchester

Are you ready for the ultimate Hawksmoor meal? As part of MFDF, Hawksmoor are introducing their new six course tasting menu: Feast of Beasts.

This special menu is a true celebration of beef with dishes including Ox Bone Tea with Bread and Dripping, Txojitxu Beef Ham and Pickled Carrots, Tartare ...

Friday 6th October 18:45 at Hawksmoor, M3 3WB

7th October

 Cocktail Lab Masterclass at The Fitzgerald

Cocktail Lab Masterclass at The Fitzgerald

A journey through the weird and wonderful, at this masterclass you will make and create a smoked bacon and maple old fashioned, a lavender infused Aviation with a cloud of fog and take home your own bitters making kit.

Saturday 7th October 14:00 at The Fitzgerald, M1 1DB

Retro Cocktail Masterclass at Walrus

Retro Cocktail Masterclass at Walrus

Back to the old school, as you learn how to make classic 90s cocktails at Walrus with our selection of fun, retro serves like the Blue Lagoon, Long Island Iced Tea, slippery Nipple and there’ll be Jell-O shots to round up the session and 90s nibbles to keep you ...

Saturday 7th October 15:00 at Walrus, M4 1ES

Meat the butcher with Littlewoods

Meat the butcher with Littlewoods

Heaton Hops have teamed up with neighbours Littlewoods Butchers to offer some BBQ delights to accompany your beers. Staff from Littlewoods will be on hand to offer BBQ brisket, burgers and butchery demos, while Heaton Hops is planning some treats on its taps.

Saturday 7th October 16:00 at Heaton Hops, SK4 5DE

8th October

Manchester Quiz and Manchester Musical challenge

Manchester Quiz and Manchester Musical challenge

The Manchester Quiz and Manchester Musical Challenge Guide and author Jonathan Schofield offers 40 questions and challenges on Manchester, Greater Manchester and their people, places and events. Includes a Musical Challenge sung intros round by Lucy Hope. Fabulous prizes plus the chance to buy the new extended guide to Manchester ...

Sunday 8th October 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Goatober Manchester

Goatober Manchester

Goatober is the UK’s month-long celebration of goat meat, making use of male billy goats, who to date have been euthanised at birth as a waste product of the dairy industry.  During October, restaurants nationwide are putting a goat dish pride of place on their menus to urge diners ...

Sunday 8th October 19:30 at The Koffee Pot, M4 1LE

Dr John Cooper Clarke with very special guests at The Mayfield

Dr John Cooper Clarke with very special guests at The Mayfield

Salford born and bred poet and comedian, Dr John Cooper Clarke and special guests Mike Garry and Toria Garbutt will be taking over the incredible space at the Mayfield Depot for one night only, on Sunday 8th October for a live and exclusive show.

Expect an evening like no other ...

Sunday 8th October 19:30 at Mayfield Depot , M12 6HR

MFDF Closing Party at HULA

MFDF Closing Party at HULA

Get ready to party at the MFDF closing part with Bacardi. There’ll be a DJ playing all your favourite tiki, RnB and party tunes, free tiki shirts and of course, lots of cocktails!

Free entry.

www.hulabar.co.uk

Sunday 8th October 20:00 at Hula, M1 1DB

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