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Events Main Programme

28th September

The Festival Hub

The Festival Hub

As always, it's the beating heart of the Festival - the Albert Square Hub. Check it out any time of the day and there's something happening. From chef demo's to street food, from live music and cutting edge DJs to bars pouring the best drinks you'll ever ...

Thursday 28th September - Sunday 8th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Just Eat Street Kitchen

Just Eat Street Kitchen

Everyone’s favourite ‘go to’ food delivery service, Just Eat, will partner with some of its most popular restaurants who will bring their own versions of street food to the Festival.  

From sushi to sweet treats there will be an amazing choice of the latest in street food flavours and ...

Thursday 28th September - Sunday 8th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Fantastic Festival Beer Bar

Fantastic Festival Beer Bar

This year’s Festival Beer Bar represents a non-stop, indie extravaganza of beautiful brews! All on tap, all the way through the Fest, and making up the Festival centrepiece - our hugebeer bar! 

What better way to toast the 20th anniversary of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival than by inviting ...

Thursday 28th September - Sunday 8th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The Cider House

The Cider House

Calling all cider lovers, The Cider House at the Festival Hub is the place to be!

This bespoke bar is teeming with tasty tipples, too – among the line-up Lilley’s Apple & Pear and Lemon & Lime, Wild Dog, Mango, Merry Monkey, Red Rabbit, Sunset and Captain Rum.

Make your way through ...

Thursday 28th September - Sunday 8th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

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

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

Randall and Aubin's Champagne and Oyster Evening

Randall and Aubin's Champagne and Oyster Evening

'“The world is your Oyster and at Randall & Aubin we want you to find a pearl.  Although we serve a vast array of seafood at Randall & Aubin nothing puts lead in your pencil quite like Oysters” Ed Baines, Chef & founder of Randall & Aubin.

Would you like to learn more about ...

Thursday 28th September 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

29th September

Ed Baines: Cookery Demo, Q&A and book signing

Ed Baines: Cookery Demo, Q&A and book signing

Randall and Aubin's Ed Baines will be coming to the Festival Hub to demonstrate recipes from his cookery book and signing copies afterwards.  

Friday 29th September 13:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

A Spanish Feast with El Gato Negro’s Simon Shaw

A Spanish Feast with El Gato Negro’s Simon Shaw

Award winning tapas restaurant El Gato Negro invites you to take a tour through the flavours of Spain with a banquet to delight the senses, hosted by Chef Patron – Simon Shaw.

Spanish food is all about quality and provenance and this specially created menu will allow guests to explore a ...

Friday 29th September 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

MFDF & Tampopo Bangkok Street Party

MFDF & Tampopo Bangkok Street Party

A food, drink and dancing extravaganza is coming to the Mayfield Depot on Friday 29th September, to celebrate MFDF and Tampopo's joint 20th birthday. An evening of stunning street food, cracking cocktails and a host of Manchester icons taking to the stage. 

Drawing inspiration from South-East Asian Full Moon ...

Friday 29th September 19:30 at Mayfield Depot , M12 6HR

30th September

Deliciously Ella pop-up banquets

Deliciously Ella pop-up banquets

Award-wining cookery author and entrepreneur Ella Mills will be hosting two ticketed pop up banquets on Saturday 30th September at the Festival Hub on Albert Square. 

Deliciously Ella has three deli sites in london, which are well known for serving her delicious, natural recipies, Ella will be creating her very ...

Saturday 30th September 12:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Deliciously Ella Q&A and book signing

Deliciously Ella Q&A and book signing

Award-winning cookery author and entrepeneur Ella Mills will be at the Festival Hub for a Q&A and book signing on the 30th September. 

Saturday 30th September 16:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

1st October

MFDF Cup North Coffee Festival

MFDF Cup North Coffee Festival

Cup North, the people behind Manchester Coffee Festival will be popping up at the Hub to present a day of tasting, talking and learning. Inside the coffee tent there will be the opportunity to try and buy coffee from a range of local roasters including Heart & Graft, Ancoats Coffee Co ...

Sunday 1st October 12:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

3rd October

SUGO PASTA KITCHEN COMES TO MANCHESTER

SUGO PASTA KITCHEN COMES TO MANCHESTER

A special one off event with the founders of Sugo Pasta Kitchen. Alex, Jonny & Michael will showcase what they’re bringing to Manchester in early 2018 when they launch their second neighbourhood restaurant in Ancoats.

First course & glass of white   

Puglian burrata, peach and chilli marmalade, charred chicory, new season ...

Tuesday 3rd October 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

4th October

Cheese & Ciderologist

Cheese & Ciderologist

The city of Manchester has but one commercial cider maker and he cordially invites you to join him and his team for this MFDF special event. With an impressive back catalogue of previous Cheese & Cider nights, join founder of The Moss Cider Project and new found friend Gabe Cook AKA ...

Wednesday 4th October 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

5th October

CityLife Live

CityLife Live

CityLife is taking over the Festival Hub this Thursday (October 5) with some top bands and chat - including The Charlatans' Tim Burgess and Mark Collins.

Also on the bill are indie heroes Rain Band, The Travelling Band's Steve Ballinger and emerging Manc talent Josh Goddard.

And the best bit ...

Thursday 5th October 12:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Matt Nutter's Vegan Banquet

Matt Nutter's Vegan Banquet

Allotment is one of the most exciting culinary destinations to hit Greater Manchester and rave reviews from the likes of Taste of Manchester are testament to the talents of Matt Nutter and his team, dedicated to producing plant-based fine dining. The seven course vegan banquet will give an insight into ...

Thursday 5th October 19:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Hispi meets The Refuge by Volta

Hispi meets The Refuge by Volta

A unique food, drink and music collaboration between bistro entrepreneur Gary Usher of Hispi and DJ duo turned restaurateurs, Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, will take place as part of MFDF on Thursday 5th October at The Mayfield.

This casual banquet offers its guests a totally unique dining experience, as ...

Thursday 5th October 19:30 at Mayfield Depot , M12 6HR

6th October

The Big Indie Wine Fest

The Big Indie Wine Fest

One of Manchester’s most well known buildings, located at the gateway to Spinningfields, Manchester Hall, is a Grade II listed building that has been transformed into a stunning and unique space.  It will be hosting this year’s ‘ Big Indie Wine Fest’ which returns to the Festival as one ...

Friday 6th - Saturday 7th October at Manchester Hall, M3 3BT

Wine and beer tasting with food pairing by Reserve and Cloudwater

Wine and beer tasting with food pairing by Reserve and Cloudwater

BBC star and founder of Reserve winesKate Goodman meets Cloudwater Beer extraordinaire, Paul Jones. One of the key figures behind Manchester’s micro beer boom, Paul will be teaming up with Kate for the first time to host a fascinating evening exploring the cultural and gastronomic differences between wine and ...

Friday 6th October 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

7th October

Nisha Katona: Cookery Demo & Book Signing

Nisha Katona: Cookery Demo & Book Signing

Owner of Mowgli restaurants, TV personality and Food Writer, Nisha Katona will be sharing her skills at her first MFDF cookery demo, and will be signing copies of her new book ‘The Spice Tree’.   

Saturday 7th October 12:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Thomasina Miers: Cookery Demo & Book Signing

Thomasina Miers: Cookery Demo & Book Signing

Thomasina will be live at the Festival Hub Cookery Theatre performing a cookery demo and signing copies of her new book ‘Home Cook by Thomasina Miers’.

Saturday 7th October 14:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Aiden Byrne's Cookery Demo

Aiden Byrne's Cookery Demo

Festival favourite and one of Manchester’s most revered food celebrities, Aiden Byrne will be at the Festival Hub for a live cookery demo.

Saturday 7th October 15:30

Kwoklyn Wan: Cookery Demo & Book Signing

Kwoklyn Wan: Cookery Demo & Book Signing

Brother of stylist and foodie, Gok Wan, Kwoklyn will be coming to Manchester to demonstrate recipes from his new cookery book Chinese Soul Food and signing copies afterwards.  

Saturday 7th October 17:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

20 Years of Beer

20 Years of Beer

Connor Murphy from MCR Beer Week and Paul Jones from Cloudwater will be teaming up with some of the best brewers in Manchester to give an insight and tasting of the past 20 years of beer in Manchester.

From the ‘big family’ breweries to the explosion of independent microbreweries, which ...

Saturday 7th October 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Thomasina Miers Mexican Feast

Thomasina Miers Mexican Feast

The Mayfield Depot is set to turn into a Mexican Fiesta courtesy of Thomasina Miers and Wahaca. 

Thomasina and the Wahaca team will be hosting a Day of the Dead Banquet at the Mayfield Depot, involving a five-course dinner comprising traditional Mexican dishes such as agua chile negro with scallop ...

Saturday 7th October 19:30 at Mayfield Depot , M12 6HR

8th October

Manchester Tart Off

Manchester Tart Off

In celebration of 20 years of MFDF, the Festival are resurrecting a competition that was staged in year 1… The search to find the best Manchester Tart in Manchester.
The people of Greater Manchester will be asked to put their heart into the tart and enter their homemade creations so ...

Sunday 8th October 13:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

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

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

9th October

Gala Dinner and Awards

Gala Dinner and Awards

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Gala Dinner and Awards will be taking place on the 9th October and will be returning to the beautiful and iconic Principal Hotel. The Awards shortlist will be announced on Thursday 8th June.

Monday 9th October 19:00 at The Principal Hotel , M60 7HA

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