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Cathedral Gardens Hub and Across The City
Welcome to the Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

Events Main Programme

26th September

Bistrotheque Classique

Bistrotheque Classique

CULTUREPLEX is one of Manchester’s most anticipated 2019 arrivals. It is a new base for Bistrotheque, which has made its name in East London through great, uncomplicated food, drink and service delivered with good taste and a dollop of fun. 

Expect extra helpings of all this when Chef Director ...

Thursday 26th September 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

27th September

An Evening with Simon Shaw

An Evening with Simon Shaw

One of Manchester’s most innovative and respected chefs will be hosting an intimate evening in the Dining Dome, featuring a specially curated collection of exquisite dishes from across his acclaimed restaurant brands El Gato Negro and Canto.

Guests will be taken on a journey through Simon’s authentic cookery ...

Friday 27th September 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

28th September

Live Cookery Theatre - Ben Chaplin

Live Cookery Theatre - Ben Chaplin

1pm Ben Chaplin – Senior Sous Chef,  20 Stories

Ben has more than 10 years of culinary experience. Starting his career in March 2005, his expertise and knowledge have taken him on a journey leading to working as a Senior Chef across multiple restaurants and hotels in both Manchester and London ...

Saturday 28th September 13:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

Live Cookery Theatre -Sam Buckley

Live Cookery Theatre -Sam Buckley

2pm Sam Buckley – Chef/Patron, Where The Light Gets In

Sam started cooking when he was 15. His career is peppered with stints as a journalist and musician, as well as time in the kitchen with such luminaries as Gary Rhodes, Paul Kitching, and Simon Rogan at L’Enclume. He ...

Saturday 28th September 14:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

Live Cookery Theatre - Rachel Stockley

Live Cookery Theatre - Rachel Stockley

3pm Rachel Stockley – Head Chef, Levanter

2018 winner Rachel Stockley is one of only three women to scoop Chef of the Year at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards. She’s in great company – alongside Mary-Ellen McTague (Aumbry) and Alison Seagrave (Harvey Nichols) – any anyone who has tasted her take ...

Saturday 28th September 15:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

Live Cookery Theatre - Andrew Green

Live Cookery Theatre - Andrew Green

4pm Andrew Green – Executive Chef, Mamucium

Andrew will be showcasing his signature dish, the Lancashire hot pot, a superlative version of the traditional favourite he brought with him from The Lowry Hotel to the new restaurant/bar at Hotel Indigo.  The Glossop-born chef’s inspiration and love of food lies ...

Saturday 28th September 16:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

A Punch Above:How to make the perfect party tipple

A Punch Above:How to make the perfect party tipple

Join Jamie Rowe, JJ Whitley Gin & Vodka Ambassador, as he guides you through how to make the Perfect Party Punch with the knowledge of how to balance readily available ingredients and, of course, the JJ Whitley range. 

You’ll be greeted with a glass of punch on arrival, then Jamie ...

Saturday 28th September 18:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

29th September

'Vegan Takeover' at the Hub Hosted by John Robb

'Vegan Takeover' at the Hub Hosted by John Robb

Join us on Sunday 29thSeptember as we create a Vegan paradise at the Festival Hub hosted by musician and journalist John Robb. The ‘Vegan Kitchen’ will take over the Dining Dome Live Cookery Theatre throughout the day. From 12pm – 4pm some of the leading lights from Manchester’s huge vegan ...

Sunday 29th September 12:00 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

A plant based evening with Shaun Ryder, John Robb and Bundobust

A plant based evening with Shaun Ryder, John Robb and Bundobust

Broadcaster, musician and journalist John Robb is a vegan of 10 years, and Shaun Ryder is a Pescatarian Happy Monday who loves vegan food. Together they will be hosting a vegan feast from their favourite restaurant Bundobust. John will host a lively conversation with Shaun as they talk about their ...

Sunday 29th September 18:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

1st October

Roots and Future – A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez

Roots and Future – A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez

Fazenda's Executive Chef Fran Martinez will return to The Dome (after a sell-out extravaganza last year) with an exclusive eight-course tasting menu which celebrates the cultural diversity of Fazenda's roots through Argentinian & Brazilian cuisines.  Paired with exquisite South American wines & cocktails, each dish in this culinary journey fuses ...

Tuesday 1st October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

2nd October

Comfort Food Sounds Good - A Communal Feast

Comfort Food Sounds Good - A Communal Feast

MFDF’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year winner and recent star of BBC’s Great British Menu, Adam Reid is to create the ultimate communal, comfort food, festival feast, all inspired by his Great British Menu Dish ‘Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good’. 

Adam will depart from his signature fine-dining style to ...

Wednesday 2nd October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

3rd October

An Evening With Paco Perez and Tast

An Evening With Paco Perez and Tast

Catalan cuisine experts Tast present a very special evening in the Dining Dome as they host a three-course dinner designed, cooked and served by Tast’s Head Chef Miquel Villacrosa and the Michelin-starred Spanish cooking giant, Paco Perez. Paco is Tast’s world famous Executive Chef. Based in Barcelona, he ...

Thursday 3rd October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

4th October

MFDF Wine and Fizz Festival

MFDF Wine and Fizz Festival

Come and enjoy a wonderful day or evenig out in the spectacular Manchester Cathrdral as we celebrate all things grape related.  The event will be a great big, fun packed celebration of the most exciting and exclusive wines and sparkling wines from around the world. 

As well as the opportunity ...

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th October at Manchester Cathedral, M3 1SX

The Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s & Sanskruti

The Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s & Sanskruti

Fancy joining the ultimate curry club for the night? Well MFDF invite you to kick off your weekend with a curry night curated by the most exciting and revered names from Manchester’s excellent Indian dining scene. 

The banquet will be kicked off with Indian snacks from Gujurat street food ...

Friday 4th October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

5th October

MFDF Wine and Fizz Festival

MFDF Wine and Fizz Festival

Come and enjoy a wonderful day or evenig out in the spectacular Manchester Cathrdral as we celebrate all things grape related.  The event will be a great big, fun packed celebration of the most exciting and exclusive wines and sparkling wines from around the world. 

As well as the opportunity ...

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th October at Manchester Cathedral, M3 1SX

Saturday Skills Kitchen - Pastry Workshop

Saturday Skills Kitchen - Pastry Workshop

1pm with Lee Wakeham from H.M. Pasties

H.M Pasties in Droylsden is one of Manchester’s great culinary success stories with a fascinating back story. Founder Lee’s entire staff consists of ex-prisoners. He knows the importance of a second chance – after an abusive upbringing he himself had ...

Saturday 5th October 13:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

Saturday Skills Kitchen - Pasta Masterclass

Saturday Skills Kitchen - Pasta Masterclass

2pm Pasta with Maurizio Cecco from Salvi’s

After more than two decades in Manchester Neapolitan Maurizio is the city’s unofficial ambassador for all things tasty and Southern Italian. To showcase all that excellence he organises the annual Festa Italiana in Cathedral Gardens but his day to day passion ...

Saturday 5th October 14:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

An Evening of Rum Decadence with Diablesse

An Evening of Rum Decadence with Diablesse

Let Gethin Jones, Diablesse brand ambassador and GM at Cottonopolis, take you through the wonderful history of rum, how it’s made and what makes their own unique, award-winning Diablesse Rum so special.  

Explore the new, Diablesse Caribbean golden blend of pure,  aged rums from different islands around the Caribbean ...

Saturday 5th October 18:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

6th October

Dine with Tom Kerridge at MFDF

Dine with Tom Kerridge at MFDF

Chef Tom Kerridge is a busy man this autumn,  with a new cookbook and TV series in the pipeline as well as launching a restaurant in the new boutique Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester.  He wil lbe making his MFDF debut cooking a very special four course lunch with specially ...

Sunday 6th October 13:00 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

7th October

MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

The sparkling culmination of MFDF, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Gala Dinner and Awards will be returning to the stunning and gothic surrounds of Gorton Monastery. The most coveted and highest profile food awards in the North of England, the gongs will, as usual, be distributed to a room ...

Monday 7th October 19:00 at Gorton Monastery, M12 5WF

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