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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 - Monday 9th 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, indieextravaganza of beautiful brews! All on tap, all the way throughthe Fest, and all making up the Festival centrepiece - our hugebeer bar! 

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

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

Moveable Feasts

Moveable Feasts

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 a late ...

Thursday 28th September 18:00 at Manchester Art Gallery, M2 3JL

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 20th Birthday Party

MFDF & Tampopo 20th Birthday Party

We are celebrating our 20th festival birthday this Autumn, and Tampopo opened its doors, as the city’s first Pan Asian restaurant 20 years ago this year. This means that 2 of Manchester’s most iconic food brands are celebrating a big, double decade milestone, and they are planning a ...

Friday 29th September 19:00 at Mayfield Depot , M1 2QF

30th September

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 11:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

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

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

Hispi meets the Unabombers

Hispi meets the Unabombers

A collaboration between food and drink innovator, Gary Usher, and club alchemists turned restauranteurs The Unabombers, this huge banquet come food party will bring together 2 of the hottest food brands in the north – The Refuge and Hispi – along with club pioneers The Unabombers.

Tickets on sale soon. 

Thursday 5th October 19:30 at Mayfield Depot , M1 2QF

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

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

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 12:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

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 12:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

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 12:00 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 12:00

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 Day of the Dead Banquet

Thomasina Miers Day of the Dead Banquet

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

Thomasina and Wahaca’s Manchester feast will involve a five-course dinner comprising traditional Mexican dishes such as agua chile negro with scallop, bitter orange and habanero; quesadilla with four cheese and forage herbs ...

Saturday 7th October 19:30 at Mayfield Depot , M1 2QF

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 15:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Manhester 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

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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