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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

Fever-Tree Gin Garden at the Hub

Fever-Tree Gin Garden at the Hub

Returning to Manchester Food and Drink Festival for the third year in a row, Fever-Tree are sharing their love for the nations favourite drink, the gin and tonic. Their ultimate G&T bar will be serving up an exciting selection of gins perfectly paired with one of their delicious tonic ...

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

Vin Van Voom at the Hub

Vin Van Voom at the Hub

The silver van is back. Always a Hub magnet for wine lovers, it's now got its own covered seating area, creating a cosy festival wine bar with cushions and blankets to keep the evening chill away. 

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

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast will be a series of limited edition, bespoke dining menus, created by Manchester’s restaurants especially for the Manchester Food and Drink festival in association with Bookatable.  

Confirmed restaurants include The French, Hawksmoor and Harvey Nichols.

Thursday 28th September - Monday 9th October

MFDF & Manchester Beer Week

MFDF & Manchester Beer Week

MFDF are teaming up with MCR Beer week to create a programme of beer focused events to run throughout the Festival in some of the best bars, pubs and breweries across the city!

Thursday 28th September - Monday 9th October

29th September

Simon Shaw's Spanish Pop Up Feast

Simon Shaw's Spanish Pop Up Feast

The founder/chef Patron of El Gato Negro will be hosting a truly authentic Spanish Pop Up feast including modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques.

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

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 11:00 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 11:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

 MFDF's & Tampopo 20th Birthday

MFDF's & Tampopo 20th Birthday

Authentic, independent Pan Asian restaurant is 20 this year too.

We will be celebrating our joint birthday together the only way that both know how…with one great big gastro birthday party in a magnificent location.

Expect a hedonistic mix of fabulous food, full moon fun and Manchester icons.

Tickets ...

Saturday 30th September 20:00 at Mayfield Depot , M1 2QF

3rd October

Aiden Byrne Festival Banquet

Aiden Byrne Festival Banquet

Festival favourite and one of Manchester’s most revered food celebrities, Aiden Byrne will be staging a 6-course tasting menu and wine flight at Manchester House.

Tickets on Sale soon. 

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

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

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 its rave reviews are testament to the talents of Matt Nutter and his team.

 The vegan banquet will give an insight into just how delicious the menu is using locally sourced, high quality vegan and gluten ...

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: Demo & Book Signing

Aiden Byrne: Demo & Book Signing

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

Saturday 7th October 12:00

Thomasina Miers: Day of the Dead

Thomasina Miers: Day of the Dead

Forget the infamous "Spectre" opening scene, Thomasina Miers, the red hot Mexican food entrepreneur, brings a new gastro take on the infamous ‘Day of the Dead’ with a Mexican banquet every bit as fantastical as the venue in which it’s taking place.

Tickets on sale soon. 

Saturday 7th October 19:00 at Mayfield Depot , M1 2QF

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

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

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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