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Festival Hub

Gastr-avaganza! The MFDF Big Festival Hub, Albert Square, Thursday 29th Sept - Sunday 10th October  

The Festival Hub takes over Albert Square for 11 days. This pop up food village will provide a gastro honeypot of food adventures with the Festival Bar, Street Food Fair, Wine Bar, Live Entertainment, and Producer Market

Open from 12noon - late daily and with entry completely FREE this is Manchester's food destination of the year so make sure you're a part of it!

Festival Hub
29th September - 9th October

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

The UK's best-selling golden ale gives its name to the Hub's central beer outlet at the start of the festival. The Wainwright Ale Trail Bar gives you ample opportunity to savour its delicate  citrussy flavours balanced with a subtle sweetness... but that's just the start of the ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 2nd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Three Wine Women

Three Wine Women

After the success of last year’s Three Wine Women event, this year MFDF will be staging the event on a new theme and with a new visiting ‘wine woman’! Susy Atkins will join the BBC’s Kate Goodman (owner of Didsbury’s Reserve Wine Shop) and Evuna Manchester’s ...

Thursday 29th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

The UK's best-selling golden ale gives its name to the Hub's central beer outlet at the start of the festival. The Wainwright Ale Trail Bar gives you ample opportunity to savour its delicate  citrussy flavours balanced with a subtle sweetness... but that's just the start of the ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 2nd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

The UK's best-selling golden ale gives its name to the Hub's central beer outlet at the start of the festival. The Wainwright Ale Trail Bar gives you ample opportunity to savour its delicate  citrussy flavours balanced with a subtle sweetness... but that's just the start of the ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 2nd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

14:00 - Simon Shaw, El Gato Negro

Yorkshireman Simon is a highly experienced restaurateur with over 35 years of experience, most notably as executive head chef at Harvey Nichols, before opening his own highly successful restaurant El Gato Negro Tapas in 2005, after 10 successful years in London. It was at the time visits to the Basque Country and Catalonia inspired his 'conversion' to Iberian cuisine and contemporary take on it - honed to perfection at the Michelin-rated El Gato, in the Pennine hamlet of Ripponden, which is relocating to King Street in Manchester later this year. 

15:00 - Jason "Bruno" Birbeck, The Highwayman

Jason “Bruno” Birkbeck is the exec chef at Nigel Haworth’s acclaimed Lancashire-based premium food pub group Ribble Valley Inns. Jason’s impressive career has taken him around the world with the cornerstone of his work though being in some of Scotland’s and the North of England’s most prestigious kitchens and is now living his dream of running a premium pub kitchen. It upholds the Ribble Valley philosophy of excellent locally sourced produce and classic dishes, and combines that with Bruno’s signature, very individual and creative cookery style. Come down to the Hub to see why Bruno’s food is putting his premium pub even more firmly on the map as a gastronomic destination.

16:00 - Byron Moses, Evelyn's

Byron Moses is a North-West based executive chef, with menus and teams at Evelyn’s Café Bar in Manchester, and Railway in Alderley Edge. 

He completed his training working within multi rosette kitchens in exclusive country house hotels across the North-East where he grew up. He moved to Manchester in 2013 as Executive Sous of the Hilton Hotel in the iconic Beetham Tower. 

Over his 16 year career Byron has developed a passion for championing the diversity and multiculturalism of British food in mainstream dining.

https://byronmoses.com/

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

The UK's best-selling golden ale gives its name to the Hub's central beer outlet at the start of the festival. The Wainwright Ale Trail Bar gives you ample opportunity to savour its delicate  citrussy flavours balanced with a subtle sweetness... but that's just the start of the ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 2nd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Salvis Italian Feast

Salvis Italian Feast

This year the Festival will be celebrating the country that has perhaps given the world more cuisine to treasure than anywhere else. After all, where would Manchester be without the Italian contribution to our gastronomy and heritage… and most of all without pizza! As the city’s thirst for Italian ...

Sunday 2nd October 12:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

EAT with Adam

EAT with Adam

The French by Simon Rogan’s acclaimed Head Chef and previous MFDF ‘Chef of the Year’, Adam Reid, will be bringing an exclusive and bespoke tasting experience to the Festival Hub. Expect an original take on a truly inclusive tasting menu, designed specifically for MFDF 2016. 

Spaces are strictly limited ...

Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

EAT with Adam

EAT with Adam

The French by Simon Rogan’s acclaimed Head Chef and previous MFDF ‘Chef of the Year’, Adam Reid, will be bringing an exclusive and bespoke tasting experience to the Festival Hub. Expect an original take on a truly inclusive tasting menu, designed specifically for MFDF 2016. 

Spaces are strictly limited ...

Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

EAT with Adam

EAT with Adam

The French by Simon Rogan’s acclaimed Head Chef and previous MFDF ‘Chef of the Year’, Adam Reid, will be bringing an exclusive and bespoke tasting experience to the Festival Hub. Expect an original take on a truly inclusive tasting menu, designed specifically for MFDF 2016. 

Spaces are strictly limited ...

Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

This is one festival highlight you won't want to miss, as the celebrated Big Indie Wine Fest will be taking over the stunnng Great Hall in the Whitworth Art Gallery. The event is a celebration of exciting, exclusive and boutique wines brought to you by the best independent merchants ...

Friday 7th - Saturday 8th October at Whitworth Art Gallery, M15 6ER

Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

The team behind Ramsbottom's amazing Basque bar, Baratxuri, come into the heart of the city centre to take over the Festival Hub guest restaurant for one night only. Joe Botham (nominated for Chef of this Year in this year’s Food and Drink Awards) and his team are specialist ...

Friday 7th October 19:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

This is one festival highlight you won't want to miss, as the celebrated Big Indie Wine Fest will be taking over the stunnng Great Hall in the Whitworth Art Gallery. The event is a celebration of exciting, exclusive and boutique wines brought to you by the best independent merchants ...

Friday 7th - Saturday 8th October at Whitworth Art Gallery, M15 6ER

Jackie Kearney's Experimental Vegan Banquet

Jackie Kearney's Experimental Vegan Banquet

Author of Vegan Street Food, Master Chef Runner Up and general street food legend, Jackie Kearney will be gracing MFDF with her meat and dairy free super powers with an experimental vegan banquet.

Saturday 8th October 19:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

12:30 - Sean Sutton, Alderley Restaurant

When boyish-looking Sean took over the head chef role last year at the 3 AA Rosette Alderley Restaurant at The Alderley Edge Hotel he was hardly new to the kitchens. For most of the nine years his predecessor Chris Holland had been at the stove, Sean, now 32, had been at his side helping maintain impressive standards of culinary finesse. His food heroes include Ferran Adriá who pioneered molecular gastronomyat ‘world’s best restaurant’ El Bulli in Spain. Sean’s not averse to a spot of ‘molecular’ himself to add ‘wow factor’ and he’s big on presentation. too. A young chef to watch.

14:00 - Nadiya Hussain, GBBO winner 2015

More than 15 million viewers tuned in to see Nadiya Jamir Hussain win the sixth series of BBC's The Great British Bake Off. This 31-year-old British-Bangladeshi baker has never looked back, becoming a food columnist for The Times and Essentials magazine, publishing her first book, Nadiya’s Kitchen in June and, of great importance, boosting the cause of multiculturalism in these Brexit times. During her acceptance speech, she said: "I'm never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never gonna say I can't do it. I'm never gonna say 'maybe'. I'm never gonna say, 'I don't think I can.' I can and I will.”  That was after capturing the nation’s hearts by baking a a multi-layered presentation showstopper which took the form of ‘My Big Fat British Wedding Cake’. What’s not to like?

15:30 - Aiden Byrne, Manchester House

From an ear;y age Liverpudlian Aiden Byrne rose to be head chef at a string of Michelin-starred restaurants, but in 2008 decided to come home, converting the Church Green in Lymm into an acclaimed gastropub and winning the AA restaurant of the year award in 2012, but a year later opening the fine dining Manchester House with Living Ventures sent his profile soaring. It scooped a hat-trick of triumphs at the 2014 Manchester Food and Drink Awards - Best Restaurant, Best Bar and Best Newcomer. 

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2016 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers and street food.

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will continue to provide the specially built city centre food-village that Mancunians have come to know and love. Popping up in front of Manchester's Town Hall, entrance will be completely free ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree's Ultimate Cocktail Bar to WOW at MFDF

Fever-Tree are heading north with their Ultimate Cocktail Bar. Visit the bar to choose from a selection of gins to pair with their award winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to create your very own Ultimate Gin & Tonic. Also on offer, there will be a ...

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest

Our massive regional beer fest has always been the most representative at at any food festival - and now it's got even more so, showcasing all the breweries that have sprung up in the past couple of years. The exciting likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet alongside comparative veterans such ...

Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The Great Manchester Bake Off

The Great Manchester Bake Off

Are you a star baker? So good you could be crowned our Bake Off Champion 2016? Or do you fancy hosting a cake stall to raise funds for the local community, or just want to eat cake? Either way, our Great Manchester Bake Off is for you. In partnership with ...

Sunday 9th October 14:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

festival event highlights

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Wainwright Ale Trail Bar

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 2nd October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2016 Festival Hub

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Bookatable Feast

Bookatable Feast

Thursday 29th September - Monday 10th October

MFDF Spanish trail

MFDF Spanish trail

Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th October

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