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Festival Hub Events

Gastr-avaganza! The MFDF Big Festival Hub, Albert Square, Thursday 28th Sept - Sunday 8th 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 and Live Entertainment as well as a series of pop up events and dinner in the festival event space.

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!

28th September

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

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

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

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

2nd October

JUST EAT STUDENT SUPPER CLUB

JUST EAT STUDENT SUPPER CLUB

Just Eat with be teaming up with the Manchester Universities and some of their best restaurant partners to serve up a take away tasting menu!

Monday 2nd October 17:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

3rd October

Aiden Byrne's Six Course Tasting Menu at Manchester House

Aiden Byrne's Six Course Tasting Menu at Manchester House

To celebrate MFDF's 20th anniversary, award-winning chef, Aiden Byrne has created a very special tasting menu. 

Guests are greeted with a glass of fizz before sitting down to six course with a matching wine flight.

Book via 0161 835 2557 or email bdm@manchesterhouse.uk.com. 

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

4th October

The Octogenarian Cooks

The Octogenarian Cooks

Come along and taste the food of the Octogenarian Cooks – a group of older people sharing their recipes and cooking skills.

Under-nutrition is a major cause of functional decline and mortality amongst older people. It can lead to poorer health outcomes, but it often goes unnoticed amongst older people.

Shopping ...

Wednesday 4th October 15:00 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

5th October

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

Goatober Manchester

Goatober Manchester

Goatober is the UK’s month-long celebration of goat meat, making use of male billy goats, who to date have been euthanised at birth as a waste product of the dairy industry.  During October, restaurants nationwide are putting a goat dish pride of place on their menus to urge diners ...

Sunday 8th October 19:30 at The Koffee Pot, M4 1LE

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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