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Festival Hub Events

The Festival Hub, Albert Square, Thursday 27th Sept - Sunday 7th October  

Visitors to Albert Square this year can expect a newly designed site with exciting new structures, live experiences and the biggest programme of events yet, all taking place under Manchester skies and in the shadow of the Town Hall. One such new feature will be the Dining Dome – a great big spherical foodie palace and the location for a host of specially curated banquets, supper clubs and food parties. The whole Hub experience will be improved with a new site design that will allow for even more foodie partners to find a home there this Autumn. Dozens of the best street food heroes will serve up gorgeous local cuisine alongside some of the most exciting restaurant brands in the city. Plus there’ll be a newly designed Festival Bar space featuring all of Manchester’s breweries; a host of new drinking activations - from beer buses to gin containers; a live music stage; and a non-stop calendar of the most exciting food experiences yet.

Open from 12noon - 11pm daily and with entry completely FREE this is Manchester's food destination of the year so make sure you're part of it!

27th September

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

Cottonopolis and MFDF present… 'Battle Royale’.

Cottonopolis and MFDF present… 'Battle Royale’.

Cottonopolis’ Secret Supper Club experiences are fast becoming known nationwide for taking immersive dining experiences to the next level. This very special MFDF Secret Supper Club is to be the brand’s most ambitious yet as the Dining Dome will be transformed by Cottonpolis and their team of visual architects ...

Thursday 27th - Friday 28th September at The Dining Dome, M25DB

28th September

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

Cottonopolis and MFDF present… 'Battle Royale’.

Cottonopolis and MFDF present… 'Battle Royale’.

Cottonopolis’ Secret Supper Club experiences are fast becoming known nationwide for taking immersive dining experiences to the next level. This very special MFDF Secret Supper Club is to be the brand’s most ambitious yet as the Dining Dome will be transformed by Cottonpolis and their team of visual architects ...

Thursday 27th - Friday 28th September at The Dining Dome, M25DB

MFDF & Albert’s Schloss Present:  The Jay Rayner Jazz Quartet

MFDF & Albert’s Schloss Present: The Jay Rayner Jazz Quartet

The big bad wolf of the dining world, and the country’s most famous restaurant critic, Jay Rayner rather liked Albert’s Schloss when he visited earlier this year for his Observer restaurant column. So much so that he has agreed to bring his Jazz Quartet to the venue for ...

Friday 28th September 18:00 at Alberts Schloss, M2 5QR

MFDF Gin Festival in association with The Gin Lounge

MFDF Gin Festival in association with The Gin Lounge

Gin lovers -  right this way! We've teamed up with the Gin Lounge to bring you a huge, three-day gin festival!

It will take place at the Upper Campfield Market, a Grade II listed, former Victorian market hall is a Mancunian icon with its magnificent glass and wrought iron roof ...

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September at Upper Campfield Market , M3 4NN

29th September

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

MFDF Gin Festival in association with The Gin Lounge

MFDF Gin Festival in association with The Gin Lounge

Gin lovers -  right this way! We've teamed up with the Gin Lounge to bring you a huge, three-day gin festival!

It will take place at the Upper Campfield Market, a Grade II listed, former Victorian market hall is a Mancunian icon with its magnificent glass and wrought iron roof ...

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September at Upper Campfield Market , M3 4NN

Jasmine Hemsley and Trove Supper Club

Jasmine Hemsley and Trove Supper Club

Well-being goddess, life style guru, insta-influencer extraordinaire, and founder of Hemsley + Hemsley, Jasmine Hemsley is coming to Manchester Food and Drink Festival for a special collaboration with MFDF and the award-winning artisans of Trove.
A match made in heaven, Trove’s focus on making food from scratch by hand and ...

Saturday 29th September 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M25DB

30th September

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

MFDF Gin Festival in association with The Gin Lounge

MFDF Gin Festival in association with The Gin Lounge

Gin lovers -  right this way! We've teamed up with the Gin Lounge to bring you a huge, three-day gin festival!

It will take place at the Upper Campfield Market, a Grade II listed, former Victorian market hall is a Mancunian icon with its magnificent glass and wrought iron roof ...

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September at Upper Campfield Market , M3 4NN

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Foodies of Manchester are challenged to try out as many Manchester restaurants as they can during the Festival as dozens of the finest restaurants in the city offer up a signature small plate along with a beer, wine or spirit for just £5! Anyone visiting all the restaurants on the ...

Sunday 30th September - Thursday 4th October

Family Food Fest

Family Food Fest

Join MFDF, Clint Boon and friends as the Dining Dome and the whole Festival Hub goes extra family friendly for a Sunday Fun-Day! The Dining Dome will be given over to foodie fun for mini masterchefs – from pizza making to arts, crafts and entertainment – whilst the whole site will be ...

Sunday 30th September 12:00 at The Dining Dome, M25DB

1st October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Foodies of Manchester are challenged to try out as many Manchester restaurants as they can during the Festival as dozens of the finest restaurants in the city offer up a signature small plate along with a beer, wine or spirit for just £5! Anyone visiting all the restaurants on the ...

Sunday 30th September - Thursday 4th October

20 Stories Festival Dinner

20 Stories Festival Dinner

The most glamourous of Manchester’s new restaurant openings provides an opportunity to sample a very special three-course menu and wine flight created especially for MFDF at an exclusive price – spectacular views included!

Monday 1st October 19:00 at 20 Stories, M3 3EB

The Rabbit in the Moon @ The Dome

The Rabbit in the Moon @ The Dome

Head Chef John Granaghan at Manchester’s Rabbit in the Moon is bringing his stunning, space age plates of food to the futuristic MFDF Dome for one very special night only, with an exclusive menu curated especially for this unique MFDF experience.

More details coming soon. 

Monday 1st October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M25DB

2nd October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Foodies of Manchester are challenged to try out as many Manchester restaurants as they can during the Festival as dozens of the finest restaurants in the city offer up a signature small plate along with a beer, wine or spirit for just £5! Anyone visiting all the restaurants on the ...

Sunday 30th September - Thursday 4th October

Champagne and Caviar Tasting with Ed Baines and Randall & Aubin

Champagne and Caviar Tasting with Ed Baines and Randall & Aubin

Manchester’s fabulous Randall and Aubin team up with The Gourmet Caviar House to present a rare gastro opportunity. Guests will be  given a glass of Randall and Aubin's housechampagne and then will have an opportunity to sample a range of the most exquisite caviars around. 

Tuesday 2nd October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M25DB

3rd October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Foodies of Manchester are challenged to try out as many Manchester restaurants as they can during the Festival as dozens of the finest restaurants in the city offer up a signature small plate along with a beer, wine or spirit for just £5! Anyone visiting all the restaurants on the ...

Sunday 30th September - Thursday 4th October

4th October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Manchester Shares -Small Plates Safari

Foodies of Manchester are challenged to try out as many Manchester restaurants as they can during the Festival as dozens of the finest restaurants in the city offer up a signature small plate along with a beer, wine or spirit for just £5! Anyone visiting all the restaurants on the ...

Sunday 30th September - Thursday 4th October

Hatch Pop Up Supper Club

Hatch Pop Up Supper Club

Hatch, the new pop up food, drink and retail destination on Oxford Road and a selection of its fantastic street food traders will be taking over the Dining Dome for the evening staging a special Hatch Supper Club. Each course will be provided by one of their top notch, home-grown ...

Thursday 4th October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M25DB

5th October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

The Big Indie Wine Fest

The Big Indie Wine Fest

After a fabulous debut in Manchester Hall’s grand, Grade II listed surrounds last year, Festival favourite, the Big Indie Wine Fest will be returning to the venue for an extra special, bigger than ever Big Indie Wine Fest with an extra session added for a three-day extravaganza! As ever ...

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th October at Manchester Hall, M3 3BT

Spanish Feast by Baraxturi, Evuna and Lunya

Spanish Feast by Baraxturi, Evuna and Lunya

The city’s spectacular Spanish food scene just keeps getting better and better... This special MFDF banquet will be an extraordinary food fiesta as three of Manchester’s most magnificent get together for a collaborative feast taking in the most delicious of Spanish cuisine – from Catalunya to Basque country and ...

Friday 5th October 19:30

6th October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

The Big Indie Wine Fest

The Big Indie Wine Fest

After a fabulous debut in Manchester Hall’s grand, Grade II listed surrounds last year, Festival favourite, the Big Indie Wine Fest will be returning to the venue for an extra special, bigger than ever Big Indie Wine Fest with an extra session added for a three-day extravaganza! As ever ...

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th October at Manchester Hall, M3 3BT

7th October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

The Big Indie Wine Fest

The Big Indie Wine Fest

After a fabulous debut in Manchester Hall’s grand, Grade II listed surrounds last year, Festival favourite, the Big Indie Wine Fest will be returning to the venue for an extra special, bigger than ever Big Indie Wine Fest with an extra session added for a three-day extravaganza! As ever ...

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th October at Manchester Hall, M3 3BT

8th October

Bookatable Festival Feast

Bookatable Festival Feast

The Bookatable Festival Feast is returning for the 3rd year! 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 will be on offer throughout the whole 12 days of MFDF.

Thursday 27th September - Monday 8th October

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