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Cathedral Gardens Hub and Across The City
Welcome to the Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

Festival Hub Events

The Festival Hub will be taking over a brand new and exciting location on Cathedral Gardens for MFDF 2019! Thursday 26th Sept - Sunday 6th October  

Visitors to The Festival Hub this year can expect a newly designed site with exciting new structures, live experiences and the biggest programme of events yet. Returning will be the Dining Dome – the amazing spherical foodie palace and once more, it will be the location for a host of specially curated banquets, supper clubs and food parties.

You can also expect dozens of the best street food heroes who will be serving up their delicious international cuisines alongside some of the most exciting restaurant and drinks brands in the City.  The live music stage will also be back with its customary diverse programme of performers.

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!

26th September

Bistrotheque Classique

Bistrotheque Classique

CULTUREPLEX is one of Manchester’s most anticipated 2019 arrivals. It is a new base for Bistrotheque, which has made its name in East London through great, uncomplicated food, drink and service delivered with good taste and a dollop of fun. 

Expect extra helpings of all this when Chef Director ...

Thursday 26th September 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

27th September

An Evening with Simon Shaw

An Evening with Simon Shaw

One of Manchester’s most innovative and respected chefs will be hosting an intimate evening in the Dining Dome, featuring a specially curated collection of exquisite dishes from across his acclaimed restaurant brands El Gato Negro and Canto.

Guests will be taken on a journey through Simon’s authentic cookery ...

Friday 27th September 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

28th September

A Punch Above:How to make the perfect party tipple

A Punch Above:How to make the perfect party tipple

Join Jamie Rowe, JJ Whitley Gin & Vodka Ambassador, as he guides you through how to make the Perfect Party Punch with the knowledge of how to balance readily available ingredients and, of course, the JJ Whitley range. 

You’ll be greeted with a glass of punch on arrival, then Jamie ...

Saturday 28th September 18:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

29th September

Edible Fungi Foray

Edible Fungi Foray

This is event promises to be a fun-filled, enjoyable afternoon of mushroom hunting, seeking out a selection of common yet delicious edible wild mushrooms. Learn how to differentiate the finest edibles from the woodlands most poisonous species.

The foray will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours and will be ...

at Hare and Hounds Pub, BL0 9RY

'Vegan Takeover' at the Hub Hosted by John Robb

'Vegan Takeover' at the Hub Hosted by John Robb

Join us on Sunday 29thSeptember as we create a Vegan paradise at the Festival Hub hosted by musician and journalist John Robb. The ‘Vegan Kitchen’ will take over the Dining Dome Live Cookery Theatre throughout the day. From 12pm – 4pm some of the leading lights from Manchester’s huge vegan ...

Sunday 29th September 12:00 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

A plant based evening with Shaun Ryder, John Robb and Bundobust

A plant based evening with Shaun Ryder, John Robb and Bundobust

Broadcaster, musician and journalist John Robb is a vegan of 10 years, and Shaun Ryder is a Pescatarian Happy Monday who loves vegan food. Together they will be hosting a vegan feast from their favourite restaurant Bundobust. John will host a lively conversation with Shaun as they talk about their ...

Sunday 29th September 18:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

1st October

Roots and Future – A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez

Roots and Future – A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez

Fazenda's Executive Chef Fran Martinez will return to The Dome (after a sell-out extravaganza last year) with an exclusive eight-course tasting menu which celebrates the cultural diversity of Fazenda's roots through Argentinian & Brazilian cuisines.  Paired with exquisite South American wines & cocktails, each dish in this culinary journey fuses ...

Tuesday 1st October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

2nd October

Comfort Food Sounds Good - A Communal Feast

Comfort Food Sounds Good - A Communal Feast

MFDF’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year winner and recent star of BBC’s Great British Menu, Adam Reid is to create the ultimate communal, comfort food, festival feast, all inspired by his Great British Menu Dish ‘Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good’. 

Adam will depart from his signature fine-dining style to ...

Wednesday 2nd October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

3rd October

An Evening With Paco Perez and Tast

An Evening With Paco Perez and Tast

Catalan cuisine experts Tast present a very special evening in the Dining Dome as they host a three-course dinner designed, cooked and served by Tast’s Head Chef Miquel Villacrosa and the Michelin-starred Spanish cooking giant, Paco Perez. Paco is Tast’s world famous Executive Chef. Based in Barcelona, he ...

Thursday 3rd October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

4th October

The Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s & Sanskruti

The Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s & Sanskruti

Fancy joining the ultimate curry club for the night? Well MFDF invite you to kick off your weekend with a curry night curated by the most exciting and revered names from Manchester’s excellent Indian dining scene. 

The banquet will be kicked off with Indian snacks from Gujurat street food ...

Friday 4th October 19:30 at The Dining Dome, M4 3BG

5th October

An Evening of Rum Decadence with Diablesse

An Evening of Rum Decadence with Diablesse

Let Gethin Jones, Diablesse brand ambassador and GM at Cottonopolis, take you through the wonderful history of rum, how it’s made and what makes their own unique, award-winning Diablesse Rum so special.  

Explore the new, Diablesse Caribbean golden blend of pure,  aged rums from different islands around the Caribbean ...

Saturday 5th October 18:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

7th October

MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

The sparkling culmination of MFDF, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Gala Dinner and Awards will be returning to the stunning and gothic surrounds of Gorton Monastery. The most coveted and highest profile food awards in the North of England, the gongs will, as usual, be distributed to a room ...

Monday 7th October 19:00 at Gorton Monastery, M12 5WF

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