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FIRST PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MFDF17

FIRST PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MFDF17

The 20th birthday edition features an extraordinary programme, which will welcome a wide selection of local, national and international chefs and brands to the city, and take over some of Manchester’s most exciting, historic and even forgotten, locations.  

There will be a jam-packed festival of Pop Up Restaurants at the Festival Hub; live cookery; food parties; unique banquets; an incredible programme of events across the city’s best restaurants; brand new beer bars; dark spirit drinking dens, student supper clubs; street food and a whole feast more.

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

THE FESTIVAL HUB  
Albert Square
28th September – 8th October
FREE
The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will remain at its traditional home on Albert Square, and will be a ‘better than ever’ bespoke, pop-up food village, open from 12noon – 11pm daily! As ever the Hub is free and fantastic, with a whole new design, layout and some exciting additions too.  In situ throughout the Festival will be the city’s best mix of street food traders (from Manchester and beyond), Vin Van Voom Wine bar, the MFDF live music stage, the MFDF Live Cookery Theatre, a brand new beer bar focused around the best Manchester brews, and the biggest programme of pop up events, masterclasses and workshops yet.

MFDF @ MAYFIELD
Mayfield Depot
30th September – 7th October
Ticketed
Manchester’s abandoned railway station, and one of the city’s most jaw-dropping spaces, is the location for MFDF’s 20th Birthday Banquets.

Breathing new life into this forgotten space, Mayfield will be transformed for the Festival into an extraordinary dining room. A unique, one-off chance to eat and drink in an awe-inspiring, historic, giant of a Manchester landmark.  

GUEST CHEFS AND STARS 
The Festival will be welcoming the biggest roll call of acclaimed chefs yet- here’s all the names at a glance:

POP UP RESTAURANT FESTIVAL @ FESTIVAL HUB
A whole week of pop up restaurants will be staged at the Festival Hub presenting unique opportunities to dine with some of the region’s most exciting food heroes right at the heart of the Festival…  

Friday 29th September – Festival Hub

Simon Shaw Spanish Feast

Ticketed

Chef Patron at El Gato Negro, King St. Simon Shaw will be hosting an exclusive, authentic Spanish evening for 50 special guests in the Festival Hub on Albert Square.

Saturday 30th September – Festival Hub

Deliciously Ella MaE Deli Pop Up: 

Ticketed

Lunch and dinner service banquets will be taking place at the Hub by Ella Mills.

A free Deliciously Ella Q&A and book signing will also be taking place at The Hub at 4pm.

Monday 2nd October- Festival Hub

Just Eat Student Supper Club.

Ticketed

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

Tuesday 3rd October – Festival Hub

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

Ticketed

The Sugo brothers will be bringing their acclaimed pasta kitchen all the way from Altrincham to the Festival Hub, for one night of pasta and wine pairing in the city centre!

Thursday 5th October– Festival Hub

Matt Nutter from Allotment - Vegan Banquet 

Ticketed

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 free food like you’ve never tasted before. The seven-course vegan tasting banquet will include his take on a ‘Vegetable Grill’ for main and a playful shot at tea and biscuits for dessert.

MFDF BIG INDIE WINE FEST
Manchester Hall

6th & 7th October

Ticketed

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 of the most popular events.  With an extra special bonanza of independent wine merchants bringing the highest quality exclusive wine this event is one not to be missed.  Serving new wines from Croatia to independent French wines the event will also host a session of masterclasses including a wine tasting masterclass by the BBC’s Kate Goodman.

FEVER TREE GIN GARDEN AND THE DARK SPIRIT DEN
Festival Hub

28th September – 8th October

FREE

An all new gin garden will be hitting the Festival, with a new addition of the Dark Spirit Den. The Den will host a programme of live entertainment and Fever Tree will be serving up their new dark spirit mixers range including cola, ginger ale and ginger beer.

A PERFECT MATCH – WINE AND BEER TASTING WITH FOOD PAIRING BY RESERVE, CLOUDWATER AND WOLF HOUSE KITCHEN

Festival Hub
6TH October
Ticketed
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 beer alongside the best food pairings for each.

20 YEARS OF BEER

Festival Hub
7th October

Ticketed

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 have become one of Manchester’s globally famous outputs in recent years, this tasting will be a 20 year commemoration of the finest, most fabulous brews!

JUST EAT LOCAL LEGENDS KITCHEN AT THE HUB
Festival Hub

28th September – 8th October

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, as you’d expect from Just Eat, it’s all supplied by local food-to-go legends.

BOOKATABLE FESTIVAL FEAST
Across the city

28th – 9th October

Book Online

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.

MFDF & MCR BEER WEEK
Across the City

28th – 9th October
Free and ticketed.

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!

MANCHESTER TART OFF  
Festival Hub
Sunday 8th October
FREE.
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 that the ultimate Tart of Manchester can be crowned! Details on how to enter will be revealed soon and to find out more email George@foodanddrinkfestival.com

THE FESTIVAL FRINGE
Various Locations
28th September – 8th October
Various prices/some free.
As well as the core Festival events mentioned so far, there’ll be a whole host of other wild and wonderful food events across Manchester’s spectacular restaurants, bars, cafes, delis, museums and more. The full Festival Fringe programme will be announced over the coming months.  Participating venues include Manchester House, Harvey Nichols, Hawksmoor, Gusto, Epernay, Stockport Foodie Friday, Australasia and many more.




GALA DINNER AND AWARDS
The Principal Hotel

9th October
Ticketed

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.


Festival Sponsors include:

Brooklyn Brewery

Poretti

Shed Head

Just Eat

Bookatable

Fever Tree

Vin Van Voom

Manchester Evening News

Caterer.com
The Principal Hotel

Phil Jones, Festival Founding Director commented:
“It only seems like yesterday that we got the first Festival off the ground. It’s been part of the city’s cultural makeup ever since, growing each year. We’re proud to have been on that journey with Manchester’s food and drink industry, and to showcase what is now an internationally recognised city and event.”


Posted on 19 May 2017

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