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MFDF Awards 2022

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We are delighted to announce our MFDF 2022 award shortlist.

2022’s shortlist reflects another extraordinary year for the city’s thriving hospitality industry. As the city continues its post-COVID recovery the awards showcasing Manchester’s dining and drinking scene are back and bigger than ever for Manchester Food and Drink Festival’s 25th Anniversary. As always, the awards intend to highlight as many excellent food and drink businesses and talented hospitality professionals as possible.

The Awards will be presented at our annual event at the Ticket Hall at Freight Island on 26th September and will be a huge celebration of the innovation, hard work, altruism and successes that have taken place since the last awards, particularly in light of the vast challenges that the industry has faced.

The shortlists have been compiled by the MFDF judging panel, consisting of the region's leading food and drink critics, writers and experts. Businesses were able to self-nominate for their chance to gain a spot on the shortlist and the categories have been carefully considered and curated with an absolute passion for the city’s industry at their heart.

The closing date for votes is midnight on the 16th September.

The nominations are...

Plant Based Offering of the Year

Independent Drinks Producer of the Year

Independent Food Producer of the Year

Foodie Neighbourhood of the Year

Coffee Shop of the Year

Food Trader of the Year

Affordable Eats Venue of the Year

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

Pop Up or Project of the Year

Pub or Beer Bar of the Year

Bar of the Year

Neighbourhood Venue of the Year

Great Service Award, Sponsored by Manchester Evening News

Newcomer of the Year, Sponsored by Bruntwood

Chef of the Year

Restaurant of the Year, Sponsored by Stephensons

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Recognising someone who has contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester over the past year. There will be no shortlist for this category and you may not nominate yourself, but you can nominate your fellow industry peers who you think deserve this level of recognition. In no more than 100 words, please nominate here.

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