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MFDF Award Shortlist Announced

MFDF Award Shortlist Announced

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has today announced the shortlists for its MFDF Awards with a record 113 nominees shortlisted over 15 award categories. 

After an extraordinary 18 months for the city’s hospitality industry, the list is a showcase of Manchester’s wonderful, quality, resilient dining scene. With more award nominees than ever before, the intention is to use the Festival platform to highlight as many excellent food and drink businesses and talented hospitality professionals as possible.

Once again the winners will be decided entirely by the public.  With an industry battling the effects of the pandemic, the pingdemic, staff shortages, supply issue and more, the Festival team have paused the ‘mystery shopping’ element of the process  for this year and are handing over to the city’s restaurant-loving public who can vote for their hospitality heroes via the MFDF website or app. The app can be downloaded on the App Store here and Google Play here.

The Awards, which will be presented in partnership with Festival headline sponsors Just Eat, will remain the culmination of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and will take place, for the first time, at the Ticket Hall at Freight Island on 27th September.  The event will be a huge celebration of the innovation, hard work, resilience, altruism and successes that have taken place since the last awards, particularly in light of the vast challenges that the industry has faced. Tickets are on sale here

The shortlists have been compiled by the MFDF judging panel, made up of the region's leading food and drink critics, writers and experts. Reflecting a turbulent and unpredictable time for the industry, the categories have been carefully considered and created with an absolute passion for the city’s industry at their heart. 

The closing date for votes is 11.59pm on Monday 20th September.


Posted on 18 August 2021