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MFDF Award shortlist announced

MFDF Award shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce this year’s MFDF award nominees. There are 113 nominees shortlisted across 16 award categories, including the brand new Great Service Award. This year’s MFDF Awards are sponsored for the first time by Bruntwood. 

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. 

This year, the winners will be decided by both the public and a judging panel of Manchester hospitality experts. For the public awards, the city’s food and drinks fans can vote for their hospitality heroes. 

Some of the categories will be decided entirely by public vote this year, with some made up from the public votes alongside a mystery shopping visit from one of the judging panel. The Independent Drinks Producer of the Year and the Independent Food Producer of the Year Awards will also be judged by a panel taste test. 

All 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. 

Voting for the awards is now open and the winners will be announced at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards sponsored by Bruntwood and taking place at Escape to Freight Island on 26th September. 

Alexa Stratton-Powell, Director of MFDF said: “This is an incredible list of brilliant businesses that we are proud to celebrate. As we look forward to our 25th year it’s all about the talent that has shaped this last quarter century and made the city’s  food scene the world-class destination that it is today. Please get involved, vote for your favourites and visit the amazing venues on the shortlist for yourselves!”

Charlotte Wild, Head of Retail & Leisure at Bruntwood commented: “We’re proud to become headline sponsor for these important awards. Manchester's hospitality scene is phenomenal and the industry is absolutely central to our vision of creating thriving cities. We're excited to celebrate 25 years of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival this Autumn, alongside all the talented nominees and winners at the Awards on 26th September. Congratulations to all those shortlisted!”   


Posted on 28 July 2022