Manchester Food and Drink Fest 2017
What's On MCR Team Written by  Sep 28, 2017

Manchester Food and Drink Fest 2017

Manchester Food and Drink Festival have released the full programme of events for their 20th anniversary Festival

This year’s Festival hosts 252 partners including chefs, brewers, authors, street food traders, wine merchants, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, forgotten railways, community groups, pubs, bars and food foragers. 

There are more than 100 events happening across the city and surrounding areas with food heroes descending on Manchester from all over the UK! From Ella Mills’ first pop up outside London to Altrincham’s fabulous Sugo who are both pitching up in the city centre especially for MFDF.

Sugo
The centre piece is the Festival Hub on Albert Square, where the biggest and best-ever free pop up food village is set up. The Hub will be open from 12noon to 11pm daily and will feature street food, an indie beer festival, gin, wine, chefs, masterclasses, pop up restaurants, live music and more for the whole 11 days of the festival.

As well as the Hub happenings, there will be banquets in forgotten railway arches, fine dining extravaganzas in some of the city’s most glamourous restaurants, wine festivals, cocktail safaris, gin trails, food entrepreneur workshops, rustic basque banquets, ‘Manchester Tart-Offs’, craft beer tastings, cakes, ‘octogenarian cookery’, mushroom foraging and the MFDF Gala Dinner & Awards.

2017 Brochure

Phil Jones, Festival Founding Director commented
“We hope Manchester is hungry! This is without a doubt our biggest and best programme yet – there is something fantastic happening every day throughout this Festival! Events are selling out fast so I advise foodies to pick up a brochure or get on the festival website and grab themselves a place at whatever takes their fancy ASAP! We’d like to say a big thank you to all the brilliant chefs, partners and restaurants who have come together to make this such a special celebration of Manchester’s food culture. Happy Birthday MFDF and all and we’ll see you at the Festival Hub!”


Here is a selection of the events on offer:

Highlights From The 20th Anniversary MFDF

Where?

Albert Square

When?

28th September - 8th October
How much?

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 to 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 CITYLIFE live music stage, the MFDF Live Cookery Theatre, an indie beer festival, a gin garden, wine tastings, pop up restaurants, masterclasses, workshops and more. 

There are 2 Hub Cocktail Bars this year! 

Cocktail Institution, Be At One, will be serving up a range of their classic cocktails from 28th September to 3rd October including Porn Star Martinis, Mojitos and their specialty ‘Candy Pants.’

Cocktails and Carbs hosted by Laundrette from 4th to 8th October will be serving an array of their delicious cocktails accompanied by candy floss, toasted marshmallows, bath tubs and ice cream.



MFDF @ Mayfield

Where?

Mayfield Depot

When?

29th September - 7th October

How much?

Ticketed

Manchester’s abandoned railway station, and one of the city’s most jaw-dropping spaces, is the location for MFDF’s 20th birthday feasts. 

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

Friday 29th September
MFDF & Tampopo 20th Birthday Party 
Authentic, independent Pan Asian restaurant, Tamopop, is 20 this year too. These two iconic Manchester food brands will be celebrating their joint birthday together the only way that both know how…with one great big gastro birthday party in a magnificent location. With DJ sets from Graeme Park, music from Happy Mondays’ Rowetta and lots of fabulous Tampopo food and drink - expect a hedonistic mix of full moon party fun and Manchester icons. 
http://manchesterfoodanddrinkfestival.nutickets.com/20th-birthday
Tickets include food, entertainment and welcome drinks.


Thursday 5th October
Hispi Meets The Unabombers. 
A collaboration between food and drink innovator, Gary Usher, and club alchemists-turned-restauranteurs The Unabombers, this huge banquet-come-food party will bring together 2 of the hottest food brands in the north – The Refuge and Hispi – along with club pioneers The Unabombers as they DJ throughout.  A completely unique food experience awaits.

http://manchesterfoodanddrinkfestival.nutickets.com/Hispi
Tickets include food, entertainment and welcome drinks.

Saturday 7th October
Thomasina Miers: Day of the Dead
Forget the infamous "Spectre" opening scene, Thomasina Miers, the red hot Mexican food entrepreneur, brings a new gastro take on the infamous ‘Day of the Dead’ with a Mexican banquet every bit as fantastical as the venue in which it’s taking place. 
http://manchesterfoodanddrinkfestival.nutickets.com/DayOfTheDead

Tickets include food, entertainment and welcome drinks.




MFDF Indie Beer Fest

Where?
Festival Hub
When?
28th September - 8th October
Noon-11pm
How much?
Free

This year’s Festival Beer Bar represents a non-stop, indie extravaganza of beautiful brews making this the ultimate 20th birthday beer fest! All on tap, all the way through MFDF, and all making up the Festival centrepiece – the Festival’s huge beer bar at the Hub!
What better way to toast the 20th anniversary of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival than by inviting 20 breweries from our world famous scene to contribute their finest beers to the party?

Leading the way will be Brightside, Wildside, Ticketybrew, Black Jack, Runaway, Seven Brothers and the Manchester Brewing Co.
Alongside our local brews are the official beers of MFDF 2017, on tap throughout the festival. Shedhead, a 4.6% ABV American-style pale ale brewed in Sweden, and Brooklyn and Poretti lagers, from America and Italy respectively.
All of this housed under one, gigantic, all weather pop up beer hall complete with long tables, sofas, live music stage and room for dancing!
All this making up one exceptional, double decade celebration of beer.


Fever Tree Gin Garden and The Dark Spirit Den

Where?

Festival Hub

When?
28th September - 8th October
Noon - 11pm

How Much?
Free

An array of extraordinary gins will be on the menu via the free to enter Fever Tree Gin Garden and Dark Spirits Den.
As ever, festival goers will be able to create their very own bespoke, ‘ultimate’ gin and tonic with a host of gins available, all chosen to perfectly pair with the Fever Tree range of mixers. This year that will include the biggest collection yet, including Premium Tonic, Naturally Light Tonic, Mediterranean Tonic, Elderflower Tonic, Aromatic Tonic and Lemon Tonic. 

The liquor loving won’t stop there… The Dark Spirits Den is a brand-new addition to the Festival. It will be the ultimate festival hangout with visitors able to sample their favourite dark spirits, as well as gin, with the most appropriate Fever Tree mixer. There’ll be live entertainment from local musicians and songwriters from across Manchester and undercover seating all in a specially created space inspired by the contrasts of light and dark. An exciting venue that’s sure to be the place for gorgeous and refreshing drinks by daylight, rainy day cocktails, as well as after dark fun...

Each of Fever Tree’s premium natural mixers have been carefully crafted to complement the varied flavour profiles of gin and dark spirits and there will be a wide range of premium and artisan spirits available to sample with the mixers. The dark spirit mixers that will be available include Fever Tree Madagascan Cola, Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer and Sicilian lemonade.
 
For a more immersive drinking experience, join Fever-Tree on their Spirit Safari, which will showcase some of the best drinking spots in the city.



Manchester Tart Off & Forever Manchester Bake Sale

Where?
Festival Hub

When?

Sunday 8th October

Noon - 6pm

How much?

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! To enter, budding bakers and trainee tarts should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

On the judging day join us for the annual Forever Manchester Caketober Charity Bake Sale, all proceeds supporting community activity across Greater Manchester. If you would like to bake and donate your wares for the sale contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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