A look ahead to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2016

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

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There will be a huge selection of foodie and drink events happening across the eleven days of the festival that it may pose quite a challenge choosing where to go, so, we’ve compiled a mini guide to the tasty Mancunian festival.

The highly anticipated Manchester Food and Drink festival is back again for another year and promises to packed full of indulging and delicious grub, a plethora of tempting drinks and plenty of entertainment and activities to immerse yourself into. The festival will be in its nineteenth year and will be returning to the city from September 29th to October 10th, with an exciting line-up and schedule to accompany. There will be a star studded line up for 2016 including bake off winner Nadiya Hussain, Manchester’s very own chef super-stars Aiden Byrne and Nacho Manzano and Saturday Kitchen’s Susy Atkins.

At the heart of all the foodie action will be the famous Festival hub which Mancunians have grown to know and love. It will be located in its traditional home of Manchester’s Albert square in front of the town hall and will include a specially built food paradise across the eleven days of the festival. The hub is completely free to enter and proves to be a popular hit year of year, this year promising so much more including a festival bar, street food fair, wine bar, live entertainment, and producer market. You can also be tempted by some of the finest craft ales, delicious cocktails and seasonal ciders as well as banquets fit for a King.

Fever-tree’s ultimate cocktail bar, found on Albert Square, is set to be a highlight of festival for all gin lovers as you can pair your gin with their award winning tonic water and garnishes.

The Hidden Banquet will be a series of unique events at Manchester food and drink festival as it will allow festival go-ers to explore some of Manchester hidden yet stunning spaces. Each banquet taking part in the series will be set in a unique and remarkable location. ‘Innovation by Aiden Byrne’ will be part of the series, dining in the recently re-discovered London Road Firestation. The award winning Manchester House chef has created a very special menu for the occasion all based around the theme of ‘innovation’.

On the 2nd October, Salvi’s will be hosting Manchester’s first ever Italian day with the whole event being centred around delicious and authentic Italian food. The event will be taking over the festival hub for the day and will celebrate Neopalitan cuisine with live masterclasses and a mini Italian market featuring mouth watering meats and cheeses.

Manchester’s famous 100 greatest ‘Manchester beers fest’ will also be returning to the festival and will be showcasing some of the best regional breweries that have popped up over the past couple of years.

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The festival will be drawing to a close in style at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival gala dinner and awards which are considered one of the best-regarded awards in the region. This year, seventeen awards will be handed out including the coveted Restaurant and Chef of the year.

If you’re out and about at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, we want to see your pictures on social media using the hashtags #MFD16 and #CheshireLife.

To see a full list of events and to purchase tickets visit foodanddrinkfestival.com.