Manchester Food and Drink Festival
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is now a well established nationally acclaimed event, and 2019 will see its 22nd annual take-over of the City between 26th September and 7th October.
Conceived and developed by Phil Jones in 1998, the event originated as a means of showing the rest of the nation that there was more to Manchester than meat pies and gravy! In the 21 festivals that have taken place over that time, Manchester’s dining scene has been completely transformed, with the Festival being regarded nationally as both exciting and influential.
Festival events take place in venues across the City and at the Festival Hub, where a bespoke food and drink centre is custom built. Over the years, names as diverse as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Fergus Henderson, Michel Roux, John Torode and even Bill Wyman have all been involved.
The MFDF awards are widely regarded as the most important in the region, with this year’s awards being presented at the Gala Dinner taking place on 7th October.