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FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!: Manchester Food & Drink Festival gets underway!

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!: Manchester Food & Drink Festival gets underway!

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Until the 27th of September, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival is taking over the city to celebrate an exquisite range of culinary delights!

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is now a well established, nationally acclaimed event, and 2021 sees its 24th annual festival take-over of the City.

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 23 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 influencial.

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, Tom Kerridge, 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 on 27th September.

The Culminaiton of the festival, the annual awards dinner, takes place at the Ticket Hall, Freight Island, and is a huge celebration of 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.

After an extraordinary 18 months for the city’s hospitality industry, the MFDF awards aim to highlight as many excellent food and drink businesses and talented hospitality professionals as possible across our region.

New for this year is Eat Well MCR. Eat Well MCR is the social enterprise born out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Founded by food and drink star Mary-Ellen McTague, Kathleen O’Connor and Gemma Saunders, Eat Well Mcr provide meals made by chefs and hospitality professionals to people sidelined by poverty.

The team will be taking over their very own street food kitchen at the Hub with a different restaurant partner from the fabulous Eat Well Collective taking over the kitchen daily, serving up their own special MFDF menu for festival goers with all profits raised from the kitchen going to Eat Well Mcr, including a £1 voluntary donation added to orders.




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