Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019
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Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019, 26 September–7 October 2019, free entry - Visit now

Later this year sees the eagerly-anticipated Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019. This time it’s in an all-new location, but with an even more jam-packed schedule than ever.  The Festival Hub has moved on from Albert Square and is now based for the first time at Cathedral Gardens, one of the city’s most picturesque public spaces.

Expect an excellent street food line up, live music, cookery classes, pop-up events, cocktails, guest chefs, and a whole lot more

But it’s not just about the Hub. A whole host of events will be happening across the city. From art galleries to rooftop bars to fine dining to foraging. The MFDF has something for everyone, and is sure to introduce you to things you didn’t even know you loved.

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival ends with the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards, the Northern food industry’s biggest night of the year, on 7th October in the beautiful Gorton Monastery. But there are plenty of other exciting events on offer – here are some of the highlights:

Bistrotheque Classique on Thursday 26th September,  7.30pm at the MFDF Dining Dome, Festival Hub, Cathedral Gardens. One of Manchester’s most anticipated arrivals of 2019, Bistrotheque is set to come to the city this July, with a Dining Dome banquet designed to showcase the classic Bistrotheque experience. Diners can expect great, uncomplicated food, drink and service delivered with good taste and plenty of fun. A special MFDF menu will be created by Chef Director Blaine Duffy and include arrival cocktails, three courses, a quality wine pairing and digestif.

A journey through Simon Shaw’s authentic and attentive cookery style

An Evening with Simon Shaw, Friday 27th September, 7.30pm at The Dining Dome, Festival Hub, Cathedral Gardens. One of Manchester’s most innovative, exciting and respected chefs will be hosting an intimate evening in the Dining Dome as he brings together a specially curated collection of his most renowned dishes from across his acclaimed restaurant brands El Gato Negro and Canto. Guests will be taken on a journey through Simon’s authentic and attentive cookery style via some exquisite dishes from across the world with Spanish and Portuguese influences throughout, all inspired by Simon’s love of travel. Each course will be paired with a specially selected wine and tickets also include a drinks reception.

Roots and Future – A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez of Fazenda Group in Aid of Action Against Hunger, Tuesday 1st October, 7.30pm at The Dining Dome, Festival Hub, Cathedral Gardens. Fazenda’s Executive Chef Fran Martinez will return to The Dome with an exclusive eight-course tasting menu which celebrates the cultural diversity of Fazenda’s roots through Argentinian & Brazilian cuisines. Paired with exquisite South American wines & cocktails, each dish in this culinary journey fuses tradition with innovation, offering an amalgamation of these two countries’ finest ingredients and flavours. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Fazenda’s group charity, Action Against Hunger.

An evening of social eating and great British music at this laid-back gastro get together

Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good – A Communal Feast by Adam Reid, Wednesday 2nd October, 7.30pm at The Dining Dome, Festival Hub, Cathedral Gardens. MFDF’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year winner and recent star of BBC’s Great British Menu, Adam Reid is to create the ultimate communal, comfort food, festival feast, all inspired by his Great British Menu Dish ‘Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good’. Adam will depart from his signature fine-dining style to host an evening of social eating and great British music at this laid-back gastro get together, all in the extraordinary setting of the Dining Dome. The dish is inspired by Adam’s love of food and music – both things, as he reported on the show, in which he finds comfort when things get tough. The dish is based on his Grandad’s recipe – the ultimate ‘hug in a bowl’. He invites guests to join him to feast on his version of chicken stew (crowns of Organic Rhug Estate Chicken, served with his elixir-like stew) alongside a playlist of Great British music (from The Beatles to the Arctic Monkeys & Oasis) for a Festival food celebration like no other. The feast will be complemented with specially curated cocktails.

Paco promises wonderful dishes inspired by the beautiful Catalan landscape

An Evening With Paco Perez and Tast, Thursday 3rd October, 7.30pm at The Dining Dome, Festival Hub, Cathedral Gardens. Catalan cuisine experts Tast present a special evening in the Dining Dome as they host a three-course dinner designed, cooked and served by Tast’s Head Chef Miquel Villacrosa and the Michelin-starred Spanish cooking giant, Paco Perez. Paco is Tast’s world famous Executive Chef. Based in Barcelona, he is flying in especially for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and curating a more casual Tast dining occasion allowing guests to experience their acclaimed cuisine, cooked by the main man himself, in an extraordinary setting. Paco promises wonderful dishes inspired by the beautiful Catalan landscape: the sea and the mountains, the countryside and the cities.

The MFDF Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s and Sanskruti, Friday 4th October, 7.30pm @ The Dining Dome, Festival Hub, Cathedral Gardens. Fancy joining the ultimate curry club for the night? Well MFDF invite you to kick off your weekend with a curry night curated by the most exciting and revered names from Manchester’s excellent South Indian dining scene. The banquet will be kicked off with Indian snacks from Gujarat street food legends Bundobust alongside an arrival cocktail created by their team. Experts too in the pairing of incredible craft beers with curry, Bundobust will be providing a carefully matched flight of brews to go with each course. One of the hottest restaurant arrivals of the year, Bombay Dining Room Dishoom, are set to cook up their Manchester special dish Nalli Nihari Biryani for the evening, whilst two more incredible courses will come from a pair of the city’s most famous independent, suburban Indian restaurants – Lily’s in Ashton and Sanskruti in Withington. They will be serving up in the city centre for the first time especially for MFDF. Both have built up huge followings and garnered rave national reviews from their modest out-of-town outposts. This will be a chance to feast on their stunning home-cooked style Indian food as part of a truly authentic and very special Friday night curry spectacle.

As well as these Dining Dome events at the Hub, MFDF is pleased to announce a very special event is now on sale in partnership with the Manchester Art Gallery, the first of many collaborations to be announced and taking place across the city this Festival…

The ultimate food and art feast

The Art of Dining with Aiden Byrne at Manchester Art Gallery, Saturday 5th October, 7pm, Manchester Art Gallery. As the finale to Manchester Art Gallery’s unique series of art-meets-food supper clubs in collaboration with Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Aiden Byrne, owner and executive chef at Restaurant MCR will be teaming up with the art gallery curators to create the ultimate food and art feast.

Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

26 September–7 October 2019
Free entry