Celeb Chef James Martin Opens Manchester Food & Drink Festival

Manchester Food and Drink Festival has been officially opened by celebrity chef James Martin...

The 2013 Manchester Food and Drink Festival has been officially opened by celebrity chef James Martin.

James paid a special visit to Albert Square to open the Festival Hub where he checked out the vast array of culinary delights available to visitors over the 11 day festival.

The Festival Hub has been curated as a pop up food village providing a gastro honeypot of food adventures with the Festival Bar, street food fair, wine bar, live entertainment, and Producer Market taking centre stage. It’s open from 12 noon each day and entry is free of charge.

Festival director Phil Jones said: “This promises to be our best Festival yet, with free entry to the Festival Hub making it the perfect place to fuel up, or wind down over the next 11 days.”

The MFDF originated sixteen years ago a means of showing the rest of the nation that there is more to Manchester dining than meat pies and gravy! In the 15 festivals that have taken place over that time, the festival has achieved national status.

The Festival runs until 7 October when this year’s MFDF awards take place at Manchester Town Hall.

A series of Master Classes are being held at the Hub this weekend:

Friday 27th

Tackling the ‘Barriers of Healthy Eating’ by Ruth Goulding from Health Roots at 12pm

Simple Shellfish Masterclass ‘Oyster, Scallops, Cockles and Mussels – The Basics’
by Mary-Ellen McTague of Aumbry Restaurant at 1pm

Pastry Masterclass ‘Marshmallow Tea Cakes ‘by Kerrie Hacquoil of Harvey Nichols at 2pm

‘Cupcake Bouquet’ with Sarah Wilson form Hey Little Cupcake at 3pm

‘Sausage Making from Scratch’ by James Taylor of Bobby’s Bangers at 4pm

Cocktail Masterclass ‘A Lesson in Alchemy’ by Stephen Brown of The Alchemist at 5pm

Sat 28 Sep

Fish Masterclass ‘How to Dress a Mackerel’ by Mike Jennings of Grenache Restaurant at 12.30pm

Kids Pizza Masterclass ‘Kids Pizza Perfection’ by The Gusto Team at 1pm

‘Pasta Making & Pea Tortellini’ by Harvey Nichols’ Sam Everett at 3pm

‘Whirlwind Gin & Cocktails’ by drinks enthusiast Dave Marsland at 4pm

Sun 29 Sep

Fish Masterclass ‘How to Gut a Fish and Turn it in to Sushi’ by Matt Horsfield of Harvey Nichols Brasserie at 12.30pm

Buffalo Mozzarella Masterclass ‘How to Master Mozza’ by Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar at 1pm

Dim Sum Masterclass ‘Doing Dumplings’ by Harry Yeung of Yang Sing at 2pm

Signature ‘Late Autumn Offerings & Ox in Coal Oil’ by The Frenchs’ chef Adam Reid at 3pm

‘Pasta Making’ & Cocktail Race with Martin Cordwell from Didsbury’s Ciboat 4pm

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