The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is now a well established, nationally acclaimed event, and 2021 will see 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.