Manchester Food and Drink Festival has today announced plans for its 16th annual Festival which will take over Albert Square and a variety of city centre venues for 12 days from the 26th September – 7th October 2013.
Last year’s festival attracted more than 150,000 visitors to the city centre ‘Festival Hub’ on Albert Square, who drank over 40,000 pints of beer, and ate amongst many other things, over 5,000 ostrich burgers. This year festival organisers have plans to thrash those figures with a range of new events set to run alongside old favourites.
“…this year’s festival will include all the elements that Manchester residents have told us that they love, along with additions…”
The Festival Hub will be housed in Albert Square as usual, and will be filled with Manchester’s biggest Street Food Fair, a Beer Festival serving up over 100 different local beers, Robinson’s Pub on the Hub, an artisan food market, The Festival Tiki Shack, The Birdhouse Charity Cake Sale, and a series of Masterclasses providing practical tips from fileting a fish to plucking a pheasant!
Outside of Albert Square the gastro action will continue with the sell-out annual Whisky Festival, The 5th Big Indie Wine Fest and a brand new Spirit Market event where visitors will be able to sample and purchase a range of boutique spirit brands. Plus Manchester’s restaurants and bars are currently cooking up their programme of events and offers to compliment – foodies can expect everything from dinner dances to foraging across the 12 days.
Rounding off the Festival will be the Gala Dinner on Monday 7th October where 15 awards will be made to the best Manchester restaurants, bars and chefs.
Festival Exec Director Siobhan Hanley comments: “We are really excited about this year’s festival, which has been designed to include all the elements that Manchester residents have told us that they love, along with the addition of some new, exciting activity that we’ve never done before – more details soon to be announced!
“This year we will also be using the profile of the Festival to work alongside local charities and agencies to explore the issue of Food Poverty in our region, looking at how local people and businesses can start to help tackle this problem”.