Manchester Food and Drink Festival announces ‘Vegan Takeover’ this September


It’ll be the biggest invasion of plants since the Day of the Triffids.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival has announced a ‘Vegan Takeover’ on the first Sunday of the UK’s biggest urban food event in the autumn.

A line up of vegan cookery demonstrations and leading lights from Manchester’s burgeoning vegan scene are set dominate the Festival Hub – the “beating heart of MFDF” at its new location in Cathedral Gardens – on Sunday 29th September.

The ‘Vegan Kitchen’ will take over the Dining Dome Live Cookery Theatre at the Hub from 12pm – 4pm with many luminaries taking to the stage to showcase some of the most innovative and exciting plant-based dishes, products and cookery techniques around.

They will include author of award-winning, best-selling cookery book Vegan Street Food Jackie Kearney.

MasterChef finalist and British Street Food Award-winner Jackie will be cooking up her favourite dishes from her new book Vegan Christmas Feasts which is due to be published in September.

Matt Nutter, development chef at Foodwell, and founder and ex-owner/head chef of the award-winning Allotment vegan restaurant, will be joining the roster and demonstrating dishes that make the most of his favourite flavours: miso baked pineapple tatin, miso caramel, confit beetroots, pomegranate and rose.

By night, the Dining Dome will host a very special MFDF vegan banquet. 

A Plant-Based Evening with John Robb, Shaun Ryder and Bundobust will start at 6pm and will provide an out of this world vegan-meets-music Indian street food experience.

Broadcaster, musician and journalist John Robb is a vegan of 10 years, and Shaun Ryder is a pescatarian Happy Monday who loves vegan food. 

Together they will be hosting a vegan feast from their favourite restaurant, Bundobust.

John will host a lively conversation with Shaun as they talk about their love of plant-based food, Manchester, and Shaun’s struggles to become a vegan. 

The incredible plant-based Indian banquet by the award-winning Bundobust – paired with vegan beers from the new Bundobust Brewing Company in the presence of two inimitable personalities and sound-tracked by a great Manchester playlist – promises to be a celebration of veganism, Manchester style.

The vegan takeover is on Sunday 29th September, with tickets for the banquet priced £35.


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