The biggest urban food event in the UK, this year’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival takes place from 26th September – 7th October.
For the first time the central, outdoor Festival Hub will be located in Cathedral Gardens, one of the city’s most picturesque public spaces, with tickets for many events already on sale.
MFDF has today revealed the shortlists for the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2019. Now in their 22nd year, the awards aim to celebrate the innovative and high quality restaurants, bars and individuals who contribute to the hospitality industry in the region.
Reflecting Manchester’s ever-expanding and constantly evolving food and drink scene, the awards will be presented in categories covering everything from premium and fine dining to affordable eats; from best newcomer and best vegan offering to street food trader of the year.
Artisan Drinks Producer of the Year and Vegan Offering of the Year are new awards for 2019. Artisan Drinks Producer recognises the explosion of innovative and exciting independent drinks producers starting up right here in the region.
Vegan Offering of the Year has replaced MFDF’s previous Vegetarian Award. This revised category reflects Manchester’s commitment and dynamism in the plant-based eating scene.
The winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and scores obtained by mystery shop visits from a judging panel comprising the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.
“There’s so much going on all the time in Greater Manchester’s food and drink sector that these award categories are constantly evolving and it’s exciting to be able to add new ones to reflect the diversity and progress in the city,” said Phil Jones, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival founding director.
“This year the quality of the nominations is exceptional, and I wish everyone the best of luck.
“We know that those who work in the hospitality industry put their heart and soul into their businesses and these awards are devoted to celebrating that commitment, talent and ultimately the success it brings to our region.”
The winner of Restaurant of the Year will be chosen from the Casual Restaurant and Premium and Fine Dining Restaurant shortlists. The nominee that scores the highest via mystery shopping and public vote will be crowned the overall Restaurant of the Year.
This year the awards will be held in the gothic surroundings of Gorton Monastery on 7th October.
Here’s the shortlist in full. Public voting is open now. The closing date for votes is midnight on the 26th September and the winners will then be announced in October at the Gala Dinner and Awards.
Vegan offering of the year:
Plant Powered Sundays at GRUB
Foodie Event or Project of the Year:
Indy Man Beer Con
Stockport Foodie Friday
Auction Against Hunger
Food and Drink Retailer of the Year:
Wong Wong Bakery and Cafe
Out of the Blue
Artisan Drinks Producer of the Year:
Manchester Union Lager
Affordable Eats venue of the Year:
Coffee shop of the Year:
Ezra and Gil
Front of House team of the Year:
Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year:
The Fisherman’s Table
Bar of the Year:
The Jane Eyre
Speak in Code
Pub/Craft Ale Bar of the Year:
The Flying Horse Hotel
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Chef of the Year:
Newcomer of the Year:
The Fisherman’s Table
Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Premium and Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: