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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.

Newcomers up for awards include some of the big openings of the year such as Dishoom, Erst, Tast, Mana and Kala, while chefs nominated include Adam Reid, Simon Martin and Aiden Byrne.

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:
Bundobust
Plant Powered Sundays at GRUB
Dishoom
Foodwell
Evelyn’s
Amma’s Canteen

Foodie Event or Project of the Year:
Indy Man Beer Con
Stockport Foodie Friday
GRUB
Surplus
Festa Italiana
Auction Against Hunger

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year:
Wong Wong Bakery and Cafe
Lunya
Unicorn
Out of the Blue
HM Pasties
Taste IT

Artisan Drinks Producer of the Year:
Steep Soda
Beatnikz Republic
Manchester Gin
Track
Manchester Union Lager
Diablesse Rum

Affordable Eats venue of the Year:
The Spärrows
Bundobust
Lilys
YES
Rudys
Siop Shop

Coffee shop of the Year:
Pollen
Siop Shop
Federal
Trove
Idle Hands
Ezra and Gil

Front of House team of the Year:
Tast
Dishoom
Mana
Hawksmoor
The French
Erst

Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year:
Porta (Salford)
The Oystercatcher
Baratxuri
The Creameries
The Fisherman’s Table
Lily’s

Bar of the Year:
The Jane Eyre
YES
Hawksmoor
CBRB
Henry C
Speak in Code

Pub/Craft Ale Bar of the Year: 
Cask
The Flying Horse Hotel
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Sand Bar
Bunbury’s
The Magnet

Chef of the Year: 
Adam Reid
Sam Buckley
Simon Martin
Aiden Byrne
Omar Rodriguez
Miquel Villacrossa

Newcomer of the Year:
Dishoom
Erst
Tast
Mana
The Fisherman’s Table
Kala

Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Sugo
Dishoom
Bundobust
Rudy’s
Canto
CBRB

Premium and Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:  
Mana
Tast
Hawksmoor
WTLGI
Umezushi
Restaurant MCR 

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