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The full line-up for the 2019 Manchester Food and Drink Festival has been revealed.

The annual celebration of Manchester’s food and drink scene will feature live cookery theatre, banquets, masterclasses, curry collectives, a communal feast and a very special Saturday Skills Kitchen.

Tom Kerridge will be making his MFDF debut on Sunday 6th October with a taste of things to come from his hotly anticipated Manchester restaurant in the Stock Exchange Hotel – a very special four-course Sunday lunch style meal with specially paired drinks for the occasion.

Other events include a plant-based evening with John Robb, Shaun Ryder and Bundobust and a Best in Town Dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger featuring all six MFDF 2019 Chef of the Year nominees.

A number of events have already sold out including: An Evening with Simon Shaw
MFDF Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s and Sanskruti; Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good with Adam Reid; The Art of Dining with Aiden Byrne at Manchester Art Gallery; and Roots and Future: A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez.

Cathedral Gardens will be the new location for the Festival Hub and the Dining Dome, the futuristic, igloo-shaped venue which made its first appearance last year. It will be home to an amazing choice of street food and drink from 12 noon til 11pm every day and it’s completely free.

On 29th September, all the traders will be serving vegan and vegetarian food only as part of MFDF Vegan Takeover at the Hub.

And there’s a whole host of fringe events taking place across Greater Manchester including the Cracking Good Food Pasta Perfecto Cookery Class, Meat the Butcher at Alston Bar and Beef and The Ancoats Taster Walk.

Having moved to compostable and recyclable food containers a few years ago and changed from plastic cups to a deposit scheme at the Festival’s gigantic beer bar last year, this year’s MFDF is aiming to be the most sustainable food festival in the UK with more innovative solutions such as reward schemes for use of reusable vessels.

The 22nd Manchester Food and Drink Festival will take place 26th September – 7th October 2019. 


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