Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2015 reveal full programme of events

An extraordinary time for the city’s food and drink scene...
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The 18th Manchester Food and Drink Festival takes place from the 10-21st September 2015 and will celebrate an extraordinary time for the city’s food and drink scene with the most exciting programme in its 18 year history…

In case you hadn’t noticed. Manchester has been going through a food revolution. More new eateries have opened in Manchester than in London over the last decade and over 30 this year alone. The most exciting restaurants and chefs in the UK have exploded onto the scene here. Homegrown talent is gaining wider national recognition. A prolific community food and street food scene is causing a stir. Local breweries are churning out some of the best beers in the land. What better time to celebrate the 18th Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

With this in mind, the 18th MFDF will be the biggest, most exciting yet with collaborations from a huge range of the city’s food stars and visiting gastro guests.

The Festival Hub in Albert Square will be bigger and better than ever with its own specially created festival event space where master-classes, mini fests, parties, demonstrations, banquets and more will be popping up throughout the Festival.

Free events at The Hub include:

The 100 Greatest Beers Bar
1420th September, Noon-11pm
There’s never been a more exciting time to celebrate the 100 greatest beers, breweries and micro breweries in Greater Manchester with the likes of Cloudwater, Runaway and Alphabet sitting alongside comparative veterans like 7 Brothers and Squawk, and the real long standing stalwarts like Marble, Robinson’s and Bank Top. This is real, indie beer Nirvana.

Fever Tree Cocktail Bar
10-20th September, Noon – 11pm
Fever Tree head North with their ultimate cocktail bar so visitors can create their own perfect G&T choosing from a selection of bespoke gins and their award-winning range of tonics. Plus there’ll be other delicious cocktails on offer and mini master-classes taking place throughout.

Vin Van Voom Wine Bar
10-20th September, Noon – 11pm

Vin Van Voom will be bringing their unique airstream solution to festival wine appreciation to MFDF once again. Showcasing and selling a range of their fabulous wines from Reserve in Didsbury, Vin Van Voom will ensure that wine lovers are as well looked after as beer aficionados at MFDF.

Street Food Session 1
10-15th September
MFDF’s First Street Food Session takes in 19 different Street Food heroes ranging from The Cheese Truck to top new local restaurants like Burger and Lobster, with every hot dog, ice cream and paella you could wish for covered in between.

Street Food Session 2
16-20th September
MFDF’s Second Street Food Session will roll into the Square midway through the Festival bringing with it an eclectic bunch of home spun and national purveyors of top notch food for the streets including Pigge Smalls, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Robert Owen Brown’s very own Little Fishing Boat.

The Biospheric Foundation and MFDF Present SHROOM
10-20th September
For the first time in Manchester, a hyper-local, specialised mushroom farm will be dropped into Albert Square – part of a unique collaboration between the Biospheric Studio and MFDF. Visitors will be able to come along for a farm tour, see the fungi production, meet the brains behind the operation and taste the produce as the Biospheric Studio cook up amazing mushroom streetfood offer every day.

Deliveroo Kitchen at the Hub
11-13th September
Manchester’s fantastic new online restaurant delivery service will be taking over a food stall at the Hub, bringing a range of different Deliveroo partner chefs and local chefs to the Festival over the first weekend. Proceeds from the Deliveroo kitchen will be going to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival partner charity, Action Against Hunger.

The City Life Live Music Stage
10-20th September, Noon – 11pm
The Festival Hub is not just a place to enjoy fine beers, wines, spirits, food, chefs and more, but also to kick back and appreciate an eclectic, carefully programmed mix of local solo artists, psychedelia, reggae, folk, indie rockers, nationally acclaimed musicians and the odd indefinable fixture.

MFDF Elixir

Tickets are still available for many ticketed events including the following:

Big Indie Wine Fest
Manchester Town Hall
11th – 12th September
The event is a celebration of exciting, exclusive and boutique wines from the best independent merchants including
Pacta Connect, T-Wright Wines, Alpine Wines, Italy Abroad, Tour de Belfort, Commanderie de Bordeaux, Epicerie Ludo, Veeno and Carrington Wines. Customers can browse and taste their way through hundreds of extraordinary wines.

Simon Rogan’s Chef’s Week in Association With Bitten
The French
September 15-19th
For one week only, from 15-19 September 2015, Simon Rogan will showcase his talented brigade of head chefs and their extraordinary food (Michelin stars and all) as he hosts a culinary week at The French at The Midland Hotel. Each evening during this festival extravaganza, a different chef from each of Simon’s acclaimed portfolio of restaurants will host a night to present their distinctive cooking style and menus.

Bread and Med Masterclass
Festival Hub
17th September, 6.30pm
Festival highlight collaboration between two of the city’s finest indie food operations. Trove will head up a bread making masterclass where guests will be able to make their own dough. While it’s proving, Salvi’s, along with some of their key suppliers, will host a variety of talks and tastings on different cheeses, mozzarella, olive and oils. Guests can then eat the fruits of their labour and sample some of Salvi’s products.

There are many, many more events going on. For more information foodanddrinkfestival.com/events/main-programme

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