Manchester Food and Drink Festival is back for 2021 – dates announced

It promises to be the ‘hospitality homecoming’ event of the year and will showcase and celebrate as many businesses as possible

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is back for 2021, and will take place from Thursday 16th – Monday 27th September.

The Festival is open to the entire hospitality industry and this year will help support its recovery by showcasing and celebrating as many businesses as possible.

The Festival Hub will return in 2021, taking place in Cathedral Gardens and promising a magnificent celebration of the region’s food and drink and all the talented people that bring it to the table. 

As always, The Hub will be free to enter.

In 2021 there will be a limited number of bookable tables available. For a reservation fee of £5, guests can guarantee a table and skip the queues.

Photo: Jody Hartley

MFDF 2021 will  be delivered in line with current event guidance.

The Festival team will be monitoring the situation closely, as they continue to plan the event. 

The  team are also thrilled to announce that the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards are back ‘in the flesh’ for 2021, and taking place at a brand new venue. 

The MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards will take place on  Monday 27th September at Manchester Hall.

The event promises to be the ‘hospitality homecoming’ event of the year as MFDF brings the industry together to celebrate and recognise the achievements and challenges of this extraordinary time. 

The 2021 award categories will be announced soon.

“This year’s Festival is about celebration, reflection and recovery,” said Festival director Alexa Stratton-Powell.

“It has been an extraordinarily difficult time for the hospitality industry, and so too for the Festival and all the events companies and professionals around the country. 

“Postponing last year’s MFDF was a very difficult decision, but the right one.

“This year we’ll come together to do what Manchester does best – support each other and our city.

“We want to create the most exciting Festival yet; celebrate as many of our hospitality businesses as possible and make sure everyone has a brilliant time enjoying the region’s amazing food and drink!

“We’re particularly excited to be announcing the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards are back!

“They give everyone a chance to recognise the achievements of our unrivalled hospitality community.

“We will be back soon to announce the award categories, nominees and how to vote – giving everyone the chance to get behind their food heroes.”

You can find out more here.


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