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Manchester Food and Drink Festival has announced the shortlists for the most prestigious food and drink awards in the region.

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards are the longest standing, best regarded awards in the region and are recognised both by the industry and consumers. They celebrate the best of our gastronomic offer and create a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industry throughout Greater Manchester.

The establishments listed below have been nominated for an MFDF award by the MFDF judging panel, which is made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts. They have been chosen to reflect the transformation of Manchester’s dining scene in recent years.

They will be posted on the MFDF website where they’ll face the public vote. Public votes will be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery shop visits made between the announcement date and the Gala Dinner on 10th October.

This year, awards will be presented in 17 categories including 5 new awards categories for 2016.

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The categories and nominees include the following:

Restaurant of the Year 2016 sponsored by Caterer.com

Recognising the ‘best of the best’ dining establishments in Greater Manchester in 2016. This category can feature restaurants of any style or price point.

Hawksmoor, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB

El Gato Negro, 52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY

Evelyn’s, G18 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB

Volta, 167 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LN

Sugo, 22 Shaw’s Rd, Altrincham WA14 1QU

Levanter, 10 Square St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9BE

Premium & Fine Dining Venue of the Year 2016 sponsored by Bookatable

This new award for 2016 aims to recognise the best premium to fine dining establishments across the city.

Hawksmoor, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB

Manchester House, 18-22 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BZ

The French by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

El Gato Negro, 52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY

Australasia, 1 The Avenue, Manchester M3 3AP

Iberica, 14-15 The Avenue, Manchester M3 3HF

Casual Restaurant of the Year 2016

This new award for 2016 aims to recognize the best informal dining establishments in Manchester..

Evelyn’s, G18 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB

Sugo, 22 Shaw’s Rd, Altrincham WA14 1QU

Indian Tiffin Room, Chapel St, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1BR / 2 Isabelle Banks Street, First Street, Manchester M15 4RL

Rudy’s Pizza, 9 Cotton St, Manchester M4 5BF

Salvi’s, 19 John Dalton St, Manchester M2 6FW / Corn Exchange, Corporation St, Manchester M4 3TR

Volta, 167 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LN

Newcomer of the Year 2016 sponsored by Manchester Evening News

Recognising the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period (12th July 2015).

Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR

Rudy’s Pizza, 9 Cotton St, Manchester M4 5BF

El Gato Negro, 52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY

Sugo, 22 Shaw’s Rd, Altrincham WA14 1QU

Indian Tiffin Room, 2 Isabelle Banks Street, First Street, Manchester M15 4RL

Evelyn’s, G18 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB

Cheap Eats Venue Of The Year 2016

Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, quick and simple dining experience. This category can include cafes, takeaways and any venue whereby the price point and service style mean that a main meal and drink can be purchased for under £10.

Viet Shack, Arndale Market, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH

Honest Crust, Altrincham Market, 26 Market St, Altrincham WA14 1SA

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese, 10 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN

Chaat Cart, The Kitchens, Leftbank, Irwell St, Manchester M3 3AG

Siam Smiles, 48A George St, City Centre, Manchester M1 4HF

Lupo Caffe Italiano, 6af, 142 Chapel St, Salford M3 6AF

For the full list of categories and nominees and to vote visit www.foodanddrinkfestival.com

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