Tickets for many of the events taking place at this year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival have gone on sale.
The biggest urban food event in the UK, this year’s 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.
This new location will be home to the Dining Dome, a bigger, better-than-ever epicentre for the Festival’s impressive programme of phenomenal foodie events at the Hub.
It will be surrounded by a great variety of bespoke booze offerings including an exceptional gin bar hosted for the first time by J.J. Whitley, a premium spirits range inspired by the British countryside, and Lamb and Watt natural range of premium mixers.
There will also be a HUGE local craft beer bar serving up the very best beers from the region’s incredible brewery and micro-brewery scene – from Beatnikz to Black Jack – as well as a new wine bar.
The Festival’s Official Lager Partner, Camden Town Brewery, will also be at the Festival Hub, pouring fresh beers from their shipping container bar including Camden Hells Lager, Pale Ale and Show Off Juicy Lager.
The new Festival Hub will also, for the first time, be home to an artisan market bringing some of the finest food and drink producers together for a gastro shopping experience, plus as ever, an expertly curated collection of the finest street food heroes around.
THE DINING DOME EVENTS IN CATHEDRAL GARDENS
Thursday 26th September 7.30pm
One of Manchester’s most anticipated arrivals of 2019, Bistrotheque is set to come to the city this July, and, whilst still currently based in the capital, they’ve already organised their Manchester Food and Drink Festival appearance via an incredible Dining Dome banquet designed to showcase the classic Bistrotheque experience. Expect great, uncomplicated food, drink and service delivered with good taste and a dollop of fun! A special MFDF menu will be created by Chef Director Blaine Duffy and include arrival cocktails, three courses, a quality wine pairing and digestif. £45. Tickets on sale now.
Friday 27th September 7.30pm
An Evening with Simon Shaw
One of Manchester’s most innovative, exciting and respected chefs will be hosting an intimate evening in the Dining Dome as he brings together a specially curated collection of his most renowned dishes from across his acclaimed restaurant brands El Gato Negro and Canto. Guests will be taken on a journey through Simon’s authentic and attentive cookery style via some exquisite dishes from across the world with Spanish and Portuguese influences throughout, and all inspired by Simon’s love of travel. Each course will be paired with a specially selected wine and tickets also include a drinks reception. £55. Tickets on sale now.
Tuesday 1st October
Roots and Future – A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez of Fazenda Group in Aid of Action Against Hunger
Fazenda’s executive chef Fran Martinez will return to The Dome (after a sell-out extravaganza last year) with an exclusive eight-course tasting menu which celebrates the cultural diversity of Fazenda’s roots through Argentinian and Brazilian cuisines. Paired with exquisite South American wines & cocktails, each dish in this culinary journey fuses tradition with innovation, offering an amalgamation of these two countries’ finest ingredients and flavours. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Fazenda’s group charity, Action Against Hunger. £50. Tickets on sale now.
Wednesday 2nd October 7.30pm
Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good – A Communal Feast by Adam Reid
MFDF’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year winner and recent star of BBC’s Great British Menu, Adam Reid is to create the ultimate communal, comfort food, festival feast, all inspired by his Great British Menu dish ‘Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good’. Adam will depart from his signature fine-dining style to host an evening of social eating and great British music at this laid-back gastro get together, all in the extraordinary setting of the Dining Dome. He invites guests to join him to feast on his version of chicken stew (crowns of Organic Rhug Estate Chicken, served with his elixir-like stew) alongside a playlist of Great British music (from The Beatles to the Arctic Monkeys & Oasis) for a Festival food celebration like no other. The feast will be complimented with specially curated cocktails. £35. Tickets on sale now.
Thursday 3rd October 7.30pm
An Evening With Paco Perez and Tast
Catalan cuisine experts Tast present a very special evening in the Dining Dome as they host a three-course dinner designed, cooked and served by Tast’s Head Chef Miquel Villacrosa and the Michelin-starred Spanish cooking giant, Paco Perez. Paco is Tast’s world famous Executive Chef. Based in Barcelona, he is flying in especially for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and curating a more casual Tast dining occasion allowing guests to experience their acclaimed cuisine, cooked by the main man himself, in an extraordinary setting. Paco promises wonderful dishes inspired by the beautiful Catalan landscape: the sea and the mountains, the countryside and the cities. Guests will receive a glass of cava on arrival, three course menu and special MFDF cocktail. £45. Tickets on sale now.
Friday 4th October 7.30pm
The MFDF Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s and Sanskruti
MFDF invite you to kick off your weekend with a curry night curated by the most exciting and revered names from Manchester’s excellent South Indian dining scene. The banquet will kick off with Indian snacks from Gujarat street food legends Bundobust alongside an arrival cocktail created by their team. Experts too in the pairing of incredible craft beers with curry, Bundobust will be providing a carefully matched flight of brews to go with each course. One of the hottest restaurant arrivals of the year Dishoom are set to cook up their Manchester special dish Nalli Nihari Biryani for the evening, whilst two more incredible courses will come from a pair of the city’s most famous independent, suburban Indian restaurants – Lily’s in Ashton and Sanskruti in Withington. £40. Tickets on sale now.
As well as the Dining Dome events at the Hub, tickets are now on sale for a very special event in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery, the first of many collaborations to taking place across the city.
Saturday 5th October 7pm, Manchester Art Gallery
The Art of Dining with Aiden Byrne
As the finale to Manchester Art Gallery’s unique series of art-meets-food supper clubs in collaboration with Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Aiden Byrne, owner and executive chef at Restaurant MCR will be teaming up with the art gallery curators to create the ultimate food and art feast. Aiden will be cooking a six-course tasting menu with each dish inspired by a different piece of art displayed in the gallery. As each course is served, guests will hear from the curators and Aiden who will guide them through the art and the dish. A magical opportunity to celebrate two of life’s greatest pleasures in one of the city’s most magnificent venues. £80. Tickets on sale now.
Other MFDF Updates
Bookatable Festival Feast
Returning for its 4th year at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, the Bookatable Festival Feast is now bigger and better than ever before. There will be double the number of restaurants taking part in this delicious feast, offering limited edition, bespoke dining menus in association with Bookatable, one of its official sponsors. The menus will be on offer throughout the duration of MFDF, so get booking soon! 26th Sept – 7th Oct .
MFDF Wine & Fizz Festival
4th & 5th October
The MFDF Wine and Fizz Festival will be a great big, fun packed celebration of the most exciting and exclusive wines and fizz from around the world. Although the wines will be serious, the event is set to be a jolly and light hearted occasion providing a great day or evening out for anyone who loves wine – from the passionate enthusiast to the novice fizz fan. £15.
MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards
Gorton Monastery 7th October Ticketed
The sparkling culmination of MFDF, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Gala Dinner and Awards will be returning to the stunning and gothic surrounds of Gorton Monastery. The most coveted and highest profile food awards in the North of England, the gongs will, as usual, be distributed to a room packed with the region’s food and drink ‘A list’. The MFDF awards shortlist will be announced in June when tickets will go on sale for this fabulous and hotly anticipated event.
More Festival announcements will be made from now through to the Festival.