by | Mar 18, 2019 | Events, Food & Drink, What's 0n | 0 comments

This year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival will take place from 26th September – 7th October with a jam-packed programme and a brand new outdoor location.

The iconic “Festival Hub” – the centrepiece of MFDF – will be staged for the first time at Cathedral Gardens creating an entirely new festival experience right in the heart of one of the city’s most picturesque public spaces.

The Festival Hub itself has traditionally taken place on Albert Square – starting out with those first few restaurants that dared take on the ‘pop up concept’ back in 2005 and growing into a chock-a-block food extravaganza that is known and loved by Mancunians and visitors up and down the land.

Now the Festival is using the building works taking place at the Town Hall as a chance to spread its wings and take over a new city centre space.

Festival Director Alexa Stratton-Powell explains: “We felt that the time was right for a change. Albert Square has been a wonderful ‘home’ to our foodie neighbourhood for a long time, but as we have wanted to grow, change the format, site and structure we have often wondered if we dare make the move to Cathedral Gardens! It is a beautiful public space and will make the perfect destination for our 22nd Festival. We’ll be spreading out from Cathedral Gardens to other parts of the “Medieval Quarter” and creating a more village-like, greenfield-style Festival site… a little foodie oasis in the city centre where people can enjoy incredible food and drink.” 

The Festival promises all the usual Festival Hub fun, as well as a lot of new experiences to be announced. There’ll be a killer street food line up, a bounty of beer, a new look live music stage, cookery theatres, extraordinary cuisine, pop up banquets, cocktails, the return of an artisan producers market, guest chefs… all within a splendid new urban garden setting. 

With icons like Manchester Cathedral, the National Football Museum and Chethams School of Music as neighbours – this year’s Festival promises a food paradise in the heart of Manchester’s most impressive urban landscape. 

More Festival Hub announcements will be made soon.

As ever, Manchester Food and Drink Festival will be about more than “The Hub”. A whole banquet of events will be happening across the city – taking in the biggest range of venues of any food festival in the country. From community cafes to art galleries, from roof top bars to shipping containers and fine dining to foraging – the MFDF programme will, as ever, leave no stone unturned in allowing festival-goers to experience the full breadth of this amazing city.

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival will close with the hotly anticipated MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards – the North West food industry’s biggest night of the year – on 7th October in the exquisite Gorton Monastery.

More Festival announcements will be made from now through to the Festival – with the MFDF socials updated with all the latest news…

Twitter: @MFDF19

Instagram: @MFDF2019

Facebook: @ManchesterFoodandDrinkFestival


Author : Emily Fitzgibbons

Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited

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