The 2019 Manchester Food and Drink Festival, kicked off last night in its new home; "Festival Gardens" (Cathedral Gardens). The festival hub has moved to this historic area in Manchester city centre, and plays host to the Dining Dome; the futuristic, igloo-shaped venue which made its first appearance last year and boasts live music, alongside food & drink stands provided by both local and nationally based suppliers.
Open from 12 noon until 11pm every day of the festival, it’s completely free and will be home to an choice of street food and drink.
This year’s festival is set to be the most dynamic yet, and sees celebrity chef Tom Kerridge - holder of three Michelin Stars - making his festival debut, showing Manchester what he has to offer on Sunday the 6th of October, ahead of his hotly anticipated Manchester restaurant, The Bull & Bear, opening in November.
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On Sunday the 29th of September, there will be an MFDF Vegan take over at the hub, with all traders only serving vegetarian and vegan food. John Robb, Shaun Ryder and Bundobust will also be holding a plant-based evening as part of the Festival.
The celebration of Manchester’s food and drink scene also includes the live cookery theatre, banquets, masterclasses, Curry Collectives, a Communal Feast and a very special Saturday Skills Kitchen; The City Life Stage at The Hub and Rum Decadence.
In what’s sure to be a festival highlight, join Action Against Hunger for one night only at Taston King Street, where they will celebrate the six chefs nominated for MFDF Chef of the Year, at a unique and exclusive dinner.