Manchester Food and Drink Festival Begins Today At Noon!
It's set to be an Ali Baba's cave of street food galore and beer and wine bars a-plenty...
The so-called 'Festival Hub' has been custom-built especially for Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2016 and is to be the city’s hang-out for the next 11 days!
A nationally acclaimed event, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2016 will be the 19th annual event to take over the city.
Over the years the festival has drawn names as diverse as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Fergus Henderson, Michel Roux, John Torode and Bill Wyman - and this years turnout is rumoured to be far from disappointing...
As of noon on Thursday 29 September - 'The Hub' will house street food from the likes of Lebanese Bachick, The Mac Shack, Diamond Dogs (handmade frankfurters), Los Churros and Manchester's prized Chaat Caart (south indian street food) among other city jewels including Proove Pizza, Manchester Coffee Co, Teatime Collective and The Pasta Project. And that's just the start, there'll be beer and wine bars a-plenty, as well as a gin garden, an event space and a live music stage. There’s a rolling programme of activity and a changing roster of street food and beers too.
What's more, the pop-up gastro haven will be free for all to attend for the first half of the festival and open from noon – 11pm daily.
So let's take a look at what lies in store...
Fever-Tree Gin Garden: Thurs 29th – Sun 11th
The ‘Ultimate Cocktail Bar’: A selection of gins will be paired with an award-winning range of different tonic waters and a selection of garnishes to serve up bespoke ‘Ultimate Gin & Tonics’.
But if the classic British 'G n' T' doesn't float your boat, there'll also be a selection of cocktails - all paired with eclectic Fever-Tree mixers including Ultimate Vodka tonic and a Lemon Berry Fever. Outside the bar section there’ll be the chance to catch a G & T Masterclass, or a sampling journey of the different mixers and what to pair with them.
Wainwright Bar Thurs 29th – Sun 2nd The UK's best-selling golden ale will be the grain of choice at the Hub's gigantic beer bar for the first session. The Wainwright Ale Trail Bar will provide ample opportunity to try the delicate citrussy flavours balanced with jussst the right amount of sweetness. Ahh.
And for new drinkers wanting to try cask ale? Well it's the perfect, 'unintimidating' introduction. The Wainwright team will also offering tons of sampling sessions to-boot.
Vin Van Voom Wine Bar Thurs 29th – Sun 11th The silver van with the kick-ass name is back with a bang - and we could not be more excited!
Word on the street is it’s now got a covered seating area, creating a cosy festival wine bar feel with cushions and blankets to keep the evening chill away. BBC star Kate Goodman - who co-owns the joint - will host tasting events and a fantastic (as well as changing) selection of boutique wines from Catteratto to Chablis, Malbec to Montepulciano.
Three Wine Women Thurs 29th September, 6:30pm After the success of last year’s Three Wine Women event, this year's will take on a new theme and a new visiting ‘wine woman.’ Susy Atkins will join BBC’s Kate Goodman and Evuna Manchester’s Jane Dowler - the fabuous trio will be hosting an extraordinary evening of fabulous wines.
Tickets cost £25 and can be purchased here.
Live Cookery Theatre Saturday 1st October The stars of any Food Festival – the chefs – take to the stage for a day devoted to culinary wizardry.
2pm Simon Shaw – El Gato Negro, King St Yorkshire-made Simon Shaw has had a hugely successful 35 years in the trade. He was titled executive head chef at Harvey Nichols before opening his own gaff in 2005 - El Gato Negro Tapas - which is already a roaring success in the city with pre-booking not only recommended but necessary. Shaw claims visits to the Basque Country and Catalonia inspired his so-called ‘conversion’ to Iberian cuisine. El Gato Negro is shortlisted in four categories for this year’s Manchester Food and Drink Awards.
4pm Byron Moses – Evelyn’s Kitchen Northern Quarter newcomer Evelyn’s – in the former Superstore premises on Tib Street – has caused quite a stir with young chef Byron Moses behind the masterfully executed bold flavours. Don't take it from us though - see what all the fuss is about as he makes his MFDF Live Cookery Theatre debut.
Salvi’s Italian Day Sunday 2nd October Independent, Italian food and drink business Salvi’s, are hosting a city-wide celebration of all things Italian. Expect masterclasses, food sampling, booze sampling, a mini Italian Produce market, ‘Nonnas pasta making station’, and a 20 meter pizza!
Eat With Adam Tues 4th - Thurs 6th Manchester Food and Drink Festival are staging Adam Reid’s first ever solo project as he makes a special, one-off departure from his fine dining roots to host his very own pop-up restaurant at the Festival Hub. Now ya can't say more exciting than that!
Tickets are £60 a pop and can be purchased here.
Live Music Stage
The City Life Live Music Stage will be bursting with local talent providing a lively soundtrack to the Festival throughout.
Watch out here for more updates...