Manchester Meals and Drink Competition has as we speak launched its full programme for this autumn’s city-wide celebration.
The competition has confirmed a Covid-safe return to Cathedral Gardens in September – the primary main metropolis centre occasion to happen because the pandemic started.
This yr’s competition will happen between September 24 and October 5, with a brand new format taking in social distancing restrictions.
In addition to the primary free-to-enter competition hub, there might be occasions proper throughout Manchester.
Highlights will embody an Eat Effectively MCR kitchen takeover, a brand new pop-up highest restaurant, a mini pop-up market in Urmston, and the MFDF Awards to wrap every part up on October 5.
Additionally new this yr might be an MFDF app, which can embody an ‘on the go’ competition programme, in addition to permitting guests to order food and drinks to their desk and to vote within the MFDF awards.
This is the total occasions programme, damaged down by space.
The Feasting Quarter at MFDF Competition Hub, Cathedral Gardens
This would be the beating coronary heart of this yr’s competition, with avenue meals, craft beers, cocktails and music.
Tables will be reserved prematurely at manchesterfoodanddrinkfestival.nutickets.com/tablereservation20 and as soon as on web site, it will likely be full desk service.
You may see the total line-up for the road meals providing, which incorporates Bundobust, Grandad’s Sausages and Parmogeddon, right here.
This is what you may discover within the Feasting Quarter.
Eat Effectively MCR Kitchen takeover
Launched at first of the Covid-19 disaster, Eat Effectively MCR is a collective of hospitality consultants – together with most of the metropolis’s absolute best cooks – who got here collectively to offer meals for these most affected by the pandemic.
Mary-Ellen McTague, proprietor and chef at Chorlton’s The Creameries, based the initiative, which can now be taking up its very personal kitchen house at MFDF.
There will be a unique restaurant taking cost every day, with all income raised going to the charity together with a voluntary £1 payment added to every order.
Visitor eating places concerned will embody Elite Bistros, Tampopo, Erst, The Creameries, Little Window, Beehive Meals, Blackbird Pantry, and ARMR Retailer.
Booze on the Feasting Quarter
The Manchester Beer Bar
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There will be an enormous vary of regional beers on supply on the centrepiece Manchester Beer Bar.
You may additionally discover a particular cider showcase.
Salvi’s Aperitif Bar
One in every of Manchester’s most beloved Italian eating places might be bringing a standard aperitif bar to the competition.
Anticipate genuine Italian drinks together with spritzes, negronis, espresso martinis, wines and prosecco.
Salvi’s will even be dispensing their famed deli boards, piled excessive with mozzarella and charcuterie.
Franklin & Sons Gin & Tonic Backyard
Premium tonic model Frankin and Sons will associate with some native Manchester gins to create new gin and tonic fusions.
It’s going to all be served up in their very own gin backyard that may make up a part of the Competition Hub.
Stay music on the CityLife Stage
CityLife will as soon as once more have its personal stage on the competition hub, beginning on September 24.
The stay music providing will kick off with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and a DJ set from Manchester legend Clint Boon.
Different names taking to the stage confirmed embody a Mike Joyce DJ Set, plus stay units from Freya Beer, Dave Fidler and Lily-Jo.
The Market Place at MFDF Competition Hub, Cathedral Gardens
The opposite half of the Competition Hub might be residence to The Market Place, an artisan buying expertise made up of a few of the area’s finest impartial producers.
There might be two separate line ups throughout the 2 weekends, which can embody Chorlton Cheese Mongers, Companio Bakery, Nice North Pie Co, Manchester Cheesecake Firm, HM Pasties, Samosa Shack, Café Cannoli, The Gourmand Brownie Firm, DevilDog Sauces, The Dawn Patisserie and an Eat Effectively MCR Market Place.
The JustEat Kitchen
As this yr’s sponsors, JustEat will carry a few of the metropolis’s finest meals to its very personal avenue meals hut.
Taking turns might be Yard & Coop with their superb buttermilk fried rooster, Ply with its Neapolitan pizzas, Zouk with its Indian and Pakistani dishes, and Vertigo with a plant-based providing.
10% of the cash taken on the JustEat Kitchen will go to meals charity FoodCycle, serving to to feed weak folks.
Meatless Farm might be serving up samples of their plant-based meat alternate options.
In addition to showcasing their vegan cooking merchandise, there will be an on-site avenue meals menu of Meatless Farm Burgers.
Elsewhere within the metropolis…
Moda + Increased Floor – Manchester’s Highest Eating Venue
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The duo behind Increased Floor might be taking up the penthouse residences on the towering Moda Angel Gardens for a restricted time solely.
These very particular supper golf equipment might be hosted 100m within the air, making it quickly Manchester’s highest eating venue.
There are solely 4 dates accessible to soak up a four-course dinner – with paired wines – with panoramic views of Manchester.
Increased Floor comes from Joseph Otway (ex-head chef of The place The Mild Will get In in Stockport and ex-Relæ in Copenhagen) and Richard Cossins.
The menu will rejoice north west components, Manchester brewed beers and pure wines.
Tickets for the Moda + Increased Floor Penthouse suppers are priced at £100pp. Ticket worth features a welcome drink, 4 programs and paired wines and will be bought at eventbrite.co.uk/e/moda-higher-ground-supper-club-tickets.
The MFDF Expertise By Adam Reid At The French
One in every of Manchester’s most famous cooks, and the person behind The French on the Midland Resort, might be bringing a really particular meals expertise to the competition this yr.
Adam Reid, a well-recognized face on BBC’s Nice British Menu, will host a night that features English glowing wine on arrival, a choice of snacks, a multi course menu with matched wines and tea or espresso with goodies.
The occasions will happen on Thursday October 1 (£140 per individual), and on Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3 (£180 per individual).
Love Urmston Occasions
New for this yr might be a partnership with a few of the finest food and drinks independents in Urmston, showcasing the city’s various consuming and ingesting scene.
Particular menus and competition provides will seem throughout the city, in addition to a pop-up mini market on the M41 web site on Railway Highway on Saturday September 26 and an artisan market on Saturday October 3.
There’ll even be meals excursions between October 1 and October 4, giving a style of Urmston’s award successful impartial eating places, conventional pubs, cocktail bars, espresso retailers, wine bars and craft beer retailers.
Manchester Meals and Drink Competition Awards 2020
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The MFDF Awards 2020 might be stay streamed and hosted by BBC Radio Manchester’s Becky Need and BBC Radio 6 Music/Fodder’s Matt White.
The venue has but to be introduced, however the awards will happen on October 5.
It is at all times a celebration of the easiest eating places, bars, cooks, and suppliers within the north west.
Ceviche Masterclass and Feast at Peru Perdu
Peruvian-inspired residency Peru Perdu, at present in situ on Whitworth Road, might be internet hosting a ceviche masterclass.
Ticket-holders will achieve a novel perception into the mechanics and flavourings of Peru’s most well-known dish, washed down with home Pisco Sours.
After the masterclass, visitors will then be seated for a full feasting menu together with all the very best of the Peruvian dishes and half a bottle of wine per individual.
MFDF at residence
MFDF have teamed up with a few of the finest cooks round to create DIY Supply Kits to take pleasure in at residence.
Kits will come from the likes of Style of Honey in Didsbury, Yao Yao Noodles, Blue Caribou Canteen and Grandad’s Sausages.