Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 – Full Line Up

The full line up for the 2019 Manchester Food and Drink Festival has been revealed.  Featuring a fantastic array of talent from all aspects of the city’s wider food and drink industry it’s set to be one of the most dynamic yet.  The acclaimed Tom Kerridge will be producing a taste of things to come from his hotly anticipated Manchester restaurant within Stock Exchange Hotel and will be making his MFDF Dining Dome debut on Sunday 6th October with a spectacular Festival Finale event. It comprises a very special four-course Sunday lunch style meal with specially paired drinks for the occasion. And as an extra special delight he’ll be creating the meal for two sittings. Tom holds two Michelin stars at The Hand & Flowers, and one Michelin star at The Coach where he has forged a formidable reputation for his quality take on pub grub, using immaculately sourced fresh produce. This Sunday lunch treat is sure to be a hot ticket.


The Festival also includes a plant-based evening with John Robb, Shaun Ryder and Bundobust and the Best in Town Dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger featuring all six of the MFDF 2019 Chef of the Year nominees, amongst an amazing selection of events taking place to suit all palates.


The brand-new Festival Hub location on Cathedral Gardens will bring a new focus and dynamic to the celebrations.  This historic area of Manchester city centre will be home to the Dining Dome, the futuristic, igloo-shaped venue which made its first appearance last year.  Open from 12 noon til 11pm every day of the Festival, it’s completely free and will be home to the amazing choice of street food and drink.  And on 29th September all the traders will be serving vegan and vegetarian food only as part of MFDF Vegan Takeover at the Hub.

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.

There’s already a number of sold out events for some of the most sought-after tickets during the Festival including:

An Evening with Simon Shaw

MFDF Curry Collective with Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s and Sanskruti

Comfort Food ‘Sounds’ Good with Adam Reid

The Art of Dining with Aiden Byrne at Manchester Art Gallery.

Roots and Future: A Tasting Menu by Francisco Martinez

Gorton Monastery will also be home for the second time to the prestigious MFDF Awards.  The enviable shortlist for each category showcases the talent that is operating across the Greater Manchester area.

A main feature for the Festival is the pledge to stage the most sustainable event yet, following last year’s successful change from plastic cups to a deposit scheme at the Festival’s gigantic beer bar.  The Festival estimate this reduced overall waste at the event by 40%. Having moved to compostable and recyclable food containers a few years ago and now tackling the single use plastic cup issue, in 2019 MFDF aim to create the most sustainable food festival in the UK with more innovative solutions such as reward schemes for use of reusable vessels.


New partners for 2019 include Roomzzz Aparthotels, the official festival accommodation partner, Montann Wines, who will be showcasing English wines at the Hub and JJ Whitley Cocktail Garden, also located at the Hub.


Phil Jones, Festival Founding Director, commented:
“The move to Cathedral Gardens for the Festival Hub gives the entire Festival a new focus and we are delighted that we are being joined by a fine selection of food and drink pop ups, producers and chefs to ensure it really is the best programme yet.  The Dining Dome was a huge success last year so we’ve brought it back again and, of course, Gorton Monastery is returning for a second year to host the awards.   We’ll see you all on 26th September when the festivities begin and we enjoy our historic new surroundings.”

Full details of the Festival are available on



BISTROTHEQUE CLASSIQUE 26th September, The Dining Dome 7.30pm

TICKETS – £45 via


CULTUREPLEX is one of Manchester’s most anticipated 2019 arrivals. It is a new base for Bistrotheque, which has made its name in East London by serving uncomplicated food and drink delivered with good taste, charm and a dollop of fun.

Expect extra helpings of all this when Chef Director Blaine Duffy creates this special Bistrotheque Classique MFDF banquet menu, including arrival cocktails, three courses, a quality wine pairing and digestif. All served alongside pop playing pianist Xavior, sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice and a game of pass the parcel.

LIVE COOKERY THEATRE – The Dining Dome – 28th September

The day includes 1.00pm Brian Hughson – Head Chef, 20 Stories; 2.00pm Sam Buckley – Chef/Patron, Where the Light Gets in; 3.00pm – Rachel Stockley – Head Chef, Levanter; 4.00pm Andrew Green – Executive Chef, Mamucium

A PUNCH ABOVE – How to make the perfect party tipple – The Dining Dome – 28th September 6.30pm

TICKETS – £15, book via

Join Jamie Rowe, JJ Whitley Gin & Vodka Ambassador, as he guides you through how to make the perfect party punch with the knowledge of how to balance readily available ingredients and, of course, the JJ Whitley range.


You’ll be greeted with a glass of punch on arrival, then Jamie will regale you with the wondrous history of this delightful drink while you prepare to make your own version to enjoy.

Capacity for 40 people, split into groups of four.

 ‘BEST IN TOWN DINNER’ in aid of Action Against Hunger – Tast Catala 1st October 7pm

Tickets – £120, book via

Join Action Against Hunger as they celebrate the six chefs nominated for MFDF Chef of the Year at a unique and exclusive dinner. Guests will enjoy a six-course bespoke tasting menu created by the region’s most renowned talents: Simon Martin (Mana), Aiden Byrne (restaurant MCR), Sam Buckley (Where The Light Gets In), Miquel Villacrosa (Tast Catala), Omar Rodriguez Marrero (Umezushi) and Adam Reid (Adam Reid at The French).


There’s also the opportunity to bid on some money- can’t-buy foodie experiences, and all proceeds go to humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger to combat hunger across the globe.

AN EVENING OF RUM DECADENCE – An Evening of Rum Decadence with Diablesse  – The Dining Dome- 5th October 6.30pm

TICKETS  – £20, book via

Let Gethin Jones, Diablesse brand ambassador and general manager at Cottonopolis take you through the wonderful history of rum, how it’s made and what makes their own unique, award-winning Diablesse Rum so special.


Learn how to taste with your nose and the art of creating your own Diablesse Rum cocktails in this special MFDF masterclass. Tickets include a bespoke cocktail on arrival and a full masterclass including cocktails to drink after.

THE MFDF WINE AND FIZZ FESTIVAL – Manchester Cathedral  – Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 

TICKETS – £15 per ticket per session via


Taking place in Manchester Cathedral it packs lots of fizz and fun into celebrating the world’s best wines. Perfect for novices and passionate enthusiasts alike it includes light hearted sessions for all.  It will be divided into four zones – English Wines, Wines of the World, the Fizz quarter and a Food Matching area providing the perfect accompaniment.

SATURDAY SKILLS KITCHEN– The Dining Dome 5th October – FREE

1.00pm – Pastry Workshop with Lee Wakeham from H.M. Pasties – H.M. Pasties in Droylsden is one of Manchester’s great culinary success stories with a fascinating back story. Founder Lee’s entire staff consists of ex-prisoners. Staff earn a living wage while they develop cookery and customer service skills, as well as working towards food hygiene qualifications and a possible future in the catering trade.

2.00pm – Pasta Masterclass with Maurizio Cecco from Salvi’s – After more than two decades in Manchester, Neapolitan Maurizio is the city’s unofficial ambassador for all things tasty and Southern Italian.


3.00pm – Chocolate workshop with Masterchef finalist David Crichton – Long haul pilot and bespoke chocolatier.  In the Dining Dome he’ll be showing you how he does it and expect a few free samples! – You can also read my review of his fantastic Chocolates here

DINE WITH TOM KERRIDGE AT MFDF – The Dining Dome 6th October 1.00pm and 6.00pm

TICKETS – £75.00 VIA

Tom K

Chef Tom Kerridge is a busy man this autumn. He has a cookbook and TV series in the pipeline and in November he’s launching a restaurant in the new boutique Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester. He will be cooking two four course Sunday lunch meals with specially paired wines in The Dining Dome.  It should be one of the Festival highlights, not to be missed.

There’s a whole host of fringe events taking place across Greater Manchester including the Cracking Good Food Pasta Perfecto Cookery Class, Meat the Butcher at Alston Bar and Beef and The Ancoats Taster Walk. There’s also the opportunity with the official festival booking partner, Bookatable to enjoy a special series of one off menus across some of the city’s best restaurants via

For further information visit:

Twitter: @MFDF19

Instagram: @MFDF2019

Facebook: @ManchesterFoodandDrinkFestival


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