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Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2021: Highlights

16 September 2021 to 27 September 2021

It just wouldn’t feel right if a city known for its diverse and ever-evolving scene of food and drink wasn’t given its own chance to celebrate that, and so we welcome this year’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival. Established in 1998, this year the festival will take over Cathedral Gardens and venues across the city to promote the best of Manchester’s restaurants, bars, chefs and makers, culminating with the much-anticipated MFDF Awards ceremony on the 27th September. Keep reading for a round-up of what not to miss on the programme this year.


The Manchester Beer Bar

16th-19th September & 23rd-26th September

We know it’s not just about the great food – it’s about quality drink too! Which is why The Manchester Beer Bar will be pouring a selection of the best regional beers throughout both weekends of the festival at the Festival Hub in the Cathedral Gardens. From the super local Burton Road Brewing Co. and Pomona Island Brewery, to Macclesfield’s Bollington Brewing Co., and Silver Street from Bury, there’ll be something for everyone’s taste, from the seasoned stout drinker to a palate for a pale ale.


Manchester’s Biggest Chippy Tea

Wednesday 22nd September

It might not be taking place on a Friday, but tradition can be ignored just this once for a Chippy Tea Takeover as part of MFDF –– with a line-up of local fish and chip favourites serving their take on the takeaway classic. Chippy conformists will be pleased to hear that traditional chip shop Fosters of Didsbury will be present, and for plant-based alternatives, JJ Vish and Chips will provide vegan ‘tofish’ and chips, battered sausage and more. Also bringing their fryers to the festival are Hip Hop Chip Shop, Street Urchin and Lord of the Pies. This event is free to enter and bookings are not required.


Market & Street Food

16th-19th September & 23rd-26th September

The Festival Hub will boast not only multiple bars and food vendors, but also an artisanal food market, where you can browse some of Manchester’s best brands, bakers and brewers. This year the market includes Meatless Farm, serving up samples of their meat alternatives as well as a street food menu of Meatless Farm Burgers. Also making an appearance are new Ancoats neighbourhood bakery Companio, and South Manchester favourite Chorlton Cheesemongers. The street food vendors will include Halloumination, Northern Soul, as well as an Eat Well MCR Street Kitchen Takeover – with a different restaurant partner cooking up a storm every day.


Wine & Fizz Festival

Friday 17th-Saturday 18th September

The surroundings of Halle St Peters in Ancoats will become the site of Manchester’s Wine & Fizz Festival for one weekend, celebrating regional wine and bubbly brands. Showcasing local retailers such as Prestwich and Ramsbottom’s Grape to Grain, and wine and cheese connoisseurs Decent Drop, visitors will be able to taste wines from around the world, as well as learn through tutored tastings and classes, and take a new favourite bottle (or a few!) home. Tickets to the Wine & Fizz Festival are £12.50 each and can be booked online here.



Thursday 23rd September

The city’s favourite beer cellar Albert’s Schloss, will be preparing us for the approaching autumn with an Oktoberfest themed takeover of the Festival Hub on Thursday 23rd September. The one-day event will ensure we’re all kept full and warm with European beers, Bavarian street food and exciting evening entertainment.