The beloved festival is officially returning.
Following last year’s last-minute cancellation as a result of yo-yo-ing restrictions imposed on Greater Manchester last summer, the organisers behind the Manchester Food and Drink Festival have confirmed that the much-loved event will return for 2021 – and we couldn’t be more excited.
Coming back for a week of delicious food cooked up by local chefs, the festival will take place at the end of summer as usual, with dates currently booked in for 16th-27th September.
Dubbed the ‘hospitality homecoming event of the year’ and ‘a magnificent celebration of the region’s food and drink and all the talented people that bring it to the table’, this year’s event is expected to be extra special, with many of Manchester’s bars and restaurants enduring months of turmoil as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Alexa Stratton-Powell, Festival Director said: “This year’s Festival is about celebration, reflection and recovery. It has been an extraordinarily difficult time for the hospitality industry, and so too for the Festival and all the events companies and professionals around the country. Postponing last year’s MFDF was a very difficult decision, but the right one.
“This year we’ll come together to do what Manchester does best – support each other and our city. We want to create the most exciting Festival yet; celebrate as many of our hospitality businesses as possible and make sure everyone has a brilliant time enjoying the region’s amazing food and drink! We’re particularly excited to be announcing the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards are back! They give everyone a chance to recognise the achievements of our unrivalled hospitality community. We will be back soon to announce the award categories, nominees and how to vote- giving everyone the chance to get behind their food heroes.”
Who’s gonna cooking up a storm this year?
MFDF unveiled an epic line-up just last night, with some stellar names in store for this September. See the full list of confirmed vendors below (more to come!):
- What’s Your Beef Burgers
- Aunty JJ’s; serving South Asian inspired street food with a contemporary twist
- Great North Pie Co
- The Spinn; usually known for their beefy burgers, guests can expect wraps, wings, halloumi and more
- Grandad’s Sausages
- Maison Breizh; savoury galettes and dessert crêpes with the finest French chocolate
- Ginger’s Comfort Emporium; known for its tasty classic ice cream
The nitty-gritty of this year’s event is yet to be confirmed, however, what we do know is that the Festival Hub will be returning to Cathedral Gardens this year, with pop-up kitchens, bars and live music in store for guests to enjoy. The Gala dinner and awards will also return for the 2021 festival.
Further details about Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2021 are expected to be announced in the coming months, so be sure to check back for more as we have it. For those who can’t wait for that, you can book a table in advance now.