Food & Drink Festival returns for 20th year

28 September - 9 October 2017
Venues citywide



The Manchester Food and Drink Festival - the UK's largest urban festival of its kind - is celebrating its 20th anniversary year in 2017.

The festival will return from 28th September - 9th October, bringing with it a whole host of food, drink and entertainment.

This year’s Festival sees involvement from 252 partners including chefs, brewers, authors, street food traders, wine merchants, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, forgotten railways, community groups, pubs, bars and food foragers.

There are more than 100 events happening across the city and surrounding neighborhoods with food heroes descending on Manchester from all over the region and the UK! From Ella Mills’ first pop up outside London to Altrincham’s fabulous Sugo (both pitching up in the city centre especially for MFDF) Manchester is set to be the UK’s top food destination of the Autumn.

The centre piece is the Festival Hub on Albert Square, where the biggest and best-ever, FREE, pop up food village is to be built.  This will become the city’s very own heavenly food and drink neighbourhood for 11 jam-packed days. The Hub will be open from 12noon – 11pm daily and will feature street food, an indie beer festival, gin, wine, chefs, masterclasses, pop up restaurants, live music and more.

As well as the Hub happenings, there’s banquets in forgotten railway arches; fine dining extravaganzas in some of the city’s most glamourous restaurants; wine festivals; cocktail safaris; gin trails; food entrepreneur workshops; rustic basque banquets; ‘Manchester Tart-Offs’; craft beer tastings; cakes; ‘octogenarian cookery’; mushroom foraging… and of course the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards.


Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant