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10th Manchester Food & Drink Festival set to be most exciting yet!

This year the Manchester Food & Drink Festival celebrates its Tenth anniversary and looks set to be the most exciting showcase yet!

Taking place from the 5th to the 15th October, food and drink revellers can expect events and offers in hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes as well as outdoor events across the City and region!

Confirmed events so far include:

  • Real Food Fair - Building on the success of last year's event, this year's Real Food Fair will be bigger and better. The fair will feature businesses showcasing their products with a focus on locally sourced produce including Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese, Southport and Lancashire Honey and Cains Brewary
  • Taste Pavillion (Albert Square) - The focal point of the outdoor activity will takes place in Manchester's Albert Square as the Manchester Food & Drink Festival take over with three Taste Pavilions erected specially for the Festival. Expect a Taste of Manchester Dining Room; a themed Taste Marquee, with exciting activities changing daily and a cutting edge Chef Demo area
Manchester Food & Drink Festival Manchester Food & Drink Festival
  • Food and Drink Markets (St Ann's Square) - Once again, throughout the Festival, local producers and farmers will take up residence right in the heart of the City Centre. From last year's Producer of the Year winners 'Mawson's Sasparilla' to the multi-award winning 'Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses' expect a true taste of the North West on a grand scale!
  • Manchester Food & Drink Festival Gala Dinner and Awards (15 October) - The region's most hotly anticipated awards will be distributed to Greater Manchester's brightest talent from all corners of the food and drink industry. Award categories range from Restaurant of the Year to The Award for Healthy and Sustainable Eating

All ten districts of Greater Manchester will be taking part in this year's festival:

  • Salford Food & Drink Festival
  • Trafford Food & Drink Festival
  • Bury Food & Drink Festival
  • Tameside Food & Drink Festival
  • Stockport Food & Drink Festival
  • Manchester Food & Drink Festival
  • Bolton Food & Drink Festival
  • Wigan Food & Drink Festival
  • Oldham Food & Drink Festival
  • Rochdale Food & Drink Festival

This central theme of this year's festival is healthy eating. Life expectancy in Manchester is amongst the lowest in the UK with obesity being another huge problem

Phil Jones, Executive Producer of the Food & Drink Festival said: "Over the past ten years the festival has gone from strength to strength, celebrating a number of successes and helping to put Manchester's food culture firmly on the map. However, one thing remains the same . . . our city is increasingly unhealthy and if we don't do something about it now in 20 years time our life expectancy will be even lower.

"The festival provides Manchester with the ideal platform to help change the regions eating habits for the better and ties in with the Government's objective to tackle obesity. I urge local authorities to take a responsible attitude before it's too late."

In support of the theme of this years festival, Dr Chris Steele from ITV's This Morning said: "Health in Manchester is quickly deteriorating and I praise the Manchester Food & Drink Festival for pledging to do something about it now before it is too late. If every bar, restaurant, shop or stall takes note I am sure that attitudes towards healthy eating in Manchester will change for the better."

Phil Jones adds: "We plan to make the Manchester Food & Drink Festival the biggest and best Food & Drink Festival that the nation has seen. We plan to use every space in the City and as many venues as possible to really celebrate the fantastic food and drink that we have."

The Manchester Food & Drink Festival is a nationally acclaimed event that has developed to its current level over 10 years (the 2007 event will be the Tenth annual event to take over the City).

Conceived and developed by Phil Jones and Chris Tomlinson in 1998, the event originated as a means of showing the rest of the nation that there was more to Manchester dining than meat pies and gravy! In the nine Festivals that have taken place over that time, the Festival has achieved a national status.

  • Over the years the Festival has drawn names as diverse as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Bill Wyman.
  • The MFDF awards are recognised as the most important in the region.
Manchester Food & Drink Festival Gala Dinner
Manchester Food & Drink Festival Gala Dinner

A few great recipes from some of the chefs appearing at the show:
(just click on a recipe to view)

Andrew Nutter Michael Caines
Andrew Nutter
Michael Caines
David Gale Paul Heathcote
David Gale
Paul Heathcote

Published 16 August 2007

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