The 19th Manchester Food and Drink Festival will take place this year from 29th September to 10th October, at Albert Square in the city centre. 


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Groups visiting this free 12-day event can join locals to celebrate locally produced food and drink.

There will be street food traders, pop-up restaurants, bars and brewers, and a number of famous faces demonstrating the best in food and drink from the north.

Celebrity chefs, authors and television personalities will include Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, local chef Aiden Byrne, and wine expert Susy Atkins.

A new look for the hub

The heart of the action, the Festival Hub, will be a ‘better than ever’ bespoke, pop-up food village, open from 12pm until 11pm daily.

Entering the Festival Hub is free, and the area will undergo a makeover this year, with a new design and layout.

In situ throughout the festival will be a mix of street food traders; Marstons Ale Trail Bar; Vin Van Voom Wine; a live music stage; and Manchester’s 100 Greatest Beer Bar.

A rolling programme of pop up events, mini festivals and masterclasses will also take place in the hub, and details will be confirmed throughout the year.

Guest chefs and celebrities

A number of demonstrations from famous faces will take place throughout the festival; some are free and some are ticketed.

Nadiya Hussain will be performing in the Live Cookery Theatre and sharing her home-grown baking tips on Saturday 8th October, while three-Michelin-starred executive chef of Iberica, Nacho Manzano, will be hosting a one off cooking event on 4th October.

Author of Vegan Street Food, and Master Chef runner up Jackie Kearney will be gracing the Manchester Food and Drink Festival with an experimental vegan banquet to give audiences cooking inspiration (dates to be announced).

And wine writer and expert, Susy Atkins, will be performing at the festival’s second annual Three Wine Women event on 29th September.

Further announcements about events, tickets and locations will be made later on this year.

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