Manchester Food and Drink Festival has been confirmed to make its big return in 2021
The Manchester Food and Drink festival has been confirmed to make its big return in 2021, after having been postponed twice. The huge celebration of the region’s food and drink will once again be returning to the city’s cathedral gardens this autumn.
This popular festival will be centred around the free-to-enter Festival Hub, where tables can be booked in advance. Although the exact line-up has yet to be announced, last year’s festival plans had included a ‘feasting quarter’ of street food, kitchen takeovers, a live music stage and bar.
The festival is placed over 12 days this year, with the event taking place from Thurs. 16th Sept to Mon. 27th Sept., culminating with the MFDF awards. These awards recognise the best in the region’s hospitality industry and will be handed out at a Gala Dinner on Monday September 27. The glittering ceremony will move to Manchester Hall for the first time, promising to be a ‘hospitality homecoming’.
MFDF 2021 hopes to be able to support the recovery of the region’s dining and drinking economies by showcasing and celebrating as many businesses as it can as possible, however, only a limited number of bookable tables are available, with a reservation free of £5.
Alexa Stratton-Powell, festival director commented: “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.
Andrew Kenny, UK MD of Just Eat, headline sponsor of the event, said: “We’re delighted that the plans for MFDF have been finalised and we can share the good news. We are really looking forward to celebrating with our customers, our local restaurant partners and the whole of Manchester at MFDF this September.”
Sadly, many hospitality businesses are unlikely to be at the event as the sector continues to suffer because of Covid lockdown restrictions. Premises with outdoor facilities can hopefully reopen on 12th April but many are still having to address legacy debts, unpaid rent and HMRC tax arrears.
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