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Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2011

Our pick of the events at this year's big foodie fiesta

Published on September 28th 2011.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2011

Against all odds, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival is back again this October. Despite losing its core funding from Manchester City Council, they've put together eleven days of 100-plus foodie events, tastings, demos and more, many of which are free.

This year's star chef is ethical and seasonal food guru Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. He'll perform a live cookery demonstration which will be followed by an audience Q and A

The festival takes place from 7 to 17 October. The centrepiece is the Festival Hub on Albert Square – a pop-up food and drink village which will be open this year for ten full days from 11am to 11pm.

River Cottage 340Head there at lunch time to sample gourmet food on the street at the Street Food Festival. The best street food operators from around the UK and stars of the local restaurant scene will be serving up their own take on this new culinary trend. Already confirmed to make an appearance is Tom Whittaker, this year’s MasterChef runner up. Daily offers are promised so it should make an affordable alternative to your usual factory-packed sarnie from the supermarket.

There'll also be live music including authentic Bavarian bands in the Oktoberfest Bar. The evening opening means this'll be a great forerunner to the Christmas Market bars. No need to wait until December to meet your friends for a seasonal snifter when there's a Local Autumn Beer Bar on hand with 30 beers from around 15 local breweries and microbreweries.

A Live Cookery Theatre will run at the Hub on Thursday 13 October and Saturday 15 October with local chefs including MasterChef's Jacki Kearney and Aumbry's Laurence Tottingham sharing their tips for creating restaurant-standard food at home.

Fergus Henderson2 %28By Laurie Fletcher%29Jacki Kearney will be showing off her skills again at the Tampopo Feastaurant – a five course feast of Pan Asian cuisine exploring 'Mekong and Beyond'. She'll introduce each dish alongside David Fox of Tampopo. This event takes place on Tuesday 11 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £39.50.

This year's star chef is ethical and seasonal food guru Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. He'll perform a live cookery demonstration which will be followed by an audience Q and A. He's got a new book out called Veg – get yourself a signed copy if you're a fan. Lunch time refreshments are included in the event. It takes place on Friday 14 October from 1pm-3pm. Tickets cost £12.50.

Manchester’s Big Pub Quiz will see the BBC’s Pete Mitchell, MFDF’s Phil Jones and Manchester Confidential’s very own Jonathan Schofield hosting a special, food-themed quiz
 with all proceeds going to Hospitality Action. This takes place on Monday 10 October from 6pm. Entry is £5 per team.

Confidential is hosting its own wine-tasting quiz and supper. Our Call My Bluff event will be hosted by Gordo and his wine expert friend Charlie Womersley. Participants will sample six wines as Gordo and Charlie read descriptions of each. All you have to do is guess which one of these ‘experts’ is bluffing. The night also includes artisan cheeses from The Cheese Detective and a hot supper prepared by the head chef at Ramsons Hideaway, Louise Varley. It takes place on Thursday 13 October at 7pm. Tickets cost £20. Buy them here.

Img_0902-2Although the action is centered in the Hub, there's plenty happening throughout the rest of the city. Come Dine With Metrolink will see diners travelling along the Media City line in a food-filled voyage. Hosted by the city's award-winning Green Badge tour guides, guests will enjoy a starter, main and dessert in three different restaurants along the way for just £25. The journey starts at midday on Saturday 8 October.


For full details of all these events and to buy tickets, go to www.foodanddrinkfestival.com.

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