Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2015

by Aisha Farndon on 26/10/2015

A round up of Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2015 highlights and why it should be a must for anyone visiting Manchester



Manchester seems to have suddenly become a foodie destination. We’re talking restaurants battling it out to get the first Michelin starred Manchester restaurant (but picking up a fair few AA rosettes along the way), around 30 restaurants that have opened to date in 2015 alone and a street food scene that is rivalling the diversity found in London.

So if you love food like the rest of us, make sure you time your visit to Manchester with the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. (This year it was from 10 September to 21 September 2015). 18 years ago, one guy decided he had had enough of the image of Manchester’s food scene being not up to scratch, leading to what is today one of the highlights of the Manchester calendar.

See for yourself what you would be missing out on if you didn’t plan your hen or stag do or weekend away to Manchester around this key festival.

Why it’s a travesty to miss this festival if you’re visiting Manchester

With around 20 different types of food stalls to sample in the Festival Hub at any one time, it’s be rude not to sample the food delights on offer!

But it’s not just the street food vendors – there are food masterclasses by top chefs, fringe festival events and music to take in too. Not bad for a free event!

Our highlights this year have to be:


  • Let’s start with what many of our hen and stag dos will be interested in…the many alcohol events, like The Big Indie Wine Fest showcasing wines you won’t find at Sainsbury’s, the 100 Greatest Manchester Beers Fest and even a Great Gatsby Inspired Tipsy Tea party.
  • The Manchester Great British Bake-Off, where amateur patisserie chef wannabes competed to be crowned winner. If only our baking skills were up to scratch…at any cake sale, they’re the ones left ’til last!
  • The Gaucho cooking school. Because everyone knows just how hard it is to cook a steak to perfection…Not only that, you get shown how to do three Argentinian courses.  We think the £45 fee is money well spent to avoid ruining countless steaks at home!
  • The chef demo from Cesar Garcia from Iberica. Iberica is a must for those looking to taste classic Spanish dishes with an innovative twist, all overseen by Nacho Manzano, with two Michelin stars under his belt. We bet that beats the tapas you put together at home!
  • Talking of Michelin-starred chefs. Simon Rogan put on a whole week of tasting menus from his chefs, called ‘week gastronomique’. We’ve eaten there and can vouch for how good The French is!

So if you are planning visit to Manchester for a hen or stag do in September, or you’re just coming for a weekend away, we’d recommend you time it to make the most of this foodie heaven!