This year is the 15th anniversary of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and as you would expect, this year is going with a bang of delights involving many of Manchester’s top restaurants and bars. From September 21st to October 8th, many of my favourite haunts and industry figures are planning on delighting you all with their skills and venues, so below I give to you all the highlights and details that you need!
Manchester Whisky Festival 2012 – Saturday 22nd September
The Manchester Whisky Festival will be taking place at the Palace Hotel on Oxford Street in two sessions, 11am – 3pm and 4pm – 8pm.
The event is run by vibrant and totally independent whisky events company, The Whisky Lounge founded by Whisky Evangelist Eddie Ludlow with the specific aim of demystifying whisky and bringing it back to the people. The festival is the 4th in the city since 2009 and has now developed into one of the largest events in the Whisky Lounge’s portfolio and the biggest whisky event in the UK, outside of London.
Over 20 exhibitors, around 40 distilleries and close to 200 whiskies will be on sample over the course of the day. Whiskies from the large and small, from the traditional areas of Scotland and Ireland, as well as more recently established distilleries from England, India and Japan will all be there and available to taste.
Tickets are available here and include access to demonstrations, all samples in the main hall, a Glencairn nosing glass, a bottle of water and a festival programme all for £25.
Robinsons Pub on the Hub – 27th September to 4th October
The Robinsons Pub on the Hub is back for its third year running to grace Albert Square with its impressive range of beers – all brewed with their brand new Brew House which has the largest Hopnik in the world! The Pub on the Hub will be the city’s very own pop up beer house with a bounty of Robinson’s cask ales, cosy furnishings, pub games and everything you’d expect from your local boozer… Plus a few surprises thrown in.
Robinson’s have revealed that the superstar beers to be served include: Unicorn, Dizzy Blonde, 1892, Double Hop, Cwrw’r Ddraig Aur, Old Tom, XB, Cumbria Way, elbow’s ‘build a rocket boys!’, Green Bullet and even a one-off MFDF Ale!
The Finnieston – September 21st
Glasgow based Bar/Restaurant The Finnieston will be hosting a one night only pop-up bar, sponsored by Caorunn Gin at The Liquorists HQ #22Redbank. Ervin and his talented team will be coming down for one night only to wow you all in their own inimitable style. With drinks by Caorunn Gin and seafood canapes from the chefs in-house this night guarantees to excite and thrill.
£45 a head gets you 5 cocktails and canapés and you can book here.
Trail Blazers and Influencers – 5 Drinks That Changed the World – 27th September and 4th October
Throughout the course of our drinking culture’s creation several developments altered forever how and what we drank. The introduction of ice, the holy trinity of rum, lime and sugar, the advent of better preservatives for fruit, the evolution of the Martini all were crucial watersheds in our getting to where we are now. Come with the Liquorists and taste the best history lesson you have ever been to!
The Liquorists will showcase these drinks and some terribly interesting facts and figures that will surprise and delight the 30 attendees of this evening’s great entertainment. Tickets are £35 a head for which you will receive 5 cocktails that changed forever the style and nature of our alcoholic drinks, and canapé food matches. Click here to book.
The Bon Vivant – 28th September
Fantastic Edinburgh based operator The Bon Vivant comes to Manchester for one night only, sponsored by Grey Goose
Fashion is fleeting, style is timeless… The Bon Vivant is timeless ladies and gents and they will be here for one great night only, serving up drinks by Grey Goose to fall in love to! Classic and stylish with not a little finesse, the Bon Vivant we have you planning a trip north of the border post haste! Book here for £45 to get 5 cocktails, canapés and big style points!
The Thrill of the Chase – September 30th
Come taste some of the sublime liquid brought to you by Chase Distillery in Herefordshire crafted into cocktail heaven and matched with canapes by The Liquorists.
Taste Chase Potato Vodka, Chase Marmalade Vodka, Chase Smoked Vodka and Williams Chase Gin on their own and in a cocktail carefully created by the Liquorists to showcase each expression’s unique flavours matched expertly with delightful canapé food pairings. At only £25 a head this is not an event to let pass you by – book here!
Champagne and Seafood Gastronight Clandestine Cuisine with Dan Borza – 6th October
The Final pop-up Restaurant of The Liquorists calendar is the top of the tree, the king of the hill, the icing on the cake, the best of the best. Luxurious beyond words. Tickets are £75 a head for 8 courses and 7 wines. Book here and gaze over the menu of delights to avoid missing out on this epic epicurean event!
The Liars Club Cocktail Tiki Shack – September 21st to 7th October
Aloha! New for 2012, this is your chance to get tropical and enjoy festival cocktails with our exotic Tiki shack hosted by MFDF Bar of the Year nominee, The Liars Club, Tiki Dive Bar and Caribbean Rum Shop. Famous for serving the best Zombies in town and purveyor of the region’s most extensive collection of rum, the bar is a treasure trove of Tiki heaven with its kitsch Polynesian decor, exotic trinkets and flaming cocktails.
The Liars Club ususal home is just off Deansgate, underneath Mojo where you will find the ultimate fun and relaxed Tiki hideaway, but for this fesitval only check them out in Albert Square.
Oktoberfest – 5th Ocotber to 7th October
Celebrate the changing seasons at MFDF’s tribute to the Munich Oktoberfest with award-winning German beer brand Veltins. This event returns in 2012 with its own dedicated Bier Keller on the Sqaure. Entry is completely free and visitiors will find litre steins of authentic German beer on sale, as well as live entertainment for three fun-filled days. Beer is provided by Veltins, one of Germany’s oldest and most established brauereis, and steins of refreshing pilsner are an absolute must try. This easy-drinking, clean and herbal beer is the perfect illustration of how to balance delicate malt with lots of tangy hops.
The result is a seriously drinkable beer, which has won a number of ‘best pilsner’ awards. Bavarian banqueting sessions are happening for the first time in the Festival Dining Hall across the Square too perfect for a night out with friends or work colleagues. To book a place, including communal banquet, stein of beer, entertainment – and much more – Click here