MFDF is back for another year and promises a whole load of events during the busy festival period. Although it is tempting to sit in festival square all evening, there is some great stuff going on all over the city to suit all budgets, and here are my favourite picks.
This informal pizza making tutorial reminds me of a night in with your mates; drinking, laughing and making simple but delicious food. New guys on the block Rudy’s Pizza are hosting a master class in how to make the perfect pizza at home at their new home in Ancoats, and it looks pretty good.
Ice cream? For dinner? Yes.
Ginger’s Comfort Emporium continues to widen my waistband with a one off 6-course ice cream inspired banquet. An interesting mix of savoury and sweet will delight the child in all of us. If this hasn’t convinced you enough, the MFDF website has left some sneak peaks of what to expect at this dessert-lover’s dream so think ice cream and gorgonzola, Baked Alaska, sorbets… JUST TAKE MY MONEY.
A free event celebrating the gallery’s rooftop garden. After you’ve filled your boots with nibbles and drinks, take a tour of the collection that’s food and drink inspired.
As the most ambitious pick on here, this immersive and multi-sensory banquet held by Whitworth Gallery in its newly renovated Grand Hall fuses art, music and food. As you dine, there will be five accompanying performances responding to the food, inspired by Delia Derbyshire (the lady who penned the Doctor Who theme-tune…).
The Biospheric Studio aims to develop fifty ecologic project over Greater Manchester in the next five years, and they’re planting their Mushroom Farm in Albert Square over the festival period. Talks by the CEO will explain the importance of fungi growth, and there’s a chance to sample the mushrooms on the daily menu in Albert Square.
If you’re bored of eating on land, then this may be the event for you. MFDF invites you to take a little cruise down Manchester Ship Canal to celebrate this acclaimed chef’s birthday. With stops at secret eateries along the way, this definitely looks like a fun way to end MFDF15′s week of gorging and drinking.
Manchester Food and Drink Festival, 10-21 September, full programme here