The Manchester Food and Drink Awards ceremony is an annual congratulatory backslapping event for the cities drinking and dining establishments that occurs in October each year as part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. The extra exposure and kudos of winning an MFDAward can have a huge impact on the success of a business over the following twelve months, and so competition is fierce.
Establishments are required to put themselves forward for categories which they are eligible and from this long list of applications, event organisers produce a short-list from which the public can vote for the eventual winner.
Last week this short-list was released to little fanfare, so lets take a look at a few of the contenders vying for the title in October:
Restaurant of The Year: No surprises here, all six listed are well established amongst Manchester’s Elite, but there has been little innovation over the last twelve months amongst the contenders. I’m surprised that one or two of the newcomers to the Manchester fine dining scene haven’t been considered here.
Best Bar: Plenty of new contenders for this coveted crown, including the stylish Alchemist and the delightful Port Street Beer House. The most interesting inclusion is The Molly House, which is a fantastically quirky addition to the Gay Village.
Best Newcomer: A couple of very big hitters in this category, including the recently reviewed Australasia, the stylish and elegant Vertigo and West Didsbury’s newest fine dining establishment; The Rose Garden.
Best Pub: A highly competitive short-list, which includes the re-vamped Castle Hotel, Stockport representative; The Nursery Inn and The Angel Pub; which has completely rejuvenated itself over the last couple of years.
Best Coffee Shop or Casual Dining Venue: A diverse bunch, as you would expect from the title of the award. The winner will come from a list ranging from a Northern Quarters curry house; Kebabish to Ramsbottom’s The Chocolate Café.
Best Food and Drink Retail Outlet: Chorlton is well represented in this category, with Out of the Blue, Barbakan and W.H. Frosts Butchers among those shortlisted, along with The Cheese Place (Prestwich), Tatanics (Cheetham) and Bradley’s Bakery (Ashton-under-Lyne).
To vote visit the MFDA website.
I’ll take a closer look at the festival later in the year.