Shortlists revealed for the Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards 2019

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF) has today revealed the shortlists for the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2019.

The winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at this year’s MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards which will be taking place at Gorton Monastery on Monday 7th October 2019.

The hotly anticipated awards are the culmination of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and are the highest profile, best-regarded food and drink awards in the North of England.

As ever, the awards will celebrate the creativity, success and innovation within the region’s hospitality industry, demonstrating the breadth of talent in Greater Manchester and just how important the sector is to the local economy.

Artisan Drinks Producer recognises the explosion of innovative and exciting independent drinks producers starting up right here in the region.

Vegan Offering of the Year has replaced MFDF’s previous Vegetarian Award. This revised category reflects Manchester’s commitment and dynamism in the plant-based eating scene.

The shortlist has been decided by the MFDF judging panel that includes the region’s leading food and drink experts. The nominations for each category are posted on the MFDF website where the public can vote for their favourite. These votes will then be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery shop visits.

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Caterer.com

The winner of Restaurant of the Year will be chosen from the Casual Restaurant and Premium and Fine Dining Restaurant shortlists. The nominee that scores the highest via mystery shopping and public vote will be crowned the overall Restaurant of the Year.

Last year’s winner – Adam Reid at The French

Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the Year – sponsored by Bookatable

Hawksmoor – 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
Mana – 42 Blossom St, Manchester M4 6BF
Restaurant MCR – 18-22 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester
Tast – 20-22 King St, Manchester M2 6AG
Umezushi – 4, Mirabel St, Manchester M3 1PJ
Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY

Casual Restaurant of the Year

Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Canto – Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Manchester M4 5DH
Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun – 101-103 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW
Dishoom – 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
Rudy’s Pizza – Petersfield House, Manchester, M2 5QJ
Sugo Pasta Kitchen – Blossom St, Manchester M4 6BA

Newcomer of the Year – sponsored by Manchester Evening News

Dishoom – 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
erst. – 9 Murray St, Manchester M4 5BN
Kala Bistro – 55 King St, Manchester M2 4LQ
Mana – 42 Blossom St, Manchester M4 6BF
Tast – 20-22 King St, Manchester M2 6AG
The Fisherman’s Table – 103 Church Ln, Marple, Stockport SK6 7AR

Chef of the Year – sponsored by Stephenson’s

Sam Buckley – Where The Lights Get In, 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY
Aiden Byrne – Restaurant MCR, 18 – 22 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester
Simon Martin – Mana, 42 Blossom St, Manchester M4 6BF
Adam Reid – Adam Reid at The French, 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Omar Rodriguez Marrero – Umezushi 4, Mirabel St, Manchester M3 1PJ
Miquel Villacrosa – Tast Catala 20-22 King St, Manchester M2 6AG

Pub/Craft Ale Bar of the Year sponsored by Camden Town Brewery

Bunbury’s – 393 Chorley Old Rd, Bolton BL1 6AH
Cask – Cottonfield Wharf , 2 New Union St , New Islington Marina , Ancoats, M46FQ
Reasons To Be Cheerful Café and Real Ale Bar – 228 Fog Lane, Manchester
Sandbar – 120 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7H
The Flying Horse Hotel – 37 Packer St, Rochdale OL16 1NJ
The Magnet – 51 Wellington Rd N, Stockport SK4 1HJ

Bar of the Year sponsored by J.J Whitley

Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun – 101-103 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW
Hawksmoor – 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
Henry C – 107 Manchester Rd, Manchester M21 9GA
Speak In Code – Jackson’s Row, Manchester M2 5ND
The Jane Eyre – 14 Hood St, Manchester M4 6WX
YES – 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB

Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year

Baratxuri – 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT
Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine – 85 Oldham Road, Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 7DY
Porta Tapas – 216 Chapel Street, Salford, Manchester, M3 6BY
The Creameries – 406 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0SD
The Fisherman’s Table – 103 Church Ln, Marple, Stockport SK6 7AR
The Oystercatcher – 123 Manchester Rd, Manchester M21 9PG

Coffee Shop of the Year sponsored by Gorton Monastery

Ezra and Gil – 20 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1FR
Federal Café Bar – 9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EY
Idle Hands – 35 Dale St, Manchester M1 2HF
Pollen Bakery – Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union St, Manchester M4 6FQ
Siop Shop – 53 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LS
Trove – 5 Murray Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6HS

Affordable Eats Venue of the Year

Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine – 85 Oldham Road, Ashton Under Lyne, OL6 7DY
Rudy’s Pizza – 9 Cotton Street, Ancoats, M4 5BF / Petersfield House, Manchester, M2 5QJ
Siop Shop – 53 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LS
The Spärrows – Unit 3 Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ
YES – 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

Lunya – Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BB
HM Pasties – 395 Manchester Rd, Droylsden, Manchester M43 6QF
Out of the Blue – 484 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 9AS
Taste IT – 69 Blackfriars Rd, Salford M3 7DB
Unicorn Grocery – 89 Albany Road, Chorlton, M21 0BN
Wong Wong Bakery & Café – 32 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4LB

Vegan Offering of the Year sponsored by R Noone & Son

Amma’s Canteen – 285 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 7GH
Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Dishoom – 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
Evelyn’s Café Bar – 4 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB
Foodwell – Suite 2, Ground Floor, One New Bailey, Stanley St, Salford M3 5JL
Plant Powered Sundays at GRUB – Mayfield Gatehouse, Baring St, M1 2AD

Artisan Drinks Producer of the Year

Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co – 15 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF
Diablesse Rum – Farman & Son, LTD, 8 Cranbourne Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AP
Manchester Gin – 78 Temperance St, Manchester M12 6HU
Manchester Union – 96D North Western Street, Ardwick, Manchester, M12 6JL
Steep Soda – 73 Temperance St, Manchester M12 6HU
Track Brewing Co – Unit 5 Sheffield St, Manchester M1 2ND

Foodie Event or Project of the Year

Auction Against Hunger – Upper Campfield Market Hall, Barton Street, Manchester M3 4NN
GRUB – Mayfield Depot, Baring St, Manchester, M1 2PZ
Indy Man Beer Con – Victoria Baths Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE
Festa Italiana – Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
Stockport Foodie Friday – Stockport Market Place, Stockport
SURPLUS! @ Beer Nouveau – 75 N Western Street, Manchester, M12 6DY

Front of House Team of the Year sponsored by Boutinot Wines

Adam Reid at The French – 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Dishoom – 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
erst. – 9 Murray St, Manchester M4 5BN
Hawksmoor – 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
Mana – 42 Blossom St, Manchester M4 6BF
Tast – 20-22 King St, Manchester

Street Food Trader of the Year Award

Awarding one of the Greater Manchester-based street food legends that are gracing our kerbs with an ever-increasing plethora of gastro goods. There is no shortlist for this, MFDF is handing this over to the public! Please vote via the MFDF website.

Last year’s winner – Oh Mei Dumpling

Best Sustainability Award Sponsored by Sustainable Restaurant Association

Sustainability Award sponsored by The Sustainable Restaurant Association
MFDF are looking for those venues that pride themselves on making good food for people and the planet, to enter for this award fill out the short questionnaire here.

Last year’s winner – The Creameries

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Recognising someone who contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester, nominations via the MFDF website.

Last year’s winner – Jeremy Roberts, Living Ventures

The award nominations will be posted on the MFDF website http://foodanddrinkfestival.com/awards

The winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and scores obtained by mystery shop visits from the judging panel.

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