17 Unmissable Events At Manchester Food And Drink Festival This 2017

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Grab your cocktail passport…

Manchester Food and Drink Festival is a must visit for those who love to fill their bellies. But it’s not just bites to savour on offer. There is also a lot to love for booze fans and cocktail freaks. Here’s our pick of the best.

1. Cocktail Passport

If you pick up a special cocktail passport you can take advantage of £5 cocktails across four of MAD’s Northern Quarter bars, and that’s not all: Collect a stamp at each venue and you could win a £100 bar tab.

The venues are Hula, Rosylee, The Fitzgerald and Tusk, and the promotion runs from September 28 until October 8.

2. Ultimate Cocktail Crawl

It’s a trek around the NQ that you won’t need to pack a bag for.

Starting in Africa and the tribal surrounds of Tusk, you’ll enjoy a homemade infusion cocktail from South Africa’s Whitley Neill. Back to England and Rosylee for a quintessentially British classic from Portobello Road.

Going across the pond to America, you’ll enjoy a 1920s, speakeasy-style Hudson Whiskey cocktail at The Fitzgerald and finish in the tropics with a fresh and fruity rum number in Hula, from Santa Teresa. Tickets are £20 each, and includes all four cocktails.

See Skiddle to book your place:

Wednesday October 4, 7pm – 9pm – tickets

Thursday October 5, 7pm – 9pm – tickets

3. Weird Science Cocktail Extravaganza

Renowned for their cocktail making skills and weekly live music events, The Fitzgerald invites you to bring out your experimental side with a series of unusual events.

Unleash your inner science geek with their experimental ‘cocktail lab’ masterclass, join them for a free whiskey masterclass and don’t miss their whiskey-fuelled gig with the After Hours….

4. Mix Up A Tipple At A Hudson Masterclass

Whether you’re a whiskey connoisseur or not, this tasting session and masterclass will expose you to the full variety of Hudson’s bourbon and whiskeys. From the expressively woody and superbly smoky Baby Bourbon to the vibrant Manhattan Rye and the rich and peppery four-grain.

You’ll learn all about Hudson’s rich history; from its humble beginnings in the first whiskey distillery in New York since Prohibition and try all three blends – and where better to do this than the 1920’s inspired speakeasy that is The Fitzgerald.

It’s on Thursday September 28 at 7pm and entry is free.

Book via Skiddle.

5. Rock Out At A Whisky-Fuelled Gig

The volume will be cranked up from 9pm with live music from The After Hours, providing their eclectic mix of awesome choons, for a whiskey-fuelled gig.

The After Hours, will be bringing the party with their direct and unpretentious approach to both swing jazz and live dance music. They’ll be playing two full sets of upbeat swing as well as quirky covers of popular songs such as Moloko’s Bring it back and Britney Spears Toxic, for an electric atmosphere.

Guests will be treated to special Hudson whiskey cocktail menu running alongside The Fitzgerald’s amazing selection of quality cocktails, spirits and beers. And with Happy Hour running all night long, that means 2 for £10 cocktails until 1am! So expect great music, dancing and plenty of alcohol!

The Fitzgerald, Thursday September 28, from 9pm till late, with free entry.

6. Make Some Magic At A Cocktail Lab Masterclass

A journey through the weird and wonderful at The Fitzgerald, in this masterclass you will make and create a smoked bacon and maple old fashioned, a lavender infused Aviation with a cloud of fog and take home your own bitters making kit.

It’s £25 per person, with eight people in a class.

Saturday 30th  September – 1pm  – book here.

Saturday 30th  September – 3pm  – book here.

Saturday 7th October 2pm  – book here.

7. Get Your Gin On In Style

Beautiful Rosylee is the perfect spot for some quintessentially English drinking at their Gin Parlour.

Throughout MFDF select your preferred gin tipple and choose your own botanicals to garnish. There’ll be special gin tastings and masterclasses plus a gin and chocolate tasting event.

Running from September 28 until October 8 for MFDF.

8. Pure Tradition at The Amicable Club

Join Rosylee for an evening of gin and fine food, as they team up with Thomas Dakin Gin recreate the 18th century amicable club for Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

There’ll be a three-course meal, perfectly matched for gin drinking, with serves from Thomas Dakin.

The evening also includes a masterclass and talk from Alix Walker, Thomas Dakin’s brand ambassador.

Tickets are £30 and include a three course meal, and gin-paired cocktails. There will also be a special £5 gin cocktail menu available all night.

Book via the restaurant directly on 0161 228 6629, with a £10 per person deposit.

Rosylee, Thursday 5th October 7.30pm.

9. A Portobello Road Gin Masterclass

Portobello Rd Gin are based on one of the most famous roads in London, and they’ll be taking a trip up north to share their story and give you a masterclass on their delightful gin, blended from nine botanicals, and which serves it works best in.

Head to Rosylee on Wednesday October 4 at 6.30pm for this free event. You can pre-book via Skiddle.

10. It Was Acceptable In The ’90s – And Now…

Music, food and drinks are what Walrus and Tusk do best with their brand new menu featuring street-food style plates including Hipster Chips, which will be available at the MFDF kitchen.

Throughout the festival they’ll be throwing back the years with ’90s inspired cocktails and masterclasses, retro games and will culminate in a massive ’90s house party.

11. 1990s House Party Incoming

Get ready to party ’90s style with Walrus and New Amsterdam Vodka.

Walrus will be throwing back the years with the best ’90s playlist, ’90s inspired cocktails and retro games for the best house party of your life. There’s also a free welcome cocktail thrown in.

It’s on September 28 and entry is free, with a ticket here which gets you a FREE welcome drink.

12. Roll Back The Years With A Retro Masterclass

Back to the old school, as you learn how to make classic ’90s cocktails at Walrus with our selection of fun, retro serves like the Blue Lagoon, Long Island Iced Tea, Slippery Nipple and there’ll be Jell-O shots to round up the session and ’90s nibbles to keep you sober along the way.

It’s £25 per person with eight people per class.

Saturday September 30 – 3pm TICKETS

Saturday September 30 – 5pm TICKETS

Saturday October 7 – 3pm TICKETS

Saturday October 7 – 5pm TICKETS

13. Get Your Tiki On

Purveyors of all things rum, fire and tiki, Hula know how to throw a party with fun and frolics in their den of debauchery seven nights a week.

Hosting the Official MFDF closing party on Sunday October 8 with Bacardi there’ll be live music, DJs, free tiki shirts, cocktails and more.

14. Hasta La Vista For The Arnie Quiz

Test your knowledge of this ultimate legend at Hula.

Do you know your I’ll Be Backs from your Get to the Chopper, relive all of Arnie’s most iconic movie scenes.

There’s lots of prizes to be won and you can enjoy whilst sipping Arnie-inspired tiki cocktails as you re-live all your favourite moments.

It’s on Monday October 2 at 7pm, with tickets at £2 per person – just pre-book through Billeto.

15. Get The Party Started With Tiki Masterclass

If rum, fun and tiki fun is your thing, then this masterclass is for you. You’ll learn how to make some retro-cool tiki drinks and use fire to create all the drama of Hula.

Book your place fast as this one is sure to sell out – it’s £25 per person.

Saturday September 30 from 3pm – 5pm, book your ticket here

Saturday October 7 from 3pm – 5pm, book your ticket here

16. Shake Your Thang At The Tiki Disco

Get ready to party at the Tiki Disco, with massive ’80s and ’90s hits banging out all night long. There are giveaways, games, retro cocktails – and if you go in fancy dress, you might win a bottle of Bacardi.

The fun is on Thursday October 5 from 8pm, with free entry.

17. MFDF Closing Party

Get ready to party at the MFDF closing party with Bacardi. There’ll be a DJ playing all your favourite tiki, RnB and party tunes, free tiki shirts and of course, lots of cocktails.

It’s at Hula on October 8.

Source : Lovin’ Manchester. Kirstie McCrum, 18th September 2017.