Manchester Coffee Festival returns to celebrate all things caffeine

Hard NOT to be buzzing about this one

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 21st September 2023

The Manchester Coffee Festival, presented by Cup North, will make its grand return to the city this month – and you can save on tickets with The Manc. 

The renowned event celebrates all things caffeine and is a must-visit for anyone in the industry, or just anyone who’s a coffee fanatic. 

You can connect with other coffee lovers from around the UK while doing your favourite thing – drinking loads of coffee. 

Visitors can work their way around the vast event at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, where there’ll be everything from a Markets Marketplace for shopping, a tasting room where you can sample loads of different coffees, workshops to have a go at, and talks and panels with industry experts. 

As well as that, Manchester Coffee Festival will have live music featuring incredible local artists, and a fun and entertaining LGBTQ+ friendly family program in collaboration with Drag Queen Story Hour UK and The Proud Trust. 


Cup North will be hosting the coffee competition, Extracted Development, over the two days of the event. Baristas and roasters from across the UK will be bringing the real life behind-the-bar scene on stage. 

Unlike the usual competitions, attendees will be encouraged to interact with the competitors and get to taste their delicious competition coffee at a brew bar setting.


There’ll be more than 60 exhibitors joining Manchester Coffee Festival 2023, each bringing their unique coffee products, artisanal treats, and coffee-related products. 

And coffee fiends will find plenty of familiar names about, such as Oatly, La Marzocco, Stores, KeepCup, WaterCare and Brew-It Group.

This year, the festival will be going paper cup-free – attendees are encouraged ‘sip responsibly’ and to bring their own reusable cups. 


KeepCup will be on hand with free cups you can borrow for the day too. 

This year, the Manchester Coffee Festival will be partnering with Farmers’ Voice Radio as part of its Community Partner Program, which aims to support different charity organisations who share their ambition to make a positive contribution towards specialty coffee communities and the communities local to their events. 

Farmers’ Voice Radio has a mission to transform the lives of millions of farmers and rural communities through the power of radio. 

It is also working with The Proud Trust to build a more diverse and inclusive event for the local community. 

6% of all ticket sales will be evenly donated to both organisations, who will be on site to chat to attendees too. 


Festival co-founder Hannah Davies said: “The Manchester Coffee Festival is all about celebrating the vibrant world of specialty coffee and creating a welcoming community, not just for the industry but for all. 

“We’re thrilled to be back, bigger and better than ever, with a program that showcases the very best of coffee, sustainability, and accessibility.”

Manchester Coffee Festival will return to Bowlers Exhibition Centre between 18 and 19 November. Tickets are now available to purchase online at Use code TheManc to save 10% on Sunday tickets.

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