Manchester Food and Drink Festival has confirmed that its annual awards ceremony will be making a return early next year.
A brand-new honour for ‘Takeaway of the Year’ is among the accolades set to be handed out to the most talented businesses in Greater Manchester‘s thriving hospitality industry, as MFDF’s prestigious Awards makes a grand return at a new venue in January 2024.
With Manchester‘s iconic New Century chosen as the ceremony’s new home, and the date of Monday 29 January 2024 now confirmed and in the diary, award nominations are now officially live.
As mentioned, the Awards will recognise businesses in 18 categories – with ‘Affordable Eats Venue of the Year’, ‘Neighbourhood Venue of the Year’, ‘Food and Drink Retailer of the Year’, and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ being some of the heavy-hitters every year.
Other highly-regarded categories include awards for the best bar, chef, pub, coffee shop, and independent food and drink venues across the region.
Businesses are now being invited to submit nominations and put themselves forward to be considered in each of the categories, with the award nomination and judging period running right from July 2022 – which is when last year’s nominees were announced – to 6 September, which is when the self-nomination period closes.
All applications are to be reviewed by the prestigious MFDF judging panel made up of Manchester hospitality experts, and the final awards shortlists is set to be unveiled on 11 September.
MFDF says the awards are “intended to highlight as many excellent food and drink businesses and talented hospitality professionals as possible”, with the winners decided via a combination of public vote and mystery shopping from the judging panel.
Speaking as nominations go live, MFDF’s Director Alexa Stratton Powell said: “We are pleased to announce that the awards will be taking place at a new time of year.
“This decision was made after careful consideration around best timing for the hospitality sector [as] separating the Awards from the Festival event itself allows us to focus on each in greater depth [and] we’re really looking forward to this year’s process and ceremony after another amazing year for Manchester’s hospitality scene.