A Manchester restaurateur says the city’s annual food and drink festival and awards ceremony gives local businesses an opportunity to promote their businesses.

Rob Engledow of Proove Pizza said of the event, now in its 20th year: “It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get out there.”

“The festival is in the centre of town so it’s an opportunity to meet new customers and let them know about our Pizzeria in Manchester, in West Didsbury.”

Festival Director, Alexa Stratton-Powell, says the diversity of Manchester’s food scene has grown significantly over that time.

Reflecting the boom in Manchester’s food and drink scene this year 20 awards will be presented at tonight’s awards ceremony, with new awards for Best Brewery, Best Vegetarian Offering and Best Sustainable Food & Drink Business.

“All the different diverse restaurants and businesses within the food scene and how far it’s come really, it’s just generally a celebration of how far the food scene has come over the past
twenty years and it’s a great festival for people to attend with lots of events across the city.”

This year’s Festival saw 252 partners with chefs, brewers, authors, street food traders, wine merchants, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, forgotten railways, community groups,
pubs, and bars, participating in over 100 events that happened across Greater Manchester.

Over the years the Festival has attracted names as varied as Nadiya Hussain, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

The main event of the Festival was the Festival Hub on Albert Square, where a massive pop up food village was built for foodies and curious people were invited into a food and drink heaven.
The Hub was open for 11 days from 12noon to 11pm daily and it featured street food, an indie beer festival, gin, masterclasses, pop up restaurants, live music and much more.

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