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Manchester Food & Drink Festival Ends With Awards

After eleven days, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival came to an end yesterday but not until the award ceremony was complete. Last year the city centre dominated amongst the winners, and while Hawksmoor, Ply, and Marble Arch all scooped awards there was more recognition for the industry in the Greater Manchester area.

Lily’s in Ashton-under-Lyne won Best Cheap Eats, while The Clarence in Bury scooped Food Pub of the Year and Lupo Caffè Italiano in Salford went away with Coffee Shop of the Year.

“2015 has been a fantastic time to stage a food and drink festival and this year’s superb programme of events reflected that. What a spectacular time to be presenting awards to the food and drink sector here in Greater Manchester.” Festival Director Phil Jones said of the event. “Congratulations to all the MFDF shortlisted venues and especially to all the winners – bravo Manchester.” He added.

The award for Best Vegetarian Offer was resurrected and given to Lotus Restaurant in Didsbury and the Outstanding Achievement Award went to Mike and Maggie Noone. The pair from R. Noone and Sons in Stockport have been supplying fresh quality produce to the catering industry over three decades.

The prize for Best Drinking Venue (which are not considered pubs) went to new Northern Quarter pizza restaurant Ply – one of three awards won by Manchester House in 2014.