Manchester’s first Food Summit kicks off

Manchester is playing host to its first Food Summit tomorrow (Monday, May 24, 2010) to create a new forum for the food and drink industry to discuss important issues affecting them at the moment.

There is an impressive line up of events, with a key note speech from Matthew Fort. The Guardian food reviewer is a hero of mine since I read his book about travelling around Sicily while I was there on my honeymoon, and marvelled at the sheer amount of food that one human can consume.

The event is organised by Edge Street Events, who also run Manchester Food and Drink Festival and takes place at the Ramada Manchester Piccadilly.

Discussions include talking about whether a restaurant can remain a one off independent; an emerging producers’ showcase; a discussion about Britain’s declining pub industry, and using social media for food outlets.

Phil Jones, director of Edge Street Events, says: “The objective is to provide a comprehensive forum where crucial and sometimes controversial issues surrounding the industry can be debated, where new ideas and theories can be shared, and where lasting cross sector networks can be established or renewed. This is a unique networking event that aims to become an established annual feature on the national food and drink industry calendar.”

Other food guests include:  Jean Christophe Novelli, Henrietta Green, Fergus Henderson, Paul Heathcote and Sheila Dillon.

And if all that talking wears you down, the evening’s light entertainment is Loyd Grossman’s band The New Forbidden.

For more information, www.thefoodanddrinksummit.com.

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