Some of the borough's finest hospitality venues are in with a chance of winning prestigious prizes at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF) this year.

There are 113 nominees shortlisted across 16 award categories with both Ramsbottom and Prestwich up for the Foodie Neighbourhood of the Year gong.

Grind and Tamp on Bridge Street in Ramsbottom has also been nominated in the Coffee Shop of the Year category.

And in the Neighbourhood Venue of the Year category, Baratxuri Bar on Smithy Street in Ramsbottom and Osma on Bury New Road in Prestwich are in the running.

While in the Food and Drink Retailer of the Year category, Cooper's Lets Fress Deli on Bury Old Road in Prestwich has been nominated.

As the city continues its post-Covid recovery, the awards showcasing Manchester’s dining and drinking scene are back and bigger than ever for the festival's 25th anniversary.

The event aims to highlight as many excellent food and drink businesses and talented hospitality professionals as possible.

This year, the winners will be decided by both the public and a judging panel of Manchester hospitality experts.

For the public awards, the city’s food and drinks fans can vote for their hospitality heroes via the MFDF website.

Some categories will be decided entirely by a public vote as well as some being made up from public votes and a mystery shopping visit from one of the judging panel.

The Independent Drinks Producer of the Year and the Independent Food Producer of the Year Awards will also be judged by a panel taste test.

Voting for the awards is now open and the winners will be announced at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards sponsored by Bruntwood and taking place at Escape to Freight Island in Manchester on September 26.

Alexa Stratton-Powell, director of MFDF, said: “This is an incredible list of brilliant businesses that we are proud to celebrate.

“As we look forward to our 25th year it’s all about the talent that has shaped this last quarter century and made the city’s food scene the world-class destination that it is today.

“Please get involved, vote for your favourites and visit the amazing venues on the shortlist for yourselves.”

Charlotte Wild, head of retail and leisure at Bruntwood, added: “We’re proud to become headline sponsor for these important awards.

“Manchester's hospitality scene is phenomenal, and the industry is absolutely central to our vision of creating thriving cities.

“We're excited to celebrate 25 years of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival this Autumn, alongside all the talented nominees and winners at the Awards on 26th September.

“Congratulations to all those shortlisted.”

The closing date for votes is September 16