Today marks the start of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival until Monday 11th October. Visitors of Manchester will find many food and drink events and stalls taking over the city centre, but the festival will also spread to different districts of Greater Manchester also, check out the full listings at the official Manchester Food and Drink Festival website.

There are several mini-festivals under the umbrella of the main festival, these include the Chocolate Festival (Saturday at midday) where you could win a year’s worth of dining out in Manchester if you find a golden ticket in one of the chocolates; and the Ale Festival (tonight and Saturday), both in Albert Square.

Other events include Dinner on River by Robert Owen Brown and Oktoberfest with German beer brand Kaiserdom.

If you’re not too bothered about planning your visits, then pop down to the festival hub in Albert Square throughout the festival period and just have a mill around and see what’s on offer. I’ll be popping down on Sunday afternoon I think, although tomorrow’s Chocolate Festival is certainly tempting too…Decisions, decisions!