A mini-guide to food festivals in Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:58 13 January 2017
We are all foodies in Yorkshire, and it's no surprise our diverse variety of food festivals are some of the most well attended in the country
Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb
A festival of West Yorkshire’s favourite pink vegetable plus all manner of other delicious local delicacies (including custard presumably).
0345 601 8353 http://www.experiencewakefield.co.uk
York Chocolate Festival
York is the city of chocolate and this three day festival is sure to delight the sweet-toothed among you.
Malton Food Lovers Festival
Malton is Yorkshire’s self styled capital of food for a number of reasons; the Talbot Hotel, the monthly food market and the annual Food Lover’s Festival which takes place every late May Bank Holiday.
It is now regarded as one of the premier food festivals in the country with a host of celebrity chefs and experts attending each year.
01653 692 849 http://maltonyorkshire.co.uk
Great British Food Festival – Harewood House
There will be a big serving of stunning hot food, plus real ale and wine bars, kids cookery lessons, top chef demos, stir in a cake competition and excellent live music to make a lovely foodie family day out at Harewood House, near Leeds.
01925 479 140 https://greatbritishfoodfestival.com/harewood-house/
Dales Festival of Food & Drink
The Leyburn event celebrates the very best of locally produced food and drink and attracts crowds from around the region. Entry is free.
Contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org http://dalesfestivaloffood.org
Halifax Food Festival
A free foodie event that spills over into a number of streets around Halifax — Southgate, Cornmarket, Russell Street and the Woolshops — with a demo kitchen, local chefs, regional food producers and market stalls. www.halifaxfoodfest.co.uk
Northallerton Homegrown Food Festival
An award-winning and buzzing free festival in more ways than one: arts activities this year take ‘the Year of the Bee’ as their theme. Run by the Homegrown Food Group, a small band of volunteers, this Northallerton-based festival (you’ll find it at Applegarth Park) also includes stalls, live music, cookery demos, a Grow Zone and activities for children to inspire them to get cooking. www.homegrownfoodfest.co.uk
Pontefract Liquorice Festival
Liquorice lovers can enjoy a range of liquorice food and drink while browsing the food, craft and gift stalls at the colourful street market.
0345 8506 506 http://www.experiencewakefield.co.uk
Wetherby Food Festival
There is an eclectic range of over 50 producer stalls and street food vendors. The whole world is here, basically, including chorizo sausage from BBQ Chorizo Grill, Caribbean food from Sheffield-based Caribbean Fusion, paella from Black Bull Paella, Mexican and southern street food from El Kantina, Indian food from Indian Delights and Turkish food from Musti’s Kitchen.
The Ings, Wetherby http://wetherbyfoodfestival.co.uk
Great British Food Festival – Castle Howard
There will be a big serving of stunning hot food, plus real ale and wine bars, kids cookery lessons, top chef demos, stir in a cake competition and excellent live music to make a lovely foodie family day out at Castle Howard near Leeds.
Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival
It’s estimated the event now attracts over 100,000 visitors to St Georges Square over the four day weekend in early August.
Launched in 2000, the event celebrates Huddersfield businesses & local producers, with over 90 stalls, more than 30 cookery demonstrations and a jam-packed programme of children’s workshops and entertainment. www.foodanddrinkfestival.org.uk
World Curry Festival
Bradford is the place in the UK to get a fabulous curry (in 2014 it was named Curry Capital of Britain for the fourth year in a row). So, no surprises, this festival is a celebration of all things curried with some remarkable demos, tastings and market stalls, naturally. Entry is free, although some events are ticketed.
City Park, Bradford http://www.worldcurryfestival.com
Cottingham Food and Drink Festival
The award-winning Cottingham Food and Drink Festival will return to the village for a fourth year on Sunday 18th September from 10.30am-4pm
The Festival will include cooking demonstrations, after which the chefs will be competing in a challenge to cook up the best dish using lobsters caught on our very own East Yorkshire coastline. You will also be able to visit a large number of stalls from around Yorkshire selling local produce. Stalls will be situated in the Market Green, King Street and Hallgate. http://www.eyevents.co.uk/events/cottingham-food-and-drink-festival
22 September to 1 October
York Food Festival
The York Food Festival takes over the city centre for around 10 days every September.
The taste trail, which runs in conjunction with festival, alowws you to visit many of York’s independent food retailers and joy free taster and discounts.
September, Throughout the city, http://www.yorkfoodfestival.com
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival
Launched in 2005, the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival attracts more than 40,000 visitors to the town. In all, 50 stalls are packed in throughout the town to bring residents and visitors alike a culinary mix that keeps bringing people back year after year.
Throughout the town, https://holmfirthfoodanddrink.org
2017 Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards
On Monday 26th September, over 150 highly esteemed guests, finalists and sponsors will be joining Yorkshire Life to celebrate the 23rd Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards at Rudding Park, Harrogate.
Please note: there may be a ticket entry price for some of these festivals, please refer to the relevant websites for more details and exact dates and times.
We will be updating this page as more details of other foodie events are announced.