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A mini-guide to food festivals in Yorkshire

13:00 12 June 2016

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton Food Lovers Festival


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

19-21 February
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

1 March
James Martin – Plates, Mates & Automobiles
Celebrated chef and TV personality James Martin has announced his very first UK tour. He will visit 25 venues across the UK including The Spa Bridlington on Tuesday 1 March with his interactive live show.
01262 678258

28-29 May
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

28-30 May
Great British Food Festival
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

18 June
Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival
The third annual event at Leeds Town Hall will be packed with food, drink and information about a vegan lifestyle.
0115 960 8254

18-19 June
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

18-19 June
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.

25-26 June
Yorkshire Game Fair
Veggies beware: as its name suggests, meat is very much on the menu at the Yorkshire Game Fair. This isn’t just a food festival, of course: there’s a craft pavilion, retail pavilion, displays and entertainment, competitive shooting, and field and bushcraft workshops (but no tucker trials, as far as we know). There is, however, a food court, too, with home-made breads, cheeses, hand-reared meats, sausages, jams, craft beers, wines and liquors; plus the Keeper’s Kitchen featuring David Alty, a hunter, forager and wild cook (by which I mean ‘outdoorsy’ – not ‘livid’) and an array of activities including game preparation, plucking, skinning and, yes, butchery.

26th June
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.

8-10 July
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

8-10 July
Bridlington Sea Food Festival
Oh we do like sea food beside the seaside so where better place to sample it than in Brid? It’s located in the Harbour Car Park, and expect seafood stalls galore (a statement of the bloomin’ obvious, I realise), local chef demos, a bar and live entertainment, plus children’s activities.

4-7 August
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.

19-21 August
Foodies Festival, Harrogate
The Foodies Festival started life in Edinburgh but now includes sister events in Brighton, Oxford, Bristol, Tatton Park, Battersea Park, Clapham Common, Syon Park and Blackheath in south London and (this is where we come in) Ripley Castle near Harrogate. This year, the line-up includes The Great British Menu’s Stephanie Moon, Aldo Zilli and 2014 MasterChef winner Ping Coombes, plus a vintage tea tent, a drinks theatre, artisan market, children’s cookery theatre and, for those with cast iron constitutions and reinforced trousers, a chilli-eating competition. The festival is a ticketed event.

15-29 September
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

17 September
Stirley Food Festival  
Join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to celebrate autumn with local food, ales and a chance to explore the Huddersfield community farm with all the family until sunset.
01484 663189 

18 September
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.

24-25 September
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival
Launched in 2005, the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival is back for its 11th annual Festival.  Attracting more than 40,000 visitors to the Town, this year brings firm favourites, as well as a new dedicated FairTrade zone, showcasing local, ethical and sustainable vendors.  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,

23rd September to 2nd 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,

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.


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