Summer food festivals on the Yorkshire coast
PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 May 2017
Fresh, local produce is always available along the Yorkshire coast, but if you’re looking for a bit of extra inspiration, here are a few foodie festivals to get your taste buds buzzing.
Scarborough’s annual Seafest (July 21st-23rd) on West Pier and in its 19th year, is a cornucopia of local seafood, part of a weekend celebrating the area’s maritime heritage. The festival attracts in excess of 25,000 visitors over the weekend and provides the perfect opportunity to showcase businesses and products.
There are foodie stalls aplenty, with free cookery demos by leading Yorkshire chefs, and a real ale and beer festival hosted by the Great Yorkshire Brewery in Cropton. Hear live music, see Maritime Heritage boats and displays, be entertained by live street theatre plus children’s arts workshops and a grand firework display on Saturday night!
Eat Yorkshire Food Festival
The Eat Yorkshire Food Festival takes place in Filey every June, August and October with stalls and street food demos overlooking the town’s stunning seven-mile sandy beach. The stalls this year include artisan breads, pates, pies, local honey, homemade cakes, marshmallows, chocolate, cheeses, coffee, granola, fudge, jams, marmalades, chilli sauces, Yorkshire rapeseed oils, award-winning puddings, jerk chicken, Russian cuisine, hog roast, ale, cider and sloe drinks bars.
The festival takes place three times throughout the year over a weekend. Last year’s event proved to be a big hit in Filey which is why it has come back for another year. It’s suitable for the whole family - yet another reason to have a break at the coast.
Bridlington Old Town’s Summer Festival (June 10th-11th) has the finest examples of local produce – and gives you the perfect excuse to visit the harbour and indulge in the daily catch.
There’s the wonderfully-named Fish. Fillet. Feast! – a one-day celebration (June 18th) of local fish that’s hosted in villages along the coastline of the North York Moors, including Saltburn, Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay organised by Scarborough-based arts development company Create on behalf of the North York Moors National Park Authority
Local fishermen and chefs will be showing visitors how to catch and prepare freshly-caught fish such as mackerel and cod before barbecuing and serving tastings to visitors.
Restaurants and cafés will also be creating and serving a special Fish. Fillet. Feast! dish to showcase the delicious bounty that is landed along North Yorkshire’s coastline.
The fish theme continues during the celebration with artists and photographers exhibiting a range of arts and crafts that have been inspired by the coast, and street performers and musicians adding to the entertainment.
Catriona McLees North York Moors National Park Authority head of promotion and tourism says: ‘For centuries, fishing was at the heart of community life along the coast with the fishermen venturing out in coble boats and wives making nets and gansey sweaters for their menfolk.
‘Today, the sea offers an abundant array of fish from mackerel through to lobsters and brown crabs, and fishing is undergoing a renaissance here particularly as more people are seeking out locally-caught, seasonal food.
‘It’s great to see so many local businesses coming together to celebrate their heritage and showcase the simple delights of eating freshly-caught and cooked fish.”
The day runs from 11am until 7pm and most of the events will be free of charge. Timings of events will vary and there will be different activities happening in each village.