Get your tastebuds ready for ten days of sensational experiences – as the York Food & Drink Festival returns.
Featuring star chefs, workshops, demos, street food and live music, the festival will run from 17-26 September.
There will be more than 80 different stands in the city centre showcasing the best of Yorkshire produce.
Collaborators this year include Museum Gardens, Castle Museum, and the Theatre Royal.
York Minster will host the Gin & Rum Festival on Saturday 18 September, with more than 120 top-class gins and rums to try.
Minster events manager Danny Knight said: “York Minster is proud to welcome the Gin & Rum Festival, who are bringing good food, good drink and good times to the Minster!
“The team works in beautiful buildings and cathedrals across the country, so we’re excited about opening our doors to this brilliant event for the first time.”
York Theatre Royal presents Yotam Ottolenghi on Tuesday 21st. Theatre director Vicky Biles said: “”It is an exclusive opportunity to hear the tastes, ingredients and flavours that excite him and how he has created a career from cooking.”
In Parliament Street there will be demonstrations from 2020 Masterchef Professionals finalist Jono Hawthorne, Great British Menu’s Steph Moon and York’s own Neil Bentinck from Skosh.
Festival director Michael Hjort added “Not only will we have our usual market in Parliament Street and St. Sampson’s Square but we will be running secondary sites ‘Hubs’ in the Museum Gardens and the Coppergate Centre.
“In these sites there are free hands-on cookery workshops and a station for those taking part in our Taste Trail.”
The Taste Trail is ticketed tour of York where participants visit different businesses and receive a sample of food or drink from each one.
The hubs will feature samples from businesses who can’t take in too many visitors due to size and/or COVID restrictions. “We didn’t want restrictions from stopping ticket holders from tasting the best of York.”
The free hands-on cookery workshops, the Festival’s ‘Food Factory’ are located at the Hubs and are suitable for all ages. This year’s workshops include chocolate work, curing & smoking your own foods, butter & cheese making, and pasta making.
A record 1,200 primary school children are already booked for cookery workshops midweek.
Michael said “With the uncertainties surrounding all events we have been flooded with enquiries about whether we were going ahead or not. Well, thanks to recent grant we are and we can’t wait.
The challenge to deliver a festival programme in half the usual time has been met!”
Details of the programme will continue to be added to the website which will go live tomorrow (Thursday, 2 September).