Malton Food Lovers Festival made an epic return this August Bank Holiday weekend, as well over 42,000 hungry visitors arrived in the town
The 3-day event champions local, Yorkshire food and is driven by a passionate collective of artisan producers and culinary experts.
The festival is a huge driver for the town in building its status as Yorkshire’s Food Capital.
Headlining the Yorkshire Baker Main Stage this Bank Holiday Weekend was Michelin-starred chef and Festival Patron, Tommy Banks.
Tommy, best known for his restaurants The Black Swan at Oldstead and Roots in York, reeled in the crowds on Saturday with his delicious demonstrations.
Great British Bake Off 2019 winner, David Atherton, also took to the tent to showcase his latest children’s cookbook ‘My First Baking Book’, producing two recipes with the help of an aspiring young baker called Alex who was plucked from the crowd.
‘Chilli & Mint’ author, Torie True, shared her Indian home cooking secrets on stage, and The Yorkshire Pasta Company’s Kathryn Bumby also told visitors about her culinary journey to create quality pasta that’s approved by native Italians.
Rounding things off on Bank Holiday Monday was MasterChef alumni Jono Hawthorne from Leeds-based Chef Jono at V & V restaurant.
He wowed crowds with his culinary creations, one of which was his signature MasterChef dish: a mushroom tiramisu.
This year’s headline sponsor, Yorkshire Baker, also got involved in feeding the masses at the festival with their fan-favourite sausage rolls and cider ketchup.
The bakery’s innovation team ran hourly demonstrations all weekend long from Malton’s legendary cookery school, The Cook’s Place, teaching visitors how to create the perfect Pork Wellington.
Festival Patron, Tommy Banks, said: “It’s an incredible festival. I think Yorkshire is an amazing place for food, but it all comes together in one place for the Malton Food Lovers festival.
“The turnout, as every year, is unbelievable; there’s so many people here, the weather is spot on, and we’re all set for a brilliant weekend!”
Also a huge fan of the festival, Great British Bake Off 2019 Winner, David Atherton, added:
“I have absolutely loved the festival, growing up in Whitby I’ve been coming to Malton for years but it’s actually my first time coming to Malton Food Lovers Festival.
“It’s so great to see an explosion of food both in the stalls and in the shops and cafes that are always here, it’s just incredible. I’ll definitely be coming back for as long as Malton will have me!”
Chef Jono added: “I’ve never been to the Malton Food Lovers Festival before but it’s really impressive; probably one of the best food festivals I’ve ever been to!
“I’d definitely return to Malton, it’s been a great experience exploring all of the amazing food stalls with my family.”
Still hungry for more? The Malton Monthly Food Market returns on 10th September and every second Saturday of the month for the remaining months of 2022, featuring specialist food stalls and street food from Malton’s plentiful makers and bakers.
And next on Malton’s event calendar is the Marathon du Malton. Labelled as “Britain’s Tastiest 10K,” on Sunday 18th September, the town invites residents and visitors to run, walk and eat their way around the most breathtaking (and fulfilling) course that Yorkshire has to offer.