York is rapidly becoming a culinary hotspot. With home grown chefs such as Andrew Pern and Michael O’Hare opening restaurants in the city, and local produce to die for – York is the place to be for food.
York Food and Drink Festival has been celebrating Yorkshire fare for over ten years. Their September festival, in the centre of York, brings together the local foodie community to celebrate the very best of local produce and restaurants.
This year, they are also running a Spring Festival – from the 1st to the 2nd of June.
The weekend will see the famous food festival markets return to Parliament Street. Wander around the producer markets and be enticed by home-grown Yorkshire meats and vegetables, along with farmhouse cheese and artisan breads to name a few.
Taste samples from stalls, including seasonal asparagus and ripe strawberries. Or, sit in the bar or cafe and enjoy a local Ale or glass of wine from the bars. There will also be chef demonstrations in their demonstration tent from festival favourites such as Steph Moon and Nick Evans and a chance to fundraise for York Children’s Hospital with a cook off from their kid’s cookbook.
Entrance to the food markets and chef demonstrations is free of charge and there is a funfair to keep the little ones entertained. The weekend will see York Food Festival launch their September festival with a bang, with announcements of plans for their Food And Science theme to take centre stage.
York Food And Drink Festival aims to promote local food and drink businesses and to encourage people to eat locally. It showcases local chefs and provides cookery classes for all ages – the September programme will include a Cookery Carousel for local schools and cookery workshops for children and adults.
Spring Festival highlights
The Chilli Jam Man has spent years developing his chilli jam recipes and now that he has found the perfect recipe – he wants to share it with us all! All his chilli jams are lovingly hand crafted in Yorkshire by Simon. Take a look at his website for the full range and recipe ideas.
Epicure’s Larder is based at Middle Wold Farm in Wold Newton. They produce a range of dairy and meat products on their farm using renewable energy. They sell locally at farmers markets to keep the food miles down.
DemiJohn – The Liquid Deli was founded in 2004 as the world’s first Liquid Deli. It’s a family run business inspired by their love of good food and drink. They sell predominantly British products, sourced locally, such as liqueurs, whiskeys, wines, spirits, olive oils and vinegars. Their re-usable glass bottles also mean they cut down on using plastic and are environmentally friendly.
Ning Restaurant – a Malaysian restaurant, cookery school and catering service in York and Manchester. It is led by 2012 Asian Curry Award winner, Chef Norman Musa. They serve fresh, authentic & delicious Malaysian food with a twist of style and individuality.