As we roll around to the end of September, it’s time again for the main York Food Festival. As is now the annual tradition, the centre of York will be taken over by foodie delights in the form of market stalls, street food vendors, food demos and restaurant offers. Here’re the bits and pieces that have caught my eye in this year’s program.
Demonstrations – There’s a great line up of chef demonstrators this year. I’ll be trying to fit in as many as I can, but with the number on offer I suspect some will slip through the net. Top names include Andrew Pern, Neil Bentinck, Adam Jackson, James MacKenzie, Sara Danesin Medio, Steph Moon, Josh Overington and Tommy Banks.
Food Events – With the festival expanding across large portions of the city this year, there’s a huge amount to get booked into. Here’s a selection to look at:
- Afternoon tea tour of York from Tours in a Dish
- Star Inn the City‘s pop up
- French cheese & wine with Love Cheese
- Community table at El Piano
- Txoko Basque tapas at Ambiente
- Medieval banquet at Barley Hall
- Melton’s fish & wine matching dinner
The Beer & Cider Festival -The festival, as always, warrants attention separate from that focussed on the centre of town. As in previous years, it’s taking place on the Knavesmire over four days (Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd Sept incl) and will offer the chance to try around 500 different beers. To help soak up all that beer, there’ll be nine food vendors on site too. Head on over to their website for all the details.
Discovery Tour and Taste Trail – The Taste Trail returns this year, offering the chance to take in York’s sights while stopping off at some of its finest food establishments for samples which are covered by the cost of your leaflet. A new concept to run along with the Taste Trail is the Discovery Tour Passport. This will allow visitors to really get hands on, enjoying activities such as pasta making, bread making and chocolate tasting.
This really is just a sample of what’s on offer. Pretty much every food business of note in York is involved, so if I’ve left out one of your favourites, don’t hesitate to shout me on social media and direct my ranging through the Festival. Have a fantastic time and happy eating everyone!