Community Programme

Over 60% of Festival visitors come from in and around York. If not just about buying tickets or visiting the markets. The Festival provides a Cookery programme for up to 1000 primary school students. All through the Festival we are working with Macmillan's Coffee Morning at the new Food Hub on St Sampson's Square.

There are opportunities for everyone in the city to actively participate:

What’s your idea? We are equally interested in listing events taking place across the city – just tell us what you are doing by emailing us at admin@yorkfoodfestival.com

Or take one of these opportunities:
Hosting a “Dine at my Table” event in your home – more information
Become a Festival volunteer – please email us - admin@yorkfoodfestival.com

Events in Date / Time Order:

22. 09. 2017
10am
4pm
St Crux - Serving the community
St Crux - Serving the community

Venue: St Crux, Pavement

St Crux are serving the community food & drink and helping local charities with a new charity chosen each time. Today's charity is The Friends of York Hospital.
Free entry

22. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

22. 09. 2017
5pm
York's Little Festival of Live Music
York's Little Festival of Live Music

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

YLFM returns to the York Food and Drink Festival after a hugely successful 2016.
In the middle of street food traders and festival bars, an evening of folk and acoustic music performed by some of Yorkshire's finest musicians. Click 'more' to see who is performing.
Free entry
Contributions to York Mind taken through the evening
5pm: Toni Bunnell
Toni is a folk singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist hailing from York. She writes all her own songs and accompanies them on the guitar, Applachian Mountain dulcimer, bouzouki, hurdy gurdy and fiddle.
6pm: Leather O'
A high-energy Celtic and Gypsy Band, who play a wide range of original and traditional tunes.
7pm: Dan Webster
A seasoned English singer-songwriter, Dan Webster is influenced by sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, Americana and Rock and Roll.
8pm: Joshua Burnell and Band
Joshua Burnell has shaken the world of folk with his epic fantasy ballads and fiddle tunes, bolstered with swirling distortion of Hammond Organ. Combining the best from the worlds of prog and folk rock, Joshua Burnell’s music has been described by Fatea Magazine as, "quote: definitely a step up from traditional folk, and quite definitely worthy of a mention in any progressive rock hall of fame."


During the music event donation buckets will be available for those who wish to donate to our charity of the year, York Mind, which supports local people with mental ill-health.

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23. 09. 2017
10am
4pm
St Crux - Serving the community
St Crux - Serving the community

Venue: St Crux, Pavement

St Crux are serving the community food & drink and helping local charities with a new charity chosen each time. Today's charity is The Gild of Freemen.
Free entry

23. 09. 2017
5pm
York's Little Festival of Live Music
York's Little Festival of Live Music

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

From country to indie folk and from rockabilly reggae to theatrical performance, join YLFM for an evening of live music.
In the middle of street food traders and festival bars, an evening of live music performed by some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Click 'more' to see who is performing.
Free entry
Contributions to York Mind taken through the evening
5pm Barcode Zebra
Glorious, punchy choruses and upbeat vibrant songs, Barcode Zebra will provide your soundtrack this summer so you'd better have your dancing shoes on. With their catchy brand of soul-tinged pop funk, the Yorkshire four-piece sound like Emeli Sande letting rip.
6pm Laura Kindelan
A young jazzy pop performer, Laura Kindelan plays her own original material with a few covers thrown in. Laura has played at festivals across the region with many of her shows selling out. Laura is a must-see act who should not be missed.
7pm Ramble Gamble
An alternative folk and storytelling extravaganza hailing from North Lincolnshire and performing songs about pirates, cowboys, bar fights, love and whiskey! Ramble Gamble are back at this year’s York’s Little Festival of Live Music after rave reviews at last year’s festival!
8pm Grinny Grandad
A music collective who rarely play in their hometown of York, Grinny Grandad are a big beat, ghetto, funk, pop group who have taken the music scene by storm. They regularly play at the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury and Beatherder and their music played on national radio. Expect a performance like you have never seen before - this is an act, which should not be missed!

During the music event donation buckets will be available for those who wish to donate to our charity of the year York Mind, which supports local people with mental ill-health.

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24. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

24. 09. 2017
5pm
until 9pm
York's Little Festival of Live Music
York's Little Festival of Live Music

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

Join YLFM for an evening of eclectic music performed by four of Yorkshire’s top musicians and acts.
In the middle of street food traders and festival bars, an evening of live music performed by some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Click 'more' to see who is performing.
Free entry
Contributions to York Mind taken through the evening
5pm Chris Helme
Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ released his debut solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Although rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun - songs that evoked everything the 90’s stood for, from the opening track of The Rookery, the man instantly appeared cut from an entirely different cloth. Helme’s is an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it was The Rookery’s knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brought each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme’s keen ear for arranging, combined with his beguiling voice, and the brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.
6pm Gracie Falls
A country, pop and folk singer-songwriter from Bridlington, who recently won the Official UK Unsigned Songwriter Of The Year competition. She recently went on her first UK national tour, which was a huge success. In May 2017 she released her brand new double side single in called "If I May".
7pm Smith n Wallace
Smith n Wallace a guitar, fiddle & vocal duo who blend classic Irish, gypsy & Americana tunes with passion and spirit producing a unique sound of their own.
8pm Boss Caine
Boss Caine are a folk / Americana collective from York, England. Formed around the songs and music of singer-songwriter Daniel Lucas they release their debut album on Little Num Num Music in March 2010 and have firmly established themselves as one of the top folk collectives in Yorkshire and beyond. The collective have played at numerous prestigious festivals and have their music regularly play on national radio.

During the music event donation buckets will be available for those who wish to donate to our charity of the year, York Mind, which supports local people with mental ill-health.

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25. 09. 2017
10am
10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm
Schools Workshops
Schools Workshops

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

During the Festival, we run workshops for schools from across the city. Morning and afternoon sessions available, with activities include pasta making, bread making & chocolate tasting!
Free entry
for Schools. To be involved, please email

25. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

25. 09. 2017
5pm
Until 7pm
Manor School Music Evening
Manor School Music Evening

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

Manor School showcase their best musical talent. Enjoy the music with a glass or two from our bars and some delicious street food.
Free entry

25. 09. 2017
6pm
Until 8:30pm
Event in the Tent  - 'York SOUP'
Event in the Tent - 'York SOUP'

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

Tonight York SOUP take over the Demonstration Area and Lawn. Turn up, listen, eat soup and vote on the project that you think benefits York the most.
At the end of the night, we count up all the votes and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress.
£11.21Full Price
Book through eventbrite York Soup
The York SOUP project is a micro granting dinner celebrating and supporting community based projects in York. Each SOUP event hears four presentations which can be delivered from individuals or organisations. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and then answer questions from the audience. During the event, attendees have the opportunity eat delicious soup, talk to people in their community, share resources, hear about local projects, enjoy the creative atmosphere and vote on the project they think benefits York the most.

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26. 09. 2017
10am
4pm
St Crux - Serving the community
St Crux - Serving the community

Venue: St Crux, Pavement

St Crux are serving the community food & drink and helping local charities with a new charity chosen each time. Today's charity is Long Marston Village Hall.
Free entry

26. 09. 2017
10am
Schools Workshops
Schools Workshops

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

During the Festival, we run workshops for schools from across the city. Morning and afternoon sessions available, with activities include pasta making, bread making & chocolate tasting!
Free entry
for Schools. To be involved, please email

26. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

27. 09. 2017
10am
4pm
St Crux - Serving the community
St Crux - Serving the community

Venue: St Crux, Pavement

St Crux, are serving the community food & drink and helping local charities with a new charity chosen each time. Today's charity is AgeUK.
Free entry

27. 09. 2017
10am
Schools Workshops
Schools Workshops

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

During the Festival, we run workshops for schools from across the city. Morning and afternoon sessions available, with activities include pasta making, bread making & chocolate tasting!
Free entry
for Schools. To be involved, please email

27. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

27. 09. 2017
5pm
until 9pm
York's Little Festival of Live Music
York's Little Festival of Live Music

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

From country to indie folk and from rockabilly reggae to theatrical performance, join YLFM for an evening of live music.
In the middle of street food traders and festival bars, an evening of live music performed by some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Click 'more' to see who is performing.
Free entry
Contributions to York Mind taken through the evening
5pm Fiona Lee
A young acoustic singer-songwriter from Yorkshire with a voice which belies her years, Fiona’s songs tell tales of teenage life with both innocent simplicity and an impressively mature observation. Having taught herself to play guitar, she discovered her true voice at a local acoustic night; since then she has been performing her songs at every public opportunity.
6pm Robin, Gordon & Bushy
Experienced musicians, who were formally of The Y Street Band, Robin, Gordon & Bushy are a high energy acoustic trio who plays a wide range of original and cover materials. They perform at the annual Night to Remember Concert alongside Big Ian and hold a monthly residency at The Hop on Fossgate. Robin, Gordon & Bushy are an act not to be missed!
7pm Simon Bolley Band
A reggae band, who have been performing together for less than six months. The Simon Bolley Band perform a diverse range of up-tempo songs which may or may not be familiar to you. Although a relatively new band, they are one to look out for on the York music scene!
8pm Slack Habits
A Smokey ballad blues band, Slack Habits made their debut performance in July 2017, after spending six months perfecting their sound. Their first single "The Other Woman" has been picked up by numerous radio stations, including BBC Introducing in Newcastle.

During the music event donation buckets will be available for those who wish to donate to our charity of the year, York Mind, which supports local people with mental ill-health.

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27. 09. 2017
7pm
Manor School Dinner
Manor School Dinner

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Manor School will take over the Pop Up Restaurant Area so that their students can prepare a dinner for their family and friends. This is a closed event.
Free entry
Invite only.

28. 09. 2017
10am
4pm
St Crux - Serving the community
St Crux - Serving the community

Venue: St Crux, Pavement

St Crux are serving the community food & drink and helping local charities with a new charity chosen each time. Today's charity is Driffield Methodist Church.
Free entry

28. 09. 2017
10am
Schools Workshops
Schools Workshops

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

During the Festival, we run workshops for schools from across the city. Morning and afternoon sessions available, with activities include pasta making, bread making & chocolate tasting!
Free entry
for Schools. To be involved, please email

28. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

28. 09. 2017
5pm
Until 9pm
York's Little Festival of Live Music
York's Little Festival of Live Music

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

Join YLFM for an evening of eclectic music performed by four of Yorkshire’s top musicians and acts.
In the middle of street food traders and festival bars, an evening of live music performed by some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Click 'more' to see who is performing.
Free entry
Contributions to York Mind taken through the evening
5pm Edwina Hayes
Beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won Edwina a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister’s Keeper and has since had over five million plays on Youtube. Edwina performs all over the UK and across the world and we’re thrilled to have her at this year’s York’s Little Festival of Live Music!
6pm Mulholland
Mulholland bring their own take on acoustic rootsy Americana with their close harmonies and well-crafted, bittersweet songs. Their influences reach back to the heyday of singer songwriters in the 60/70s and since forming as a duo in 2015 they have firmly established themselves as part of the York music scene. Their first album, North Country, was released at Easter 2016 to critical acclaim as was the single and video Black Feathers which was filmed in Belfast and on the Antrim coast.
7pm The Bronze
A local folk band, who play regularly across the region, Holly Taymar and Chris Bilton perform lyrically thought-provoking songs, which are interwoven with beautiful vocals and subversive guitar arrangements. Holly and Chris are established and well-known performers in York and have a loyal audience following across Yorkshire.
8pm Heather Findlay
For 13 years Heather Findlay fronted Mostly Autumn, taking them from fledgling local hopefuls to international Classic Rock giants. As an independent prog-rock folk artist she is already blazing a unique trail, fearlessly eschewing the habits of her peers and releasing her new material in compact selections every few months. Her first release The Phoenix Suite sold out in just 9 minutes and her more recent release I am Snow has received huge acclaim. Working up a reputation for being one of the finest female vocalists of her time winning her awards for such and her songs alike, Heather’s performance at this year’s York’s Little Festival of Live Music should not be missed!
During the music event donation buckets will be available for those who wish to donate to our charity of the year – York Mind, which supports local people with mental ill-health

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29. 09. 2017
10am
4pm
St Crux - Serving the community
St Crux - Serving the community

Venue: St Crux, Pavement

St Crux are serving the community food & drink and helping local charities with a new charity chosen each time. Today's charity is York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir.
Free entry

29. 09. 2017
10am
Schools Workshops
Schools Workshops

Venue: The Guildhall (off St Helen's Square)

During the Festival, we run workshops for schools from across the city. Morning and afternoon sessions available, with activities include pasta making, bread making & chocolate tasting!
Free entry
for Schools. To be involved, please email

29. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

29. 09. 2017
5pm
until 9pm
York's Little Festival of Live Music
York's Little Festival of Live Music

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

A working week has come to an end, join YLFM for an evening of live music.
In the middle of street food traders and festival bars, an evening of live music performed by some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Click 'more' to see who is performing.
Free entry
Contributions to York Mind taken through the evening
5pm Kitty VR
Kitty VR is a 17 year old singer/songwriter based in York, with a distinctive acoustic style. Kitty plays a wide range of unusual covers alongside her own material. Kitty is insanely talent and one to look out for!
6pm Bull
A Yorkshire Britpop band, Bull are heavily influenced by the 90s American rock era and perform at festivals across the UK and beyond. They write and arrange their own songs and are regularly compared to the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins and Wolf Alice. Bull know how to captivate an audience and their performance should not be missed!
7pm Andy Doonan
A compelling voice, an intimate acoustic sound and a powerful performance made up of honest and heartfelt songs, Andy Doonan is one of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Having taking a hiatus from the music scene, Andy is back and making his return to the music scene at this year’s festival. Expect a performance like no other!
8pm The Blueprints
Power-pop band The Blueprints are back after a break from the music scene. The band are masters of thrilling shows, which are filled with joy and humour, an experience that translates easily to audiences who become happy participants in the live arena.
Crisp melodies weave amongst spacious, percussive guitar textures, drums flail and spin, and pianos punch the tunes home with hook-laden basslines. They set the pace and only let up for singer Stu's charmingly wayward banter between songs. Melody, harmony, rhythm and big tunes are all things you'll find at a typical 'Prints show........which are rarely typical.....

During the music event donation buckets will be available for those who wish to donate to our charity of the year, York Mind, which supports local people with mental ill-health.

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30. 09. 2017
10am
4pm
St Crux - Serving the community
St Crux - Serving the community

Venue: St Crux, Pavement

St Crux are serving the community food & drink and helping local charities with a new charity chosen each time. Today's charity is York Lions Club.
Free entry

30. 09. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.

30. 09. 2017
5pm
York's Little Festival of Live Music
York's Little Festival of Live Music

Venue: Large Marquee, Parliament Street

Join YLFM for the last evening of this year's festival.
In the middle of street food traders and festival bars, an evening of live music performed by some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Click 'more' to see who is performing.
Free entry
Contributions to York Mind taken through the evening
5pm Flora Greysteel
Colourful, theatrical and beguiling, Flora Greysteel brings together the vocals, piano and looping skills of Emily Rowan with the eclectic percussive noise-making of Simon Bolley. Elements of cabaret, rip-roaring choruses twinned with choral elegance at once give way to moments of intimate reflection, sea shanties and electronica-pop. Believers in DIY, knitting and glitter (amongst other things), Simon & Emily ply these deftly to their trade to make alternative pop songs in their own image.
6pm Kitsch
A new and exciting four piece pop band from Yorkshire, Kitsch has a distinctive sound which interweaves beautiful vocals with exciting instrument arrangements. The band recently released their first song Miss Creativity, which has received rave reviews.
7pm Kymberley Kennedy
Kymberley Kennedy is an alternative RnB and Electronic artist, who alongside her talented band, perform at some of the biggest festivals in the UK. Kymberley Kennedy regularly has her music played on national radio stations and her recent album Head Games has been well-received by critics, the media and more importantly the public. Kymberley is back at this year’s festival after huge acclaim at the 2015 and 2016 festival - she is an act which should not be missed!
8pm Atomic Raygun
Atomic Raygun are a five piece high energy surf rock band, who in a few months of forming established themselves as a live phenomenon not to be missed! They have a respectable local following and have played at a wide range of venues and festivals across Yorkshire.

During the music event donation buckets will be available for those who wish to donate to our charity of the year, York Mind, which supports local people with mental ill-health.

Less information

01. 10. 2017
Noon
Until 2pm. Last orders at 1:30pm
Community Table at El Piano
Community Table at El Piano

Venue: El Piano, Grape Lane

Join Visit York's Café of the Year, El Piano for their daily community table.
All you can eat for £10. This award winning Vegan café will cook the food in front of your eyes.
Food is donated from the restaurant suppliers and all the money goes to charity. The money raised is split equally between local charity - York against Cancer and Mummy's Star, a national charity who are working with families where a parent is lost to cancer.
£10.00Full Price
First come first served basis. Pay at the restaurant on the day.