Wednesday 27th Sept

All day activities

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27. 09. 2017
7pm
Txoko Basque Tapas Evening
Txoko Basque Tapas Evening

Venue: Ambiente, Fossgate

Join Ambiente for a Txoko (pronounced Choko), a traditional Basque community dining event.
Price includes a 175ml glass of red or white wine, bread and olives to start, a sharing banquet and a slice of Santiago tart to finish. Further details and menu included on the booking link.
£35.00Full Price
Book tickets at Ambiente
A Txoko is a traditional Basque gastronomical society prominent in Spain, where friends and family come together to cook, experiment with new ways of cooking, eat, enjoy fabulous wine and socialise. Our Txoko will consist of much of the same except we’ll be doing the cooking so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the company of like-minded foodies whilst you indulge in your passion for good food and wine. You’ll experience our Txoko like a traditional Basque Txoko in a very social and open environment, dining on long tables all together throughout our Fossgate restaurant.

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27. 09. 2017
All Day
Discovery Tour Passport + Pop-up Cookery
Discovery Tour Passport + Pop-up Cookery

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

Buy a tour of pop-up cookery workshops and tastings. A Discovery Tour passport, covers 3 activities. Alternatively, subject to availability, individual activities can be bought for £2 per activity on the day.
All activities are within a short walking distance of each other. Workshops vary daily but will always include chocolate origin tasting sessions, pasta and bread making.
1 Passport £4.00Full Price
2 Passports £6.00Full Price
Suitable for adults and children.
See the daily listing at the information point for what workshops are on. There may be additional last-minute workshops on the day so make sure to look!

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27. 09. 2017
At 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
last approx. 45 mins.
Chocolate Tasting Panel
Chocolate Tasting Panel

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

Learn more about how chocolate is made, how we are creating our chocolate and sourcing our cocoa with this special tasting sesssion with York Cocoa House.
Includes 6 different chocolate samples and a classic hot chocolate.
£5.90Full Price
Book though York Cocoa House

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
11am
until 2pm
Fill Bellies Not Bins
Fill Bellies Not Bins

Venue: Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Ave

yourcafe offers the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a communal feast or bite to eat.
Their passionate volunteers collect would-be-waste food from top retailers, transform it into delicious meals and serve it in a friendly, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.
Free entry
Pay-as-you-feel (donation)

27. 09. 2017
11am
11.00 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 4.00
Anzac Biscuits at the Castle Kitchen
Anzac Biscuits at the Castle Kitchen

Venue: Castle Museum

Find out about the history behind WW1 Anzac biscuits. Discover how to make them and take a recipe home. You might even get to try some!
Free entry
Museum admission applies

27. 09. 2017
11am
Until 12pm
Behind the Scenes at the Chocolate Factory
Behind the Scenes at the Chocolate Factory

Venue: York Castle Museum

To celebrate York Food Festival, and as part of Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past, York Castle Museum welcome the wonderful Mike Grimes, a former Terry’s employee, to share some of his stories and experiences.
FREE event but general museum admission applies. For more details visit: Events at York Musuem Trust
Free entry
Book via this link

27. 09. 2017
Noon
Melton's Taste of Yorkshire
Melton's Taste of Yorkshire

Venue: Melton's Restaurant, Scarcroft Road

Experience the Taste of Yorkshire at Melton's Restaurant with a 5 course tasting menu accompanied by an optional wine flight created by owner Lucy Hjort.
Usually £50, this Wednesday get £10 off!
£40.00Full Price
To book call 01904634341 or visit the website

27. 09. 2017
Noon
Adam Jackson Demonstration
Adam Jackson Demonstration

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Demonstration by Adam Jackson from "The Park" restaurant situated in Marmadukes Hotel in York.
For more information on "The Park" visit their wesbite. The Park
Free entry

27. 09. 2017
Tours at 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00 pm
Lasts approx. 40 min.
York Brewery Tour
York Brewery Tour

Venue: York Brewery

Explore York Brewery with a guided tour. Watch and learn the brewing experience from grain to glass.
Cost includes guided tour and 4 mini-pint (1/3) tasters. The tour takes place on the 1st floor and access is via one flight of stairs. The tour is also standing only, however if you let us know, we can accommodate a small number of seated patrons for the first part of the tour.
Student £6.00
Child £4.00
£8.00Full Price
For bookings please phone 01904 621162 or email

27. 09. 2017
1pm
Corner Grill Demonstration
Corner Grill Demonstration

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Demostration from Radek Bak from the Corner Grill
Free entry

27. 09. 2017
From 2pm onwards
Cut & Chase Cocktail Masterclass
Cut & Chase Cocktail Masterclass

Venue: Cut & Chase, Goodramgate

Get together and learn from the professionals how to make some of our speciality cocktails.
Each masterclass will have a dedicated mixologist who will talk you through each cocktail step by step in our cosy bar area. Groups of 6 or more. For more information visit their website: Cut & Chase
£25.00Full Price
To book email Cut & Chase here or through their website or telephone at 01904655068

27. 09. 2017
2pm
French Chef At Home Demonstration
French Chef At Home Demonstration

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Demonstration from French Chef at Home, Yves Quemerais.
Free entry

27. 09. 2017
3pm
Rascills Restaurant Demonstration
Rascills Restaurant Demonstration

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Award winning chef, Richard Johns of Rascills restaurant, Raskelf, North Yorkshire takes to the Festival's demonstration stage.
Free entry
Having moved from a successful culinary career in East Yorkshire to Raskelf, Richard and Lindsey's restaurant now nestles under the White Horse of Kilburn. Rascills is now 10 months old and has a new entry in the Good Food Guide. York residents and Festival goers can sometimes find Rascills in the Shambles market.

Richard will also be judging the Junior Chef Competition on Monday 25th September in the demonstration area.

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27. 09. 2017
4pm
approx. 1 hr long
Chocolate Truffle Making
Chocolate Truffle Making

Venue: York Cocoa House

Join York Cocoa House to show you how to create 12 of your own chocolate truffles
You'll then learn how to professionally temper the chocolate so you can hand dip and then decorate your chocolates before beautifully packaging them to take them home to show off, share or just enjoy.
£17.50Full Price
Child £12.50Full Price
Family £55.00Full Price
Book though York Cocoa House Children are welcome with accompanied adult.

27. 09. 2017
4pm
The Wine Chapter Demonstration
The Wine Chapter Demonstration

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Join The Wine Chapter for cocktail demonstrations!
They won’t just show you how to mix the drinks, they'll be demonstrating how to make the syrups, purées and bitters used to elevate spirits from simple shorts into cracking cocktails!
Free entry

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 Paul Lewis A jazz and folk musician, Paul Lewis has captivated audiences across York and beyond and is regularly compared to the likes of Damien Rice. 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
5.30pm
Event in a Tent- York Nurturing Community
Event in a Tent- York Nurturing Community

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

Join York Nurturing Community as we bring our popular pop-up cafe to the York Food Festival.
We will be serving something for everyone; with delicious vegan, vegetarian and meaty options available. Our allergy-friendly food is prepared using intercepted surplus produce which means that not only will you have an amazing meal in welcoming, family-friendly setting but you will also be doing your bit for the environment. Book your tickets now using our Pay-As-You-Feel approach. Simply pay what you feel a wholesome main meal and luscious dessert is worth to secure your space and if you feel you would like to add a little more to the pot, donations will be gratefully received on the night. Doors open at 5:30 in Piccadilly square. Proceeds go towards funding the launch of our permanent venue in the heart of the city in time for Christmas 2017. To find out more about YNC and what we do, go to www.ync.org.uk
Free entry
Pay as you feel

27. 09. 2017
7pm
Txoko Basque Tapas Evening
Txoko Basque Tapas Evening

Venue: Ambiente, Fossgate

Join Ambiente for a Txoko (pronounced Choko), a traditional Basque community dining event.
Price includes a 175ml glass of red or white wine, bread and olives to start, a sharing banquet and a slice of Santiago tart to finish. Further details and menu included on the booking link.
£35.00Full Price
Book tickets at Ambiente
A Txoko is a traditional Basque gastronomical society prominent in Spain, where friends and family come together to cook, experiment with new ways of cooking, eat, enjoy fabulous wine and socialise. Our Txoko will consist of much of the same except we’ll be doing the cooking so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the company of like-minded foodies whilst you indulge in your passion for good food and wine. You’ll experience our Txoko like a traditional Basque Txoko in a very social and open environment, dining on long tables all together throughout our Fossgate restaurant.

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27. 09. 2017
7.30pm
Turkish Wine Tasting and Meal
Turkish Wine Tasting and Meal

Venue: Bistro at Walmgate Ale House

Find a new favourite with a tasting of top notch Turkish wines alongside a three course meal featuring the flavours of Turkey.
Walmgate Ale House are working with Eden Fine Wines and winemaker Melisa Atay to host an evening of exotic wines and food.
£30.00Full Price
Melisa a native to Turkey has a huge depth of knowledge of her countries diverse wines, instilled from her experiences on her family winery in Izmir. She is a wine buyer and importer, and an ambassador for Turkish wine.

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