Thursday 28th Sept

All day activities

Events in Date / Time Order:

28. 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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28. 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

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
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

28. 09. 2017
Noon
Baba Ganoush Demonstration
Baba Ganoush Demonstration

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Baba Ganoush join up with The Wine Chapter
Free entry

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
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

28. 09. 2017
1pm
Until 4:30pm
Afternoon Tea Tour of York
Afternoon Tea Tour of York

Venue: Exhibition Square Fountain

"Tours in a dish" Afternoon Tea Tour will have you fill up on tea, scones, cakes and savouries but also Cheese.
Includes: -Gift bag to pursue the experience once the tour ends! - Full tea and cheese pairing workshop - Visits to three unique venues and two top tea retailers and importers. - Sweet and savoury treats, including full afternoon tea, Middle-Eastern delicacies and the best scones in York
£50.00Full Price
Book through eventbrite Tours in a Dish, book via email or call 07961028971
From Asia to Britain, discover what has made and continues to make tea- taking a timeless and much-loved tradition across the world. Have access to exclusive digital content to read through before, during and after the tour! Treat yourself to an afternoon of tea, scones, cakes and more as you travel places and times you didn’t think could be reached in York. An afternoon of tea drinking, treat-eating and History ‘tasting’ in unique settings awaits!

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28. 09. 2017
1pm
James McKenzie Demonstration
James McKenzie Demonstration

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Join award-winning Michelin star chef James MacKenzie from the Pipe and Glass for a demonstration.
Free entry

28. 09. 2017
2pm
El Piano
El Piano

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

York's famous vegan restrant El Piano takes stage to show you how tastey meat free food can be.
Details to follow

28. 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

28. 09. 2017
3pm
York Cocoa House
York Cocoa House

Venue: Food Hub St Sampson's Square

York's master chocolatiers, York Cocoa House perform at the Food Hub to whip up something chocolatey
Free entry

28. 09. 2017
4pm
Chocolate Tasting Tour of York Cocoa House
Chocolate Tasting Tour of York Cocoa House

Venue: York Cocoa House

Take a tour of York Cocoa House and learn how to taste chocolate like a professional
If you're feeling very adventurous you'll even taste cocoa liquor, cocoa nibs and the raw cacao beans themselves as you learn your own chocolate favourite. 
£6.75Full Price
Child £4.75Full Price
Book though York Cocoa House Children are welcome with accompanied adult.

28. 09. 2017
4pm
BBC Radio York -  Ready Steady Cook
BBC Radio York - Ready Steady Cook

Venue: Demonstration Area, St Sampson's Square

Join BBC Radio York for a presenters cook-off challenge in the "Ready Steady Cook" style.
Free Reservation
Free Entry. Turn up on the day or reserve a space now!

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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28. 09. 2017
7pm
7pm and 9pm
Cosy Club Cocktail Masterclass
Cosy Club Cocktail Masterclass

Venue: Cosy Club, 19 to 22 Fossgate

Two chances to join Cosy Club for a cocktail masterclass - one at 7pm and one at 9pm
Includes a shot, demonstration of 2 cocktails as well as a chance to shake them up yourself and your finished cocktail at the end of the class
Free entry
just pay for your finished drink at the end of the session
Call 01904 395056 to book

28. 09. 2017
7pm
Guided Historic Pub Walk
Guided Historic Pub Walk

Venue: Royal Oak, Goodramgate

From the 8th to the 20th centuries, discover the history of York's beer & pub heritage and much more by taking a guided walk through York City Centre.
Concession £4.00
£5.00Full Price
To book call 07506570234 or email
A fun guided walk through the city centre to see and hear about York's historic pubs and their rich history.
The walks will be held: 23rd, 24th, 30th September and 1st October at 3.00pm and 28th September at 7.00pm.
The walk takes approximately 1.5-2 hours, (half an hour longer if the optional refreshment break is taken).
All walks start at the Royal Oak.

The walks will cover 12-15 of York's heritage & historic pubs and the people, events and spirits associated with them. Hear about the changing use of York's historic buildings and the pub history of York over 1500 years, from regulation to riots.
The guide is an experienced city guide who will offer some of York's darker history as well as general city history when requested.
Due to limited numbers, booking is recommended to guarantee a place.
Anyone wishing to organise a tour for 6 or more people at a different time or day should contact Keith Martin to arrange a mutually convenient time.

All proceeds from the walk go to a local charity scheme- Keep Your Pet.
This is a collaboration between Age UK York and RSPCA York & Harrogate District to look after the pets of people with short term medical problems.

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28. 09. 2017
7.30pm
An hour and a half
Beer and Chocolate: Friends or Enemies?
Beer and Chocolate: Friends or Enemies?

Venue: York Brewery Taproom, 12 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT

Beer and chocolate may seem like they don't go together but Neil Arden (York Brewery) and Sophie Jewett (York Cocoa House) think differently.
Join them as they take you on a tour through chocolate and beer production, matching four of York Brewery's ales, plus their Elysian Spirit, with some of York Cocoa House's very own chocolates. A total of two pints and one measure of spirit, plus matching chocolate samples are included in the price.
£15.00Full Price
Book through eventbrite Beer and Chocolate