Ways to be involved at York Food and Drink Festival

The 2018 Festival dates are:
Chocolate Festival - 29th March to 2nd April
Taster Festival - 9th & 10th June
Main Festival - 21st to 30th September

Take A Market Stand:
Any information and applications can be found on our holding page

For your information:
Demographics and Footfall
How we choose which applications will be accepted.
Terms and Conditions

In-House Events:

We’re looking for exciting food and drink events happening during the Food Festival. Tell us what you’re doing and you’ll be listed as part of our programme & promotion. This can be anything to do with food and drink such as a lunch/dinner or workshop. . Click to fill out your interest


We’re also looking for food or drink tastings  in different venues across the city. The tastings can be big or small, daytime or evening, as short as 20 minutes or as long as the whole night! You can host a tasting yourselves to show off your food/drink or provide a space for a small producer to come and give a tasting. These can be ticketed events and the Festival can sell tickets on your behalf (at a small commission) Click to fill out your interest

• Pop-up Restaurant:

In the demonstration area on St Sampson's Square. York  restaurants or community groups could take over the area for the early evenings as an informal venue using the demonstration kitchen facilities. Chairs, basic tables and simple crockery can be provided. Please reply to admin@yorkfoodfestival.com  you'd like to be involved.

• Taste Trail (September):

Let us send new customers to your door. Festival visitors will purchase a Taste Trail booklet from our website or from the information point during the festival. You will offer a ‘sample’ during the 10 days of the festival - this could be anything from a canapé, a piece of cheese, a chocolate, a mini cake, a 25ml drink. It won’t cost you anything to participate (Apart from your samples / tasters). You can also offer a discount on purchases. Click to fill out your interest

• Offers and Deals: NB these are not necessarily discounts.

As long as the offer falls between the Festival dates it can be anything you like; a special tasting menu, an item only available during the Festival , buy one get one free, % discount, a set price menu, It can be for all 10 days or just some of the days. We would advertise your offer on our Offers page, and also at the information point during the Festival. Click to fill out your interest

• Sampling Stand:

We buy £50 of stock from independent food & drink retailers, for the public to sample free. We can promote your business more effectively if you join us at the stand for the day.  This opportunity is available to York businesses (subject to demand), any outside of York will need to provide a product that is not available in York.
Please reply to admin@yorkfoodfestival.com  you'd like to be involved.

• School Activities Workshops:

We need volunteers to run 30 minute workshops in the city centre, For example activities in previous years have included: Chocolate workshop, Cheese making, Indian Snacks, Pasta making, Gingerbread making, Coffee Roasting, Finding out what’s in your food with FERA, Smoking Kippers. This is a great opportunity to promote your business to reach a large number of families, especially if you can provide something for the goody bag - or better have the children make their own! Please reply to  admin@yorkfoodfestival.com  you'd like to be involved.


For all of our festivals, we run a daily programme of food & drink demonstrations in our demonstration kitchen. These are designed so that chefs/restaurants/bars/cafes can promote their business / current project to the Festival goers (there are around 60 seats).

Or are you up for a Ready Steady Cook competition between two of your staff or with another establishment?.

Demos run on the hour and last about 30-40 minutes. The demo kitchen includes hobs, an oven and basic crockery/utensils are provided. 
Please email us at admin@yorkfoodfestival.com to express your interest. 

Junior Chef's Competition: (There are no age requirments but Head and Sous Chefs are ineligable).  A heat will be helld at York College in mid September and the final 4 go through to a cook off final in the demonstration area on Monday 25th.

Take this link for more information and to apply


Entertainment:- Throughout the festival we are looking for singers and bands to volunteer their time and perform in our bar area for a charitable cause. Please email YorksLiveMusicFestival@gmail.com you'd like to be involved.

• Other:
Coprorate Friend of the Festival