The Food Hub

St Sampson's Square hosts so much more than the Demonstration marquee. At the weekend the stands are restricted to food retailing, creating a dedicated space without street food. The lower rents we have been able to charge attract specialist and micro producers.

During the week the Food Hub hosts around 1000 school children who have come to learn practical hands on skills, while at all times the Lawn (an area of Astroturf surrounded by a picket fence) beside the Demo marquee hosts our Macmillan Coffee morning.


Discovery Tour Passport + Pop-up Cookery

Buy a tour of pop-up cookery workshops and tastings. A Discovery Tour passport, covers 3 activities. Alternatively, subject to availability, individual activates 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


Join us for coffee and support Macmillan

Every day from 9 to 5 join indulge yourself with a Cake from one of the Festival's great bakers. 25% of your contribution goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. (NB this offer applies only to purchases in this location) The Lawn and Food Hub will be clearly signpost across the Festival area .


Events in the Tent

Every night the Demonstration tent becomes a pop-up restauant (see the programme for details). Events reange from the Star in the City and Melton's to the charitable fundraising of York Soup. There is something for everyone.


Shambles Food Court

The toast of the town, Los Moros has now overtaken Shambles Kitchen and is topping the trip advisor ratings for the whole city. It’s not just visitors who are appreciation this vibrant addition to casual dining. The whole area is filled with office workers and shoppers.

During the Festival we will be running pop-up demonstration, read steady cook sessions and hands on cookery workshops in the Food Court


Fossgate and Walmgate

After a toe in the water last year the Festival market returns to Fossgate on both Saturday 23 rd and Saturday 30 th September.

However Fossgate (and neighbouring Walmgate) are worth a visit at any time, from the tiny historic Blue Bell pub at one end to the award winning Cochon Aveugle (the Chef is Josh Overington from Great British menu) at the other. This is the place for Tapas (Ambiente) or Yorkshire Pudding and great pub food (Walmgate Ale House) with perhaps the finest deli in town (the Harry Fig) in the middle.


The King’s Manor

For the first time Festival events take place in this historic 17 th Century structure, part of the University of York