Food Heroes

Some of our Food Heroes are listed here. Use the shortcuts immediately underneath to find who you want.

Blue Pig Bracken Hill Fine Foods Brunswick Organic Nursery David Lishman
Edible York FR Fowler and Son Hellifield Highland Beef Holme Farm Venison
Little Pretty Things Loose Birds Lowna Dairy Moorland Trout Farm
Port of Lancaster Smokehouse Ramans Kitchen Rare Breed larder Sloe Motion
Sutton Beef and Lamb Swinton Park Taste Tradition Whitby Cartch
Whitby Crab Company Whitby Seafish    
York Cocoa House Yorkshire Organic Millers Yorkshire Shearling Yorkshire Wold Apples
The Blue Pig Company

Andrew and Anthony Bradley have farmed on Mearbeck Farm, near Skiptonthe 1970's, but the farm has been in the family for 5 generations. The outdoor reared pigs are a cross between traditionally 'Black' and traditionally 'White' pigs, resulting in some grey and blue markings. With their own processing facility, they produce traditional cuts of pork, sausages, dry cured bacon, pancetta and more, using everything from 'field to plate'.


Bracken Hill Fine Foods

Neil and his wife Gill set up Bracken Hill Fine Foods to produce award winning quality preserves. And extensive range of jams, chutneys, jellies, marmalades, sauces and many others use locally sourced ingredients and are home made at West House Farm, Elvington. Some of their products include no added sugar chutneys and diabetic friendly and gluten free products.


Brunswick Organic Nursery

Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop is a productive workplace for adults with learning difficulties in Bishopthorpe, York.
Brunswick grows a wide range of seasonal organic vegetables and fruit and is registered with the soil association as an organic grower. They have won several awards for our produce in the National Organic Food Awards. Brunswick Organic Nursery has been renting The Archbishops Palace Walled Gardens from the Church Commissioners since 2004 and are restoring the garden to productive use. Tel: 01904 701869


David Lishman

David Lishman's of Ilkley is one of the countries top butchers. He recently participated as one of the judges on the BBC's Young Butcher of the Year. All of the products come from local farmers, and are prepared in house to the highest standard. They have won many highly regarded awards.


Edible York

Edible York runs many projects throughout the city to provide sustainable spaces for York residents to 'grow their own'. They also highlight many hidden treasures in and around York so that you can forage your own food and cook it!


F.R. Fowler & Son - Burnholme Fisheries

The third generation of a York-based, family-run business supplying hotels, restaurants, catering trade  and the general public  since 1906.
F.R Fowler & Son endeavour to offer unrivalled customer service coupled with exceptional value for money, whilst catering for all requirements - regardless of volume.
Fish is sourced from markets up and down the East Coast and from ports both nationally and internationally bringing together all manner of seafood of only the finest quality.
Web Fowlers of York

Hellifield Highland Beef

Wendy and Robert Phillips originally started as dairy farmers at Green Farm, Skipton, with 2 Highland Beef cattle as a hobby. But, after becoming involved in the Highland Cattle Society they decided to concentrate on producing high quality beef in an environmentally friendly and traditional way.


Holme Farmed Venison

Located at Sherburn-on Elmet, all of their Venison is reared naturally. The deer are allowed to graze on grass pastures ensuring the highest quality, with tender and lean meat produced. In October 2009, owner Nigel Sampson produced a Roundhouse building for the deer, to produce a stress free environment for his livestock and ensure high quality produce.


Little Pretty Things

All hand made chocolates dedicated to using seasonal produce, Little Pretty Things produces a range of tasty and attractive treats. Set up last year by Sophie Jewett, Little Pretty Things has become more and more popular, with the Centurion's Ghost bitter chocolate as one of their favourites. Sophie also runs chocolate workshops, tastings and parties.


Loose Birds
  Dr Paul Tanning and his wife look after the hens and geese on their land around Harome, near Helmsley. His standards are rigid. Dr. Tanning believes, "...the welfare of the birds comes first. I do everything to try to give them as interesting and pleasant a life as possible. I treat them like I would treat myself.”
01439 770683

Lowna Dairy

  Among the rolling hills of East Yorkshire, Tom and Tricia Wallis make their award winning goats cheeses by hand and in small batches to provide fantastic taste and high quality.
Lowna Dairy can be seen in the Guildhall for our Chefs' Produce day on Monday 20th.

Moorland Trout Farm  

A great place to walk around, feed the fish and catch your own. Just on the edge of Pickering. 01751 474219


Port of Lancaster Smokehouse.

  Although not Yorkshire, a firm favourite at York Food Festival is the Port of Lancaster Smokehouse. Established over thirty years ago, the company has retained and maintained the traditional methods of preparing and curing fish and meats of all kinds. It is their commitment to quality, the ingredients they use and the service they provide, that has won such overall acclaim for their smoked products. Their method has been used over the past twenty five years, without using additives or preservatives, giving a real taste of the past. As a special treat this year, you can see the smoking process in action, in the market place.  

Raman's Kitchen

Britain’s Best Cooking Family, “The Ramans”, the winners of the Hairy Bikers’ Cook-off 2010 on BBC2, are York based and the creators of Raman’s Handmade Relishes. Made from 100% natural ingredients, the relishes are a contemporary fusion of East and West and represent their passion for food and travel. These innovative, savoury combinations are wonderfully versatile and can be used as a spread, a marinade, cooking paste, dip or accompaniment. The Ramans believe that spices can be used to create flavours rather than heat. Tel: 0845 5196230. 


Rare Breed Larder

Dean and Angela Hullah can be found at Tancred Field Farm between Harrogate and York. Here they specialise in growing their own feed to rear their rare breed pigs, sheep and cows, producing fine quality meats.



- A small family business run by Jonathon Curtoys, Sloemotion is dedicated to using traditional sloe gin methods of leaving the fruit to ferment in sugar and gin. Nothing is tampered with so ' high quality ingredients, time and a bit of nature’s magic are all we need' to produce great Sloe Gin. All of their berries are locally sourced, and their products have won many awards.


Sutton beef and lamb

Sutton beef and lamb is situated at Sutton on the forest near York,  based on the Sutton park estate. As slow food enthusiasts we produce grass fed Angus beef and hampshire down lamb, producing all our own hay and haylage. although not registered organic we operate on similar lines. Meat is sold in bulk or smaller quantities  "value for money direct from the farm".  Our products sell themselves,  FLAVOUR  being the end result.  Andrew is farmer and chef: the true 'field to plate' partnership. 



Swinton Park
  Swinton Park hotel and Cookery school are committed to Yorkshire produce (sourcing ingredients from the local countryside and their four acre walled garden). Swinton Park also run cookery courses which specialise on Yorkshire game, how to grow and cook your own, and on foraging for wild edible food in the Yorkshire countryside.
Swinton Park

Taste Tradition

  Taste Tradition is a farming family company run by mother and son, Joyce and Charles Ashbridge based near Thirsk in the heart of North Yorkshire. They specialise in the production of Rare Breed Pigs and Rare/Native Breed Cattle and Sheep using the traditional methods of a by-gone era.
James Wright of Taste Tradition, can be seen demonstrating on Monday 20th, (Guildhall).

Whitby Catch



The Whitby Catch is the new and exciting seafood outlet in Whitby. Whitby is a traditional fishing port which, for generations, has been recognised as one of the premier homes of quality fresh fish products in Great Britain and the European Community.
The Catch aim to stock only the best available, with over 120 different fish products available daily. Their premises at 1 Pier Road, Whitby, is just over the road from the Whitby Fish Market Come. It is worth visiting to see the display alone- a seafood connoisseur's dream- even non fish eaters will be impressed and be tempted to try something new. See for more and for more on food in Whitby.


Whitby Crab Company
  Whitby Crab Company is a specialist wholesale crab business, who buy the finest local crab and hand-dress it to ensure customers receive only the best quality meat.
Based in the historic village of Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast, they produce fresh artisan hand-picked crab products every day for sale throughout the UK.
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Whitby Seafish

The awards just keep on coming!! On Monday 14th November 2011, their FABULOUS Oak Smoked Salmon won the Best Fish & Seafood Product of the year at the terribly glamourous DeliciouslYorkshire Awards.They were thrilled to have not just one product, but two shortlisted; their Oak Smoked Salmon and their Oak Roasted Salmon. "We were ecstatic that our Smoked Salmon took the hard fought title!"
Whitby Seafish

York Cocoa House

York Cocoa House has been open since November 2011, because Sophie is a chocolate lover who just wanted to share her passion for chocolate. From a young age she fell in love with chocolate, not only eating it, but working with it and sharing her latest chocolatey creations with family and friends. She taught myself how to work with chocolate when she was 12 years old and through a lot of trial and error with many disasters and some successes, she has been so fascinated and wanted to learn more.
At York Cocoa House you’re welcome to share in the wonderful stuff that they love to share.


Yorkshire Organic Millers

Hill Top Farm is in the North York Moors National Park. In 2005 they started to mill locally grown wheat on the farm in order to preserve its distinctive taste and identity. The goal as organic farmers is to produce high quality food in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way. They do this in practice by sourcing locally grown organic wheat from neighbouring producers and marketing it locally.


Yorkshire Shearling By Michael Hickling (Yorkshire Post)

At the moment Shearling is not a word on the lips of shoppers pushing their trolleys round the supermarket, even among those who recognise a leg of lamb or a piece of mutton.
A Shearling comes between the two. It's an animal which has been shorn once and is then killed at 17-24 months when it's sufficiently mature for the flesh to be lightly marbled by fine lines of fat.
This meat has never been widely sampled outside the uplands and Philip Tevelyan reckons if he could extend its customer reach, the texture and the flavour which has been imparted by the Shearling's moorland roaming and its unique diet should be a winner.
Philip, with 10 like-minded neighbours, set up a Shearling project and they now have plans for an annual Shearling festival at Farndale village hall. Their argument is not solely economic. The moorland sheep play a key role in maintaining the look of the upland landscape. It's an ancient arrangement which is now in jeopardy. Many farmers are taking their flocks off the moor because they can make better returns rearing their animals on more congenial, grassier slopes
More on this project at


Yorkshire Wolds Apples

Ray Kirby uses a traditional method of pressing hand picked apples from the Yorkshire Wolds to produce this wonderful apple juice. The farm in East Yorkshire even lets you bring your own apples down to press yourself!