Who's at the September Festival
Chefs, Producers, Wine Experts - All who contribute to the events across the city.
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Adam Jackson

Adam is a York born chef who has made his mark upon the food industry in Yorkshire. The restaurateur made a name for himself working at the Black Swan near Helmsley, winning 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin-star in the process. Following his success at the Black Swan, Adam opened up his own restaurant now at Marmadukes Hotel in St Peter’s Grove, York named The Park. The Park is renowned for it's high quality food and serves an exquisite tasting menu of modern British food as well offering a three-course menu bursting with flavour and quality. The restaurant has fantastic reviews and never disappoints which is hardly a surprise considering the fantastic location and the quality of cooking at the Park with Adam at the helm.

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Ambiente Tapas

Ambiente Tapas is an independent Mediterranean Tapas Restaurant and Sherry Bar serving locally sourced, freshly cooked food on a daily basis. We have two sites in York, one on Goodramgate and one on Fossgate, as well as our Leeds site in Calls Landing. Our restaurants provide a wide selection of tapas, including old favourites like Patatas Bravas and Calamares, alongside some new dishes that explore our interest in fusion and have an extensive sherry and wine list to complement our various dishes.

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Andrew Pern

Andrew Pern is a Yorkshire born chef who has won multiple cookery awards. He is the owner of The Star at Harome, which has a Michelin star. He also owns The Star Inn the City, a riverside restaurant in the centre of York. Both restaurants pride themselves on using local, Yorkshire ingredients.

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Andrew Pern's Restuarants

Andrew Pern’s name is synonymous with that of his pub, The Star Inn at Harome acquired in 1996 and consistently appearing on a host of awards lists for its hospitality and Andrew’s cooking ever since, including a Michelin star held from 2002 to 2010 inclusive. The Star was recently ranked 19th in the National Restaurant Awards Top 100 UK Restaurants and No. 3 Top UK Gastropub 2012, the highest placing for a northern restaurant in both cases. The loyal following for Andrew’s highly seasonal and instinctively ‘local’ food has placed this picturesque North Yorkshire Moors village pub, with its boutique 9-bedroomed hotel, firmly on the destination location map. With two acclaimed books, ‘Black Pudding and Foie Gras’ and ‘Loose Birds and Game’, to his credit, Andrew is also a regular contributor to a number of publications (the most recent being a recipe column in ‘The Field’), as well as a popular ‘performer’ at local food festivals. In 2011 he found the time to take part in BBC2’s ‘Great British Menu’, progressing to the Finals and just narrowly missing out on getting his Celebration of Yorkshire Rhubarb onto the Banquet Menu, and he has also appeared in an episode of the ‘Hairy Bikers’ beating the biking duo in a ‘cook-off’ held at The Star! Autumn 2013 saw the opening of The Star Inn The City in York, an all-day dining concept offering food from breakfast to business lunches, to tea and dinner on the banks of the River Ouse. The food and beverage is ‘the’ showcase of Yorkshire produce set in the amazing surroundings of the Museum Gardens. Mr P's Curuious Tavern was the next restaurant to open in 2016. Amidst the smart shops in a corner of historic York is the location for Mr P’s Curious Tavern, Andrew Pern’s quirky 80-cover venture. Offering small plates from around the world to taste along with a glass of something different. Creating ambience by the barrel load, to sate your curiosity and appetite. 2017 saw the opening of Star Inn the Harbour, it's menus feature Catch-of-the-Day fish and meat specials and also world famous North Yorkshire Moors produce, such as furred and feathered game, as well as a seasonal All Day Menu. Desserts will come predominantly from the restaurant’s Ice Cream Parlour, including some childhood classics, brought up to date.

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Bettys

Bettys Café Tea Rooms are traditional tea rooms serving traditional meals. All of Bettys products are hand made and use locally sourced ingredients. Bettys are famous for their Afternoon Teas. Bettys also run a cookery school, based in Harrogate, which holds a wide range of cookery courses throughout the year.

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Christine Austin

Christine is a wine writer, broadcaster and a wine judge for several international wine competitions. She has a technical background and spent five years as a buyer for a major supermarket before moving to wine writing. She writes for The Yorkshire Post, Dales Life and contributes to a significant part of the drink events for the York Festival of Food and Drink. She has won both the Lanson and the Roederer prizes for wine writing.

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Craig Atchinson

The Head Chef at Hudson's restaurant at The Grand Hotel & Spa is Craig Atchison; an adopted local who moved to Yorkshire in 2008 having previously spent 12 years working throughout the UK with some of the country’s brightest chefs. Whilst being respectful of his surrounding’s illustrious past, Craig’s style is Modern British Cuisine which includes a wide range of modern techniques and classical flavour pairing. The menu is seasonal, taking inspiration from the fruit, vegetable and herbs that are grown in the surrounding areas. As Yorkshire’s only 5-star hotel, The Grand Hotel & Spa is synonymous with luxury and the finer things in life. Within view of the York walls and set in the Edwardian splendour of the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company, The Grand is firmly rooted in the city’s rich history. At the heart of The Grand is the three AA rosette Hudson’s restaurant, named after the ‘railway king’ George Hudson who ensured that York was not left at the station as George Stephenson revolutionised transportation and industrial England.

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Dr Annie Gray

Food historian Dr Annie Gray is a writer, broadcaster and consultant. Specialising predominantly in 18th and 19th century British food and dining, her first book, which was nominated for The Jane Grigson Award for New Food Writing, is an in-depth look at Queen Victoria through her food. Annie is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, and co-presented and consulted on BBC2’s acclaimed Victorian Bakers. She is most recently seen in the follow-up, Back to Work: Confectioners, in 2017. She is an honorary research associate at The University of York, and acts as a consultant to the heritage industry on the use of food and food-related spaces to the public.

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Edible York

Edible York are a broad group of dedicated individuals who are committed to nurturing existing food growing spaces in the City and bringing new food growing spaces to life. Their aim is that everyone has the opportunity to grow their own food. They support existing edible growing projects and catalyse new projects and growing spaces across the City. They support growing at schools, link businesses up with community growers and more besides. The possibilities are endless and endlessly inspiring!

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El Piano

Visit York's Café of the year: winner 2012, finalist 2013, winner 2014, winner 2015, winner 2016, winner 2017 El Piano is a vegan restaurant in York (with brances in Malaga and Grenada) serving wholly plant-based and wholly gluten-free food (also free from nuts, palm oil and refined sugar). Working with organic, local and sustainable food long before it was popular. The result is a deep and wide knowledge of planting and harvesting, as well as production and preserving. Their food, together with our sauces, conserves, baking kits, fast food kits and cookboos tells a 40 year story of excellence and devotion to service. See www.el-piano.com for more information

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Florian Poirot

Florian, from florian POIROT, master pâtissier. started his apprenticeship as a pastry chef in the north east of France where he earned his master diploma in pastry. He worked at the Thiebaut patisserie shop (relais dessert) which is considered to be one of the best patisserie shops in the world. After moving to Paris to build his career as a patissier he worked for 4 years as a chef at Daubos ,a luxury patisserie shop in Versailles. Florian has taken part in many competitions and won the prestigious Charles Proust competion (prix du public and 3rd place) in 2006 in Paris. He is an expert in luxury and modern French pastry and has designed many "fashion cakes" for the trade press (le Journal du Patissier) in France.

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French Chef at Home

The French Chef at Home, Yves Quemerais, is classically trained under acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse. His cooking combines the traditional gourmet flavours of France with seasonal fresh Yorkshire produce. Yves made his home in Yorkshire after falling in love with ‘God’s own county’ during family holidays. He set up French Chef at Home to create authentic and bespoke French cuisine at people’s homes for special occasions, corporate events or just a luxury night in. Yves also offers tutorials in your own home for between one and four people. For further details visit www.frenchchefathome.com Or follow us on twitter @lecheffrancais

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan is the founder of Oinoudidasko Wine Education (the name means "I learn of wine"). He is a full member of the Association of Wine Educators and he specialises in events which are both enjoyable and educational. He is one of only a handful of official "Burgundy Wine Educators" in the UK accredited by BIVB, which gives him access to some great materials & wines. He is also a wine author - his book "Contempoorary Wine Studies: Dancing with Bacchus" was published in 2015.

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Gilly Robinson

Head Tutor Gilly Robinson is not just a very good cook, she's a very good teacher. Her zest for life, sense of humour and eternal patience combine to encourage even the most hesitant of students. She has huge experience of running cooking courses and for several years was senior tutor at the Rosemary Shrager Cooking School at Swinton and still works with Rosemary on specific projects.

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Holgate Windmill

Holgate Windmill was built in 1770 but was restored in 2001by the Holgate Preservation Society, and the mill's doors were opened to the public in 2005 for the first time after 70 years. Planning for the restoration of the mill began in 2003, and the restoration started in 2006. The windmill is now operating, and the society sell bags of flour at markets and fairs.

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James MacKenzie

James Mackenzie is chef and owner of the Pipe and Glass in South Dalton, near Beverley. In 2010, the Pipe and Glass was awarded East Yorkshire’s first Michelin Star, an award that it has retained ever since. The Pipe and Glass now includes five luxury boutique rooms, an exclusive private dining suite and an elegant, airy restaurant, as well as the welcoming, traditional bar area. James is keen to champion the next generation of chefs and launched the Golden Apron competition, in search of Yorkshire’s best young chefs’. James’ has also recently launched 3 Golden Apron products into Asda stores. He works closely with local colleges to provide the Yorkshire Chefs Certificate. James’ debut cookbook ‘On the Menu’ was released in 2012, and won best debut cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris. In 2016, both James and the Pipe and Glass received national recognition, with James being named Craft Guild of Chefs Dining pub restaurant Chef of the Year and the Pipe and Glass being named at number 2 in the Morning Advertiser Top 50 Gastropub awards, as well as Yorkshire Dining pub of the year 2017 in the Good Pub Guide.

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Joel Arnold

Joel runs the Copmanthorpe Dining Club, which takes place monthly in York. Joel prepares four courses for £25pp and takes his guests on a delicious journey from starter to dessert. www.copmanthorpediningclub.com

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Josh Overington

Josh Overington runs Le Cochon Aveugle a small, intimate French restaurant on Walmgate, York serving a weekly changing 6 course tasting menu. The dishes are all based on classic French bistro dishes in concept, but prepared using modern or forgotten techniques. Their aim is to submerge patrons in the experience from the moment they sit, and ensure a unique and memorable visit each time they dine. Josh has been a competitor in 2016 Great British Menu, just loosing out to winner Tommy Banks in the North East round.

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Karen Hardwick

With over 20 years drinks trade experience, most of it in the wine trade, Karen is the person restaurants, hotels and retailers turn to to train their staff. Due to demand she now hosts more informal and extremely popular food and wine events every month in York at Melton’s Too. She has been a tutor for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust for 10 years, holds the prestigious WSET Diploma and now teaches to Advanced level both at home and abroad. With a relaxed and approachable style Karen’s aim is quite simply to ditch the jargon, demystify wine and give consumers the confidence to try different wine styles. It is this style which makes her a firm favourite with Festival goers and she delivers many events throughout the Festival. Karen won the 2011 International Wine Educator of the year award.

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Little Viking's

Little Vikings magazine launched in May 2014 as a free, high quality bi-monthly publication for families of 0-11 year olds living in and visiting York. They distribute 15,000 of each issue to hand-picked locations where we know that kids go. You’ll find it in primary schools, nurseries, children’s centres, libraries, attractions, hotels, shops and restaurants in York and just beyond. It’s full of ideas for the best things to do and places to go with kids, all based on the writer's own experiences. It’s fast become the go-to publication for parents with kids to entertain.

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Marie Cheong-Thong

Marie Cheong-Thong is a freelance educator, photographer and writer who has spent the last 30 years sampling and researching food & drink on six continents. She is a mine of information on indigenous ingredients, dishes and beverages of many different regions and cultures. This year she was invited by Hyogo Prefecture to judge sake in Japan. Marie then made a special trip to Hokkaido to do some research on food ingredients, Onsen culture, Japanese wines, in addition to Hokkaido sakes.

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Matt Hunter

Matt Hunter Head Chef of The Star Inn the city, formerly of Northcote Manor supports the very best in local and seasonal products, now heading up a great team at this exciting City Centre venue.

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Melton's Restaurant

Melton’s is a fine dining restaurant serving modern British food and it is Michael’s position as Chef Proprietor, which has made it one of York’s leading restaurants. Melton’s is renowned for serving high quality food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere as well as their food and wine pairings.

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Peter Mckenna

Following extensive vineyard and winery visits in both the Old and New World and exam success, Peter has been tutoring as well as leading tastings and presentations in the York area for some years. Working in association with producers, as well as for Adult Education, he has organised visits and tastings with companies throughout the North.

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Rafi's Spicebox

After a number of years teaching Indian cooking to the local Suffolk and Essex communities, Rafi opened the first Spice Box in 1989. The traditional containers that Indians keep their spices in inspired the name Spicebox. The objective of the shop was to start supplying all the necessary exotic spices and ingredients that were previously unavailable. Rafi sadly passed away in May 2013. Her passion and knowledge lives on through the team at the Spicebox, under the direction of her two sons, Kevin and Lee.

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Richard Fowler

Richard Fowler owns and manages FR Fowler & Son, the wholesale fishmonger, which started in 1906 and are now a major supplier of quality stock to York's top hotels and restaurants. Richard started out as a Wasps Rugby league winger with the first team in the 1980s. After his Father broke his kneecap, however, he gave up Rugby to work for the family business. Since Richard took over the business, it has gone through many changes. It originally began as a Fish and Chip shop but nowadays he supplies top quality seafood, from the Yorkshire coast, to top hotels and restaurants. Richard has participated in York Food Festival for a number of years and his demonstration, in which he works with local York chefs, is popular year after year.

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Sara Danesin Medio

After reaching the final of MasterChef 2011 Sara runs a successful dining club in the heart of the City as well as teaching her Italian food heritage around the country. Sara is also one of the ambassadors for the Aga, as well as recipes developer for a top pasta brand in Italy and UK. She says 'the show was an amazing experience and offered me an invaluable platform giving me the motivation to change from nursing to a full time career in food'

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Sharmini Thomas

Sharmini Thomas was born in the Indian province of Kerala and teaches Indian cookery in York. She was winner of the Festival's Yorkshire Vision Cookery competition in 2010 and demonstrates something spicy for us Sharmini is always ready to share her deep knowledge and love of Indian food, and people are happy to learn much from her, staying to find out more, and attending her excellent courses and classes in Indian cookery. Her pleasure in the creation of tasty and delicious food and giving enjoyment to so many is self-evident and boundless.

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Skosh

Skosh started simply, as a word that represented a concept. It has evolved into a contemporary dining room serving uncomplicated yet refined dishes in a comfortable and informal manner. Skosh serve food in the form of snacks and small plates, which allows you to have as little or as much as you want, grazing as you go, or if you prefer, gradually served course by course to give you a complete dining experience. Chef proprietor Neil Bentinck and his team of local tradesmen reimagined the space of a Grade II listed building, situated just beyond the ‘Micklegate Bar‘, a 12th Century gateway into the Historic city of York. A bespoke dining room with an open plan kitchen was designed to specifically create a unique experience in which to enjoy the eclectic food on offer.

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Steph Moon

Stephanie Moon has had an exciting year this 2017 she is Chef Consultant to Rudding Park and gets to cook with some of the finest produce from their extensive kitchen gardens. Steph has travelled the world with her job also been on BBC 2 Great British Menu and BBC1 Chefs put your menu where your mouth is but this year Steph is running a series of Pop up restaurants in the Emirates Spinnaker Tower down in Portsmouth this summer. Steph is a regular on the Northern Food Scene and also works with Northern food suppliers to develop recipes and she also teaches at Cookery schools

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Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson is more than an accomplished home cook who from time-to-time volunteers in the kitchen at Andrew Pern's Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome at the foot of the North York Moors. Cooking is Sue's relaxation therapy which she's now turned to her advantage. Sue was awarded the ultimate accolade for her role in promoting Yorkshire's food and drink sector - Deliciously Yorkshire's Food Hero 2016. Also, Yorkshire Food Finder was highly commended in the prestigious White Rose Awards' Taste of Yorkshire category.

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The Botanist

Opened in 2016, The Botanist offers a soon to be world-famous selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, Champagne and wine. Food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ. With live music every night, sublime social times are guaranteed.

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The Grand Hotel and Spa

Experience the luxury, opulence and style of the golden age of travel at Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa. As Yorkshire's only five star hotel, and overlooking the historic city walls of one of the UK’s most picturesque cities, The Grand is the very best in traditional English style and service. If you are searching for a luxury hotel in York, then look no further.

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The Wine Chapter

The Wine Chapter are an independent bar company based in York. We provide bars and drinks services for all occasions, and are wedding specialists in particular! While our greatest expertise lies in the field of wine, we provide great draught beers, fantastic non-alcoholic drinks and innovative cocktails. www.winechapter.co.uk

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Tommy Banks

Tommy heads the kitchen at The Black Swan at Oldstead, which he and his family have owned and run for the past 10 years. They have lived and farmed around Oldstead for many generations; it's very much their creation, and very much Tommy's passion. With his farming background naturally he wanted to grow his own produce in Oldstead, so over the past 3 years a 2 acre kitchen garden has taken shape in the feld next to the restaurant. Both kitchen and front of house are now very closely involved in the incredibly short journey from field to plate. Tommy has achieved great attention and national recognition. At the age of twenty-four, he became the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Britain when The Black Swan retained its star in September 2013. The Black Swan also gained a 4th AA Rosette in January 2016, making it unique as the only restaurant in Yorkshire and the North East to hold a Michelin Star and 4 AA Rosettes. Tommy competed on Great British Menu in 2016 and most recently in June 2017, with both his Mackerel fsh dish (in 2016) and his Turbot, Strawberries & Cream fsh dish (in 2017) making it through to the Banquet

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Walmgate Ale House & Bistro

Walmgate Ale House & Bistro is set in a 17th century listed building in the centre of York, which boasts a long history and a few ghost stories! The Ale House on the ground floor offers a range of Yorkshire Ales, Lager and Cider as well as an extensive wine list. Relax in the snug and enjoy home made bar snacks including sausage rolls and pork pies. The second floor and loft house the Bistro which serves homemade dishes using quality Yorkshire produce. They serve Brunch, Lunch and Dinner every day of the week and serve Sunday Roasts from 12pm every Sunday.

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Wild Harvest

Di Hammill has been running wild food walks for nearly two decades starting from up in the Wild North Yorkshire Moors where she raised her three children alone and off-grid. She has ran walks for the forestry commission and various museums and for the last six years, the York Introduction to Wild Food Walk where she has enjoyed teaching hundreds of locals and visitors alike about the benefits of wild food foraging as part of the offerings from Wild Harvest School of Self-Reliance. Testimonials: Thank you so much for today and for sharing your knowledge. I loved the walk. Just brilliant and learnt so much in such a short time. I'm so glad I took notes as my memory is shocking. The garlic mustard will be working its way into lots of recipes too. I can't wait for the crafts weekend in June!Best wishes, Suzanne. I found the wild food walk inspirational in changing my outlook on weeds and the informative suggestions in preparing these foods for maximum benefit. I went on this wild food walk wanting to expand my knowledge of survival skills for preparing oneself in a worst-case scenario and found it to be just what I was looking for. I then went on a basket weaving course a few months later which gave me sense of satisfaction and more confidence in making things from nature- Diana is a very calm and patient teacher and has a real passion for teaching these things as she has lived and breathed self sufficiency for many many years. I'm in awe of her knowledge and ability as well as the fact that she walks the walk, she doesn't just talk the talk, having lived on the North York Moors in a self - sufficient lifestyle with 3 children for years. I'd like to try the full weekend course next! Thanks for everything. Louise.

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York Brewery

York Brewery was founded 18 years ago in 1996 and has been brewing traditionally produced ale inside the city walls of York ever since. The Brewery on Toft Green houses a bar that is open Monday to Saturday for drinking and is also the departure point for tours of the brewery.”

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York Cocoa House

Owner, Sophie Jewett, is known locally as 'York's Chocolate Lady!' She has been intrigued by all things chocolate from a young age and launched her café and chocolate shop, York Cocoa House, in 2011. At York Cocoa House, Sophie and the team offer up a wide selection of in-house chocolates as well as delicious offerings from local chocolatiers. Sophie also offers chocolate workshops and tastings as well as a monthly Chocolate Dining Dinner.

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York's Little Festival of Music

York’s Little Festival of Live Music will be presenting a six day event raising money for charity. They will showcase the work of both established musicians as well as introducing the work of new and upcoming performers and will include a wide range of musical genres including Folk, Americana, Rock, Punk, Indie, Opera/Pop and Country plus numerous acoustic sessions.

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yourcafe

As part of The Real Junk Food Project, yourcafe serves healthy meals prepared from intercepted good surplus food in a regular volunteer-led and non-profit community cafe. Based at Tang hall community centre, yourcafe offers the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a communal feast or bite to eat. Our passionate volunteers collect waste food from top retailers, transform it into delicious meals and serve it in a friendly, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. All in exchange for time, money or skills. Open 11-2pm every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday of every month).

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