Festival Programme

18th to 22nd April 2019

All day activities

Taste Trail

21 - 30 Sep 2018

The Taste Trail allows you to relish a series of little samples in a wide variety of food retailers around the city.  Buy two booklets for £8 and spend the day exploring.

Please note, while this a popular family activity, a minority of the samples are of alcohol.

Two for £8 or £5for a single voucher booklet

Booklets can be purchased and picked up at the information point on St Sampsons Square

The Food Factory

21 - 30 Sep 2018 St Sampson's Square

The most substantial hands on learning opportunity at the Festival is the new “Food Factory”.  A family ticket for nearly two hours of entertainment is £15.  Participants learn to make bread, butter, pasta and ice-cream, preserve fish and make cheese, if that’s not enough the visit is rounded off with a chocolate activity in the York Cocoa Works.

The Food Factory is situated on St Sampson’s square alongside the demonstration area and a new pop-up bar and street food area.

Opening times:

Weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) from 10:30am with last entry at 4:00pm
Last Sunday, last entry at 3.30pm

Midweek (Monday – Thursday) from 3:30pm with last entry at 4:00pm


Call to book at 01904 654036 or email us at admin@yorkfoodfestival.com

Family Ticket (includes additional activity at York Cocoa Works)£15Adults £7, Children £5, under 5 free
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Little Vikings Recipe Trail

21 - 30 Sep 2018 York

Explore York collecting tasty recipes from 10 foodie locations. Little Vikings have designed this trail especially for the Festival!

Book now to reserve your free recipe hunt pack and collect from the Festival’s Info Point

Macmillan coffee and cake

21 - 30 Sep 2018 Food Hub , St Sampson's Square, York 09:00 until 17:00

Come to the Food Hub to buy coffee and cake and support Macmillan. Coffee and cake will be provided by Jo’s Kitchen with 25% of sales being donated to Macmillan Cancer

School’s Programme

24 - 27 Sep 2018 10:00 until 15:00

The Festival offers cookery sessions for up to 1000 York primary school children every year.

We are grateful to St Peter’s School for the sponsorship of the schools programme.

St Peter’s and its junior school St Olaves offer children the chance to discover their passion, in a nurturing environment. With a huge programme of activities, sport, music, drama and art, alongside a challenging academic curriculum, we offer up to 100% bursaries as part of our Help With Fees scheme. Open Days in October and November.

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Please note: These places need to be booked in advance
25 Sep 2018

Slug & Lettuce Cocktails

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 12:30 until 13:00

The Slug and Lettuce, York will be demonstrating some of their cocktails

25 Sep 2018

York Chocolate Story

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 13:30 until 14:00

The talented expert chocolatiers at York’s Chocolate Story will be holding live demonstrations throughout the festival. Discover the art of the chocolatier, the sweet history of York and how to taste like a professional connoisseur!

25 Sep 2018

Birds on the Loose

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 14:00 until 14:30

A demonstration from two madcap chefs who are game for anything in the Yorkshire food scene

25 Sep 2018

An Introduction to Cheese and Wine Pairing

Love Cheese, Gillygate 15:00 until 16:00

Taking a lead from the “Slow Food” movement the “Taste Workshops” are an opportunity to learn more from York’s specialists and experts.

Join Love Cheese as they introduce you to the world of wine and cheese pairing. White wines with crumbly cheese, sparkling wine with soft. You’ll definitely try something new.

£18.50Over 18s only
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25 Sep 2018

War on waste + Action on food poverty

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 15:00 until 15:30

A Pay-as-you-Feel, ‘Real Junk Food’ demo.  Rosie Baker and Bev Hadfield will be demonstrating how to source & prepare a healthy lunch for children & their families. Come after school for a taster of what can easily be made from perfectly edible yet discarded food and hear about what’s being done to tackle food poverty in York. The City of York Council recently passed a motion to tackle this growing problem and Rosie & Bev are also planning the next ‘PAYF/Real Junk Food’ cafe opening in south York soon… Watch this plate!

25 Sep 2018

York Cocoa House

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 16:00 until 16:30

The chocolate manufactory team from York Cocoa House will be demonstrating

25 Sep 2018

Access To Music

Entertainment Marquee, Parliament Street 17:00 until 21:00

Access to Music will be providing the entertainment this evening by showcasing their talented students.

5.00 – 5.10 PM – INTRO MY LORD MAYOR

5.10 – 5.35 PM – EVIE BARRAND
Evie Barrand is an up-and-coming young singer-songwriter from Market Weighton in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Her debut release, “Summer’s Warm” was released in January 2018 and she has recently played at several festivals including Humber Street Sesh, Beverley Fringe Festival and Carfest North for Children in Need.

‘therisnohappyhere’, also known as Eden Lamb, is a local acoustic act influenced by artists like Leonard Cohen and Elliott Smith but raised by punk sensibilities.  They have been going for two years with two full albums and a number of e.p’s under their belt offering a wide range of sound from cold and personal to tongue in cheek and sarcastic. Their newest e.p. came out in July in preparation for their third album ‘Burning Bodies in a Hotel Room’.

6..10 – 6.35 PM – LUKE FLEAR
Luke Flear is a 16year old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist influenced by the likes of Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Queen. Luke writes material that fits loosely into the pop rock genre and he has been performing throughout Yorkshire in recent months.

6.40 – 7.05 PM – LILY HONEY
Lily is a sixteen year old singer/songwriter whose favourite style of music to sing and write is pop/alternative pop. Lily is a self-taught pianist and she has been performing acoustic gigs recently and cannot wait to perform at York Food and Drink Festival.

Mollie is a seventeen year old York based singer songwriter who plays electric guitar. She is heavily influenced by the bedroom pop scene and inspired by Mac Demarco, Clairo and Rex Orange County. Mollie has recently performed a successful BBC Introducing session and has material available on Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes and Youtube.

7.40 – 8.05 PM – MOLLY TEASDALE
Molly is a singer songwriter who plays piano, guitar and ukulele. She performs a mixture of covers and passionate original material.

8.10 – 8.35 PM – BETH BEDFORD
Beth is a singer songwriter from york who has performed successful gigs at The Fulford Arms, Basement and the Black Swan. Whether performing her original material or covers, Beth guarantees a passionate and entertaining musical experience.

Ayesha is a 20 year old singer songwriter who has been playing the guitar and singing since she was 10 years old. She has performed as part of the band, Polaris at venues such as the Fulford Arms and The Basement.


All performers are students at the Access Creative College in York.

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25 Sep 2018

A Totally Italian Wine Tasting

York Cocoa Works, 10 Castlegate 18:00 until 20:00

Taking a lead from the “Slow Food” movement the “Taste Workshops” are an opportunity to learn from York’s specialists and experts.

Join Peter McKenna for a tutored tasting of Italian Wine. Peter will guide you through this selective tasting of six wines made from entirely native grape varieties, ranging from Piedmont in the North to Sicily in the South. These exciting wines show why Italy rightly deserves the name ‘Enotria’-the land of the vines’.

£16.50Over 18s only
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25 Sep 2018

Charity ‘Call my Bluff’ Dinner

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 19:00 until 21:00

The Chopping Block at Walmagte Ale House, Melton’s and Inside the Bottle are joining forces to bring you an ‘Event in the tent’ in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity and Cancer Research.

The evening will include a collaborative three course dinner from Melton’s and The Chopping Block, a live cookery demonstration, and a ‘Call my bluff’ wine tasting hosted by Laura from Inside the Bottle and Cyrus from The Wine Chapter and BBC’s ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’.

All profits from the evening will be split between two charity funds, the Brain Tumour Charity Jon Moss Fund and the Roman Ride.


Jon Moss Fund
The Chopping Block at Walmgate Ale House are raising money for their good friend and colleague Jon Moss, who sadly passed away in May this year. At the age of 38, Jon was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma in August 2017. They want to raise as much as they can for the fantastic cause that is The Brain Tumour Charity.

Jon had a passion for good beer, and you may have seen that he, along with Half Moon Brewery, brewed Jon’s Blonde in February. The beer helped kickstart the fundraising efforts and have been looking to raise more and more since.

When they heard that applications for the Micklegate Soap Box Challenge were open, they couldn’t think of a better opportunity to get the word out and start spreading awareness of a charity and cause that is so close to their hearts. In Jon’s memory, they hope to raise £2000 and help in the fight against brain cancer.

Roman Ride
On the 21st September 2018 a group of amateur cyclists will embark on a 250 mile ride from York to Bath, over 3 days, to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research and the lesser known illness of Dystonia (Dystonia is an incurable and disabling neurological movement disorder that affects more than 70,000 people in the UK).

More information

Call The Chopping Block at Walmgate Ale House to book 01904 629222

25 Sep 2018


National Centre for Early Music 19:30 until 21:00

Join us to celebrate the Harvest season with a screening of the new film Arcadia accompanied by locally pressed cider with traditional English cheeses and bread provided by The Press Kitchen, Walmgate.  Arcadia gives an exhilarating portrait of the beauty and brutality, magic and madness of rural Britain shown through 100 years of archive footage and complemented by Will Gregory and Adrian Uttley’s expressive score.

Arcadia 12A (UK, 2017, 78”, dir. Paul Wright)

The film will be preceded by a short set of traditional music from the University of York’s music students.

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Book via NCEM box office: 01904 658338

£14 Concessions £12
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