Festival Programme

18th to 22nd April 2019

All day activities

20 Apr 2019

Chocolate Lollipop Making

York Cocoa Works, 10 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN 10:00 until 16:00

A quick and fun activity for everyone. You will work with expertly tempered milk chocolate with 35% cocoa solids to create your lollipop. Then choose from a selection of toppings to create your own chocolate lollipop exactly how you want it to be.

How will you make yours? A smiley face? A Pretty Pattern? All very neat? All a bit of a mess? Or a creative jumble? However it looks it will taste gorgeous!

You will need to allow 30 minutes after finishing to let your creation set before wrapping it up to take home.

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20 Apr 2019

Chocolate Trio Cookery Class

The Grand, York, The Grand, York, YO1 6GD 10:00 until 13:00

The newly opened Cookery School at The Grand, York are hosting a chocoholics dream class during the festival!

Master the art of the chocolatiers with our Chocolate Trio course: Creative chocolate bar slabs, Chocolate soufflé and Chocolate cake with oranges and Grand Marnier
Begin with creating your own chocolate bar with a selection of flavourings, before making a velvety chocolate soufflé accompanied by a rich chocolate sauce. Our Chef Tutor will then demonstrate and serve the ultimate chocolate cake, with oranges and Grand Marnier.

Shambles Market Easter Egg Trail

19 - 21 Apr 2019 Shambles Market, Silver Street, York, YO1 8RY 10:00 until 17:00

Shambles Market will be hosting an Easter egg trail with every entrant receiving a chocolate treat! Pick up your entry form from The Dark Horse Espresso Bar and make your way around the market to identify each numbered egg to its stall holder.


Chocolate Sculpture Exhibition

18 - 21 Apr 2019 York Mansion House, St Helen's Square, York, YO1 9QL 10:30 until 16:30

York Mansion House has unveiled this delicious chocolate model of York, taking over 50 hours to make and weighing around 27kg! The 3ft high chocolate sculpture incorporates York Mansion House, York Minster and Micklegate Bar.

The sculpture was made by Ashley McCarthy from Ye Old Sun Inn and will also make an appearance on Channel 4’s Extreme Chocolatiers in April.

Child £3.50£6.50Admission price to the house

The Easter Bunny’s Easter Egg Hunt

18 - 22 Apr 2019 York's Chocolate Story , Kings Square, York, YO1 7LD 11:30 until 12:30

The Easter Bunny and his buddy are visiting York for an incredible Easter egg hunt experience. Children will join the bunny in amazing games, collect chocolate and meet colourful characters as they work to find the missing chocolate eggs. (Available at 11.30am and 2pm)


Led by costumed characters and starting outside the attraction in King’s Square, before moving to the beautiful surroundings of the Merchant Adventurers Hall, this is the perfect way for families to get into the Easter Spirit.

Be aware! The Easter Bunny loves fresh air and that this event will be entirely outside! Also: It is Yorkshire – so come weather prepared!

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£9.95Adult £5.95 (and with at least one full paying child)
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20 Apr 2019

Demonstrations and Tastings

Demonstration Area, Parliament Street 12:00 until 16:30

Demonstrations and tastings will be available from 12pm each day of the festival, where chocolatiers and chefs will share their knowledge on all things chocolate.

12pm – York’s Chocolate Story: Join their expert chocolatiers to uncover the secret of chocolate making and see how chocolate is made by hand.
1pm – Melton’s: The chef proprietor will be preparing a venison dish with chocolate sauce
2pm – York Cocoa Works: The Story of Chocolate Making, Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar
3pm – The Cookery School, The Grand York: Chocolate Truffle Cookery Class (see separate entry)
4pm – York Cocoa Works with York Gin & Ainsty Ales: A tasting that pairs chocolate with locally sourced beer or gin


Guided Chocolate Manufactory Tour

18 - 22 Apr 2019 York Cocoa Works, 10 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN 12:30 until 13:30

Learn how YCW make their chocolate with guided explanation whilst watching our chocolate makers at work through the glass partition. You will be able to sample the raw ingredients as you journey through the Manufactory line, ending with a tutored tasting of some of our single origin chocolates. (Available 12.30pm and 3.30pm)

Child £5.50£9.50
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20 Apr 2019

Chocolate Truffle Cookery Class

Demonstration Area, Parliament Street 15:00 until 16:00

The newly opened Cookery School at The Grand will be giving you a taste of what their classes will be like with a Chocolate Truffle cookery class in the demonstration area of the festival.

12 places are available to book for participation in the class, alongside more places to watch

Email admin@yorkfoodfestival.com to book your place

FreePlaces are now fully booked
20 Apr 2019

Design & Create your Own Chocolate Bar

York Cocoa Works, 10 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN 16:00 until 17:00

In YCW Academy you will be able to choose the Chocolate you work with before flavouring it with from our range of essential oils. You will be shown how to professionally temper the chocolate before pouring the chocolate into the mould and decorating it.

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Chocolate Easter Egg Masterclass and Tour

18 - 22 Apr 2019 York's Chocolate Story , King's Square, York, YO1 7LD 17:00 until 18:30

Get hands on with a luxury Easter Egg decorating masterclass, exclusively run by one of York’s Chocolate Story professional chocolatiers. Craft stunning products while sampling some of the finest chocolate in the world.

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