Festival Programme

20th to 29th September 2024

21 Sep - 29 Sep 2024

The Food Factory

20 - 29 Sep 2024 Museum Gardens, Coppergate Centre and St Crux

The York Food Festival offers a series of FREE cookery workshops, which are designed to provide visitors with an opportunity to learn new culinary skills and how food is made.

The workshops are open to all ages and held at the Museum Gardens, and St. Crux Hall.
(and also home to our Schools Workshop programme, where we welcome over 1000 children to participate over the 5 days)

Check closer to the festival dates for opening times.

At the minimum, there are six workshops available, covering a range of themes including bread making, pasta making, vegan dips, and smoking your own food. New workshop themes will be added in for 2023, ensuring that there is always something new to learn and discover at the festival.

The workshops are interactive and hands-on, providing participants with an opportunity to get involved in the cooking process and learn by doing. The workshops are suitable for all ages, and experienced instructors are on hand to provide guidance and support.

The York Food Festival is always on the lookout for talented volunteers to work with the public by delivering workshops. If you are someone who has a passion for cooking and wants to give back to the community, then we encourage you to consider volunteering with us. If interested, please fill out our online form

Did you know that the York Food Festival is a not-for-profit organisation?
Any money generated (from trader fees to ticket sales) goes back into the festival to improve it year after year.
During the festivals we run this extensive free food education programme for all visitors to the festival.
Please consider making a donation to support this programme and keep it running.

More information
21 Sep - 29 Sep 2024

Markets

20 - 29 Sep 2024 Parliament Street and St Sampson's Square

The York Food Festival features a range of market stands. The markets are divided into two main sections: food retailing and street food.

The food retailing section features stands selling a range of food and drink products that visitors can take home with them. This includes locally produced cheese, meats, baked goods, chocolates, preserves, and much more. Visitors can browse the stalls, taste samples, and purchase items to enjoy later.
The food retail section is supplemented at the weekend with additional stands in the large Market Hall located outside outside of Boots Opticians.

The street food section offers visitors the chance to sample a variety of delicious dishes from around the world. Here, visitors can indulge in a range of cuisines, including Thai, Indian, Italian, and Mexican, among others. The street food stands are designed to be eaten on-site, allowing visitors to enjoy a range of flavours and dishes as they explore the festival.

Overall, there are around 100 stands at the festival, with a mix of food retailing and street food. The markets are open from 10 am until 5 pm each day, giving visitors plenty of time to explore and sample the various products on offer. Additionally, the street food stands located around the music venues remain open during the evening performances, allowing visitors to continue enjoying the festival’s food offerings well into the night.

Did you know that the York Food Festival is a not-for-profit organisation?
Any money generated (from trader fees to ticket sales) goes back into the festival to improve it year after year.
During the festivals we run this demonstration programme for all visitors to the festival to attend.
Please consider making a donation to support this programme and keep it running.

More information
21 Sep - 29 Sep 2024

Cookie Tour

20 - 29 Sep 2024 Start at information point

The cookie tour is a fun and interactive activity designed for families with children. A self-guided walking tour that starts at the Festival heart on Parliament Street and ends at St. Crux Hall.

Participants receive a map/guide leaflet that includes questions about participating businesses in the area, providing a unique and engaging way for families to explore the local food and culture scene, while also having fun and learning new things along the way.

The tour stops at the Museum Gardens, where participants can take part in the Food Factory and ends at St Crux where a cookie can be decorated to take home.

You can either pre-book online once available or purchase your booklet at the information point.
Collection of the trail booklet is from the Information Point any day between 10am to 4pm, located on Parliament Street.

Did you know that the York Food Festival is a not-for-profit organisation?
Any money generated (from trader fees to ticket sales) goes back into the festival to improve it year after year.
During the festivals we run this demonstration programme for all visitors to the festival to attend.
Please consider making a donation to support this programme and keep it running.

More information
21 Sep - 29 Sep 2024

Fringe events

20 - 29 Sep 2024 Various

In addition to the main festival events, the York Food Festival also features a series of fringe events, which are organized by hotels, restaurants, and retailers throughout the city. These events are open to all businesses in York, allowing them to showcase their food and drink offerings and participate in the festival.

The fringe events can take many different forms, with participating businesses proposing a range of activities, such as special menus, food and drink tastings, workshops, cooking classes, and more. The events are designed to be diverse and inclusive, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Businesses are encouraged to get creative with their proposals, with the goal of showcasing the best of York’s food and drink scene. Whether it’s a special tasting menu featuring local ingredients, a wine or beer pairing event, or a cooking demonstration, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved and contribute to the festival’s success.

Overall, the fringe events provide an excellent opportunity for York businesses to connect with the festival’s visitors and showcase their offerings. It’s a chance to promote local food culture and engage with the community, while also benefiting from the increased foot traffic and exposure that the festival brings.
If you’re a York business interested in participating in the York Food Festival’s fringe events, you can contact the festival administration team at admin@yorkfoodfestival.com.

Did you know that the York Food Festival is a not-for-profit organisation?
Any money generated (from trader fees to ticket sales) goes back into the festival to improve it year after year.
During the festivals we run this demonstration programme for all visitors to the festival to attend.
Please consider making a donation to support this programme and keep it running.

More information
21 Sep - 29 Sep 2024

Festival Bars

20 - 29 Sep 2024 Parliament Street and St Sampson's Square

We are excited to offer two fantastic bar areas during the York Food & Drink Festival.

The first bar area is located in the lively Entertainments Marquee situated in Parliament Street. Enjoy delicious street food from a range of stands. You can also visit the Real Ale bar and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the main stage where live music performances will be taking place in the evening.

The second bar area is located in St Sampson’s Square. This area is more open but also provides wet weather provision, so you can enjoy your drinks no matter what. This bars feature both a gin bar and a wine stand. In the evening, you can enjoy more relaxed music while sipping your favourite drink.

Both bar areas offer a great selection of drinks and a welcoming atmosphere for you to enjoy during the festival. We hope to see you there!

Did you know that the York Food Festival is a not-for-profit organisation?
Any money generated (from trader fees to ticket sales) goes back into the festival to improve it year after year.
During the festivals we run this demonstration programme for all visitors to the festival to attend.
Please consider making a donation to support this programme and keep it running.

More information
21 Sep - 29 Sep 2024

Demonstrations & Tastings

20 - 29 Sep 2024 St Crux

The demonstration area is a popular attraction at the York Food Festival, providing a platform for local chefs and businesses to showcase their talents and engage with the community, while offering festival attendees the opportunity to learn new recipes and cooking techniques and / or partake in some tutored tastings.

Daily demonstrations and tastings will be part of the festival programme. Check back closer to the festival dates for participants and timings.

We are currently putting together a programme of demonstrations and tastings, anyone who is interested in demonstrating their culinary skills / products are encouraged to contact the festival’s administration team at admin@yorkfoodfestival.com.

Did you know that the York Food Festival is a not-for-profit organisation?
Any money generated (from trader fees to ticket sales) goes back into the festival to improve it year after year.
During the festivals we run this demonstration programme for all visitors to the festival to attend.
Please consider making a donation to support this programme and keep it running.

More information

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