All day activities

Little Vikings Recipe Trail

20 - 29 Sep 2019 York

Explore York collecting tasty recipes from 10 foodie locations around York. 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

One person will be chosen at random, from all completed cards, to win a family ticket to the Christmas show at York Theatre Royal

Roots pop-up Farm Shop

20 - 29 Sep 2019 St Sampsons Square

Tommy Banks & Roots York will be serving up a selection of signature dishes throughout York Food Festival alongside their preserves, oils, vinegars and liqueurs all ‘Made In Oldstead’. Come sample their famous Lamb and Fermented Turnip Baos or try delicious Meadowsweet and Sour Cherry cookies.

Festival Drinks Trail

20 - 29 Sep 2019

Discover some of the best places to find refreshment in York!

Collect a leaflet from our Information Point on St Sampsons Square and discover what York’s drinks scene has to offer. Purchase a drink from any six of the participating venues and when you return it to our Grazing Cafe on St Sampsons Square we’ll reward you with a platter of deli items from some of York’s finest deli’s and a six month membership of the Craft Savvy discount club.

Venues this year feature a wide range of drinks choices, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

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Free

Taste Trail

20 - 29 Sep 2019 Information point, St Sampsons Square

Our Taste Trail booklet gives you the opportunity to enjoy samples and discounts from a range of food & drink businesses around the centre of York. It’s a great way to explore the city and find out what the diverse food & drink scene has to offer. One booket is £6 or recruit a friend and purchase 2 for £9.

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

£6 or 2 for £9
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Festival Fizz Bar

20 - 29 Sep 2019 St Sampsons Square

Join us on St Sampsons Square for a cold drink! Shopping is thirsty work so when you need a break from our traders, join us to relax with a glass of something nice. Make sure to check out our Grazing Cafe next door!

Grazing Cafe

20 - 29 Sep 2019 St Sampsons Square

Our Grazing Cafe on St Sampsons Square gives us the opportunity to bring deli items from some of the best suppliers in York to the festival.

Choose from a range of deli items from rotating suppliers on different days throughout the festival. We’ll have a selection of cured meats, cheeses, pâtés and other deli items to enjoy with vegetarian and vegan options on hand and top quality bread from local bakeries.

Choose any 3 options and some locally baked bread from the days selection for £6.

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3 items for £6

The Food Factory

20 - 29 Sep 2019 Food Factory Tent, St Sampsons Square

Take a hands-on tour exploring the production of a number of well known food items

Your tour will begin in the Food Factory tent on St Sampson’s square where you can get your hands dirty (if you want to) making some of these foods yourselves and at each station you’ll get something to try or takeaway! After this you have the opportunity to head down to York Cocoa Works.

Each tour (including activity at York Cocoa Works) will take around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Due to the technical nature of some of the workshops this activity is most suitable to Adults and Family groups with children over 5, but if you want to bring your little one along there’s still plenty for them to do and they are free with a paying adult!

Although there will be availability on the day, the Food Factory can get very busy at peak times so it’s best to pre-book your slot online.

For groups of 10 and more, please email admin@yorkfoodfestival.com

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Family (4 participants including 1 or 2 adults)- £15, Adult- £7, Child- £5
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20 Sep 2019

Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours presents The York Food & Drink Festival Tour

11:30 until 14:30

This fantastic York Food Tour will take you on a culinary and cultural adventure stopping at five of the city’s independent eateries sampling their delicious fare.

Please note that the tour starts at 11.45 for 2 ½ hours.

The York Food & Drink Festival Tour is a walking tour that takes you around the cultural centre of the city, starting at York Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. We will wind our way through the streets to try some delicious Yorkshire fare and learn about our history and culture along the way. We walk at a gentle pace and stop at 5 places for food and/or drink tasting.  Each stop is carefully chosen for its celebrated contribution to our thriving local food and drink scene and you will find out the stories behind the business and their wares from your personal tour guide – a Yorkshire local with a passion for the city and its fare. We can cater for special dietary requirements with advance warning so do inform us of these when you book!

Special Festival Price:  £44

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20 Sep 2019

Steph Moon

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 13:00

Chef Consultant at Rudding Park and a legend on the Yorkshire food scene, Steph’s energetic demonstrations are not to be missed!

Free
20 Sep 2019

Andrew Thwaite

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 14:00

Join a Master Chocolatier to learn the secrets of his trade in this delicious demonstration.

Free
20 Sep 2019

Penny Thorpe

15:00 until 16:00

A talk with chocolate tasting from a confectionery expert who spent more than a decade as historian in York’s biggest chocolate factory.  Her latest book The Quality Street Girls is available in hardback, and the sequel will be available from March 2020

Free
20 Sep 2019

Sharmini Thomas

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 16:00 until 17:00

Open your mind to the magic of Indian cooking and discover the secrets that lay within the combination of ingredients and the method of cooking.  In addition to being taught about Indian culture, you’ll get an introduction to Indian herbs & spices and get to smell some amazingly aromatic, freshly-ground spices.

Free
20 Sep 2019

Pan Sushi Pop Up

The Crooked Tap, 39 The Green, York YO26 5LL 18:00 until 23:00

Pan Sushi will be serving a selection from their menu

Pan Sushi will be ‘popping up’ at The Crooked Tap serving their fresh and hand crafted Japanese and fusion sushi.  No reservations are required, so get there early!

There will also be live music from 8 with the Ukulele Sunshine Revival Band.

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Free
20 Sep 2019

Mindfest

Entertainment Marquee, Parliament Street 18:30 until 21:00

Enjoy live music presented by York Mind on our Parliament St stage. Click “More Information” for today’s line up.

5pm – 6pm Charlotte Lynch

6.30pm – 7.30pm Andy Doonan

8pm – 9pm The Rich Hardcastle Band

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Free
20 Sep 2019

Riverford Master Veg Organic Cookery Class

St Olaves Church Hall, Marygate Lane York YO30 7DS 18:30 until 21:00

Learn how to cook with an organic veg box: prepare and share a delicious veg-packed vegan meal

Keen to eat more veg? These two-hour, hands-on cooking classes will give you ample veg inspiration – and the chance to see whether a Riverford veg box is for you. The class price includes a vegbox.

Together we’ll turn a brimming box of veg, fresh from our farm, into an inspirational organic feast. You’ll get stuck in, learning lots of essential skills – such as the best way to slice greens and segment citrus, and how to make sure your onions never catch in the pan.

We hope you’ll leave inspired to cook with a veg box at home.

Already a customer? Please contact us for more suitable events for your level of Riverford experience.

It’s very relaxed – people of all abilities are welcome, and we keep the classes small to give plenty of chance for questions and individual guidance. After the class, we’ll all sit down to enjoy our meal as a group over a glass of organic wine or beer.

Places are £40, including an organic supper, drinks and your first vegbox (delivered to your home after the class)

Please note: You must be 18+ to attend a Master Veg class.

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20 Sep 2019

Edible Art Workshop

Spark: York, 17-21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB 19:00 until 21:30

Create your own paintings and sculptures that are literally good enough to eat

Hosted by the good people at Arty Farty, we’ve got a variety of fun activities available to try regardless of your artistic ability. Chocolate painting, chilli chocolate sculpting and painting by numbers.

Ticket price includes all activities and you can take home your creations at the end of the night. Dip in and out as you please and visit the bars and eateries at Spark* for a truly culinary and cultural night out.

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21 Sep 2019

Little Vikings morning activities

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 10:30 until 12:30

Little Vikings and friends will be taking over the demo tent on Saturday morning to run a series of free activities for children.

Free
21 Sep 2019

Georgian Chocolate Workshops – Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine

York Mansion House , Saint Helen’s Square York YO1 9QL 11:30 until 12:30

Join one of 2 sessions of cooking demonstrations in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens at the Mansion House

2 demos a day – 11:30-12:15 and 14:30-15:15

Wander down to the beautiful Mansion House over the Food and Drink Festival weekends and learn how to make traditional Georgian recipes of Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine. Watch our team recreate these indulgent desserts in the fully restored kitchens under the stairs… and have a taste for yourself! Be careful, the Chocolate Wine is not for the faint hearted!

Recipe sheets will be available so you can make these at home. Free with the price of admission.cooking demonstrations in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens at the Mansion House

 

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Please note: there are limited spaces for each workshop. If you for any reason change your plans, please cancel your tickets so others have a chance to sign up. There will be no cancellation charges. Ingredients do include items such as sugar and all items may have come into contact with nuts. Any queries do not hesitate to contact us.

Adults: £6.50 Concession: £5 Children: £3.50 Family: £17 YorkPass & York Residents: 50% off ticket price
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21 Sep 2019

Sharmini Thomas

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 13:00

Open your mind to the magic of Indian cooking and discover the secrets that lay within the combination of ingredients and the method of cooking.  In addition to being taught about Indian culture, you’ll get an introduction to Indian herbs & spices and get to smell some amazingly aromatic, freshly-ground spices.

Free
21 Sep 2019

Love Your Planet Food Festival

Derwenthorpe Energy Centre, Derwent Way, York, YO10 3BF 12:00 until 15:00

Want to keep your food carbon footprint low and tasty? Come and savour a menu of delicious local food, have some fun and get lots of information on where to find fresh, locally produced, environmentally sustainable food in and around York.

21 Sep 2019

Mat Leivers

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

Matt is head chef of The Star Inn the City and well established as one of the stars working in Andrew Pern’s restaurant group.

Free
21 Sep 2019

Dan Toombs

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 15:00

Dan Toombs, aka The Curry Guy, has been on a quest to learn and develop the most celebrated meat-free Indian recipes. We look forward to welcoming him to York!  Dan will be cooking a traditional curry-house style curry with meat as well as one vegetarian.

There’ll also be the opportunity to purchase books with Fox Lane Books and have them signed.

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Free
21 Sep 2019

Tommy Banks

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 15:00 until 16:00

Join double Great British Menu winner Tommy Banks of the Michelin-Starred Black Swan at Oldstead & Roots for a demonstration.

Free
21 Sep 2019

Iain Wilkinson

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 16:00 until 17:00

A demonstration from the Head Chef of landmark York pub The Lamb & Lion.

Free
21 Sep 2019

Mindfest

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

Enjoy live music presented by York Mind on our Parliament St stage. Click “More Information” for today’s line up.

5pm – 6pm Jack Parker

6.30 – 7.30 Smith & Wallace

8pm – 9pm Leather’o

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Free
22 Sep 2019

Little Vikings morning activities

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 10:30 until 12:30

Little Vikings and friends will be taking over the demo tent on Sunday morning to run a series of free activities for children.

Free
22 Sep 2019

The Pie Who Loved Me

True Story Cafe, 18 Lord Mayors Walk York YO31 7HA 11:00 until 23:00

O N E   H U N D R E D  –  Why? Wellbeing is everything. It matters. And so do you.

True Story champions those who deliver this message and would like to help. With this in mind we’d like you to join us for a Sunday with Soul. An event which will cultivate the magnificent Seven Dimensions of Wellness:

•Social

•Physical

•Emotional

•Occupational

•Intellectual

•Environmental

•Spiritual

There will be holistic therapies, good vibes all round and live entertainment. We will be selling 100 Pies. (Sweet or Savoury – take your pick – both would be best!) With each there’s a reason why, bought to you by @thepeoplesmantra.

Come as you are, show up for yourself. Good things are coming and we look forward to welcoming you.

True Story will also be recruiting volunteers for the magical @mtmcharity.

ALL PROFITS GO TO CHARITY @calmzone. Helping them to Campaign Against Living Miserably.

It’s a ‘wing thing’.

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Free
22 Sep 2019

Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours presents The York Food & Drink Festival Tour

11:30 until 14:30

This fantastic York Food Tour will take you on a culinary and cultural adventure stopping at five of the city’s independent eateries sampling their delicious fare.

Please note that the tour starts at 11.45 for 2 ½ hours.

The York Food & Drink Festival Tour is a walking tour that takes you around the cultural centre of the city, starting at York Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. We will wind our way through the streets to try some delicious Yorkshire fare and learn about our history and culture along the way. We walk at a gentle pace and stop at 5 places for food and/or drink tasting.  Each stop is carefully chosen for its celebrated contribution to our thriving local food and drink scene and you will find out the stories behind the business and their wares from your personal tour guide – a Yorkshire local with a passion for the city and its fare. We can cater for special dietary requirements with advance warning so do inform us of these when you book!

Special Festival Price:  £44

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22 Sep 2019

Georgian Chocolate Workshops – Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine

York Mansion House , Saint Helen’s Square York YO1 9QL 11:30 until 15:30

Join one of 2 sessions of cooking demonstrations in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens at the Mansion House

2 demos a day – 11:30-12:15 and 14:30-15:15

Wander down to the beautiful Mansion House over the Food and Drink Festival weekends and learn how to make traditional Georgian recipes of Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine. Watch our team recreate these indulgent desserts in the fully restored kitchens under the stairs… and have a taste for yourself! Be careful, the Chocolate Wine is not for the faint hearted!

Recipe sheets will be available so you can make these at home. Free with the price of admission

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ADULTS: £6.50 CONCESSION: £5 CHILDREN: £3.50 FAMILY: £17 YORKPASS & YORK RESIDENTS: 50% OFF TICKET PRICE
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22 Sep 2019

Neil Bentinck

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 13:00

Jay Rayner raved about his visit to Skosh. Join the Chef-Proprietor for a demonstration and see why!

Free
22 Sep 2019

York’s Chocolate Story

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

If you’ve a sweet tooth make sure you catch York’s Chocolate Story when they take to our demonstration stage .

Free
22 Sep 2019

Oshibi

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 15:00 until 16:00

This family run Korean bistro Oshibi is a favourite in York. They’ll be demonstrating some of their signature dishes.

Free
22 Sep 2019

Ethan Flack

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 16:00 until 17:00

Ethan flack is the Roots Senior Sous chef. Ethan works closely with Tommy on recipe development and provides the link between the garden and the kitchen.’

Free
22 Sep 2019

Mindfest

Entertainment Marquee, Parliament Street 17:00 until 19:00

Enjoy live music presented by York Mind on our Parliament St stage. Click “More Information” for today’s line up.

5pm – 6pm Charm

6.30pm – 7.30pm Red Sky

8pm – 9pm White Starrs

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Free
22 Sep 2019

Gin Evening

Middletons Hotel , Skeldergate York YO1 6DS 18:30 until 21:30

Join us for some ginspiration, sample a selection of gins, trying something new or heading for your old favourite

We will have an expert on hand to guide you through. Selection of Yorkshire tapas available throughout the evening.

To book call events on 01904 611570 or email events@middletonsyork.co.uk

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£24.95
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23 Sep 2019

Junior Chef Competition

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 17:00

Come and check out some of the rising stars of the York food scene as they battle for top honours

Open to all grades, other than Sous or Head Chef’s, no age restriction

Contact admin@yorkfoodfestival.com with name, grade & phone number for information

Free
24 Sep 2019

Jamie Anderson

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 13:00

The Lister Arms at Malham was The Welcome to Yorkshire favourite pub of 2019. Join the Head Chef who’ll be showing the Festival audience how they earned that title.

Free
24 Sep 2019

Olli Farrar

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

A demonstration from former MasterChef: The Professionals and Roux Scholarship finalist Oliver Farrar.

Free
24 Sep 2019

York’s Chocolate Story

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 15:00

If you’ve a sweet tooth make sure you catch York’s Chocolate Story when they take to our demonstration stage .

Free
24 Sep 2019

Mike Cummings

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 15:00 until 16:00

Join Mike Cummings, Head Chef from Leetham’s Brasserie, Elmbank Hotel for a demonstration

Free
24 Sep 2019

Jo Pratt

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 16:00 until 17:00

A TV cook, food stylist and author of seven books including The Flexible Vegetarian, Jo Pratt is bound to be a popular demonstrator this year.

Free
24 Sep 2019

An Evening with Great British Bake-Off star, Liam Charles

St Sampsons Square 19:00 until 20:30

Fox Lane Books with York Food & Drink Festival presents the Great British Bake Off star, Liam Charles.

LIAM CHARLES is a self-taught home baker (with a lot of help from his nan). His buckets of enthusiasm, creativity and charisma saw him win over the British public when he appeared as the youngest contestant at only 19 years on 2017’s Great British Bake Off. He has since had his own hit TV show called Liam Bakes on Channel 4, is currently co-presenter on Bake Off The Professionals, and is set to return as a judge this autumn on Bake Off Juniors.

His debut cookbook Liam’s Cheeky Treats published last year, and the follow-up, Second Helpings will be published in September.

Liam Charles is back with new creations and flavour mash-ups that are guaranteed to get you cooking! Liam’s Second Helpings is a collection of 70 brand new sweet and savoury recipes that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re having a cosy night in, going to a family get-together or hanging out with friends, Liam has a delicious, quick and easy bake for you.

Full of beautiful photography, easy-to-follow, fun recipes and mouth-watering flavours, this cookbook is an absolute must-have. Chapters include: Proper Meals, Sharing, Quick Fix, Puddings, and Cakes, Bakes, Biscuits.

Liam will be signing copies of both books at a meet-and-greet after the event.

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25 Sep 2019

Malton Cookery School

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 13:00

Malton Cookery School is the perfect place to learn new culinary skills. Join their head tutor to see what you could expect.

Free
25 Sep 2019

The Cookery School at The Grand

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

The Head Tutor of The Cookery School at The Grand will be showcasing his skills for the festival audience.

Free
25 Sep 2019

Adam Jackson

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 15:00

Head Chef of 3 AA Rosette kitchen at The Park, Adam’s food is always beautifully presented as well as delicious.

Free
25 Sep 2019

Corner Grill House

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 15:00 until 16:00

The Head Chef & Proprietor of this popular independent York Restaurant will be showing why his food keeps people coming back!

Free
25 Sep 2019

BBC York presents Ready, Steady, Cook

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 16:30 until 18:00

A cookery competition broadcast live on Radio York. Come and enjoy the controlled chaos!

BBC Radio York’s Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace will be returning to the Festival to host a live Ready, Steady, Cook off with fellow presenters from BBC Radio York. This is bound to be a fun filled demo slot, broadcast live from the Festival.

This event is free although you must book to reserve a seat

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25 Sep 2019

Mindfest

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

Enjoy live music presented by York Mind on our Parliament St stage. Click “More Information” for today’s line up.

5pm – 6pm Holly Taymar

6.30 – 7.30 Rob Hughes

8pm – 9pm Boss Caine

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Free
25 Sep 2019

Brian Turner’s Great Yorkshire Dinner – The Star Inn The City

Star Inn The City, Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DR 19:00 until 23:30

Join Brian Turner at The Star Inn The City for his Great Yorkshire Dinner

http://www.starinnthecity.co.uk/menu/Brianturner.pdf

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26 Sep 2019

Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours presents The York Food & Drink Festival Tour

11:30 until 14:30

This fantastic York Food Tour will take you on a culinary and cultural adventure stopping at five of the city’s independent eateries sampling their delicious fare.

Please note that the tour starts at 11.45 for 2 ½ hours.

The York Food & Drink Festival Tour is a walking tour that takes you around the cultural centre of the city, starting at York Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. We will wind our way through the streets to try some delicious Yorkshire fare and learn about our history and culture along the way. We walk at a gentle pace and stop at 5 places for food and/or drink tasting.  Each stop is carefully chosen for its celebrated contribution to our thriving local food and drink scene and you will find out the stories behind the business and their wares from your personal tour guide – a Yorkshire local with a passion for the city and its fare. We can cater for special dietary requirements with advance warning so do inform us of these when you book!

Special Festival Price:  £44

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26 Sep 2019

Josh Whitehead

12:00 until 13:00

Join the Executive Chef from Harewood Food & Drink as he showcases his culinary expertise

26 Sep 2019

Monmouth Coffee Masterclass

Everett's Coffee Company, 1B High Petergate York YO1 7EN 12:00 until 13:30

Learn from the absolute masters of coffee, how it is grown, chosen, processed and put into your cup. Cupping session follows.

26 Sep 2019

The Cookery School at The Grand

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

The Head Tutor of The Cookery School at The Grand will be showcasing his skills for the festival audience.The Head Tutor of The Cookery School at The Grand will be showcasing his skills for the festival audience.

Free
26 Sep 2019

Eva Humphries

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 15:00

Eva Humphries, DipION, mBANT, CNHC, is a BANT registered nutritionist with a realistic approach to healthy eating. Her easy to follow, energetic cookery demonstrations create the kind of dishes that are nutritious, taste good and can actually be recreated at home.

Free
26 Sep 2019

Riverford Organic Vegetables

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 15:00 until 16:00

See how to get the best out of a Riverford Vegetable Box with this demonstration

Free
26 Sep 2019

Fancy Hanks

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 16:00 until 17:00

The team from Fancy Hanks, the newly opened Southern American restaurant & bar on Goodramgate, will be demonstrating food from their new menu

Free
26 Sep 2019

Mindfest

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

Enjoy live music presented by York Mind on our Parliament St stage. Click “More Information” for today’s line up.

5pm – 6pm Andy Whitehouse

6.30pm – 7.30pm Jess Gardham

8pm – 9pm Rusty Pegs

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Free
26 Sep 2019

Festival Wine Fair

St Sampsons Square 19:00 until 21:00

Compare wine offerings from both major supermarkets and independent suppliers – you get a glass and it’s time to explore

Our Festival Wine fair sees us being joined by a selection of independent wine retailers and supermarkets who’ll be showing off their products. There’ll be ample opportunity to sample a large range of wines and to make purchases when you find your favourites.

Confirmed so far are locals Love Cheese and Yorkshire Heart along with Aldi, Co-op, Marks & Spencer and Spar.

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£22.50
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26 Sep 2019

An evening with Chapel Down – England’s leading wine maker

Pairings, 28 Castlegate York YO1 9RP 19:00 until 22:00

Chapel Down produces a world-class range of sparkling and still wines, together with the award-winning range of Curious beers & cider.

Their sparkling wines are created using the Traditional Method, the same as Champagne, from fruit sourced from the South-East of England.

Join us and a representative from Chapel Down for an evening tasting three wines, a beer, cider and gin from their acclaimed range, each enjoyed alongside a paired small plate. We’ll discover the background of the largest winery and vineyard in England and why Chapel Down are one of the UK’s most exciting drinks companies.

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£40To book call 01904 848909
27 Sep 2019

Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours presents The York Food & Drink Festival Tour

11:30 until 14:30

This fantastic York Food Tour will take you on a culinary and cultural adventure stopping at five of the city’s independent eateries sampling their delicious fare.

Please note that the tour starts at 11.45 for 2 ½ hours.

The York Food & Drink Festival Tour is a walking tour that takes you around the cultural centre of the city, starting at York Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. We will wind our way through the streets to try some delicious Yorkshire fare and learn about our history and culture along the way. We walk at a gentle pace and stop at 5 places for food and/or drink tasting.  Each stop is carefully chosen for its celebrated contribution to our thriving local food and drink scene and you will find out the stories behind the business and their wares from your personal tour guide – a Yorkshire local with a passion for the city and its fare. We can cater for special dietary requirements with advance warning so do inform us of these when you book!

Special Festival Price:  £44

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Oktoberfest

27 - 28 Sep 2019 The Crooked Tap, 39 The Green, York YO26 5LL 12:00 until 23:00

Oktoberfest in Acomb

There will be bratwurst, official oktoberfest beers, and a live oompah band from 8 both nights.

No ticket necessary but you can purchase them from the bar if you’d like a to reserve a stein. Ticket gets you a 2 pt stein to keep filled with our own German style crooked beer brewed especially for the occasion.

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Free
27 Sep 2019

A’Roma

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

An exciting live pasta demonstration from Italian chef Alessandro from A’Roma

Free
27 Sep 2019

Rafi’s Spice Box

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

Rafi’s have been a popular fixture of the York Food Scene for years, with good reason. We look forward to welcoming them to our demo stage.

Free
27 Sep 2019

Olli Farrar

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 15:00

A demonstration from former MasterChef: The Professionals and Roux Scholarship finalist Oliver Farrar.

Free
27 Sep 2019

Fancy Hanks

Demo Area, St Sampson's Square 15:00 until 16:00

The team from Fancy Hanks, the newly opened Southern American bar & restaurant on Goodramgate, will be showcasing their cocktail making skills

Free
27 Sep 2019

Sharmini Thomas

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 16:00 until 17:00

Open your mind to the magic of Indian cooking and discover the secrets that lay within the combination of ingredients and the method of cooking.  In addition to being taught about Indian culture, you’ll get an introduction to Indian herbs & spices and get to smell some amazingly aromatic, freshly-ground spices.

Free
27 Sep 2019

Mindfest

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

Enjoy live music presented by York Mind on our Parliament St stage. Click “More Information” for today’s line up.

5pm – 6pm Waifs & Strays

6.30pm – 7.30pm Flora Greysteel

8pm – 9pm Jon Palmer acoustic band

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Free
27 Sep 2019

Last Friday club – Basque menu

18:30 until 20:30

The Chopping Block at Walmgate Ale House will be hosting a special Basque menu. Click “More information” to see the menu.

Pintxo
Basques tapas selection: salt cod,
peppers, and ham
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Txpirones
Baby squid served in their ink
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Capón a estilo de Lazcano
Chicken stuffed with chopped apples,
chestnuts and bacon

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Gâteau Basque
Almond cake

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£27.50pp
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27 Sep 2019

Festival Gin Fair

St Samsons Square 19:00 until 21:00

Join us for drinks and sampling at our inaugural Festival Gin Fair!

An absolute must for any gin lovers

Meet the makers – your chance to meet the distillers and owners of some of Yorkshire’s most exciting gins including York Gin, Hotham’s , Cooper King, Whitby Gin and Sloemotion.

Taste some of the world’s best gins – York Gin Old Tom has just won a Gold Outstanding medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition & York Gin Outlaw won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Plus choose two G&Ts from all the gins on show. Buy gin to take home – or collect after.

All for just £22.50

Exclusive offers – start stocking up for Christmas

 

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£22.50
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27 Sep 2019

Californian wine tasting

The Chopping Block at Walmgate Ale House 19:30 until 21:30

California Dreaming!

Taste the wonderful wines of California, including some top wines from the world-famous Napa Valley at this sit-down tutored tasting, hosted by Yorkshire Post wine writer Christine Austin. There will be no blush Zinfandel – guaranteed! The evening will also include a 2 course meal from The Chopping Block.

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28 Sep 2019

York Wild Food Walk

Under Skeldergate Bridge, near St Georges Fields Car/Coach Park, YO1, York 10:30 until 12:30

Come on a Wild Harvest foraging walk and learn how to get FREE greens for life!

 

 

In this two hour walk you will discover the benefits of learning about foraging together with the caveats before starting a journey into Wild Food Foraging.  We will then set off on a gentle stroll, all paths are chosen to be buggy and wheelchair friendly, where we stop and meet communities of plants and trees to learn about the harvesting, processing, recipes and health benefits of each.  Participants will be encouraged to nibble a few bits on route under Di’s supervision and sample the wealth of taste on our doorstep from bitter, bland, spicy, lemony and sweet… we look at the concepts of following the plants life cycle, native spices, digging speculatively for roots as expending more energy than you gain, storing vitamin c over winter, not boiling the life out of berries, powdering and juicing wild greens as newer ways of consuming, the amazing story of nettle seeds, how to learn to love the traditional ‘nasties’ ie control the seed spread of invasives such as himalayan balsam by eating its seeds and understanding the hogweed confusion and ways we can actually enjoy eating it.

Use discount code “YFF19” to get the special Festival price of £10

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28 Sep 2019

Georgian Chocolate Workshops – Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine

York Mansion House , Saint Helen’s Square York YO1 9QL 11:30 until 15:30

Join one of 2 sessions of cooking demonstrations in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens at the Mansion House

2 demos a day – 11:30-12:15 and 14:30-15:15

Wander down to the beautiful Mansion House over the Food and Drink Festival weekends and learn how to make traditional Georgian recipes of Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine. Watch our team recreate these indulgent desserts in the fully restored kitchens under the stairs… and have a taste for yourself! Be careful, the Chocolate Wine is not for the faint hearted!

Recipe sheets will be available so you can make these at home. Free with the price of admission

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ADULTS: £6.50 CONCESSION: £5 CHILDREN: £3.50 FAMILY: £17 YORKPASS & YORK RESIDENTS: 50% OFF TICKET PRICE
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28 Sep 2019

Tom Heywood

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 13:00

The Rattle Owl is a deservedly well-regarded part of the York restaurant scene. Join it’s Head Chef for a demonstration!

Free
28 Sep 2019

York College

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

Join Graham Fyfe and Pete Harrison from York College for a demonstration on some of the dishes from their onsite Restaurant “Ashfields”.

Free
28 Sep 2019

Adam Jackson

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 15:00

Head Chef of 3 AA Rosette kitchen at The Park, Adam’s food is always beautifully presented as well as delicious.

Free
28 Sep 2019

Tommy Banks

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 15:00 until 16:00

Join double Great British Menu winner Tommy Banks of the Michelin-Starred Black Swan at Oldstead & Roots for a demonstration.

Free
28 Sep 2019

Ashley McCarthy

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 16:00 until 17:00

Star of Channel 4 show “Extreme Chocolate Makers”, Ashley will be joining us from his family run & highly regarded pub Ye Old Sun Inn at Colton.

Free
28 Sep 2019

Mindfest

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

Enjoy live music presented by York Mind on our Parliament St stage. Click “More Information” for today’s line up.

5pm – 6pm Chris Laycock

6.30pm – 7.30pm  David Ward Maclean

8pm – 9pm Ramble Gamble 

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Free
29 Sep 2019

Chocolate Masterclass with Mark Tilling

The Cookery School at The Grand, York 10:00 until 16:30

A full day masterclass in chocolate at The Cookery School at The Grand with the award winning chocolatier Mark Tilling,

24 passion fruit, chill and mango moulded chocolates

20  hazelnut praline dipped truffle lollies

30 handed rolled whisky truffles

 

Enjoy a full-day class with Mark Tilling, who is an exceptionally talented, multi-award winning Chocolatier and has received many awards for his chocolate and pâtisserie work over the years, earning many gold and silver medals for his exquisite desserts and petits fours, as well as double gold for his chocolate showpieces.

His highest achievements, however, have been winning the UK Chocolate Masters competition from 2006 to 2008, and coming 12th in 2007 and 7th in 2009 at the finals of the World Chocolate Masters. He has also being featured on the new channel 4 show Extreme Chocolate Makers in 2019.

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£159
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29 Sep 2019

Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours presents The York Food & Drink Festival Tour

11:30 until 14:30

This fantastic York Food Tour will take you on a culinary and cultural adventure stopping at five of the city’s independent eateries sampling their delicious fare.

Please note that the tour starts at 11.45 for 2 ½ hours.

The York Food & Drink Festival Tour is a walking tour that takes you around the cultural centre of the city, starting at York Art Gallery in Exhibition Square. We will wind our way through the streets to try some delicious Yorkshire fare and learn about our history and culture along the way. We walk at a gentle pace and stop at 5 places for food and/or drink tasting.  Each stop is carefully chosen for its celebrated contribution to our thriving local food and drink scene and you will find out the stories behind the business and their wares from your personal tour guide – a Yorkshire local with a passion for the city and its fare. We can cater for special dietary requirements with advance warning so do inform us of these when you book!

Special Festival Price:  £44

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29 Sep 2019

Georgian Chocolate Workshops – Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine

York Mansion House , Saint Helen’s Square York YO1 9QL 11:30 until 15:30

Join one of 2 sessions of cooking demonstrations in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens at the Mansion House

2 demos a day – 11:30-12:15 and 14:30-15:15

Wander down to the beautiful Mansion House over the Food and Drink Festival weekends and learn how to make traditional Georgian recipes of Chocolate Cream and Chocolate Wine. Watch our team recreate these indulgent desserts in the fully restored kitchens under the stairs… and have a taste for yourself! Be careful, the Chocolate Wine is not for the faint hearted!

Recipe sheets will be available so you can make these at home. Free with the price of admission

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ADULTS: £6.50 CONCESSION: £5 CHILDREN: £3.50 FAMILY: £17 YORKPASS & YORK RESIDENTS: 50% OFF TICKET PRICE
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29 Sep 2019

Krep

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 12:00 until 13:00

Joining us from Shambles Market, this is an opportunity to see how Krep make their delicious savoury Galettes.

Free
29 Sep 2019

Will Mckee

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 13:00 until 14:00

Joining us again is Harrogate born Chef, Will, who is a seasoned professional demonstration chef.

Free
29 Sep 2019

Sharmini Thomas

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 14:00 until 15:00

Open your mind to the magic of Indian cooking and discover the secrets that lay within the combination of ingredients and the method of cooking.  In addition to being taught about Indian culture, you’ll get an introduction to Indian herbs & spices and get to smell some amazingly aromatic, freshly-ground spices.

Free
29 Sep 2019

Afternoon Fizz Tasting

St Sampsons Square 15:00 until 17:00

Join Lucy from Melton’s who will take you through a variety of sparkling wines, accompanied by some tasty treats from Florian Poirot, Master Patissier.

29 Sep 2019

Rob Clark

Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square 15:00 until 15:00

Join the Head Chef of Clark’s Restaurant in Scarborough for a demonstration. Rob Clark holds an AA Rosette and the restaurant recently won Best Restaurant in the England’s Business awards.

Free