What's New for 2018

As well as our FREE daily markets and demos, there’s some innovative new additions to this year’s Festival

The Food Factory

This new hands-on learning experience gives participants an opportunity to make bread, butter, pasta and ice-cream as well as learn about preservation and cheese making in our Food Factory Tent. The experience is rounded off by a visit to York Cocoa Works for a chocolaty activity and to learn about chocolate manafactuary.


Andrew Pern’s ‘Star Inn the Square’

Andrew Pern, Michelin starred Yorkshire Chef, is opening an exciting new pop up street food and bar stand at this year’s Festival. Located at the Food Hub, you’ll find Andrew and his team serving ‘Michelin starred’ street food throughout the Festival.


Gin, Fizz and Ale Trails

These new trails expand upon our Ale trail to give visitors the opportunity to try the best Gin and Fizz the city has to offer! Grab your free trail guide from the Festival Info Point and take a tour of some of York’s best bars

Taste Workshops

Taking a lead from the “Slow Food” movement the Festivals new “Taste Workshops” are an opportunity to learn more about local produce from producers, specialists and experts.


Spark, which opened in March this year, extends the festivals street food offer and will host a number of special events and workshops during the Festival.


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