This month our Taste of York campaign has been celebrating the best of the York food and drink scene. The city is blessed with some award-winning fine dining experiences, an unrivalled café culture scene and delicious street food experiences.  

This weekend (25-27 September) sees the return of the popular Food and Drink Festival except this year the event is on a smaller scale and will be taking place across three days. We are delighted that in these challenging times you’ll still be able to experience the festival.  The event has been adapted to meet the current government guidelines. You’ll notice additional signage and social distancing measures, so please be responsible to enable you and others to enjoy the event in confidence.  

Across the three-day festival you’ll be able to wander along Parliament Street and treat your taste buds to some delicious local produce. With so much going on here is a summary of the mouth-watering delights and experiences that await you. 

Take a stroll around the Produce Market where your senses will be teased by an array of local produce from York and the Yorkshire region. Taste your way from stall to stall and take produce away with you to continue the experience at home.  

The Demonstration Tent will be home to some of the regions most talented chefs where they’ll share their best tips and expertise on how to be the best chef in your home. Andrew Pern from The Star at Harome and The Star Inn the City and YUZU street food are just some of the names showcasing their culinary skills.  

Across the weekend you’ll have the chance to experience a series of tastings, try a selection of gins from the award-winning York Gin or become a wine expert as you try out a selection or Yorkshire and English wines paired up with a two-course meal at the Chopping Block. 

Explore some of York’s fine foodie businesses as part of the Taste Trail, where you’ll sample the very best food on offer. The Food Factory returns, it's your chance to get hands on and learn more about how foods are produced at one of the many experiences. If you're a chocoholic pop along to the York Cocoa Works where you’ll get the chance to make your own chocolate bar or chocolate pralines.  

With so much to whet your appetite it’s important that you plan ahead of your visit. There is a limit on numbers at some of the events so pre-booking is essential to avoid missing out. It's also worth noting that where possible the stallholders will ask for contactless payment to be made. For more information and a full programme of events taking place please visit the York Food Weekend Festival website

Keep an eye out next year as the event organisers hope to be able to bring back the full 10-day festival to the streets of York in September 2021.   

Hungry for more? Check out our Taste of York hub pages for more foodie inspiration.  

Don’t forget to block out 12-18 October in your diary, York Restaurant Week returns, giving you the chance to experience the best restaurants in the city, at money saving prices.