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News Release - Issued by York York Food Festival

Get poetic with Edible York & York Food Festival!

As part of York Food Festival’s 2015 theme, Food in Words & Pictures, the Festival have teamed up with York Edible Schools, the Soil Assocation’s Food for Life partnership & the Big Buzz to create Poetry on a Plate placemats, which can be found in venues across York.

Food has been an inspiration to poets for centuries, from Shakespeare’s fruity sonnets to a modern day ode to cakes.

The Poetry on a Plate placemats feature fruity poem from local poet, Anneliese Emmans Dean of the Big Buzz, who worked with local school children during a Food for Life day to produce their own poetry. The top winning poems were chosen and can be found on the placemats.

There’s also space on the mat for you to get creative and write your own foodie poem. You can submit your poem in to the Food Festival poetry competition, which runs until the 27th September 2015. The winner will receive some foodie prizes as well as having their poem displayed in the city centre.

You can find a placemat at one of York’s Explore Library cafes and where you can research food poetry and stories before you create your own masterpiece!

The placemats can also be found in foodie venues including: Walmgate Ale House & Bistro, Ambiente, York Cocoa House, Winner Winner Restaurant, Waterstones Café, The Hungry Artist & Café No 8 at the Art Gallery.

Director of the Festival, Michael Hjort, says “We’re delighted that our placemats are across the city, giving families the chance to discuss their food and get creative with writing their own poems!”

You can also find the placemats during the 2015 Festival at the Kids Activity Zone, hosted by popular family magazine, Little Vikings. They will provide fun foodie activities for kids on both weekends of the Festival, including: a food art competition, make your own pasta necklace, create your own arty 'plate of food' and more.

To find out more about the Festival, and the theme, visit

- York Food Festival runs from the 18th-27th September around the city.
- For any more information, please contact Aimie Ridsdale or