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York Food Festival - September 2013 Highlights

A foodie extravaganza featuring some of Yorkshire’s finest chefs and home grown produce.

The UK’s largest food festival is back for its 17th year with a bang! Celebrating contemporary culinary experiences, the festival will bring a taste of molecular gastronomy with its theme Food and Science. The festival takes place 20th-29th of September across the city with markets in York’s Parliament Street and it is not to be missed.

York Food Festival 2013 will present a series of Food and Science experiences. Leading experts will be giving talks on the Horsemeat scandal and How to Eat Fish Sustainably. There will be many ‘don’t try this at home!’ workshops and events across the ten days. Highlights include workshops on the Science of Sugar Boiling and Making Chocolate from Cocoa Beans hosted by York Cocoa House and a demonstration on The Chemistry of Drinks from Professor Paul Walton from the University of York.

Chefs from across Yorkshire’s finest restaurants will present their Food and Science dishes during the festivals extensive demonstration schedule. Michelin star winners and Great British Menu contestants including Andrew Pern, James McKenzie and Stephanie Moon will return alongside Masterchef 2011 finalist Sara Danesin Medio.

York’s community spirit will be highlighted in the festivals Community Programme. The Food and Science theme will continue with schools workshops where around a thousand children will learn the science behind the food they eat. The Young Chefs competition will return in the search for young, local talent as well as the Generation Game – a cookery contest for all generations to compete in!

The drinks line-up is also set to impress with highlights including a tutored Beer Tasting with Jeff Evans, wine tastings with Yorkshire Post and Olive Magazine wine writer Christine Austin and wine evenings with the award winning Wine Academy.

Dine at my Table, which offers the chance to dine in chef’s homes, returns for another year and will feature supper clubs with Sara Danesin Medio, Les Bons Vivants and Paul Tulip from ‘On Tapas.’ Foodies can also enjoy York’s food and drink with a Taste Trail experience, featuring local producers and delicatessens.

The festival will open with a Secret Dinner Party, hosted by Parkinson’s UK, which will involve a journey across York’s finest restaurants whilst raising money for charity.

Gary Verity chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “York Food Festival makes a fantastic contribution to the rich diversity of events on offer in Yorkshire throughout the year and we are proud to support it.”

Around 400,000 visitors are set to attend the York Food Festival across its ten days to enjoy local Yorkshire produce with over 100 food and drink stalls.

Highlights are already listed on the website and from the 22nd of July the public can purchase tickets through the website and ticket hotline. More events are to be announced. Festival goers can also become a friend of the festival and enjoy discounts, the opportunity to buy tickets early and a stake York’s food history.


For more information please contact Michael Hjort, Lynn Allington or Aimie Ridsdale on 01904635149 or visit

York Food Festival is a non-for-profit organisation.