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News Release - Issued by York Food Festival

Yorkshire Snails launch French themed Food Festival in York

Gathering Gastropods will be the first event at this year’s York Food and Drink Festival, 20-29 June. In the run up to the Tour de France Grand Depart, this special 10-day event will be a celebration of French food and drink with a Tyke twist.

As part of this gastronomic tour de force, Diane Hammill of Wild Harvest will lead a special Snail Forage. These Yorkshire molluscs will later be prepared by chefs in one of the Festival cookery demonstrations. Other special visitors to the Festival include pre-school children from York Petits Amis (formerly Little Fidgets), who will combine learning French with food as part of the Festival’s ever popular schools cookery workshops.

The Festival Organisers invite restaurants and cafés across the city to get involved by running French menus, themes and events; Melton’s Too and Brown’s Café have already signed up. Sadie Hunter Store Manager of Browns Department Store has said “We’re very excited to be part of this year’s Food Festival and will the arrival of Le Tour it’s a great opportunity to get involved and provide a delicious French menu for out customers!”

A daily demonstration programme centred on French gastronomy will run alongside the Festival’s popular regional market. The Demo area will be located on St Sampson’s Square, with a full schedule of events available closer to the time on the Festival website

The programme includes a Tour de Yorkshire demonstration from Stephanie Moon of RuddingPark, who will highlight foods picked wild from along the route of the Tour de France. Festival Director, Michael Hjort and wine expert Karen Hardwick, will lead a Food and Wine matching event to celebrate the gastronomy of Dijon, York’s twin town. Other highlights of the 10-day programme include a Bouillabaisse Masterclass from the Cleveland Tontine, Macaroons from Florian Poirot of FP Macaroons and demonstrations from Le Cochon Aveugle. Andrew Pern of York’s Star Inn the City, York’s own Masterchef, Sarah Danesin and Rob Porter from the Green Room in Scarborough will also be making appearances at the Festival.


Further information:

Michael Hjort or Lynn Allington: 01904 635149


For one year only there will be a two-part programme for 2014.

20th – 29th June – ‘ Yorkshire Produce and French Flavour’ Cookery demonstrations and markets...New June dates for the Festival will add to the celebratory atmosphere in the city, on the run up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France (6th July).

19th – 28th September – ‘Quaff and Scoff’
‘Quaff and Scoff through York’, our Autumn festival theme for 2014 will offer day and evening events: wine tastings; a taste trail offering samples from delis and restaurants through the city; talks and food tastings; cookery demonstrations and hands on workshops for both adults and children; intimate dinners offered by locals in their homes, alongside supper in some of the city’s iconic historic buildings such as the medieval Guildhall; special restaurant offers and menus; foraging for beginners; as well as visits to Yorkshire food and drink producers, in and around the city. This very extensive programme will be supplemented by a lively fringe programme including the annual York CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival.