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News Release - Issued by York Food Festival

York ‘Taster’ Food Festival June 6th & 7th 2015

York Food & Drink Festival will return for its 19th year this September 18th-27th with its usual large markets, chef demonstrations, extensive events programme and their theme ‘Food in Words and Pictures.’

Before then, on June 6th & 7th, you can enjoy a ‘Taster’ of the Festival on Parliament Street & in the Shambles Market with markets, street food, free food workshops, sampling and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

An array of market stalls will be on display on Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and in the Shambles Market as well as a wide range of street food and pop up bars.

In keeping with the Festival’s aim to promote local food businesses, the Festival Sampling Stand will also return in June (also in the Shambles Market) where tasters of a variety of products will be available for you to try, for free, all weekend!

The Festival demonstration tent will also give a ‘taster’ of things to come in September, as local chefs demonstrate recipes from their restaurants ahead of the release of the York Food Festival online cookery book. Chefs demonstrating over the weekend include Joel Arnold (who competed on this year’s Masterchef), the Demo Chef Phil Leverington and Josh Overington from Le Cochon Aveugle.

Local businesses, York Cocoa House & Walmgate Ale House, will be providing rolling free workshops on both the days of the ‘taster’ festival. Make your own lollipop or attend a master class in how to cook with Asparagus and Strawberries. You’ll find the workshops in the Shamble’s Markets.

Aimie Ridsdale, one of the festival organisers, says; “Our Taster festival will give a sample of what’s to come in September. The theme this year is Food in Words and Pictures and we have some very exciting events planned. The event will be family focused and we’re working with partners across the city to ensure there’s something for everyone: both residents and visitors.”

To celebrate and launch the Food in Words and Pictures theme an Edible Hat featuring local Yorkshire produce, designed by Hats By Billy, will be on display in the Demonstration tent throughout the weekend. The Festival will also launch their Food photography, poetry and art competitions during the weekend.

Other events as part of the Festival include the International Chocolate Awards, which take place at the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall on Friday the 5th June from 7pm. Tickets can be purchased from York Cocoa House’s website.

Vespertine are also hosting a Coffee Trail event on Saturday 6th June from 5pm, which starts at York Cocoa House and ends at Barley Hall. Sample coffee tasters and delights as you explore York’s coffee past and experience performances from poets, artist, musicians and scientists. The event is free, simply arrive at York Cocoa House at 5pm.


• Please contact Aimie Ridsdale 07969982336/ for more information
• Festival markets will be in Shambles Market & Parliament Street
• The demonstration tent will be at the bottom of Parliament Street, close to M&S
• More information on the festival can be found on the Festival website: