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York food and drink festival 2015

The 19th annual York Food and Drink Festival begins on Friday 18th September 2015.

The Festival will once again take over Parliament Street with their large markets celebrating Yorkshire food. The markets create a wonderful buzz in the city centre alongside the delicious wafts of food, which can be smelt on the other side of town!

Markets this year include Yorkshire bread, meats, cheeses, jams, chutneys and much more. There is also a street food section, featuring Shambles Kitchen, The Donut Kitchen and Smokin’ Blues. Pop-up bars this year come from the Portuguese Wine Club, Premier Bars & Orchards of Husthwaite.

The bars & street food stalls will remain open until 9pm to accompany the live music which is on each evening. York’s Little Festival of Live Music returns to the Festival for 7 days which features the most exciting bands in the city.

As well as the large markets, the festival also creates a foodie buzz around the city with a wide range of events, cookery classes, chef demonstrations and food trails.

There are a range of events taking place each evening from wine tastings, to champagne to Afternoon Tea! All the events can be found on the website or in the printed programme, which you can collect from the Information Point.

The Festival’s theme for this year is Food in Words & Pictures. To celebrate this theme, there are a number of cookery authors visiting the Demonstration Tent across the ten days. Among these is Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn on Wednesday 23rd September at 5pm. Frances will be signing books, with Waterstones, in the Demo tent afterward.

BBC York are also celebrating the theme, with a full day of demonstrations live from the tent. You can reserve tickets to all of these demos, featuring Yorkshire chefs, on the festival website.

New for 2015 are the Cookery School and the Kids Activity Zone. Local cookery schools: York Cookery School, El Piano Cook School, Malton Cookery School and Betty’s Cookery School join the Festival to run free classes for festival-goers. There are a wide variety of free classes to choose from including cake baking, making the perfect risotto or make sauces and soups. These classes are going to be very popular, so make sure you book your place through the Festival website.

Little Viking’s are also new to the Festival and will host the very first Kid’s Activity Zone. They will be running activities on both weekends, which will include: a food art competition, make your own placemats, make your own pasta necklace, create your own arty 'plate of food' and more. The Activity Zone will be on King’s Square on both weekends.

Festival director, Michael Hjort, says “I’m thrilled to have new offerings for festival-goers this year. The Cookery School classes are set to be a ‘sell’ out and the Kids Zone lets us cater to food lovers of all ages.”

The Festival’s Taste Trail is back by popular demand this year to provide a culinary treat for residents and visitors alike. Taste your way round York’s best food & drink outlets and discover places you didn’t even know were there! The booklets cost £5 for one or £8 for two, and can be purchased through the website or from the Information Point on Parliament Street.

Also returning for 2015 is the Festival’s Ale Trail – take the trail and visit as many of York’s best pubs as you can! Purchase a drink in 12 places to receive a stamp and you’ll receive a free Ale Trail t-shirt.

With so much on over the ten days, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

To find out more about the Festival and to see the full programme, visit

- The Festival is from the 18th-27th September 2015
- If you would like any more information contact Aimie Ridsdale on 07969982336
- All tickets can be purchased through the website
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