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Calling all ‘foodie’ businesses to get involved in September’s Food Festival – 19 – 28 September

Are you one of York’s ‘foodie’ businesses? we’re working closely with the York Food Festival Organisers to help Visit York Member businesses make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

For more information on how to boost your business profile and get involved, please read on . . . .

York Food Festival - How To Get Involved
York Food Festival is asking you to please get involved with this September's Food & Drink Festival.

We are asking various types of businesses to get involved in some way - some options will be more appropriate for your business than others.

Events (in house):
Put on your own event and the food festival organisers will help you publicise it; this can be anything with a food or drink theme, such as a lunch / dinner, tasting or workshop. Click here to let us have your offers:

Guildhall Event :
Put on an event in the Historic Guildhall - for 70 to 140 people or be part of a collaborative event eg The Fish Supper Sunday on 21st September, where four restaurants will each cook a course. Some cooking facilities will exist and simple crockery can be provided. Please reply to if you'd like to be involved.

Taste Trail: Let us send new customers to your door. Festival visitors will purchase a Taste Trail booklet from the food festival website or information point. All you need to do is offer a sample during the 10 days of the festival - this could be anything from a canapé, a piece of cheese, a chocolate, a mini cake, a 25ml drink sample. It won’t cost you anything to participate (Apart from your samples / tasters). You can also offer a discount on purchases. Click here to fill out your interest:

Offers and Deals: NB these are not necessarily discounts.
As long as the offer falls between the Festival dates it can be anything you like; a special tasting menu, an item only available during the Festival , buy one get one free, % discount, a set price menu; it can be for all 10 days or just some of the days. Your offer will be advertised on the Offers page of and also at the information point during the Festival. Click here to fill out your interest:

Sampling Stand:
We will buy £50 of stock from you, for the public to sample, if you (or a representative) would like to join us as a guest for the day on our Festival Sampling Stand. This is a chance to promote your business and a chance for the public to meet you in person and learn more about you and your business. Please reply to you'd like to be involved.

School Activities Workshops:
We need volunteers to run 30 minute workshops in The Guild Hall (or if appropriate, in your city centre premises nearby), For example activities in previous years have included: Chocolate workshop, Cheese making, Indian Snacks, Pasta making, Gingerbread making, Coffee Roasting, Finding out what’s in your food with FERA and Smoking Kippers. This is a great opportunity to promote your business to reach a large number of families. Please reply to if you'd like to be involved.

Open Air Demonstration:
This September due to limited space the usual covered demo tent will be replaced by an open air stand, allowing a freeflow standing audience, with a one hob and one pan set up.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of one or more of these fantastic opportunities contact

Michael Hjort or Lynn Allington, York Food Festival, 01904 635149,


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