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York Food and Drink Festival

22nd September - 1st October 2017


Welcome to the 21st York Food and Drink Festival!

With a strong return to the Festival's core principles, we're promoting regional food, the diverse food scene of the city and food education.

Entrance to the Festival is free but tickets for a variety of events are now on sale on our website.

The new Food Hub in St Sampson's Square is the heart of the Festival’s programme. It hosts a market of small food producers at the two weekends. During the week the Hub is taken over by 800 primary school children taking cookery sessions. The demonstration area is at the Food Hub, where there will be over 40 demonstrations including Tommy Banks and Andrew Pern. In addition on the “Lawn” beside demonstration area the Festival will be taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support's Coffee Morning every day, with cakes provided by the many great bakers at the Festival.

York Food and Drink Festival 2017


ShoppingWith over 130 produce and street food stands, you can buy treats from macaroons and cakes to local gins and Yorkshire salami! The shopping area extends to Fossgate on the 23rd and 30th.

Cookery Workshops

Cookery WorkshopsLearn new skills with hands-on cookery sessions for adults and children every day. There are different sessions every day, which range from chocolate origin tasting sessions to pasta and bread making.

Pop-ups & Events

Pop-ups & Events

The demonstration area doubles as a pop-up restaurant, with The Star Inn the City, Melton's and more hosting. There's also a range of events across the city including wine & gin tastings and world food evenings.


Trails & Tours

Trails & Tours

Enjoy delicious samples as the Taste Trail takes you on a tour of York's great independent foodie spots. Kids can hunt for recipes around the city, and you can also grab a pint on the Real Ale Trail and check out local historic pubs.



DemonstrationsEnjoy over 40 demonstrations across the festival period from Michelin Star winners, contestants from the Great British Menu and MasterChef and the crème de la crème of York's food scene.

Live Music & Bars

Live Music & Bars

The bar and entertainment tent is open until 21:00 every night, with live music and a Real Ale & Champage bar. From fresh mussels to Nepalese delicacies, there's plenty to choose from at the many street food stalls.



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