We’re foodies here at Vale of Mowbray, and there’s no good us trying to hide it. In fact, we’re not very good at keeping quiet about our love for all things scrumptious and delicious, so we’ve decided to share our upcoming diary highlights for foodies. If you love good food, and want to celebrate its mere existence, then these four local food festivals are for you.
Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival
This one is the big name of the region over coming months and will draw crowds from far afield, with good reason. With around 300 local exhibitors showcasing their produce and culinary exploits at Funkirk Farm near Skipton, boosted by celebrity chefs John Torode and James Martin, this is definitely not to be missed. Running on 22nd and 23rd July, and with camping nearby, make sure you’ve got the weekend booked.
York Chocolate Festival
No joking, there are a glorious 4 days dedicated to Yorkshire’s love of chocolate coming from the 25th until the 28th March. We dare you to resist the draw that this festival offers: it’s four days of pure chocolate heaven. The central focus is the Chocolate Market comprising a myriad of wooden huts on Parliament Street, as well as demos and live music. For the kids there are Easter-themed chocolate ‘makes’. Not bad at all from the city that produces 6 million Kitkats a day!
Malton Food Lovers Festival
Malton is hailed as Yorkshire’s capital of food, and we can see why. The Malton Food Lovers Festival is a pure celebration of the food and produce the region has to offer, unabashed focus on all things delicious. There will be cooking demos, stalls, street food, talks and of course tastings. Wash it all down with Yorkshire craft beer and cider as you enjoy the live music. If you’ve got young ‘uns, don’t stay away, there will be plenty on offer for them and entertainment for the whole family. Running from 27th-28th of May this is a foodie festival making the most of the bank holiday weekend.
Homegrown Food Fest
The Homegrown Food Fest, running on the 25th June at The Applegarth, Northallerton, represents what it really means to be from Yorkshire. This is a volunteer-run food festival, so we know these people truly love their nosh, and they’re proud of our Yorkshire food-growing heritage. This year sees the festival focus on an outdoor theme, particularly giving a little bow of worship to our buzzing friends, the local bee population. The outdoor theme will see demos trading in stoves for open fires; there are some great workshops for kids to get them inspired about food and produce; and a delightful ‘Grow Zone’ where you can see some of the finest local produce in action.
So, wherever your tastes lie, there’s a foodie festival for you in Yorkshire over the next few months. We’ll be there with our delicious Vale of Mowbray Pork Pies, will you?