York Food Festival

An annual city-wide festival making use of York’s historic locations, York Food Festival's main focus this year is on regional food & drink. The extensive 10 day programme will include regular cookery demonstrations, tutored tastings, meal deals, workshops, cook book lunches, competitions & ale trails. The 'Deliciously Yorkshire' regional market will also be in St Sampson's Square throughout the Festival.

New for 2007:

Ghurkha Curry Night

The Queen's 2nd Ghurkha Signal regiment from the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, stationed at Imphal Barracks, York, will set up their field kitchen in the Guildhall to serve festival goers with a fabulous buffet of authentic Nepalese Ghurkha curries with all the trimmings.

Wine Guides

Trade-style tastings are the popular mainstay of the wine tastings, where visitors can wander at will, talking & tasting. This year wine fans from novices upwards can also opt to join a 'Wine Guide' - an independent expert who will guide visitors through the wines & select the best to taste (& buy).

Festival Beer Marquee & Twilight Market

This year the festival is laying on food, drink & music until 9pm at the brand new Twilight Market & Beer Marquee. Wine plus local ale & cider will be provided by Cropton Brewery. Delicious street food will be on sale: Kashmiri & Malaysian curries, venison burgers, quality sausages, crepe stalls & more, every night of the festival.

New Markets

Coppergate (outside the Jorvik Viking Centre) will be the hub for a host of fabulous new stalls & themed markets: farmers, organic, world foods & continental. There will be a full programme of tastings & on-street demonstrations with lots of chances to sample for free.

Yorkshire Tasting

York's finest restaurants including J. Baker's Bistro Moderne, Melton's Restaurant & DCH at the Dean Court Hotel will be running a five-course Yorkshire tasting menu for the duration of the festival.

A Welcome Return

North Yorkshire County Caterers will be challenged to show us how school dinners have changed since the days of soggy sprouts & sago pudding & more recently since Turkey Twizzlers got the push. They will be in the Guildhall cooking a two-course bargain lunch for festival goers.

Young Cooks

York Festival of Food & Drink manage to engage substantial numbers of children in their cookery workshops. This year both primary & secondary school children can get cooking at workstations throughout the Guildhall's 'food theatre' with TV Chefs Caroline Bretherton & Fi Bird.

Dinners

The medieval Guildhall is again the stunning setting for some unique festival dinners featuring Italian food & wine matching & North East Meat. In other venues dinners will feature rare breed meat, a 'slow food' buffet & organic produce.

…& An Old Favourite

Christine Austin, wine critic of the Yorkshire Post, has prepared a ten-day programme of events in historic locations including the Minster, the Mansion House & the Guildhall. She will launch the Festival on 2lst September with her ever-popular Champagne tasting.