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Harrogate Food and Drink Festival Debuts This August Bank Holiday

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival | 24th – 26th August 2019

Ripley Castle plays host to Harrogate Food and Drink Festival, showcasing the region’s best talent in food, drink, chef demo’s, performing arts and music.

Organisers promise a wide selection of local food & drink, alongside Cookery Demonstrations, Live Music and Live Entertainment.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival aimed at showcasing, exposing and celebrating the most exciting local talent in food, music, drink and performing arts, is looking forward to welcoming visitors for the first time at the event.

The festival is directed by the team behind The North Leeds Food Festival, and now also the Ilkley Food Festival, which has attracted tens of thousands to Roundhay Park in Leeds, for over the past three years.

Where? Chapel Flatts, Ripley Castle, HG3 3AY

What time? 10 am – 7 pm on the 24th and 25th August and 10 am – 6 pm on the 26th August



We’ve partnered with Harrogate Food Festival to curate the Chef Demo Line-Up for the festival. Showcasing some of the best chefs local to Harrogate and from across the region. The line-up of specially selected chefs will be taking to the stage to show off their skills and teach others new and exciting techniques for cooking. The live chef demo’s will be hosted by our team from the Yorkshire Food Guide and are on over the weekend from 12-4 each day.

Chef Demo Line-Up Includes:

Saturday 24th August:
12 pm – Joe Clapham, 2-AA-Rosette awarded Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court Hotel, York
1 pm – Pawel Cekala, 1-AA-Rosette West Park Hotel, Harrogate
2 pm – Brett Lee, multi-award-winning Stuzzi, Harrogate
3 pm – chef Lee Murdoch, Threes a Crowd
4 pm – Simon Chappelow, Leeds Cookery School

Sunday 25th August:
12 pm – Paul Warner, 3-AA-Rosette awarded Horto at Rudding Park
1 pm – Chris O’Callaghan, 2-AA-Rosette awarded Goldsborough Hall
2 pm – Ben Martin, Slingsby Gin
3 pm – Dan Graham, At The Dinner Party

Monday 26th August:

12 pm – Nantana Thasonphan, 2-AA-Rosette awarded The Orchid Restaurant
1 pm – Whaheed Rojan, The Round Table Dining
2 pm – Ben Marin, Slingsby Gin
3 pm – Matthew Rennie, 1-AA-Rosette awarded The George at Easingwold
4 pm – Andrew Thwaite Master Chocolatier

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival Artisan Produce

Artisan Produce and Street Food

In the final week of the run-up to the festival, attendees can begin to look forward to a weekend of celebrating independent food, drink and produce.

“Our ethos is simple. We want to provide quality family days out, while supporting the best of local food and drink producers.” Michael Johnson, Festival Organiser. In addition, the festival’s Market Street will bring together over 50 market stalls where the finest local artisan producers offer cheeses, jams, pies, treats, brownies and crafts.

The festival has partnered with Ilkley Brewery to bring everything from prosecco, to beer, to soft drinks.

“We brining the elements that have worked so well in Roundhay Park and launching them in Harrogate.”  Said Michael Johnson, Festival Organiser.

Sunday Lunch for Two at Scran Restaurant Harrogate

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival Entertainment

Supporting Local Talent

However, the festival is not just about food and drink. As a platform for all upcoming talent in the area, Harrogate Food Festival will feature over 20 bands and performers across the weekend.

As well as this, attendees can expect Live Cooking Demonstrations from the region’s best chefs.

Luxury Feversham Arms Helmsley Spa, Dine & Treatment

Children’s Activities

Family entertainment will be available over the weekend with a selection of talented performers. From old-time classics Punch and Judy, to circus act Matthew Tiffany & Joel Dickinson, organisers promise a full weekend of entertainment.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival Family

Raising Funds for Harrogate Mind

As well as this the festival as partnered with local charity Harrogate Mind to raise funds at the festival via optional donations, raffles, activities and ticket donations.

“Over the past three years at our event in Leeds, we’ve raised £10,000 for Leeds Mind through our fundraising activities. We plan to do the same at Harrogate Food and Drink Festival with our partnership with Harrogate Mind.” – Michael Johnson, Festival Organiser.

Thousands of people are expected to whet their appetites on the wide array of local culinary delights and entertainment at the festival which runs from 10 am to 8 pm on August 24th – 26th 2019.

Harrogate Food Festival Dates, Times, Location and Ticket Costs

Location: Ripley Castle Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AY
Date & Times: 24th – 26th August 10 am – 8 pm
Tickets: Early bird tickets are now available for purchase on the event website from £4.98 per Adult and £1.50 per Under 16. Under 5’s go free.



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Written by

Tara Harris


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