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Harrogate Food Festival Returns with Second New Location

The Harrogate Food Festival returns with a brand new event on 4th & 5th July in central Harrogate and returns to Ripley Castle on 29th – 31st August 2020.

Organisers promise the return of the Live Cookery Theatre at both events, playing host to the region’s top chefs. With Leeds Cookery School heading up the July event and we, the Yorkshire Food Guide, will again be curating and presenting the Chef Demo line-up for Ripely Castle.

“We had an incredible year last year at Ripley Castle in 2019. Thousands joined us for a celebration of all things food and drink. There was a beautiful atmosphere at the festival, with a stunning location to suit.” – Michael Johnston, Festival Director.

Live Cookery Demonstrations Announced for Returning Harrogate Food and Drink Festivals

Chef Matt Healy of The Beehive Thorner

Due to increased demand, new dates have been announced for Harrogate Food and Drink Festival on 4th & 5th July at Oatlands Drive, The Stray, with the returning event from 29th – 31st August at Ripley Castle.

Returning to the Live Cookery Theatre after a hugely successful response in previous years, established chefs from the region will be taking to the stage to showcase their culinary talents, sharing hints, tips and advice on how to spice up your cooking. The line-up boasts up to 6 demonstrations a day, featuring guest appearances from renowned chefs, with alternative approaches to cooking in every session, the performances promise something for both novice and expert attendees to take away.

“We have received an overwhelmingly positive response, and we want to continue to grow from that year on year; our carefully selected line up reflects how important it is for us to exceed expectations.” – Michael Johnston, Festival Director.


Artisan Produce and Street Food

International cuisines lie at the centre of the festival, and this year is no different, with a whole range of international traders lined up. Vegan traders will once again be in attendance in line with increased demand.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival Entertainment

Supporting Local Talent

Visitors can also expect giant Artisan Markets, Live Entertainers & Street Performers, Kids Activities & Wellbeing Activities. A live music stage will feature throughout the duration of the festivals, with Live Jazz, Brass & Acoustic Performers.

To drink there will be pop up bars including a Prosecco Bar, Apertivo Bars and an independent Cider Bar. For Beer enthusiasts, the Soldiers Ale House will offer over 22 local beers and ales with Ilkley Brewery.

“We’re excited to launch the spring version of the event in central Harrogate. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on this one. We’re also expanding the Ripley Castle event to keep up with increased demand”, Michael Johnston, Festival Director.

Royal Afternoon Tea for Two at Goldsborough Hall

Raising Funds for Harrogate Mind

The Harrogate Food 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 four years.

The festival will once again run additional activities throughout the festival to raise funds and awareness for Harrogate charity Mind in Harrogate, having raised over £18,125 over the past four years for local mental health charities.

Thousands are expected to join the foodie celebrations at this year’s Harrogate Food Festival.

Harrogate Food Festival Family

Harrogate Food Festival Dates & Tickets

  • Oatlands Drive Stray 4th & 5th July 2020
  • Ripley Castle on 29th – 31st August 2020



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