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Live Chef Demos Announced for Harrogate Food and Drink Festival

The Harrogate Food and Drink Festival will return to The Stray for its second year on 25th – 26th 2022 June and Ripley Castle on 3rd – 4th September 2022. Celebrating internationally inspired, locally produced artisan food and drink.

What’s on at Harrogate Food and Drink Festival

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival will showcase a huge selection of freshly made international cuisines, independent bars and breweries, an artisan market featuring local produce, craft and wellbeing businesses, a stage with live music, entertainers and performers, an extensive children’s activities programme and a selection of fairground rides.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival 2022 happy couple landscape

Live Chef Demos

The festival boasts up to five live chef demonstrations a day in their Cookery Theatre, hosted by Leeds Cookery School representatives, with established chefs from across the region showcasing their individual specialties in the form of international cuisine. Demonstrations are educational and entertaining, aimed at all abilities as an introduction to new cooking styles, with chefs focusing on local ingredients.

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The diverse line-up features guest appearances from Leeds Cookery School resident chefs, as well as familiar faces from local restaurants. Chefs included Josh Whitehead, formerly the Executive Chef at Harewood Estate and a semi-finalist of the 2016 MasterChef: The Professionals, who is now the creative force behind new restaurant Samsons that has recently opened in Harrogate, who will take to the stage on Saturday 25th June.

Goldsborough Hall chef with grown produce

Sharing the stage on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th will be Executive Head Chef Josh Barnes of Goldsborough Hall, formerly Head Chef at the Galvin Brothers La Chapelle restaurant in London, where he retained their Michelin Star and AA 3 rosette status, whilst also being awarded for having London’s best vegetarian and vegan tasting menus.

Sunday 26th June sees Executive Chef of Kuala Lumpur Restaurant Norman Musa showcasing his skills with modern twists on tradition Malaysian cuisine – Norman has an extensive career in the culinary arts, including opening his first restaurant in Manchester in 2006, followed by joining the Formula 1 Lotus Team as their head chef, and opening two more restaurants in Malaysia in 2014 and 2016. Norman was appointed the Kuala Lumpur Food Ambassador in 2015 by the KL Mayor to promote Kuala Lumpur as the gastronomic city to the European market. He curated the KL Big Kitchen Festival, and his latest book BOWLFUL- Fresh and Vibrant dishes from Southeast Asia’ is due to be released on 13 Oct 2022.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival 2022 - kids in the crowd

Thousands of food lovers are expected to attend The Harrogate Food and Drink Festival on The Stray, with an expanded Artisan Market of over 90 local businesses, 20 international street food traders, independent bars, live entertainers, street performers, children’s activities, fun fair, and a variety of live jazz, pop and acoustic music from upcoming acts.

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The festival will once again run additional activities throughout the festival to raise funds and awareness for charity Mind in Harrogate, having raised over £52,000 over the past six years for Yorkshire mental health charities.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival Event Location, Times & Tickets

Dates: 25th – 26th June 2020 (The Stray, Harrogate) / 3rd – 4th September (Ripley Castle)
Times: 10 am – 7 pm

Get Tickets – Harrogate Food Festival – The Stray – 25th – 26th June

Get Tickets – Harrogate Food Festival – Ripley Castle – 3rd – 4th September


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Jason Evans


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