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Everything you need to know about The Harrogate Food and Drink Festival

The Harrogate Food and Drink Festival will make its debut on The Stray on 26th-27th June.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival will be arriving on The Stray on 26th – 27th June, after it was forced to cancel last year due to the pandemic. It will also be returning to Ripley Castle over the August bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th.

The festival is a celebration of international cuisine, with independent bars and breweries, an expansive artisan market featuring local produce, craft and wellbeing businesses, the main stage with live music, entertainers and performers, and an extensive children’s activities programme.

Harrogate Food Festival - People

At the centre stage of Harrogate Food and Drink Festival, there will be a variety of the most popular UK street food traders including traditional Greek, Italian, Indian and American cuisine, alongside modern twists on Japanese and Chinese dishes. Most traders will also be offering a vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free option.

The Artisan Market at Harrogate Food Festival will be showcasing over 60 local business owners and independent traders selling health and wellbeing products, handmade gifts, crafts, clothes and art, and a selection of brownies, cakes, flapjacks, cheesecakes, pies, sauces, alcoholic drinks, plus much more.

Local bar traders will also be at Harrogate Food Festival, with specialty wine, cocktails, prosecco, cider and beer.

Harrogate Food Festival - Chefs

Award-winning Chef Demos at Harrogate Food Festival

For those attending Harrogate Food and drink Festival and are looking for some exciting food-related activities, The Cookery Theatre will be taking centre stage after its initial success in 2019, with support from Leeds Cookery School and Yorkshire Food Guide.

Experienced chefs from across the region will be presenting original dishes and entertaining attendees at Harrogate Food and drink Festival with five performances a day. June’s festival including MasterChef Semi-Finalist Anthony O’Shaugnessy, popular Vietnamese cuisine specialist Loc Bui, owner of Loc’s Taste of Vietnam, and Simon Miller, co-owner of La Casita Tapas Restaurants in Ilkley, Skipton and Boston Spa.

June Chef Demo Line Up

Saturday 26th June

Sunday 27th June

Over the August Bank Holiday, the Harrogate Food and Drink Festival at Ripley Castle sees MasterChef the Professionals finalists Jono Hawthawne and Matt Healy, The Grand York’s Cookery School Head Tutor Andrew Dixon, cocktail masterclasses from Harrogate’s Slingsby Gin, and a host of multi award-winning chefs from the region’s finest hotel and restaurants. If you’re looking for tips and tricks from Yorkshire’s best chefs, the demo tents are the place to be!

Harrogate Food Festival August Chef Demo Line Up

Saturday 28th August

Sunday 29th August

Monday 30th August

Harrogate Food and drink Festival has also prepared a number of activities for the little ones, including magic shows, kids entertainment and animal exhibits that encourage the whole family to get involved.

Harrogate Food Festival Entertainment

The backdrop to what is set to be a fantastic weekend at Harrogate Food Festival is the Main Stage, with deck chairs for attendees to lounge on while enjoying fantastic performances from the likes of Will Forrester, an experienced saxophonist of over 30 years, and Flat Cap Brass, who will be bringing a funky brass performance to Harrogate Food Festival, plus many more entertainers over the weekend.

Harrogate Food Festival is partnered with charity MIND and will be helping to raise money for their Harrogate team, which support those suffering from mental health difficulties.

With excellent transport links, and dogs welcome, thousands are expected to join the riverside feast on The Stray, on June 26-27, 2021.

Tickets and info are available at https://harrogatefoodfestival.com/


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Jason Evans


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