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Ilkley Food & Drink Festival Launches Interactive Tasting Sessions with Local Businesses

The Ilkley Food and Drink Festival will return to East Holmes Field from 10th – 11th June 2023. Organisers promise brand-new interactive tasting experiences and a weekend full of live entertainment.

What’s On at Ilkley Food & Drink Festival

After attracting 20,000 attendees to Ilkley over the past two years, organisers promise an expanded festival experience, including interactive cheese, wine, whisky and chocolate tasting sessions with local experts. Now, festival-goers can embark on a journey of discovery through a range of interactive tasting sessions at this year’s Ilkley Food & Drink Festival.


As well as entertaining revellers, the festival prides itself on showcasing the best food and drink in the region. With the launch of its new interactive tasting sessions, the sessions will offer a range of tasting opportunities, from artisanal charcuterie to cheese, whisky, beer, and cocktails.

Festival Director, Michael Johnston, said, “We’re on a mission to grow the festival experience each year, and these interactive tasting sessions are the perfect way to do that while supporting local independent brands.”

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In the street food arena, you can find everything from tacos to bao buns and pulled pork. The festival also hosts over 80 market traders with crafts, produce, and take-home delights such as locally produced cakes, cheese and aromatic sauces.


Attendees can expect to quench their thirst with everything from freshly stirred mojitos to New Zealand wine & Caribbean cocktails. For beer lovers, there will be a full ale house in place serving up IPAs, lagers and cask favourites.


Stephen Fleming, owner of George & Joseph Cheesemongers, said, “The new interactive sessions will be a fantastic opportunity for us to spread our love of amazing cheese. Come along and join the fun so that you can put together an amazing cheeseboard for your family and friends!”

The festival offers a “unique opportunity for attendees to learn about food and drink in a fun and interactive way, while supporting local independent businesses.”

Chloe Potter, co-founder of Libations Rum, said,“The sessions will take customers on a journey through the history of the category accompanied by some of our award-winning rums.”

Tickets and more information is available here.

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Ilkley Food and Drink Festival Event Location, Times & Tickets

Dates: 10th – 11th June 2023
Times: 10 am – 7 pm
Location: East Holmes Field, Ilkley, LS29 0BZ



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