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12 of the Best Yorkshire Food Festivals to Visit this Summer

The northern summertime promises more than just a few days of sunshine. With a fabulous array of food festivals in Yorkshire celebrating all things local and exciting, spread across the region, you’re bound to find a day out that fits into your calendar.

From seafood-inspired celebrations to international markets, this summer’s Yorkshire food festivals are brimming with sensational stuff. What better way to spend a British summer than at a food festival?

Yorkshire Food Festivals 2024

North Leeds Food Festival - live music on stage

North Leeds Food Festival | 11th – 12th May 2024

Returning to Roundhay Park for its 8th year is the North Leeds Food Festival, showcasing a variety of the best food, drink, performing arts and talented chefs in the region. Plus, expect to see a lineup of interactive tasting sessions from local experts, including cheese, wine, whiskey and chocolate tasting. Taking a well-deserved spot on our list of the best Yorkshire Food Festivals.

Mansion Ln, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2HH 

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

Whitby Fish & Ships Festival | 18th – 19th May 2024

For all you swashbuckling samplers, live chefs are cooking up local fresh seafood at the Fish and Ships Fest. Take a tour of real ships and trawlers in the harbour, as well as the historical sailing museum, and a replica of the HM Bark Endeavour to explore. With a singing and dancing seafaring show in the line up too, head down to the docks to see what the fuss is about. You might even spot a pirate or two!

New Quay Road, Whitby, YO21 1DH

 Great British Food Festival - yorkshire food festivals

Great British Food Festival, Harewood House, Leeds | 25th – 27th May 2024

Taking over Harewood House for a weekend in May is the Great British Food Festival! The line-up includes over 100 top local and national producers, tasty street food, celebrity chef demos, a BBQ stage, great live music, kids activities and men v food. The Great British Food Festival is also dog-friendly, so it’s perfect for the whole family.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG 

Sheffield Food Festival May Bank Holiday Events Yorkshire

Sheffield Food Festival | 25th – 27th May 2024

Three whole days of great grub and smashing pints are what await you at Sheffield Food Festival. The annual weekender offers local produce for foodies to dig into, as well as a hub of talent from Sheffield-based businesses. Experience Sheffield’s finest food, drinks and music at this free festival in the heart of the city.

Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Pinstone Street

Malton Food Lovers Festival - festivals in yorkshire

Malton Food Lovers Festival | 25th – 27th May 2024

Dubbed Yorkshire’s food capital, Malton’s annual Food Lovers Fest welcomes foodies from all over. Celebrating all things Yorkshire, expect to find locally reared and grown produce, cooked and presented by the people that guided the process of farm to fork. All the familiar features of a Yorkshire food festival include artisan stalls, kids cookery classes, cask and craft ale bars, food tastings, live music and demos. It’s been described as ‘Yorkshire’s Foodie Glastonbury’, and it’s free entry!

Malton Town Centre, YO17 7LX 

Filey Food Festival stalls

Filey Food Festival | 8th – 9th June, 10th – 11th August 2024 & 12th – 13th October 2024

Stroll around 60 booths featuring the best produce from across the Yorkshire region, as well as beyond. Spend an amazing day with the whole family and tuck into homemade cakes and bakes, locally caught seafood, sweet chocolates and so much more. Savour street food cuisine from the Caribbean, South Africa, Italy, Greece and Thailand. The festival is taking place in June and August in 2024, based in the Filey Evron Centre and beautiful Crescent Gardens.

1a John St, Filey YO14 9DQ

Ilkey Food Festival - independent trader tent

Ilkley Food Festival | 15th – 16th June 2024

The Ilkley Food and Drink Festival will arrive at East Holmes Field on 15th – 16th June 2024, showcasing a huge selection of the best food, drink, performing arts and talented chefs in the area. Lounge on a colourful striped deck chair in the sun and take a sip of a cold beer, a glass of champagne or a cocktail loaded with fresh strawberries.

Based right next to the river Wharfe for that picturesque sunset scene and set over two days, the Ilkley Food Festival has everything you need for a family fun-filled weekend. High up on our list of the best Yorkshire Food Festivals to attend.

East Holmes Field, Ilkley, LS29 0BZ

Harrogate Food & Drink Festival - field of visitors

Harrogate Food & Drink Festival | 29th – 30th June & 24th – 26th August 2024

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival returns to The Stray (June 29th – 30th) and Ripley Castle (August 24th – 26th), promising interactive tasting experiences and a weekend full of live entertainment. Fill your boots mooching through the stalls and then chill in a deckchair and watch the live performers with your loved ones. There’s child-friendly fun too, with soft play and an inflatable wonderland, making this one great Yorkshire Food Festival.

Ripley Castle, Harrogate, HG3 3AY 

16 W Park, Harrogate HG1 1BJ

Seafest fireworks celebrations at the coast

Seafest, Scarborough | 19th – 21st July 2024

An annual maritime fest in the picturesque town of Scarborough. Live music acoustic gatherings, Old English red bus turned drinks bar and chefs from the local area representing their restaurants. Set on the pier with the backdrop of the water and a fireworks display, this salty celebration is one of the only Yorkshire Food Festivals to end the weekend with a bang.

12 W Pier, Scarborough, YO11 1PD

Riverside Food & Drink Festival - festival entertainment

Riverside Food & Drink Festival, Wetherby | 27th – 28th July 2024

You can be promised a wonderful Wetherby trip enjoying local talent, live music, arts and charity, and a delicious showcase of international street food and drinks. Whichever thirst-quenching beverage you prefer to cool you down on this (hopefully warm) summer day, the 8 lined-up independent bars can surely meet your desires. This is a Yorkshire food festival that’s the perfect spot to while away a summer weekend.

The Ings, Wetherby, LS22 5FN

Wentworth Woodhouse half term activities

Great British Food Festival, Wentworth Woodhouse | 17th – 18th August 2024

Between a Viking Village, dog-friendly area, mini zoo, and the obvious street food and live music, you can be assured visiting this Yorkshire food festival at Wentworth Woodhouse will be nothing short of exciting! Run as a family business for a decade and with core values that work to welcome all foodies to enjoy fabulous bites and drinks.

Your passion for food can be based on learning how to construct delicious dishes which the leading Chef Demos can further inspire, or simply loving a hand-crafted burger that many stalls could cater to. Either way, The Great British Food Festival has it all – even the opportunity to enter into a cake off (well in advance) because who doesn’t love a little competition?

Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

York chocolate traders

York Food & Drink Festival | 20th – 29th September 2024

If Yorkshire Food Festivals sprawling through the city centre sound more like your thing, then The York Food and Drink Festival could be the one for you this summer. With two separate festivals stretched from March to September, you have options. Stroll around a festival dedicated to all things chocolate, or experience the main event at their September Festival with live chef demos, art, stalls and kids baking fiestas.

York City Centre, York, YO1 7LX


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