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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 Yorkshire food festivals celebrating all things local and lovely, spread across the region, you’re bound to find a day out that suits you.

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

Yorkshire Food Festivals 2022

North Leeds Food Festival Crowd

North Leeds Food & Drink Festival | 14th – 15th May 2022

Voted number 1 best non-music festival, this is truly a foodies paradise. Enjoy international street food, live chef demos, 8 local indie bar stalls and an artisan market all taking place in Leeds’ popular Roundhay Park. Taking a well-deserved spot on our list of the best Yorkshire Food Festivals.

Mansion Ln, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2HH 

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Great British Food Festival, Harewood House, Leeds | 2nd – 5th June 2022

Chef demos, bake-off and cake offs, live music, bbqs, street food, foraging walks and kid-friendly fun in the lush grounds of Harewood House. With an enormous list of chefs whisking up something tasty in the live demo tent, including bake-off contestants Sandy Docherty and Phil Thorne.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG 

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Sheffield Food Festival – 2nd – 5th June 2022 

Four whole days of great grub and smashing pints are what await you at Sheffield Food Festival. The annual weekender, now in its 10th year, offers local produce for foodies to dig into, as well as a hub of talent from Sheffield based businesses. Think the best of Steel City street food vendors, farmers, delis, ice cream parlours, and beekeepers. All spread across the city centre and coinciding with Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

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

Crowd at Ilkley Food Festival

Ilkley Food Festival | 11th – 12th June 2022

What sounds better than burgers and beer in a big top? From the folks that brought you the North Leeds Food and Drink Festival, Ilkley’s version has just as much fun in store. Inflatable fun for the kids, beer and bubbly tent, street food shacks, chef demos and tastings. 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 Festival Ripley Castle Crowd

Harrogate Food & Drink Festival | 25th – 26th June & 3rd – 4th September 2022

Family fun day on the grounds of Ripley Castle offers live music, chef demos from the region’s best restaurants, artisan craft stalls and the creme de la creme of food and drink all in a bubbling hub of creatives. 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 

Riverside Food and Drink Festival Wetherby chef demoing

North Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival, Pickering | 16th – 17th July 2022

While perhaps being most famous for its picturesque tourist attractions like North Yorkshire Moors Railway or Medieval Castle, Pickering has much more to offer you in the summer of 2022. Maintaining a firm stance of wanting to showcase the leading talents with local priority, international tastes are at the heart of this festival, guaranteeing that your experience is as enticing as it can be. Take advantage of this family-friendly festival where you and your children can laugh alongside comedic entertainment, thrilling magician talent, or an alluring art and crafts area.

NY500, Event Space, Museum & Car Showroom, YO18 8EA

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Seafest, Scarborough | 22nd – 24th July 2022

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

Yorkshire Dales food and drink festival

Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival| 23rd – 24th July 2021

Have some family fun in the aptly named Funkirk Farm Camping grounds in the magnificent Yorkshire dales. Spot celebrity chef guests cooking up a storm, with appearances from the Hairy Bikers and James Martin. It wouldn’t be a festival without music, and the live music lineup will have you dancing the night away. Workshops, big top events, campfires and beer tents await you at this year’s 5th instalment of the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival.

Bainbridge, Leyburn, DL8 3EL

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Meadowfest, Malton | 30th July 2021

Atop grassy fields in the grounds of the Talbot Hotel is Meadowfest. With a big top music stage being the main attraction, you can kick back on a deck chair with some street food and bubbly. There’s a kids inflatable play area, as well as a multitude of food and drink vendors to tempt your fancy. Live entertainment and headliners The Lighting Seeds will ensure one of the best days of the summer.

The Talbot Meadow, YO17 7AJ 

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Huddersfield Food Festival – 4th – 7th August 2022

The best of Huddersfield all under a tent roof. Celebrating all things local such as artisan markets, street food, seafood, international cuisine from restaurants of the local area, and more. Set in the grounds of Georges Square, it truly is a hub of local loveliness coming together in celebration of the North. This is one of the Yorkshire Food Festivals not to miss!

St Georges Square, HD11

Riverside Food and Drink Festival Wetherby crowd

Riverside Food & Drink Festival, Wetherby | 6th-7th August 2022

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.

The Ings, Wetherby, LS22 5FN

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The Great British Food Festival, Wentworth Woodhouse | 20th – 21st August 2022

Between a Viking Village, dog-friendly area, mini zoo, and the obvious street food and live music, you can be assured your experience 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

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Malton Food Lovers Festival | 27th – 29th August 2021

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 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 

York food and drink festival

York Food & Drink Festival | 23rd September – 2nd October 2022

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 three separate festivals stretched from April to September, you have options. Sample the flavours of the Taster festival, a festival dedicated to all things chocolate, or experience the main event at their September Festival with live chef demo’s, art, stalls and kids baking fiestas.

York City Centre, York, YO1 7LX

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

Whitby Fish & Ships Festival | 24th – 25th September 2022

For all you swashbuckling samplers, theres live chefs cooking up local fresh seafood at the Fish and Ships Fest. Take a tour of a real ships and trawlers in the harbour, as well as 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!

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Yorkshire Pudding Food Festival | 1st – 2nd October 2022

With over 10,000 people turning up to last year’s event, this year’s Yorkshire Pudding Food Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever. Expect a multitude of different food stalls featuring cuisines from all over the world, all putting their own little Yorkshire pudding twist on their dishes. This year’s festival will also feature live music, cooking demos and a funfair with a children’s activity area.

Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, DL8 2LS

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British Street Food Awards | date & location TBA

Known to be the biggest global street food competition, Yorkshire is proud to host the Northern Heats in Leeds and the UK Finals in Hull, for the world-renowned awards. With the concept of ‘seasonal produce’ and ‘locally sourced’ at heart, the contestants create a hum drum of foodies chomping at the bit to sample some award-winning grub. With hot street food bites, booze, beer and belly-laughs shared with friends, the British Street Food Awards are not to be missed.


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Alexandra Thompson


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