The festival promises educational and fun workshops, cookery demonstrations and a wealth of activities for all ages to enjoy.

Entrance to the Festival markets, demonstrations, cookery classes and sampling stand are FREE though some may require a reservation. Prices vary for tickets to events.  Its aim is to educate and provide cookery lessons and demonstrations as well as events to celebrate Yorkshire food and drink.

Just a few features of the festival:

Schools Programme – The Schools Programme invites York primary schools to attend workshops and demonstrations from local producers and chefs learning about cooking local and healthy meals.  Email the festival organisers to register your interest in the Programme.

Young Chefs Competition – The Young Chefs Competition allows young food enthusiasts to show off their cooking skills and one is ultimately awarded the accolade of Young Chef of the Year. Sign up at the organisers site.

Evening Programme – In 2010, York Food Festival launched its evening programme. The aim was to attract people to stay in Parliament Street after 5pm in a vibrant and entertaining setting. Evenings including live music, theatre performances and cat walk fashion shows have previously taken place. To be a part of the evening programme, please click here.

Ale TrailThe ale trail first started in 2003, and celebrated York’s real ale and beer. Since then, it has grown to include more pubs and is still going strong. To find out more about this year’s Ale Trail please click here.

Taste Trail – The Taste Trail began in 2012 and aims to provide visitors with an all round experience of Food in York. Around 20 different restaurants/delis/cafes take part so that visitors can sample the delights of York’s food. Tickets for 2013 are £5 for one or £8 for two, and can be bought here.

Around 400,000 visitors are expected throughout the ten days in September, as well as 1000 school children.

For more information, please see the York Food & Drink Festival website.