Originally published on Weds 18 May 2011 at http://www.digyorkshire.com/HighlightDetails.aspx?Article=1260
York’s Food and Drink Festival takes place every September, but this year sees the first mini May festival, with a taste of what’s in store for later in the year.
There’s a big market of real Yorkshire food and drink, covering a range of meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese and beer. It’s a chance to explore some of Yorkshire’s finest produce from some of the region’s smaller producers.
A demonstration area will be set up in Parliament Street, where Yorkshire’s celebrity chefs including Ashley McCarthy of Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, will demonstrate how to create succulent recipes easily. There’ll also be a licensed café, where you can enjoy a drink, and maybe taste a local speciality for the first time.
The festival coincides with English Wine Week, and there’ll be an excellent introduction to the wines of England from Heart Vineyard, located just outside the city of York.
The evening of the 28th features an informal dinner with the Lord Mayor of York, Susan Galloway, at the Mansion House on St. Helen’s Square. The specially prepared meal will consist of succulent regional seasonal food, prepared by Michael Hjort of Melton’s Restaurant of York.
Local chocolate makers Little Pretty Things will be sharing the secrets of their craft with a hands-on chocolate making workshop for kids (and maybe adults, if you ask nicely!) You’ll be able to try some of their more unusual creations – why not try Yorkshire Brewery’s ‘Ghost Ale’ or Yorkshire Blue Cheese-centred chocolates?
York Mini May Food and Drink Festival is free entry, with some ticketed exceptions including the Lord Mayor’s dinner. For more information, visit yorkfoodfestival.com.