Saturday, 27th May 2017, 09:00 AM - Sunday, 28th May 2017, 17:00 PM

The Malton Food Lovers Festival, taking place this weekend (27th-28th), will welcome thousands of visitors to the picturesque market town of Malton.

The free festival is regarded as one of the UK’s most prestigious festivals, with an abundance of local food producers like no other and this year, welcoming back some of the industry’s most renowned chefs.

Levi Roots, the creator of the Reggae Reggae Sauce brand, will be headlining the Inntravel and Yorkshire Baker Cookery Theatre on Saturday at 4pm, as well as the Night Party on the Inntravel Main Stage at 8.30pm with his band, The Herbs and Spices. Fans of Levi can have another slice of the action at the NFU Kitchen Question Time Panel, hosted by Yorkshire Food Finder, Sue Nelson.

Prue Leith, the highly-acclaimed restaurateur, cookery writer, novelist, and new Great British Bake Off presenter will be appearing at the festival on Saturday, taking part in an interview on the Inntravel Main Stage at 11.30am, before signing copies of her latest book, The Prodigal Daughter, in the Waterstones Festival Bookshop at 11.45pm, the latest novel from The Food of Love trilogy.

Prue Leith comments; “I look forward to returning to Yorkshire’s Food Capital for its annual celebration of the finest food and drink in the region. Malton is a thriving town with food at its heart. Bursting with artisan food producers, distillers, brewers and independent shops, there’s no better place to celebrate good quality food and drink!”

Alongside the showcase of Yorkshire’s finest produce, the line-up for the Saturday night Festival Party will kick off at 5pm with Kaminari UK, Japanese style drummers, followed by March the Ally – the acoustic duo from North Yorkshire. The Voice UK’s former contestant, Beth McCarthy, will be singing two of her latest singles including ‘Pretty Lies’ and ‘Lemonade’, before Levi Roots spices up the crowd!

Stephanie Moon will be hosting her cookery demonstration in the Inntravel and Yorkshire Baker Cookery Theatre on Sunday at 1.00pm. Steph has travelled the world and works with only the freshest local ingredients. she will be joined by a line-up of culinary names including Simon Woods, Executive Chef for Hog & Beyond, Dan Graham, Simi Rezai and Richard Burr taking to the stage. Richard, the builder-turned-baker was a finalist in 2014’s Great British Bake Off, and will be signing his new book ‘BIY’ or Bake it Yourself.

The Waterstones Festival Bookshop will welcome the likes of Henderson’s Relish, signing their latest Henderson’s Relish cookbook, and Hanna Sillitoe, the author of the blog ‘My Goodness’ which focuses on plant based, unprocessed foods. Other esteemed foodies will be Rafi’s Spicebox, Miguel Barclay, Jonathan Batchelor and Dan Toombs, AKA The Curry Guy. The full timetable is available within the festival brochure available at the information point, or online at http://maltonyorkshire.co.uk/food-lovers-festival/whats-on/

New this year will be over 20 street food stalls serving dishes from worldwide cuisines! The street food stalls will stay open late on Saturday to feed the hungry stomachs of Night Party goers, who will no doubt be jamming along to the sounds of Levi Roots.

Malton will be offering something for everyone, from a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party taking place from 2pm – 5pm at the Talbot Hotel for parents and children, to local buskers playing on various street corners around the festival. Located on the Shambles car park, just off Newgate, will be the Vintage Fun Fair with a magnificent Carousel as its centrepiece, along with a Helter Skelter!

Tom Naylor Leyland, Festival Director said; “I have a feeling this year will be more popular than ever! There is so much to do, taste dand see, no one will leave the Festival feeling hungry! We are thrilled to have Levi Roots and Prue Leith back again, we hope the sun shines all weekend for festival goers to enjoy our beautiful town in all its glory.”

Malton Community Interest Company (CIC) was set up in 2011 to fund and deliver charitable projects for ‘The Community of Malton, Norton and the surrounding area’. The CIC funds, among others, free parking in the Market Place in Malton, The Malton Food Lovers Festival and Malton Monthly Food Markets.

To find out more about the Malton Food Lovers Festival, please visit www.maltonyorkshire.co.uk.

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