Friday, 23rd September 2016, 00:00 AM - Saturday, 1st October 2016, 00:00 AM

York Festival of Food and Drink starts on September 23 with a packed programme of markets, tastings and demonstrations

Celebrating its 20th year in 2016, York Food Festival showcases Yorkshire’s finest producers, chefs and cooking. Expect a large market, pop-up bars, street food, chef demonstrations, tastings, dinners, cookery lessons and more.

The September festival will take over the city celebrating the tastes, sights and smells of York’s food. Explore and discover some of the finest artisan producers, cafes and restaurants with the festival’s events, demonstrations and trails.

The Yorkshire Post winewriter Christine Austin will be kicking off the wine programme the following day with a tasting of English sparkling wines. These home-grown wines not only have their own style, but are quite capable of challenging the best that Champagne has to offer. There will also be a tasting of Sake  on September 26 when a sake specialist will show how this Japanese drink goes with food. There is a Sherry supper on September 28, a Gin Tasting on September 30 while on October 1 it’s the return of the Supermarket Challenge when the major retailers will present a selection of their range.

On the food side, Michelin-starred Andrew Pern will be giving a demonstration as will Yorkshire’s Stephanie Moon, and Masterchef finalist Sara Danesin-Medio.

On Saturday 24th September, Yorkshire artisan spice experts Steenbergs will be teaming up with Indian cookery tutor Sharmini Thomas  to show how easy it is to create delicious, authentic dishes with their flavoursome spices.

img-3-13Sharmini, who regularly demonstrates at the Festival, as well as running her own programme of cookery workshops, will be making several of her most popular recipes, including Chicken Kuruma and Bombay Potatoes, to showcase the authenticity, flavour and aroma of both individual spices and spice blends. The joint demonstration will take place at 4pm in the main demonstration area in St. Samson’s Square.


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Entrance to the Festival markets, demonstrations, cookery classes and sampling stand are free though some may require a reservation. Tickets to events are at various prices.

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About The Author

Catherine Scott is Associate Features Editor for Yorkshire Post Newspapers. A self-confessed foodie, she is also a judge of the Deliciousyorkshire/Yorkshire Post Taste Awards.

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