September 21-30 York Festival of food and Drink

York Food and Drink Festival will run with the York 800 theme, putting the focus of the 2012 Food Festival firmly with the 'community' and a focus on the past, present and future of food in York.


York Food Festival 2012

For 10 days, from Friday 21st until Sunday 30th September, the heart of York’s historic centre will be humming with the sound of Festival goers: enjoying all that’s best in Yorkshire food & drink, as we look at "Feeding the City in the Past, the Present and the Future"

Each day begins early with up to 100 market stalls to tempt visitors with a huge range of products, from fresh fruit, veg, meat, cheese and chocolate, beer and wine: including lots of exciting new options as well as many, old favourites. To keep appetites at bay there’ll be plenty of delicious street food to buy too.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the celebrations will include special events to explore the history of food & drink. Take a tour around the Georgian kitchen of the Mansion House, for example, or a look at our food back through the ages with Andrew Bone Jones. If you have a sweet tooth, look back at how chocolate made its way to York. Festival goers will be able to discover how our heritage has influenced how we live, eat & drink today.

The Festival will also focus on and celebrate all that’s best in the present, in vibrant & cosmopolitan York. There’s such a range of evening events that Festival goers will find it difficult to decide just where to spend their time as the market winds down each day. Enjoy the Black Tie ‘Chateau Neuf Du Pape Dinner’ in the Mansion House, for example, (with the WSET International Educator of the Year Award winner Karen Hardwick of the Wine Academy) or a tutored beer tasting with Jeff Evans (of Inside Beer). "Dine at My Table" is back by popular demand giving both York residents & festival visitors the opportunity to enjoy real Yorkshire cooking right in the heart of York homes.

Children aren’t forgotten in this year’s Festival; they are after all a part of the future of food. There’s a specially designed programme of food events for primary school children, including pasta making, cheese making, cow milking and following the life of a coffee bean (from field to cup). And of course, the extremely popular Generation Cookery Competition will have a special place in this year’s celebrations.

If you’re worried that your Olive Oil may not be a Virgin Oil – then the Festival is looking at that too: Teaming up with FERA (Food & Environment Agency, based just outside of York) the Festival will also offer visitors and insight into just how safe today’s food really is. This programme, looking at the legitimacy of food today and looking to the future of food & drink, should prove fascinating for both young & old visitors.

There’ll be something for all tastes during these 10 special days in September right in the heart of historic York.

Tickets will be available via the website from July for a veritable banquet of daytime and evening events Check the website now for details of all the events on offer.

Find out what is happening during the food festival.


A fabulous 10-day activity-packed event. With street food and quality markets, demonstrations, tastings and workshops this Yorkshire Festival has everything you can expect and more. With a comprehensive evening programme of ticketed food and drink events, York Food and Drink Festival keeps visitors fed and entertained from 9am to 11pm. Focussing on Yorkshire produce in the community for 2012, you could take part in one of our competitions and cook up a storm in our workshop and demo tents. Don't miss out, there’s a lot to see and do all day everyday.

York Food and Drink Festival’s Drinks’ Programme


York Food and Drink Festival has an extensive programme of drinks events. Many of these are about an hour long and are intended as ‘an introduction to….’ a type of wine or spirit. Others are dinners with a specific type of wine, wine tastings or matching food and drink. See our website for details.

Various venues across York city centre North Yorkshire.


Lunches and Dinners at York Food and Drink Festival

York Food and Drink Festival is unique because it has a complete evening programme of events. Therefore as well as the expected lunch events you will also find a series of dinner events; many of which include a wine element. See the website for Lunches and Dinners

Various venues across York city centre North Yorkshire

Friday 21 Sep 2012 to Sunday 30 Sep 2012


York Food Festival Cookery Demonstrations

Celebrating local chefs: York Food and Drink Festival runs a daily programme of demonstrations, over all 10 days. Check out the website to see who is demonstrating each day.

The Demonstration tent, St Sampson’s Square, York North Yorkshire YO1 8RN

Friday 21 Sep 2012 to Sunday 30 Sep 2012


Fountain Café Events at York Food Festival

The Fountain Café in Parliament Street is a large marquee over the Fountain, in the centre of the street. During the day this hosts micro-producer day stands, and has seats for visitors to eat lunch bought from the markets. After 5pm the Café really comes alive, when activities have different themes. Then, the space will accommodate live music, dancing and lots more.

The Fountain Café, Parliament Street, York North Yorkshire YO1 8RU 

York Food Festival Beer Tent, Ale Trail and Champagne Bar

Visit the Beer Tent situated in at the heart of the Festival. The tent stocks a range of Yorkshire Real Ales as well as Wines, Cider, Soft Drinks and Lager. Also come here to start the Festival Ale Trail. Collect a card from the Beer Tent and return here, when you have completed the Ale trail, to collect your T-shirt. (While stocks last). If a pub crawl is not your thing and you just want to chill after work, you could enjoy a glass of Champagne in our Champagne Bar – perhaps with a ‘grazing plate’ of Deli produce and savour the flavours.

The Beer Marquee, Parliament Street, York Friday 21 Sep 2012 to Sunday 30 Sep 2012

York Food Festival Cookery Classes and Workshops

These events are, or include an element of, hands on cookery / food preparation. Also listed here are the schools’ events that the Festival runs, which are not open to the public but raising funds to continue this work is an important objective of the Festival.
The Workshop tent, St Sampson’s Square, York Friday 21 Sep 2012 to Sunday 30 Sep 2012

Food Tastings at York Food and Drink Festival

Most of these events are arranged in conjunction with Slow Food North Yorkshire, and are comparative tastings allowing the customer to ‘taste the difference’ between one type of a product and another. There are also opportunities for tasting samples of produce from local small companies and voting for your favourite in the Yorkshire Post’s Readers Award
The Workshop tent, St Sampson’s Square, York Friday 21 Sep 2012 to Sunday 30 Sep 2012.