Your essential guide to the Great British Food Festival Yorkshire

If you live in Yorkshire and you’re something of a foodie, there’s one weekend that you’re definitely going to need to put in your calendar. This May Bank Holiday weekend, between 23rd and 25th May, is the Great British Food Festival Yorkshire, back for 2015 with a jam-packed roster of events.

This fantastic event, held at Harewood House near Leeds, is one of the most high profile food festivals in Leeds. Spread out over three days, there’s lots going on – from cooking demos by top local chefs to live music and cookery classes for all ages. It’s a treat for the senses, with lots to taste, smell and savour, and plenty of activities for families to enjoy together.

What’s on?

You’ll have to be organised if you want to see and experience everything at the Great British Food Festival Yorkshire, as there’s loads going on. Here’s a sneak peek…

  • Chef Demos – want to sharpen up your culinary skills? Learn from the best at one of the Chef Demos taking place across the weekend. Previous local chefs taking the lead in these demos have been TV’s Simon Rimmer and last year’s Masterchef finalist Luke Owen – who will it be this year?
  • Taste Marquees – for a nibble and a taste of something delicious, bob in at one of the many Taste Marquees exhibiting throughout the festival. There’s a huge selection of exceptional quality products from local food and drink producers.
  • Cake Off – a baking competition that’s completely free to enter. Taking place at 1.30pm each day of the festival, simply enter a cake you’ve baked for the chance to win a fabulous prize. Wouldn’t you just love to be the judge of this particular competition?
  • Men vs. Food Challenges – back by popular demand, these competitions are expected to draw huge crowds, and they’re rumoured to be tougher than ever!
  • Cookery Lessons – for those wanting to improve their skills or start from scratch, there are cookery lessons available for all abilities and ages.

Of course, this Harewood event wouldn’t be topping the list of the best festivals in Yorkshire 2015 if there wasn’t any live music involved. In fact, here’s a full line-up of artists and bands booked to perform, with something for everyone, including James Gillespie, Ben “Blue” Waters, Deadwood Dog and Left Hand Drive to name but a few of the headline acts.

Lastly, let’s not forget the kids – there’s tonnes planned to entertain the little ones, from cookery lessons and free circus skills workshops to fairground rides and craft workshops.

Need somewhere to stay for the festival?

If you’d like to really get stuck in and stay for the whole festival, why not book your accommodation at Weetwood Hall? Just a stone’s throw from Leeds city centre and all the action at one of the best food events in Leeds, Weetwood Hall also boasts comfortable, modern rooms and delicious dining both in the brasserie and the charmingly traditional Stables Pub.





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