Yorkshire Food & Drink Festival Details Announced

Not satisfied with a stellar line-up of celebrity chefs and foot-stomping music, the UK’s biggest food and drink festival, the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, has upped-the-ante by adding more than a 1,000-fun food, drink and family activities to its weekend schedule. 

The three-day festival, which runs from 21st-23rd July 2023 at Funkirk Farm Skipton, will be putting on a smorgasbord of activities to keep visitors entertained from dawn to dusk. 

The UK’s biggest food and drink festival has more than 300 workshops and masterclasses, 50+ celebrity and Michelin chef demos, 300 stall holders and 100s more activities for kids and adults alike. 

The festival offers amazing value at just £23 for a standard day ticket and £50 for a standard weekend ticket. Families are spoilt for choice with kids aged 0-7 FREE to attend and with so much to see and do you can make a weekend of it and camp under the stars starting from £75 for the weekend. 

Have a pint outside the big red Yorkshire bus, nibble the world’s best cheese Le Gruyere, enjoy a morning cuppa outside your tent with the daisies between your toes and enjoy the beautiful view of The Dales, sip fizz in the VIP lounge, take a donkey ride, shop till you drop at the Artisan markets, giggle with your friends, dance the night away under the moon lit sky and create wonderful family memories. 

Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival founder Rachael Higgins said: “Our festival is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, and this year will be bigger, better and even more fun.

“We’ve tailored a huge schedule of workshops and masterclasses alongside chef demos, tastings, music to dance to, shopping, a funfair, kids farm and even a giant sandpit! Come for the food, stay for the music and leave with memories to last a lifetime. A delicious adventure awaits you in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.” 

Sip back and relax with a host of tipples including a free Beer & Food Pairing workshop from Timothy Taylor’s expert beer sommelier, Annabel Smith where she’ll guide you through the best local beers to enjoy with pies, cheese and chocolate.

Get some style tips with the Make-up and Martini masterclass from Charlotte Tilbury while you sip a Dutch Barn Vodka Martini. If Gin is your thing, then join Hooting Owl for a tour of North, South, East and West Yorkshire gins or Yorkshire Explorer Distillery for their Blooming Botanicals gin tasting experience. 

There’s a whole host of exciting food adventures including how to make a chilli cheese paratha with Shikshak Indian Cookery School, create a summer grazing board with OhMyGraze and Homage2Fromage will be chatting you through a wonderful selection of cheese alongside a variety of unexpected drinks. 

The kids will be entertained all weekend with Soccer HubKanga Sports, a chocolate making session with York Cocoa Works and kids pizza making class. There’s even a Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft session where you’ll learn how to make your own wooden gifts and Willsow Paint and Plant will be teaching people how to paint a plant pot and fill it with wildflowers. Softpots will be showing how to upcycle and make sustainable planters.

Learn about North Yorkshire’s new and unique orchard vodka which is made from fresh apples. Dutch Barn Orchard Vodka will be running tasting experiences across the weekend to learn about its apple distilling process as well offering delicious tasters.

Get dolled up for the evening of live music with a Bloom & Crown workshop where you’ll get a step-by-step guide on how to make your very own festival flower crown with Flower Shack. 

Alongside celebrity chefs James Martin, the Hairy Bikers and Gino D’Acampo who will be appearing in the Gruyere Big Top Theatre Kitchen, there’s also an AA Rosette Chef stage hosted by Yorkshire chef royalty, Stephanie Moon. 

She will take you on a journey through some of the UK’s best chefs. Catch Michelin-star chef Galton Blackiston, from Morston Hall cook up a storm along with Jonny Little, development chef for Tommy Banks’ Made in Olstead and Ruth Hansom Rigby, head chef at Swinton Park

Lidl are back for another weekend of delicious food, top quality Deluxe wines and some exciting cooking demonstrations. For the early birds, fresh croissants and orange juice will be served at the Breakfast Club for only £1, with all proceeds going to their charity partner, the NSPCC.

During the day, ensure you visit Lidl’s Grill and Chill for some much-needed relaxation in the sun accompanied with a complimentary glass of wine and a sample of a selection from its summer food range.

Belvoir Farm will be hosting cocktail Mixology sessions and there’s even a Dessert stage for the sweet-toothed. 

The family-owned festival is the largest of its kind in the UK and is so much more than just a food & drink festival. With so much to see and do visitors will be spoilt for choice. 

The workshops and masterclasses are a mix of paid (no more than £11 per session) and FREE activities, so there’s something for everyone. Book paid-for sessions in advance on the website.

Find out more about the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival and to book tickets: www.yorkshiredalesfoodanddrinkfestival.com