If you love local produce, quality tipples and artisan eats, add these Yorkshire food festivals to your calendar.
Yorkshire is home to the finest food and drink producers anywhere in the UK, and what better way to try them out than by visiting one of the region’s best food festivals? From Leeds to Sheffield, York to Scarborough, treat yourself to a weekend full of tasty morsels courtesy of the region’s finest local producers and street food vendors.
Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival
Launched in 2015, Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival has already made a name for itself as one of Yorkshire’s best international food and drink events. You’ll find a whole heap of mouth-watering cuisine in the grounds, with everything from fresh Spanish tapas and Mexican fajitas to Neapolitan pizza and proper British hog roasts. Their huge marquee plays host to a wide selection of local producers, along with live music and plenty of children’s activities, with party games, bouncy castles and more.
Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival takes place at Lotherton Hall from Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May 2019.
Leeds Indie Food
If you need an excuse to try out the finest independent food and drink in Yorkshire, Leeds Indie Food is it. This is a three week celebration of the bars, cafes and restaurants that make Leeds such a delicious place to visit. Expect a diverse programme that takes you from beer tastings and supper clubs to one-off collaborations, food-based exhibitions and massive street food festivals.
Leeds Indie Food takes place across Leeds city centre from Thursday 9th to Monday 27th May 2019.
Malton is a small town in North Yorkshire, but it’s home to two of the UK’s best-loved breweries, Brass Castle and Bad Seed, and they team up every May to put on a massive beer festival. As well as showcasing their own brews, you can try over 70 beers from international breweries across three days. But that’s not all – they have a massive artisan street food market, full of local producers, and you can enjoy loads of live music too. It’s a family-friendly affair, so bring the kids.
Beertown takes over The Milton Rooms, Malton from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May 2019.
Pub in the Park
Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge is bringing his acclaimed festival to Leeds for 2019. You can expect a sterling showing of nationally acclaimed gastro-pubs, as Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano, Andrew Pern’s The Star Inn and James Mackenzie’s The Pipe and Glass all descend on Roundhay Park, along with Kerridge’s own wares at The Hand & Flowers. There’s music too – expect Tom Odell, Scouting for Girls and more.
Pub in the Park comes to Roundhay Park from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2019.
North Leeds Food Festival
Roundhay Park is always chock full of foodies when the North Leeds Food Festival comes to town. With over 110 stalls to browse, you’ll have your pick of the best street food, local produce and live entertainment Yorkshire has to offer all weekend long, so you can sup ice-cold drinks in the sunshine while tucking into a huge portion of poutine or paella. They put on loads of children’s activities to keep the whole family entertained, as well as a slew of live music across the weekend – so you’ll never be short of fun for the whole family. Better still, they raise money throughout the festival for Leeds mental health charity Mind.
North Leeds Food Festival comes to Roundhay Park on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019.
Wetherby Food Festival
Since 2013, Wetherby Food Festival has shown off the best Yorkshire producers across three days every July. If it’s street food you’re after, you won’t be disappointed – they always have a wide range of traders every year serving up burgers, chicken wings and freshly made churros. But that’s just the beginning because you can also pick up local produce to take home or grab a drink at their speciality bars. Want more? There’s live music, funfair rides, face painting, children’s cooking classes and even the Wetherby Lions duck race.
Wetherby Food Festival comes to Lodge Lane efrom Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019.
Otley Food and Drink Festival
The Otley Food and Drink Festival takes over the picturesque market town for one action-packed day every July. You’ll have 50 stalls to choose from, serving you street food from all over the world, as well as loads of local producers selling their carefully crafted wares. But it’s not just about the food – you’ve got live music, face painting and balloon animals for the kids, as well as a cake baking competition and a cookery theatre with demonstrations by local chefs.
Otley Food and Drink Festival comes to Otley Town Centre on Sunday 14th July 2019.
Horsforth Food and Drink Festival
Street food fans will be in heaven at the Horsforth Food & Drink Festival – you can chow down on the freshest local grub, from hot melted cheese sarnies at The Toastie Truck to a fresh frankfurter from the Yorkshire Hot Dog Co. If you’re really feeling hungry, there’s even the option to try a few Man v Food eating challenges. Don’t worry, you’ll find oodles of delicious drinks to wash it all down with too. Take your pick from the real ale and gin bars or get fruity with their Pimm’s and prosecco bar. Brought the kids? There’s loads to keep the little ones entertained, including a funfair, bouncy castles, and cooking classes.
Horsforth Food and Drink Festival takes over Hall Park from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2019.
Scarborough Seafest Maritime Festival
As you might expect, it’s all about the sea at Scarborough’s Seafest Maritime Festival. Every year, the festival celebrates the best of the town’s nautical history, with free rides on Royal Navy patrol boats and HMS Pickle. There are shellfish tours that explore the journey from sea to plate and you’ll even get the chance to make your own fossil. There’s plenty of seafood to try at the festival, as local Yorkshire chefs will be cooking up some scrummy treats all weekend. Enjoy it all with a range of local beers, live music and 40 craft stalls – and don’t miss the huge fireworks display at the end of Saturday night.
Scarborough Seafest Maritime Festival takes over West Pier, Scarborough from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2019.
Camp Hill Sausage and Beer Festival
In picturesque Bedale, among the stunning Yorkshire countryside, you’ll find the annual Camp Hill Sausage and Beer Festival. Packed with tons of incredible food, stop by for live BBQ demonstrations, as well as over 20 different local butchers armed with tasty samples to try as they compete in the national Champion of Champions sausage competition. Once you’ve had your fill of bangers, treat yourself to something from their selection of local ales and real ciders. For entertainment, they’ve got live music and a silent disco or you can take the kids to get their faces painted. You can also camp at the festival, so make sure the tent’s packed to make it a weekend to remember.
Sausage and Beer Festival comes to Camp Hill, Kirklington from Friday 19th to Saturday 20th July 2019.
Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival
One date every foodie should have in their festival diary is the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival. It comes to Funkirk Farm each July and you can visit 200 different exhibitors, from small artisan producers to award-winning local success stories. To make things easier, the stalls are split into different sections, including Best of British, Market Street and Watering Hole. What’s more, there will be celebrity chef demonstrations, with the likes of The Hairy Bikers and Brian Turner showing off their expert culinary skills.
Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival takes over Funkirk Farm, Skipton on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019.
Whitby Beer Festival
Sample the best beer and cider Yorkshire has to offer at the Whitby Beer Festival in July. Every year, the festival serves up over 30 of the finest local, hand-crafted real ales and ciders for you to try out – and all the money raised will go towards the Whitby Lions, a community charity group. What’s more, you’ll be able to pair your pint with plenty of fresh, locally-produced Yorkshire food throughout the festival, from pies to cakes.
Whitby Beer Festival comes to Whitby Mission & Seafarers Centre from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July 2019.
Saltburn Food Festival
Every July, Saltburn’s town centre transforms into a huge food and drink celebration. You’ll be treated to over 150 scrummy street food stalls all the way down Milton Street, along with celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and even a hand-pulled cider fest up at Saltburn House. But that’s not all – the festival even offers a ‘doggy chill-out zone’ for your furry friend. Leave your dog with Paw Pals Saltburn to be fed and walked, so you can explore the market at your leisure, then pick them up again when you’ve had your fill.
Saltburn Food Festival takes over Milton Road, Saltburn-by-the-Sea on Sunday 28th July 2019.
Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival
Started back in 2000, Huddersfield Food and Drink Fest is one of the longest-running festivals in Yorkshire, with crowds regularly topping 125,000. They go all out to show off the region’s best food and drink, with over 100 street food stalls and drinks tents, along with circus acts and face painting for the kids. Don’t miss the raffle either, with a slew of locally-donated prizes to be won.
Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival comes to St George’s Square, Huddersfield from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August 2019.
Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival
Cannon Hall Farm is renowned for celebrating incredible local produce. Their annual food festival lasts a whopping four days and thousands of people head over to sample a dizzying range of local wares. Expert chefs will be on hand to offer cookery demonstrations and you can peruse an eclectic bunch of food, art and crafts stalls too. Add live music with local bands like The Moot, a bouncy castle, a slide, funfair rides and a pop-up beach for a festival the whole family will love.
Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival comes to Cannon Hall Farm from Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019.
Filey Food Festival
There are three incredible Filey Food Festivals in June, August and October – it’s the perfect opportunity to take in loads of tasty food and drink along the picturesque East Yorkshire coast. Expect plenty of Yorkshire street food vendors, as well as Filey chefs showing off their cookery skills. If it’s local produce you’re after, they’re sure to be selling everything from homemade gluten-free cakes to Bayview honey. Got a thirst? Choose from real ale, cider and prosecco, along with plenty of live music so you can really make a day of it.
Filey Food Festival takes over The Evron Centre and Gardens on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August and Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2019.
Leeds International Beer Festival
There’s only one place to be for the best beer every September – the Leeds International Beer Festival. 21 breweries will be in attendance, with Kirkstall Brewery, Magic Rock, Northern Monk and North Brewing Co. all flying the flag for Leeds. Fans of USA craft beer will be in seventh heaven too, as the festival is home to the Maine Beer Box – with beers from over 60 breweries all hailing from the state of Maine. Add in plenty of Leeds’ best street food, from Bundobust to Little Bao Boy, along with live music for a must-visit event.
Leeds International Beer Festival comes to Leeds Town Hall from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September 2019.
Malton Harvest Food Festival
Bringing together everything that makes Yorkshire such a foodie favourite, the Malton Harvest Food Festival unites land and sea in the market square every September. With over 80 stalls of produce, you can tuck into everything from bowls of mussels and shucked oysters to pan-fried grouse and wild boar sausages. There will also be celebrity chef demonstrations and live talks from Malton Cookery School, street food stands and a packed festival bar.
Malton Harvest Food Festival takes over Malton’s Market Square on Saturday 7th September 2019.
Sheffield Vegan Festival
If you’re looking for a meat-free weekend, you won’t want to pass up Sheffield Vegan Festival at the city’s Cutlers’ Hall. This massive Grade II-listed building will house a packed variety of stalls offering the best cruelty-free food, drinks and clothing. Try a dessert from The Ice Cream Ladies or pie and mash from The Green Room – it doesn’t matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian or a fully fledged carnivore, all are welcome at this diverse day out.
Sheffield Vegan Festival comes to Cutlers’ Hall on Saturday 28th September 2019.
Cottingham Food and Drink Festival
You can fit local produce, street food and cooking demonstrations all into one day with Cottingham’s yearly Food and Drink Festival. Expect the village to be packed to the rafters every September with artisan breads, cured meats and cheese, not to mention plenty of locally-produced beer and wine to wash it all down with. Once you’ve had your fill, Ready Steady Cook and Saturday Kitchen star chef Brian Turner is sure to show off a few culinary skills to round off the day.
Cottingham Food and Drink Festival takes over Cottingham village every September.
York Food and Drink Festival
York’s 10-day Food and Drink Festival is one of the most popular events in the city’s calendar. Pay a visit to the festival’s ‘Food Hub’ showcase to try a whole host of local Yorkshire produce, along with the chance for the whole family to learn how it gets made in one of the annual Taste Workshops, from Jorvik Viking food to local coffee growers. If you work up a thirst, the festival’s beer tent and wine tasting events will sort you out. And if cookery is your thing, you can tour the ‘Food Factory’ area to try your hand at baking bread, preserving fish or making cheese.
York Food and Drink Festival comes to York from Friday 20th September to Sunday 29th September 2019.
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival
Every September, Holmfirth comes alive with people mingling all around the town’s food and drink festival. Each stall holder comes from Yorkshire, so you can test the finest local produce, whether it’s street food, local condiments or craft stalls. They’ll have a bar packed with ales from all over the county too, as well as entertainment for the kids, live music and a family food zone showcasing local, fairtrade and ethical businesses.
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival takes over Holmfirth on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019.