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York Food Festival reaches its 26th anniversary bringing fun, food and local culture to the heart of York

18 August 2023

York Food Festival has announced its forthcoming 26th anniversary, promising another iconic 10-day celebration of local food and drink, culture and community across the city centre.

The festival is due to take place between Friday 22nd September and Sunday 1st October, with over 100 market stalls and activities including chef demonstrations, free cookery workshops, live music, taste trails, and their brand new Cookie Tour across the 10 days.

Having grown from humble beginnings in 1997, York Food Festival is now hugely popular with locals and visitors alike and expects to attract over 400,000 people, as well as 1,200 school children with their educational Schools Program.

Building on York’s history as a chocolate city and historic market, the festival’s diverse programme has been designed to educate, inspire and bring people together to share in the city’s vibrant culinary culture whilst showcasing the talent of local businesses and celebrating Yorkshire food and drink at its core.

Festival Director Michael Hjort captures the festival's ethos:

"We want to run an event that celebrates local talent and is run by and for the York community. The world is full of Food Festivals these days; what's different about York is that it's not a couple of guys off TV and a market brought in from anywhere."

This year we are delighted that the Yorkshire Mark will be hosting a substantial stand right outside at St Crux Hall, showcasing locally produced food and drink from a some of our wonderful independent Yorkshire makers in the Yorkshire Mark community.

Check out the full programme and book tickets here.

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