Harrogate’s Ripley Castle 21,22,23rd August

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, celebrates Yorkshire produce and top chefs as part of their 10th anniversary celebration tour, transforming Harrogate’s Ripley Castle into a foodie heaven with a feast of Michelin-star and celebrity chefs, award winning artisan producers, food and drink masterclasses and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at!

Known as the ‘food, fun and friends’ festival, foodies of all levels – experienced gourmands and amateur home cooks – will find something to tantalises their taste buds.

The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes celebrity and regional chefs, who will cook their favourite summer recipes, inspiring visitors to recreate these dishes at home and experiment with new flavours and ingredients. Chefs confirmed include:

  • Rosemary Schrager – Celebrity Chef
  • Ping Coombes – MasterChef 2014 winner
  • Rachel Green – Celebrity Chef
  • Murray Wilson – Norse
  • Lionel Strub – Claridge Hotel
  • Paul Jackson – The Hare at Shawton
  • Katy B – Little Miss Meat Free
  • Sara Danesin Medio – St Johns Dining Club
  • Jackie Kearney – The Hungry Gecko

Festival director Sue Hitchen commented… “We are delighted to bring Foodies Festival to Yorkshire this summer, showcasing the region’s natural larder of quality produce and abundance of local producers in our Producers Market. With over 200 artisan producers to shop from, with a Deliciously Yorkshire section, visitors will be spoilt for choice with samples and for what to buy to take home and enjoy”.

Highlights of the Festival:

Foodies Festival in YorkshireWine and Champagne Theatre: Experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe guide visitors through this season’s best bubblies from around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole is on-hand in the New Craft Beer Theatre with food and beer pairing masterclasses.

Tasting Theatre: Festival-goers can learn new skills and discover new flavours with masterclasses in Bee Keeping, Sushi Rolling and Sausage Making, and chocolate experts Coeur de Xocolat host ‘How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ classes, which leave participants tasting chocolate for hours.

Street Food Avenue: A feasting hub at the heart of the festival which takes visitors on a flavour adventure around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent.

Cake & Bake Theatre: A haven for passionate bakers with Yorkshires’s top cake makers and patissiers sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells bakes, jams, and the latest baking gadgets.

Artisan Producers Market: With over 200 artisan producers from Yorkshire and across the UK to sample and shop from, selling everything from award-winning Salted Caramel Cheese to Pink Raspberry Gin, festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with samples and for what to buy to take home and enjoy – the perfect setting to meet the producers and share their passion for quality food and drink.

Food at the Foodies FestivalChilli Market: A destination for those who like it really hot, selling UK grown chillies and face-meltingly spicy sauces. And for those foolish enough, the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges contestants to try and break the current record of 16 million scoville eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown – that’s 6400 times the average chill heat!

Childrens Cookery Theatre: Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills in ‘Picnic in the Park’ themed masterclasses with Kiddy Cook, who will show them how to make finger sandwiches, fruit jellies and chocolate bugs.

Spaghetti-Eating Competition: Pairs of contestants – friends and strangers – race from either end of a 4 meter spaghetti to be crowned ‘Lady and her Champ’.

After a day of feasting and fun, foodies can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Galleon.

For more information visit www.foodiesfestival.com