It’s officially festival season, but if glitter make-up and tinnys of Kopperberg isn’t quite your thing, we;ve got 18 better ways to spend your summer: food festivals. Whether it’s international cuisine that gets your tastebuds going or some of the finest Yorkshire-produced grub around, here’s our guide to the best food festivals in Yorkshire.
1. The Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival, Skipton
The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival is returning this summer, with a number of big celebrity names in tow. Expect James Martin and the Hairy Bikers on hand showcasing their culinary skills, alongside tons of local street food vendors serving up some of the region’s best cuisine. Get tickets here.
When’s it on? 📅 23-24th July 2022.
2. Yorkshire Feastival, Pateley Bridge
Bringing the region’s finest grub to one place this summer, Yorkshire Feastival is set to be a foodie haven this June, with plenty of food, drink and music to enjoy from all over Yorkshire. Get tickets.
When’s it on? 📅 25-26th June 2022.
3. Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival
If you’ve ever wanted to visit the home of Last of the Summer Wine, the Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival is the perfect excuse.
Expect plenty of local talent and chefs, with live entertainment for all the family across the weekend. Find out more here.
When’s it on? 📅 17-18th September 2022.
4. Ilkley Food and Drink Festival
The Ilkley Food & Drink Festival is back with a bang this year, transforming its riverside home into a wonderland of Yorkshire food and drink.
The festival promises the UK’s ‘finest street food’, with tons of international cuisine and locally-produced grub to devour. Get tickets here.
When’s it on? 📅 11-12th June 2022.
5. Harrogate Food and Drink Festival
From live music to delicious food, the Harrogate Food Festival will be offering tons of amazing grub over one weekend this June, and trust me when I say, you won’t be leaving hungry.
Created by the team behind the Ilkley Food and Drink Festival, the popular food festival will take place on the Stray this summer, providing the perfect backdrop to a wholesome weekend. Get tickets here.
When’s it on? 📅 25-26th June 2022.
6. Yorkshire Pudding Festival, Leeds
Love Yorkshire puddings? The UK’s first-ever Yorkshire pudding festival is returning to Leeds this year, giving pud lovers the chance to try out the savoury delight in tons of creative, new ways. Expect desserts, classic puds, Asian fusions, and so much more. Find out more here.
When’s it on? 📅 1-2nd October 2022.
7. Great British Food Festival, multiple locations
On its tour across the UK, the Great British Food Festival is set to land at Harewood House this June, bringing delicious food to the stunning Leeds mansion.
The popular foodie festival will also tour a number of other Yorkshire destinations, too, including Rotherham’s Wentworth Woodhouse, with plenty of street food on offer, demonstrations and more. Find out more.
When’s it on? 📅 Harewood House – 2-5th June; Wentworth Woodhouse – 20-21st August 2022.
8. Malton Food Lovers Festival
Considered ‘the food fest of the North’, the Malton Food Lovers Festival take place in the Food Capital of Yorkshire, bringing tons of market stalls to the traditional market square.
There, guests can tuck into freshly baked goods, try out homemade food, and even take home Yorkshire-brewed beers, dog treats and so much more.
A number of celebrity chefs are set to be in attendance this year, with demos, live music and plenty of shopping in-store. Find out more.
When’s it on? 📅 3-5th June; 27-29th August 2022.
9. York Food Festival
Operating not only a delicious food festival, but a chocolate festival, too (which has unfortunately passed for this year), York knows good food when it sees it.
Taking over Parliament Street this September, guests will be treated to plenty of live demos, cooking classes and street food during the festival, so expect a full tummy after a day of food-filled fun.
When’s it on? 📅 23rd September-2nd October 2022.
10. North Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival, Pickering
Another fun food festival by the team behind Ilkley and Harrogate Food & Drink Festivals, the North Yorkshire Food & Drink Festival is coming to the stunning market town of Pickering for the first time ever, bringing with it live chef demos, live entertainment, and, of course, delicious food. Expects tons of different cuisines on the day, alongside plenty of locally-made drinks to enjoy, too. Find out more.
When’s it on? 📅 16-17th July 2022.
11. Big Sky Beer Festival, Hunmanby
East Yorkshire’s flagship brewery, Wold Top, is hosting a fantastic beer festival this summer, with tons of Yorkshire-made beers on offer.
Enjoy live music in the tranquil East Yorkshire countryside, while knocking back some of the Riding’s very best beers. Get tickets here.
When’s it on? 📅 15-16th July 2022.
12. Seafest, Scarborough
An annual maritime festival, Scarborough Seafest is set to celebrate all things Scarborough, which will naturally include tons and tons of food.
An array of local businesses will be setting up stalls on the day, with cooking demos, live music and more planned. Find out more.
When’s it on? 📅 22-24th July 2022.
13. The Filey International Food Festival
Boasting around 70 food stalls in the centre of Filey, guests at the Filey International Food Festival will be able to tuck into tons of award-winning Yorkshire grub, with plenty of seafood, international cuisine, real ale and more on offer this year. Find out more.
When’s it on? 📅 15-16th October 2022.
14. Fish and Ships, Whitby
Whitby’s Fish & Ships Festival is one of the seaside town’s most popular attractions, behind the iconic Goth Festival, that is.
Playing on its coastal location, the Fish & Ships Festival celebrates the town’s fishing heritage, with tons of food stalls and celebrity cooking demos – all with a special focus on seafood.
In addition to all the grub, guests will be able to get into the seaside spirit with sea balladeers and shantymen, alongside local bands and entertainment for the kids. Find out more.
When’s it on? 📅 24-25th September 2022.
15. Cropton Brewery Beer Festival
Now, we all know by now how much we at The Yorkshireman love Cropton Brewery. Especially their Yorkshire Lager, which can be enjoyed in ample quantities at this year’s Cropton Beer Festival.
Taking place this November, guests will be able to taste tons of locally-brewed beers – including those created on site by Cropton 84 Brew Co. It’s a beer lover’s dream. Find out more.
When’s it on? 📅 18th November 2022.
16. Riverside Food and Drink Festival, Wetherby
Coming to Wetherby for the second time, the Riverside Food & Drink Festival is back with plenty of local talent in tow, who’ll be serving up some incredible street food with influences from all over the world.
In addition to food and drink there’ll be live entertainment, and hopefully a classic August heatwave to make the weekender as perfect as possible. Get tickets.
When’s it on? 📅 6-7th August 2022.
17. Hecktoberfest, Thirsk
Yorkshire sausage company Heck is launching their very own Oktoberfest celebration this year, which will naturally include a ton of sausages in true Oktoberfest style.
Putting a Yorkshire twist on the famous festival, guests can expect huge steins of beer, traditional footlong bratwurst, live Oompah bands, plenty of brilliant fancy dress, giant pretzels and so much more. Get the details here.
When’s it on? 📅 1st October 2022.