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York Food and Drink Festival preparations well under way
THE centre of York has become the focus for a flurry of food-based activity.
Preparations are well under way in Parliament Street for the York Food and Drink Festival, which opens tomorrow.
Marquees are in place ahead of ten days of celebrations, and organisers say there is still time to book tickets to many events.
The festival’s Parliament Street hub stays open until 9pm most nights, with live music and community arts events lined up as well as the food events.
Festival director Michael Hjort said: “It’s not just chefs from big hotels, there are lots of hands-on things for everyone to get involved with.”
A foraging event will take food lovers along the riverbank to hunt for wild food, before the Great British Menu’s Stephanie Moon demonstrates how to prepare their finds on Saturday, September 28.
A cooking competition will pit headteachers from York schools against each other, and an intergenerational cookery battle will see mothers and sons, and uncles and nieces compete for a prize.
And with this year’s theme of Science And Food, other events will focus on the scientific side of food, including a demonstration showing cocoa beans’ transformation into chocolate, and a talk on how archaeologists decipher what our ancestors ate. Tickets have sold well, but there is still the chance to book at many of the festival’s events.
Michael said: “There’s plenty of tickets, especially for events through the days, like small wine tastings and workshops.” The festival will again host its Young Chefs’ Competition, which kicks off on Monday at 9am in St Sampson’s Square.
For details and the full programme, go to yorkfoodfestival.com
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