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40,000 expected at York Food & Drink Festival
8:51am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
One Show presenter and comedian Alex Riley with a Yorkshire pudding he made during filming at the York Food & Drink Festival
THE One Show were in York to film a Yorkshire pudding making competition as part of this year’s Food & Drink Festival, writes Dave Washington.
The BBC 1 show filmed three chefs battling it out to be crowned the best pudding maker. The title went to Ben Cox, owner and chef at the Star at Sancton, Market Weighton.
More than 40,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival which got under way yesterday, and will run until next Sunday.
The event is now in its 17th year and celebrates local produce with about 150 stalls, offering a diverse range of foods from tapas to Turkish street food.
The theme for this year’s festival is food and science, with a series of events demonstrating how scientific developments have affected the culinary world throughout history.
Aimie Risdale, assistant organiser, said: “In the past few years we’ve had a number of chefs who have done demos on the role of science in food, and we therefore decided that it would be a great theme.
“We’re really excited about the week. We had a lot of schoolchildren around for yesterday’s York Edible Schools event which taught youngsters about healthy eating. We also have free events for children such as gingerbread and cupcake making.”
A number of celebrity chefs, including Stephanie Moon, Peter Sidwell and Great British Bake Off contestant Ali Imdad, will also be appearing at the festival Wine tasting will be put on at Bacchus Wine Shop on Goodramgate for adults; while there will be daily demonstrations from local chefs, as well as a competition to find York’s top young cook.
10am: The Science of Georgian Cooking (Fairfax House)
1pm: Peter Sidwell Cookery Demonstration (Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square)
3.30pm: Afternoon Tea at the Lord Mayor’s Table (Mansion House)
5.30pm: York’s Got Talent (The Fountain Marquee)
11am: The Science of Victorian Cooking (Mansion House)
noon: Discover the Origin – Taste Workshop (Bacchus Wine Shop)
3pm: Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party (Cedar Court Grand Hotel)
4.30pm: Live Music – Chris Johnson (Champagne Tent)
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