MUSIC played its part in York's annual celebration of all things edible last night as artists from the city entertained visitors.

The York Food and Drink Festival's Fountain Marquee, in Parliament Street, was the stage for a string of performances which also marked the launch of the city's role in a pan-European effort to encourage residents and businesses to tackle climate change.

City of York Council has launched a campaign called ENGAGEd! – joining forces with other cities such as Dijon and Helsinki – which will include posters being created of those who take action on the issue with the aim of inspiring others to follow suit.

Last night’s event included music from Conor Mellor and Isis Dunthorne, Reason Breeds Monsters, Tandem and Eclectic Sparks, as well as films on how other cities are playing their part in the campaign.

York’s efforts are being supported by York 800 , i-Travel York, Sustainable City York and the York Environment Forum, and more information about the Europe-wide drive is available at  

The festival was today welcoming Nick Holzherr, a finalist in the most recent series of The Apprentice, to display his culinary skills with his business partner, Craig Edmunds.

Earlier this summer, Nick secured £170,000 to launch his company Whisk, an idea he unsuccessfully pitched to business mogul Sir Alan Sugar, which brings together online recipes and internet shopping.

Michelin-starred chef James MacKenzie, TV chef Rosemary Shrager and Yorkshire stars of Great British Menu are also appearing at the festival.

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