The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival Code of Conduct outlines what behaviour is unacceptable at the festival (at the event, prior to and post event), both online and offline. Anyone who violates this Code of Conduct will be warned or asked to leave at the discretion of the festival organisers or we may choose to cease communication with yourself either via telephone, in person, in written form via letter or email.
Who the Code of Conduct Applies to:
This Code of Conduct applies to all Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival attendees. This includes visitors, sponsors, volunteers, festival staff and the festival organisers.
Why do we have a Code of Conduct?
The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, and our business, aims to create a pleasant atmosphere for all attendees, employees and contractors to enjoy without experiencing harassment or feeling unsafe. We expect cooperation from all those involved to help ensure a safer space for everybody.
What we ask of you:
We want everyone to feel safe at The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, because of this we have a Code of Conduct in place, we ask that you follow this to keep everyone safe at our festival:
- Do not attend the festival if you have suspected symptoms of Coronavirus.
- Report any serious illness, accident or incident to a member of the YDFADF team or on site paramedics
- In the event of a lost child, we ask:
- Children are told to approach a member of the event team if they become lost, these team members will be in a PINK or BLUE hi vis jacket or approach the staff at the RED information tent.
- Lost children will be escorted to our RED information tent by our event staff if they have become lost.
- If you lose your child, go to the closest RED information tent and notify a member of the YDFADF team who will communicate with the rest of the team.
- If you can, give children a contact number for yourself. This helps the team to locate you quickly.
- We advise that all children are provided with some identification, wether it is a wristband with your contact number written on or a photograph of you/the family they are with at the festival. Wristbands are available from the Red Info Tent.
- Keep dogs on leads at all times. Owners must clean up any “accidents” on the festival grounds. Dogs must not be left unattended on the festival grounds.
We will not accept the following behaviours at The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival or prior to, or post the event:
- Violence or threats of violence toward another person, member of our team or contractors / exhibitors / partners.
- We are opposed to the use of illegal substances (drugs) by any person within any of the festival grounds. Persons found doing so within this property will be reported to the police.
- Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language or religion. Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs and employment.
- Conversations or presentations that involve racism, ableism, misogyny, misogynoir, transphobia, transmisogyny, transmisogynoir, homophobia, biphobia, classism, fatphobia, body shaming or colourism.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, taking pictures or recording without permission.
- Continued harassment or the persistent sending of emails, messages or telephone calls following a formal and final response from one of our team or contractor.
- Inappropriate physical contact or sexual attention.
- Inappropriate social contact, such as requesting or assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others.
- Deliberate ‘outing’ of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect other members or other vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
- Sharing non-harassing private communication without permission.
- Threats which may be deemed defamation in UK Law.
- Refusal to follow reasonable requests when asked to do so by our teams.
When the Code of Conduct is not followed
Attendees asked to stop any harassing behaviour should comply immediately. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of festival staff or security team immediately. Festival staff and security staff will be wearing a blue or orange high vis vest within the festival field.
If an attendee engages in harassing behaviour or does not comply with the code of conduct in any way the festival organisers may take any action, they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or removal from the festival with no refund. If you are removed from the festival, you cannot enter again.
Should breaches of this code occur prior to or after the event the festival organisers may take any action, they deem appropriate, this may include refusal to respond further to communications, the reporting of individuals or businesses to our Local Authority or the Police and we may notify other businesses in our industry of issues that we have experienced.
Code of Conduct violations by Festival staff
If a festival volunteer or organiser engages in harassing behaviour, please do not hesitate to contact another member of the festival team or security team. They will take the appropriate action including warning the offender or immediate withdrawal from their festival duties.