THE YORKSHIRE DALES FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
SHORTLISTED FOR THE UK FESTIVALS AWARDS – BEST NON-MUSIC FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 5th Birthday in 2020, the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival has been shortlisted for the UK Festivals Awards for ‘Best Non-Music Festival’.
Bursting onto the scene in 2016, the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival’s inaugural event sold out attracting over 10,000 visitors! Moving to a larger venue at the beautiful Funkirk Farm in 2017 and the introduction of camping allowed the event to grow, attracting over 43,000 people in the last 3 years, a huge number for a ticketed two-day food and drink festival!
The family owned festival is the largest of its kind in Yorkshire and is so much more than just a food and drink festival offering everything from a vintage funfair, children’s workshops, cookery schools, kids & adult’s sports activities, crafts workshops and a maker’s marquee. Plus, tipple and tasting tents, gin schools, a pizza and prosecco hub, live music all weekend supported by headline tribute acts. There are four cookery demonstration stages each with their own unique style. The Yorkshire AA Rosette Cookery Theatre hosts the finest Yorkshire AA Rosette & Michelin Chefs. Famous Yorkshire brand ‘Bettys’ hosted their own stage showcasing their Cookery School in 2019, whilst the Local Chef Stage celebrates the best of the local talent. The showcase Big Top Theatre has hosted most of the UK’s Celebrity Chefs including Mary Berry, Gino D’Acampo, John Torode, The Hairy Bikers, Lisa Faulkner, Brian Turner and James Martin. The 2020 festival sees the return of James Martin for the fourth time and the hilarious Ainsley Harriott.
The event also plays host to over 250 food, drink and lifestyle exhibitors and some of the best street food from across the UK. The festival is dog friendly and offers 3 nights camping / caravanning, there is even a glamping option too.
Managing Director, Rachael Higgins said ‘Having already been short listed for the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2019 for ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ for the second year running we are so excited to also be shortlisted for the 2019 UK Festivals Awards. We are super critical of our event, reflecting each year on what we can do better, listening to our customers and partners views and acting on them. We learn from our mistakes (we’ve made a few!) and work really hard to make each year fresh and exciting for our guests. If you’ve not been before it really is a fantastic weekend in a beautiful setting for all the family, including the dog, so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! In 2020 we have got the lovely James Martin returning for his 4th time and we are welcoming Ainsley Harriot to Yorkshire, whom I am sure is going to be hilarious!’
Tickets are available online now from www.yorkshiredalesfoodanddrinkfestival.com