Harrogate Food and Drink Festival reveals full programme as it prepares to return to the Stray in just over two weeks

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival - the biggest event to take place on the Stray in more than 15 months - is gearing up for its return later this month.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 10:27 am

The family-friendly event, which was cancelled last year because of the pandemic, will be bringing international cuisine, independent bars and breweries and an expansive artisan market to the town on June 26 and 27.

There will also be live music, entertainers and performers, and an extensive children’s activities programme.

The main focus will be on providing a variety of the most popular UK street food traders, including traditional Greek, Italian, Indian and American cuisine, alongside modern twists on Japanese and Chinese dishes. Most traders will also be offering a vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free option.

The Artisan Market will be showcasing more than 60 local business owners and independent traders selling health and wellbeing products, handmade gifts, crafts, clothes and art, and a selection of brownies, cakes, flapjacks, cheesecakes, pies, sauces, alcoholic drinks, plus much more. Local bar traders will be selling speciality wine, cocktails, prosecco, cider and beer.

Activities for the little one include magic shows, children’s entertainment and animal exhibits.

Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy a range of exciting food related activities. The Cookery Theatre will be taking centre stage after its initial success in 2019, with support from Leeds Cookery School and Yorkshire Food Guide. Experienced chefs from across the region will be presenting original dishes and entertaining attendees with five performances a day. The chefs include MasterChef semi-finalist Anthony O’Shaugnessy, popular Vietnamese cuisine specialist Loc Bui, owner of Loc’s Taste of Vietnam, and Simon Miller, co-owner of La Casita Tapas Restaurants in Ilkley, Skipton and Boston Spa.

Live music on the main stage will be provided by Will Forrester, an experienced saxophonist, and Flat Cap Brass, who will be bringing a funky brass performance to the event, along with many more entertainers.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival is partnered with the charity MIND and will be helping to raise money for the Harrogate team, which supports those suffering with mental health difficulties.

To book tickets, visit: https://harrogatefoodfestival.com, or for more information, follow @HarrogateFood on Twitter or www.facebook.com/harrogatefoodanddrinkfestival on Facebook.