Harrogate "buzzing" over street food festival this weekend

The second annual StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival will be launched tomorrow, Friday, in Harrogate's Valley Gardens and its chief organiser says the town is already "buzzing."

Monday, 21st August 2017, 6:27 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:46 pm
Flashback to last year's incredibly popular StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival in the Valley Gardens in Harrogate.

Organised once again by Harrogate independent catering businesswoman Cathy McConaghy, this highlight of the summer will run for four days across the bank holiday from Friday, August 25 to Monday, August 28.

Cathy said: "We can’t believe it’s been a whole year already but are super excited to be back in Valley Gardens this weekend.

"We’ve got some amazing new traders and amazing new performers plus some of our favourites from last year."

Featuring the best street food from around the world, combined with fun and funky entertainment for all the family, the event enjoyed a stunning launch last year with more than 100,000 people attending.

Visitors this year will be served street food from more than 60 handpicked traders alongside music, quirky entertainment from street performers and children’s activities.

The music will include leading Big Beat DJ Rory Hoy who will be performing on Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 10pm and Monday from 6.45pm to 9pm.

Complementing the street food traders will be a new Artisan Market featuring around 30 top producers selling tasty products to try, buy and take home.

The Craft Beer TeePee will also be back.

Earlier in the year, Cathy McConaghy, also organised a StrEat Food Festival for the Tour de Yorkshire in Crescent Gardens in Harrogate.

And, In a sign of her success, the entrepreneur is also launching an additional StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival at Newby Hall over three days in September with glamping and live music.

Star names set to appear include BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, boy band 5ive and Huey Morgan of BBC 6Music and Fun Lovin Criminals fame.

StrEat’s Glamping Village at Newby Hall will features hot tubs to book for private parties followed by a campfire chill-out.

All that is required this weekend is nice weather.

But Cathy is confident.

She said: "The sun is forecast, the deckchairs are stacked and ready and I can already smell the food preparation in the air.

"Harrogate really is the on the map for Street Food now!"

"The buzz in town is incredible but we really hope that Harrogate supports the Newby Hall event, too. We can’t have one without the other."