Ripon spring food show brings in crowds

Spring has well and truly sprung in Ripon as the city celebrated its Food, Home and Garden Show.

By Janet Harrison
Wednesday, 13th April 2022, 12:13 pm
Vanessa hart, of Hartisan Designs, based at Darlington, County Durham, one of the many stall holders an the event.
Vanessa hart, of Hartisan Designs, based at Darlington, County Durham, one of the many stall holders an the event.

Over 60 independent traders took part at the event in the city’s cathedral, the first following an enforced two-year break due to Covid restrictions.

They included Ruth English, owner of Winnie’s Yorkshire Delights in Thirsk, who won Local Product of The Year at a previous event for her beetroot relish.

Lampshade designer Vanessa Hart, of Hartisan Designs, also appeared at the festival.

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Vicky Richardson, who runs Core Nutritional Therapy, chats with The Very Reverend John Dobson, Dean of Ripon. Picture James Hardisty

Other attractions at the show, sponsored by Enterprise Retirement Living, included a mobile petting zoo featuring animals from nearby Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm.

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson, had a cuddle with Larna, a pygmy goat on the steps of the ancient cathedral, before taking a tour around the building to meet with stall-holders.

Llamas were also part of the day with children queueing to meet and greet them.

Performances from popular Knaresborough-based Knot Another Choir and pianist David Powling were on hand to delight visitors to the show.

The Very Reverend John Dobson, Dean of Ripon, holds a Pygmy Goat, called Larna, has part of the Spring Food, Home & Garden Show celebrations. Picture James Hardisty.

Also popular was the Cathedral Plant Stall and pop up Cathedral Café.

Catherine Gavin, of Tiny Baker, based in Bedale, North Yorkshire, one of the many stall holders an the event. Picture James Hardisty