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York Food and Drink Festival

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21st - 30th September 2007

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Celebrity chefs to headline at York Food and Drink Festival
World famous celebrity chefs will be appearing at the York Food and Drink Festival, as the historic city and its great restaurants prepare special ingredients for a 10-day food and drink extravaganza this summer.

Between the 21st and 30th September, the city’s numerous great historic locations will set the scene for an array of colourful culinary events to celebrate local and regional produce, in addition to special deals at restaurants in York.

One of the world’s finest chefs Raymond Blanc, whose world famous restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, has held two Michelin stars for the last 22 years, will be headlining at the festival. Raymond will be joined by fellow top chefs including Terry Laybourne, the Michelin starred chef from Newcastle who be cooking-up a special ‘North East’ Gourmet Dinner in the Guildhall on Friday 21st September.

Local chef Andrew Pern, who is a specialist in regional produce and has won numerous awards for his restaurant, the Starr at Harome, will join Raymond Blanc in a demonstration in York’s Guildhall on Monday 24th September.

The eleventh York Food and Drink Festival, which is the longest of the country’s food festivals at 10 days, will embrace the theme of ‘learning’ through various activities where individuals will be given the opportunity to learn to cook, learn to taste, and learn a series of new culinary delights.

During the carnival of events, there will be meal deals in many participating restaurants in York to help celebrate the festival. Among the many fine eateries in York not to be missed are The Lime House Restaurant and The Worsley Arms Hotel.

The bursting programme will also feature tutored tasting sessions of various tantalising foods and drinks delivered by Slow Food North Yorkshire, an extensive range of Yorkshire and visiting markets, themed lunches and dinners, hands-on cookery workshops, heated ‘cook-offs’ and children’s cookery, as well as a tempting drinks programme put together by the Yorkshire Post’s acclaimed wine writer Christine Austin, which will feature delights ranging from champagne, wine and port, through to whiskey and real ale.

The festival’s Director, Michael Hjort is looking forward to the festival and its focus on local produce. He said: “The public is becoming increasingly aware that genuinely interesting food is not necessarily about ‘TV’ chefs but about quality local and fresh produce. We are keen to attract those with a story to tell; people who recognise that great food is only produced in specific places and seasons.”

If all of this was not enough activity, you can prepare yourself to be transfixed by the educational programme which will be taking place in the Guildhall and the new Festival areas of the Coppergate centre and at the Eye of York, near the city’s historic Clifford’s Tower.

There is no entry fee to the York Food and Drink Festival; all you need to do is simply turn up and enjoy the culinary delights! For further information, log on to

Wine, Beer and Whisky at the Festival

Christine Austin the highly acclaimed wine writer for the Yorkshire Post and winner of the Louis Roederer Regional Wine Writer of the Year award, has put together a sparkling wine programme for the York Festival of Food and Drink.

With wine events every day, highlights include a Champagne tasting, an Italian food and wine dinner, port in the Chapter House of York Minster and a stunning St Emilion presentation in the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House. To be sure of a place book now with the Festival Ticket Line 01904 466687

Champagne Tasting Thursday 20th September:

Christine will launch the Festival in style with a Champagne Tasting in the historic Guildhall.

New Zealand Otago Wine Tasting Friday 21st September

The State Room of the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, is the setting for a tutored tasting from Central Otago in New Zealand, the world’s most southerly vineyard. Nick Mills and his team from Rippon Vineyard, will showcase what is fast becoming the southern hemisphere’s top Pinot Noir.

Yorkshire Sommelier’s Saturday 22nd September

A tasting hosted by the wine appreciation club known as the Yorkshire Sommeliers. Wander among the tables of this trade-style tasting followed by supper in the Guildhall

Spanish Lunch with Charles Metcalfe Sunday 23rd September

Food, entertainment and Spanish wine, what better way to spend Sunday than with the acclaimed wine writer Charles Metcalfe over lunch at Melton’s restaurant.

Wines of Portugal Monday 24th September

Wine expert Charles Metcalfe author of ‘The Wine and Food Lovers Guide to Portugal’ will be at the Mansion House for a tutored tasting of Portuguese wines.

Pass the Port Tuesday 25th September

There can be no finer location for Passing the Port, than the Chapter House of York Minster where Christine Austin and her team will guide festival goers through ports from Tawny to Vintage.

Italian Tasting Menu Wednesday 26th September

A fabulous six course Italian tasting menu to include a wine with every course prepared by Otto Bocca of York’s premier Italian Delicatessen, Bottega delle Langhe. Join a table or book one for ten with friends. A Festival hot ticket at £35.

Meet the Retailers Thursday 27th September:

Asda, Booths, M & S, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Tesco and Threshers: your chance to taste and talk to the country’s most influential wine retailers.

Wine & Chocolate Saturday 29th September

To round off the wine festival, Christine Austin will host a tutored tasting in the Mansion House, matching wine with chocolate based desserts. Delicious.

Whisky Festival Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September

The final Saturday and Sunday of the Festival finds the Guildhall filled with every type of whisky. Connoisseurs and novices can sip their way around some of the best in the world. Pay a little extra and experience a ‘master-class’.

Fringe Events…

McArthur Glen Tasting Thursday 20th September:

McArthur Glen Retail Park is the location for a free wine tasting hosted by independent merchants, high street chains and supermarket wine departments.

Fairtrade Tasting Sunday 23rd September

The country’s most Eco friendly retailer, the Co-op together with the York Fairtrade Forum will set up stalls of Fairtrade goods and Fairtrade wines in the Guildhall.

Also on the drinks programme ….

Besides a full wine programme there will be the popular Ale Trail, and every day in Parliament Street the Festival Beer Tent will run until 9pm serving real ale, cider and wine. It will be run by regional brewers, Cropton Brewery, near Pickering. Match your ale with quality street food from the Twilight Food Market. Put your feet up, soak up the atmosphere enjoy great food and drink. Make a date every day at 1.30pm for the Introduction to Wine workshops. Each day will have a different theme, hosted by local wine experts. Check the website for locations.

At 3.30pm every day Slow Food Tutored Tastings of speciality food and drink, including a tasting of Somerset Perry and one of English wines.

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