York Food Festival runs a series of annual events which celebrate local and regional food and drink. It is a not-for-profit organisation and any money generated from ticket sales goes back in to the festival to improve it year after year!
History of the Festival
York Food Festival began in 1997 and was run by the local tourism partnership. Initially, the festival aimed to bring celebrity chefs to York and to run a food market around them. In 2004 Michael Hjort became the creative director of the festival and in 2007, the festival changed hands to be run by a not-for-profit organisation. Subsequently, the festival changed its aims. Now, the festival focuses on Yorkshire produce and chefs. Its aim is to educate and provide cookery lessons and demonstrations as well as events to celebrate Yorkshire food and drink.