Foodies Festival, Ripley Castle

Foodies Festival Returns to Ripley Castle with a Lip-Smacking Feast of Culinary Features, Top Chefs and Foodie Fun 19th to 21st August

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• Yorkshire’s culinary elite and MasterChef winner Ping Coombes cooking live
• Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli launches his street food range serving Italian Burritos
• Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue
• More award-winning producers than ever before
• Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
• New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
• Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards

Yorkshire foodies can look forward to another taste-bud-tickling weekend this summer as Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food & drink, returns to Harrogate’s Ripley Castle 19th to 21st August.

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Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre
Yorkshire’s culinary elite will showcase their skills and share insight into this year’s food trends while answering questions from the audience. Chefs confirmed include (more TBA):
• Murray Wilson – Norse
• Stephanie Moon – Chef Consultant for All Things Food
• Nigel Brown – Celebrity Chef
• Rachel Green – Top TV Chef
• Ashley Kelly McCarthy – Ye Old Sun Inn
• Whaheed Rojan – The Round Table Dining
• Ping Coombes – MasterChef Winner 2014
• Yves Quemerais – The French Chef at Home
• Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015
• Pete Hewitt – MasterChef Finalist 2015 & Homeboy’s Asian Street Food
• Sara Danesin Medio – MasterChef Finalist 2011
• Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free
• Afsaneh Kaviani – Afsaneh’s Kitchen

Feel Good and Superfoods
Visitors can enjoy a new ‘Feel Good Foods’ theme at Foodies Festival this summer, with healthy living chefs and food writers joining the line-up to cook with superfoods including kefir, lucuma, freekeh, kelp and banana flour, and sirt rich foods such as blueberries, kale, celery, buckwheat, turmeric, chilli and red onion.

Festival-goers can also discover the advantages of eating ‘Feel Good Foods’ such as cheese (a source of phenylethylamie – the love drug) and dark chocolate and seaweed (both sources of serotonin – the happy drug) as experts promote their nutritional and emotional benefits with energy, happiness and calm boosting recipes available to take home.

Street Food Avenue
With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer, and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be serving Italian Burritos as part of his new street food offering.

There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ and Rio’s favourite dish Feijoada made from black beans, salted pork, trimmings, smoked sausage and jerk beef, which is cooked in a traditional clay pot. Brazil’s national cocktail Caipirinha, a mix of lime, sugar and Cachaça (made from sugarcane juice with an ABV of 48%), and Brazilian coffees will be available.

Drinks Theatre
Visitors can relax in the Drinks Theatre with food and wine pairing masterclasses presented by TV wine expert Charles Metcalfe and writer Christine Austin, and for beer connoisseurs, Melissa Cole hosts craft beer tastings and Home Brew Depot offer home-brewing tutorials.

Artisan Producers Market
A glittering array of Great Taste Award winners are available to shop and sample from this year, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink – a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, learn their story and stock up on award winning produce. With over 120 stalls to peruse at each festival, selling everything from Seaweed Seasoning to Champagne Infused Fudge, visitors will be spoilt for choice for what to eat at the festival and take home to enjoy.

Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room
Baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti host the Cake & Bake Theatre, working their baking wizardry to inspire visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes. A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and trifles to enjoy with a bubble tea or fresh juice.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen, and vintage music for ambience.

Into the Jungle
Festival goers can munch their way into the depths of the jungle this summer with a trip to the Vietnamese Street Food stand, where those with a taste for the exotic can indulge in insects, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, mealworms, beetles, scorpions, locus and ants. These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein – to bake, season and cook with. For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bush Tucker Trial on the Challenge Stage, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion.

Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon. Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.

Chilli-Eating Challenge
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.

Live Music and Pop-Up Bars
After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus with spectacular views of the Ripley Castle Estate.

http://www.foodiesfestival.com

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BBC FOOD & FARMING AWARDS 2016: THE SHORTLIST

BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, announced the finalists for the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2016. This year’s short list brings together some of the most diverse, dedicated and passionate people and organisations from around the UK who are changing food for the better. 

BEST FOOD MARKET

  • St Dogmael’s Local Producers Market, Pembrokeshire

St Dogmaels Local Producers Market runs every Tuesday at The Coach House Visitor centre between the beautiful Medieval Abbey ruins and the working Watermill, offering a wide range of local produce including quality meats, dairy products, organic vegetables and homebaked goods.

  • Altrincham Market, Cheshire

Altrincham Market received its Charter in 1290 and has remained a familiar landmark to this day continuing to provide a wide range of fresh, wholesome produce ideal for a healthy family diet.  The Market and a new permanent food venue in the revamped Market House, selling high quality produce made, grown, sourced or owned by people in the north west of England.

  • Dean Forest Food Hub

Dean Forest Food Hub is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to provide information to everyone in the Forest of Dean community about local agricultural projects, whilst ensuring everyone can access affordable, good quality local food that is fair for the producer as well.

  THE ONE SHOW BEST STREET FOOD OR TAKEAWAY

  •  Gourmet Goat, Borough Market, London

Gourmet Goat, run by Nadia and Nick Stokes, sells kid goat meat dishes at markets and festivals in the UK, including Borough Market in London.  Their East Mediterranean dishes use kid goat meat as the core ingredient, exclusively using billies from small British dairy farms.

  • Glorious Oyster, North Devon

For the past 18 months, mobile oyster and seafood bar The Glorious Oyster has been travelling the country to food festivals and events, championing and promoting local shellfish from local sustainable sources.

  • The Pyclet Parlour, Derby

The Pyclet Parlour in Derby’s glorious Victorian Market Hall, is the only establishment in the world selling traditional Pyclets – flat crumpets, made with milk from a local dairy and baked on griddles.

 BEST FOOD PRODUCER

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  • Charcutier Ltd, Carmarthenshire

Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Liesel Taylor draw on their family history of on-farm curing to make heritage British products such as hand-salted bacons and hams. Mainly using the native rare Pedigree Welsh Pig from their farm, they also make continental cured/ semi dried or air-dried products such as Chorizo Semi-Curado, Italian Cured Fennel Sausage, and Cured Rose-Veal with Lemon and Thyme.

  • Hebridean, Isle of North Uist

Hebridean Smokehouse is located on the Isle of North Uist and have been smoking locally reared and landed fish and shellfish for nearly 30 years.   All of the salmon, sea trout and shellfish used by Hebridean Smokehouse comes from, or is landed on Uist, and the peat used to smoke these fantastic products is cut from the abundant moorland reserves on the island.

  • H S Bourne Cheshire Cheese, Cheshire

The Bourne family has been hand-making fine Cheshire cheese since 1750, and since 1930 at the Bank Farm.  Made with the milk from their herd of Friesian cows, they still use traditional ‘hands on’ techniques.  With great concern for the welfare of their Fresians, this leads to the production of high quality milk and subsequently allows them to produce award winning dairy products.

FUTURE FOOD AWARD

  • The Beef Carbon Project – McDonalds

Since 2008 McDonald’s have been taking the lead, coordinating one of the largest independent Carbon Trust accredited studies ever carried out in partnership with beef farmers in the UK and Ireland.   Through this study, McDonalds are working closely with a number of the UK’s farmers to help them identify where environmental improvements can be made, where they can improve animal welfare and where they can save money.  The Beef Carbon project and Sustainable Beef Clubs initiative has helped UK farmers share best practice and increase efficiency on their farms resulting in direct financial savings and carbon reduction.

  • GrowUp Urban Farms, London

GrowUp Urban Farms is committed to feeding people in cities in a way that is positive for communities and the environment, today and in the future. GrowUp produce sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic technology and vertical growing technologies.

  • Our Cow Molly, Sheffield

The Our Cow Molly dairy farm is the very last one left in Sheffield that process and bottles its own milk.   Working closely with the University of Sheffield to change their buying model, Our Cow Molly supplies all of the university cafes – orders are placed on smart phones and computers, processed and delivered on the same day, ensuring that they receive the best possible product.  This is the first time that a university has worked directly with the farmer as a supplier and leads the way for other universities to adopt similar models.

BEST DRINKS PRODUCER

  • Magic Rock Brewing Company, Huddersfield

With a passion for beer, the Magic Rock Brewing Company’s Richard Burhouse and head brewer Stuart Ross, bring exciting characterful beers to a local market in Huddersfield. Brewing commenced mid-2011, and has since grown into a 50 hectolitre brew kit housed close to the town centre, featuring a bespoke 4000 sq ft Tap Room where beer fans can taste the beer as close to the source as possible.

  • Hallets Real Cider, Crumlin, Wales

Hallets Real Cider is a traditional cider carefully crafted by an independent Welsh cider maker by Andy Hallett in South Wales. The unique blend, texture and flavour of Hallets Real Cider is the result of great care, skill, time and an immeasurable passion for cider  and cider-making.

  • Cairn O-Mohr Winery, Perthshire

Owners Ron and Judith Gillies believe in sourcing locally and since 1987, the Cairn o’ Mohr Winery has been brewing up award winning fruit wines, sparkling wines, ciders and bourtree juices using the berries, wild flowers, fruits and leaves for which the area is famous.

THE YOU AND YOUR’S BEST FOOD RETAILER AWARD

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  • Fodder, North Yorkshire

Fodder is passionate about local food and has set about helping Yorkshire farmers, producers and consumers sell and buy amazing local food, whilst supporting local charities alongside.  They work with over 325 Yorkshire farmers to stock their food hall and fill their menus with only the best Yorkshire meats and produce.

  • MacLennans, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula

Local is of course best but on a windswept Isle, this may be tricky. MacLennans do their very best to stock all the items that the mainland shopper takes for granted and carry a varied range of meat, fish and health foods, and fresh fruit and vegetables, even Seville Oranges.

  • The Almerley Food Shop, Herefordshire

Jason and Lisa are at the heart of this isolated small rural community and whilst stocking all the basic essentials, they also source imaginative and artisan products. Where possible they keep items local and organic, including delicious delicatessen specialities including olives, pates and charcuterie, even taking surplus seasonal fruit and veg from the villagers themselves.

BBC COOK OF THE YEAR

  • Chris Watson, Poole Grammar School, Dorset

Poole Grammar School is one of five schools in the country to have achieved a Food for Life Gold award and head chef Chris prepares all of the recipes for the school’s lunches from scratch, creating a menu with an emphasis on locally sourced, high quality, organic and sustainable produce.

  • Jo Wotton, St Tudy School, Bodmin, Cornwall

Three years ago local mum Jo Wotton decided that she could do a better job that the existing catering team at her son’s school.  Within 6 weeks she created a catering service with other schools in the area and went from 6 children eating to 45.  She works with local butchers, grocers and fish suppliers to work with the school and use their seasonal produce on a budget of 64p – £1.10 per head.

  • Deirdre Woods, Granville Community Kitchen, Kilburn, London

Deirdre is a volunteer cook at the Granville Community Kitchen in South Kilburn, London. Her menu is described as being influenced by her wide knowledge of food and her own culturally varied background. Locally sourced and influenced by global cooking ingredients, she plans menus to introduce people back to the food of their childhood or cultures that they have lost touch with. The kitchen is situated in one of the most deprived estates in London and aims to empower the community through food.

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Street Food Cook Book

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A great new cook book celebrating the best of Northern Street Food.

The eagerly anticipated Street Food Cook Book was released on November 30, featuring a compilation of recipes and stories from some of the North’s finest street food specialists, artisan traders and vendors, including Leeds’ favourite wood fired pizza steam engine Pizza Loco.

Italian on the bottom and Yorkshire on the top – that’s how Oliver Reynolds describes his Pizza Loco pizzas. Oliver’s business partner Paul Bulmer custom-built the crowd-pleasing street food trailer, it was only once the oven was installed and they started firing it up with wood that they recognised the similarity to shovelling coal into the furnace at the back of a steam train. With this nostalgic idea in his mind, Paul set about remodelling the trailer into a jaw-dropping steam engine which chugs along to many food markets around the North as well as weddings, parties and events.

The Street Food Cook Book features the recipes for Pizza Loco’s popular dishes – Pancetta, Pickled Damsons & Creamy Goats Curd Pizza and Shredded Duck with Herb-infused Honey, Balsamic Figs & Brie Pizza.

It’s a real buzz having Pizza Loco featured in The Street Food Cook Book. You can’t be at every food market, so it’s great that there’s a selection of recipes hand crafted by experienced Northern street traders available to have around the house.” exclaimed founder of Pizza Loco, Oliver Reynolds.

The 128 page full colour book features recipes from a few other well-known places such as smokehouse Smokin’ Blues, burrito bar Street Food Chef and Buddha Belly which specialises in Thai street food and was the brainchild of MasterChef 2012 contestant Sai.

After winning multiple awards for our food in 2014, we can’t think of a better way to finish 2015 than being featured in this innovative cookbook. We are so proud to be a part of this exciting and diverse celebration of the best street food recipes!” she said.

This book showcases ambitious and passionate foodies who have brought local ingredients and top-quality cooking to the streets, creating amazing flavour combinations in front of our eyes and dishing them up at affordable prices. Food lovers are spoilt for choice by the numerous exotic food traders and vendors that the North has to offer in areas including Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Darlington and Sunderland.

Among the venues featured are Street Food Chef who received five awards from Eat Sheffield as well as a runners up award in the Observer Food Awards in 2014, Buddha Belly who were Winners of the Central Heat for The British Street Food Awards 2014 and Magpie Café whose famous fish and chips are so loved by the country that they’ve ventured into the street food trend. You will also see contributions from The Hog Stop, Ginger Bakers, Fancy an Indian and many, many more – readers will be sure to spot one or two of their favourites, as well as find a few new haunts.

Hot or cold, quick-cooked or slow simmered, wrapped or rolled, sweet or savoury, this book contains a carefully selected collection of diverse recipes achievable by all home cooks, from Kitsch’n Crepe Co.’s strawberry sundae crepes to The Hog Stop’s roast pork & porchetta sauce, Boston Shaker’s espresso martini, Pizza Loco’s shredded duck with herb-infused honey, balsamic figs & brie pizza and   Percy and Lily’s Argentinian choripán – there’s something to whet everybody’s appetite.

The Street Food Cook Books retails at just £10.00 and is available in all of the businesses featured in the book as well as select local gift shops, book shops including Waterstones and online at www.amazon.co.uk.

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Best Walks With A View! with Julia Bradbury

Julia Bradbury Best Walks with a View ITV

Bradders is back! Julia Bradbury has laced on her walking boots again and is all set to stride into your living room. She makes her small screen comeback this Friday following the birth of twin daughters Xanthe and Zena last year.

Each programme features walks under ten miles, taking the viewer up and down dales, fellsides and mountains, along valleys and coastal paths, across rivers and streams, and through fields and woodland. Ending with a perfect pub lunch or picnic treat. In addition The Outdoor Guide (TOG) the online resource is right by her side.

Julia’s new walking series begins this Friday at 8pm on ITV with Anglesey: The Coastal Walk. And in no particular order the other walks that will follow are:

Dorset: The Golden Cap Walk
The Cotswolds: The Cleeve Hill Walk
The Dales: The Malham Cove Walk
The Lakes: The Borrowdale Valley Walk
Cumbria: The High Cup Nick Walk
The South Downs: The Birling Gap Walk
The Peak District: The Kinder Scout Walk

The Malham Cove walk features lots of local interest including Town End Farm Shop, River House Hotel, Beck Hall, Hill Top Bunk Barn & Annabelle Bradley of Malham Smithy.


Tune in as in her own inimitable style Julia brings each walk to life while you watch from your sofa. Then log on to TOG to go behind-the-scenes for a second equally delicious helping of exclusive out-takes, unseen footage and additional information on each walk, the local characters featured, and the best pubs, cafes and picnic spots.

For live chat during the show follow #juliaswalks

Julia Bradbury Unforgettable Walks

To accompany the series is Julia’s personal written story which takes us on eight of the UK’s best-loved walks, show casing the beauty of Britain. As she navigates the reader through the sights and sounds, the flora and fauna and the past and present of eight fascinating and relaxing paths, Julia reveals there are still discoveries to be made, even on some of on the more well-trodden paths, including some excellent pubs.

Both a practical guide and a love letter to walking and walkers, this book explores who walkers are and how walking across a landscape brings its people together, and show even those who don’t live in the countryside are never more than a train ride away from stunning natural beauty. Drawing on the great British nature writing tradition and accompanied with maps and illustrations, this beautiful book will fit as well on a bookshelf as in a rucksack.

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Twisted Burger Company Launches into The Yard, Ilkley

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Twisted Burger Company, the much loved burger restaurant based in Sheffield, is launching a residency in The Yard, Ilkley on February 1st. Bringing their inimitable mix of burgers and beats to the good people of Ilkley this Feburary it’s an exciting time for the brand.

Twisted Burger Company’s menu consists of imaginatively named burgers, and a host of sides and desserts. From the Pig Daddy Kane (double beef patty, pulled pork, American cheese, Dead Twisted BBQ sauce, chorizo & apple jam), to the Holy Cluck (double chicken patty, chorizo, American cheese, guacamole, jalapeno salsa) the burgers are a step beyond your usual cheeseburger fare.

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Pig Daddy Kane

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Holy Cluck

Perhaps unusually for a burger concept, vegetarians and vegans are more than well catered for with two meat-free burgers, including the vegan Drop Dead Double Stuffed Falaf-Hell Burger (double falafel patty, grilled aubergine, sweet chilli & lime sauce, red onion, vegan minted sour cream) which was designed by Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Drop Dead.

On The Yard launch, Twisted’s Operations Manager Lauren Dyke explains:

“We are supremely excited to be launching a residency at The Yard in Ilkley. Twisted has gone from strength to strength with two well established franchises in Sheffield and one newly launched in Doncaster; we are massively proud of our menu which we think is the best in the North! As a true Yorkshire independent, it’s great to be expanding northwards. To launch the menu with a bang we’ll be offering half price burgers to anyone who visits The Yard between 1st and 14th February, you can’t go wrong!”

Each aspect of the menu has been carefully thought out. Every sauce on the menu, from perennial favourite Techno Burger Sauce through to the Dead Twisted Jalapeno Salsa is homemade to Executive Chef Alex Malins’ precise recipes. Likewise the patties are made using high quality meat to Twisted’s specification.

twisted burger slaw and sauces

Refried Dreams – Twisted Slaw – Cheesus Walks

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Jalapeno Business Fries

Every four weeks a new special is launched in conjunction with a partner. Previous specials have been designed by partners as diverse as Mixmag, Abandon Ship Apparel, and DJ Q and each one comes with a free giveaway; they’re much loved by TBC’s legion of fans, the Burger Crew!

There’s more than great burgers to Twisted Burger Company though. A passion for music runs through the DNA of the brand; Twisted only franchise into music-led venues that they think are awesome to ensure you will leave with a new favourite song as well as a full belly; the inimitable rock’n’roll stylings of illustrator Tom J Newell’s eye-catching design; the pop culture referenced names of the burgers; and finally pitches at Glastonbury and Download amongst other music festivals each summer to serve burgers to the partying masses.

twisted burger launch menu

Twisted Burger Co Ilkley launch menu

The Yard is being revamped ready for launch 1st Feb where they will provide craft beers and cocktails, a great wine list, games room with pool table and some of the regions finest DJs/Musicians, making it the number one destination for a great time… whether it be a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends or a wild weekend till the early hours. Situated just off Brook Street, this Ilkley gem is well worth a visit, especially with Twisted Burger Company setting up shop.

Visit The Yard online for more info http://www.theyardilkley.co.uk/

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Foodies Festival Christmas – Harrogate

 

Yorkshire’s foodies can tuck into a festive feast this weekend as Foodies Festival Christmas arrives in Harrogate, transforming the International Centre into a culinary winter wonderland with top local chefs, Bake Off winner Nadiya, artisan producers, food & drink masterclasses and international street food.

Foodies Festival Christmas Launch Picture

Murray Wilson Head chef at Norse, Chef consultant at Rudding Park Stephanie Moon & MasterChef finalist Sara Danesin-Medio

 

Festival-goers can watch this year’s Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain whip-up Christmas showstoppers in the Cake & Bake Theatre and get inspiration from Yorkshire’s acclaimed chefs cooking live in the Chefs Theatre. Confirmed chefs include:

 

  • Nadiya Hussain – 2015 Great British Bake Off Winner
  • Luis Troyano – Great British Bake Off
  • Murray Wilson – Norse
  • Stephanie Moon – Chef Consultant at Rudding Park
  • Martyn Hyde – Eat Me Cafe
  • Yves Quemerais – The French Chef at Home
  • Lionel Strub – The Clarendon Hotel
  • Ashley Kelly McCarthy – Ye Old Sun Inn
  • Whaheed Rojan – The Round Table Dining
  • Sara Danesin Medio – MasterChef Finalist 2011
  • Rahila Hussain – Winner of Food Glorious Food
  • Rachel Green – Top TV Chef
  • Richard Fox – Top TV Chef
  • Steve Bulmer – Swinton Park
  • Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free

Visitors can shop and sample from over 150 producers in the Artisan Christmas Market selling cheeses, chutneys, jams, oils, biscuits and more; everything needed to make this Christmas extra tasty and special.

A Street Food Village serves flavours from around the world, with vegan and gluten-free options, and a Pudding Hall offers festive favourites to feast on including mince pies, Christmas cake, candy canes, marzipan bonbons, chocolate yule log, shortbread and macaroons.

Gin lovers will rejoice as Yorkshire’s small batch gin producers host daily Christmas Gin Cocktail masterclasses, and wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Neil Philips are on-hand helping visitors match wines with festive flavours in the Drinks Theatre. Beer expert Melissa Cole also joins the festival championing craft beers as an alternative to wine and champagne this Christmas.

An Elf Cookery School entertains children under 12 with gingerbread men and cookie decorating classes, while families and friends relax with warm mulled wine, spiced cider and chilled bubbly at the Ski Bar.

Just like Christmas day there is lots of post-feasting fun to be had with live music, carolling from local choirs and schools, and entertainment throughout the day.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111

Friday adult day ticket £10.00 / £8.00 concession

Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 / £11.00 concession

3-day adult ticket £20.00 / £16.00 concession

Friday VIP ticket £35.00 / Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00

VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP lounge with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a festive goody bag and a showguide.

All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Opening times:

Friday 11th December: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 12th December: 10am – 6pm

Sunday 13th December: 10am – 5pm

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Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival

The long overdue and highly anticipated, Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival is coming to Skipton Auction Mart in 2016. With Yorkshire born James Martin as the event patron, this is an event not to be missed!

Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival 2016

Promoting the ‘Field to Fork’ ethos and showcasing the finest food, drink and chefs principally from the Yorkshire Dales region, the festival is a combination of over 300 traders selling the best of regional produce. There is a Celebrity Chef Demonstration arena – featuring the Hairy Bikers on Saturday, 30 July and James Martin on Sunday, 31 July – and a Local Chef Demonstration arena showcasing our fantastic local talents. Timothy Taylor Brewery is hosting a bar area and there is a vibrant Street Food Arena.

We are transforming Skipton Auction Mart into a ‘Foodies Heaven’ with plenty to enjoy for all the family. 

Tickets available on Eventbrite http://bit.ly/1Ptmlly

The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival Skipton

http://www.yorkshiredalesfoodanddrinkfestival.com/

Keep up to date with us on facebook at www.facebook.com/yorkshiredalesfoodfestival.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the event, please email ydfadfestival@icloud.com for an application pack or visit the website for further details.

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A taste of Tuscany

Exploring the secret world of the Italian Pork Butcher – Norcini.  (They all look like slightly past it Italian Porn stars!)

A few images & experiences from my recent trip to the Garfagnana area of Italy.

Italian Salumi from Prosciutto & Biroldi to Sopressata…..

A full write up of my experiences to follow….

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Gammon, Bacon or Ham… What’s the difference?

Brilliant Bacon

Back, streaky and middle bacon rashers come from either the back or belly of the pig.  The curing process uses a salt preparation to remove water from the meat; either in the form of a dry cure rubbed over the meat or a wet cure in which the meat is immersed or injected.  Wet cure tends to add weight to the meat and therefore when cooked a curd type white liquid will be released into your pan.  Dry cure removes water from the meat and will give a superior cooked bacon without the white scum.   After curing, bacon may be smoked to give another subtle level of flavour.
Streaky, back or middle are the most popular rashers, but bacon can also be produced from collar.

mangalitza back bacon

Mangalitza back bacon

Glorious Gammon

This is cured pork from the hind legs of the pig.  The curing process is the same as that used for bacon, a highly skilled method of preserving meat using salt (either in a brine solution or dry cured using a salt based rub).  Dry curing tends to prduce more subtle flavour and an improved meat texture.  After curing, gammon may also be smoked to give a more intense flavour.
Gammon is available from your butcher as a bone-in or boneless joint and also as gammon steaks.

Hero Ham

Ham is quite simply another term for the slices from a cooked gammon – sometimes known as Gammon ham.
Ham is often flavoured during the cooking process with specialist coatings: honey, mustard or a brown sugar glaze.  It is possible to buy a raw ham joint to cook at home but most people prefer to buy ham that is pre-cooked, sliced and ready to eat.
Whilst ham is traditionally served in sandwiches and salads it’s great combined with pasta, or added to omelettes. pies and quiches, savoury scones and muffins.

The Cuts – Rashers, Joints or Steaks… what’s the difference?

Collar Joint

This cut makes an excellent joint which can be boiled or braised.  The collar joint may also be sliced into rashers.  As a joint it needs to be well soaked before cooking.

Back Bacon Rashers

Made from the loin or back of the pig, can be dry cured or brine cured.  This cut is usually sold as rashers or thick bacon chops.  It is lean and cut thinly as rashers.  Bacon chops can be fried, grilled or baked.  Alternatively a thick piece can also be used for boiling, braising or roasting.

Middle Bacon Rashers

An economical buy, middle rashers are a breakfast time favourite for many and are essentially both the back bacon rashers and streaky bacon rashers in one piece.  Usually rolled.

middle bacon on slicer

middle bacon on slicer

Forehock or Gammon Hock

Hocks provide really tasty meat for casseroles, soups, pies, terrines and mincing.

Streaky Bacon Rashers

Streaky bacon is cured pork belly.  A firm favourite with some, streaky bacon rashers offer a balance of tasty lean with fat and are best when grilled.  A joint of streaky bacon is good boiled and pressed, to eat cold.  Streaky bacon gives especially good value for money.

streaky bacon on slicer

streaky bacon on slicer

Middle Gammon

A lean, meaty cut for boiling, braising, roasting or baking.  This is a prime joint and a convenient size for many uses.  Gammon steaks are usually cut from this joint.  They are excellent grilled or fried.

For more information see www.lovepork.co.uk

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Masons Gin & Orange Ice Cream? Yummy Yorkshire!

Yummy Yorkshire swirls into partnership with Masons Gin

masons yorkshire gin and orange ice cream yummy yorkshire

Artisan ice cream producer Yummy Yorkshire has joined forces with renowned Yorkshire gin producer Masons to create a new ice cream flavour combination, Gin & Orange Ripple.

After tasting Masons Gin, which is traditionally served with a slice of orange, Jeremy Holmes, founder of Yummy Yorkshire, approached the craft gin distiller to create a limited edition ice cream which combines the brand heritage of Masons with Yummy Yorkshire’s reputation for producing outstanding ice cream.

The ice cream is made by combining the perfectly balanced gin with a pure, unadulterated natural ice cream base, allowing the subtle gin flavours to shine through, the base is then swirled with a luxurious orange marmalade, interspersed with fresh orange zest to create the perfect refresher for summer dinner parties and grown-up picnics.

Using fresh milk from the farm’s 150 Friesian Holstein herd, Yummy Yorkshire produces luxurious, creamy and smooth ice cream that combines modern and contemporary flavours with traditional values and fresh local ingredients such as strawberries and liquorice.

Yummy Yorkshire is located on the outskirts of Huddersfield, off the A629 between Ingbirchworth and High Flatts. Visit www.yummyyorkshire.co.uk for further information.

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