Festival of Food & Drink Debuts in Ilkley
East Holmes Field will play host to the Ilkley Food & Drink Festival in June, aimed at showcasing, exposing and celebrating the most exciting local talent in food, music, drink, and performing arts, is looking forward to welcoming visitors for the first time at the event.
At the heart of the festival lies Street food with over 20 of the North of England’s best independent street food vendors cooking up a myriad of flavors sure to tantalize the taste buds of even the most seasoned food connoisseurs.
“Our ethos is simple. We want to provide quality family days out, while supporting the best of local food and drink producers.” – Michael Johnston, Festival Organiser
In addition, the festival’s Market Street will bring together over 50 market stalls where the finest local artisan producers offer vegetables, cheeses, jams, pies, crafts and much more.
To drink there will be pop up wine, cocktail and champagne bars as well as special ales from independent breweries provided by local favorite’s Ilkley Brewery.
'' Having spent a lot of time in Ilkley when growing up, we’ve been dreaming of hosting an event here. Now we have the opportunity to bring the model that is so popular at The North Leeds Food Festival in Leeds, to Ilkley.” – Michael Johnston, Festival Organiser
However, the festival is not just about the food and drink. As a platform for all upcoming talent in the area, Ilkley Food & Drink Festival will feature over 20 bands and performers across the weekend.
There are also a host of activities for the little ones with performances from Magic Matt, a kids mini quiz, a traditional fun fair and inflatables, face painting, arts and crafts just to name a few of the activities on offer.
As well as this the festival has partnered with local charity Bradford Mind to raise funds at the festival via optional donations, raffles, activities and ticket donations.
“ Over the past three years at our event in Leeds, we’ve raised £10,000 for Leeds Mind through our fundraising activities. We plan to do the same at Ilkley Food & Drink Festival with our partnership with Bradford Mind.” – Michael Johnston, Festival Organiser
Thousands of people are expected to whet their appetites on the wide array of local culinary delights and entertainment at the festival which runs from 10am to 8pm on June 29-30.
Early bird tickets for the festival are now available to purchase on the event website from £4.98 per Adult and £1.50 per Under 16. Under 5’s go free.
You can keep up to date with the latest festival information by following the event on Facebook and Instagram at @ilkleyfoodanddrinkfestival.