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Food & Drink Festival launches interactive tasting sessions

Simon Chappelow of Leeds Cookery School at The Ilkley Food & Drink Festival 2023, Credit: Stephen Midgely Breakpoint Media

Festival-goers can embark on a journey of discovery through a range of interactive tasting sessions at this year's Ilkley Food & Drink Festival, taking place on June 10th-11th, 2023.

Organisers have announced the launch of its new interactive tasting sessions, aimed at providing a unique and immersive experience for festival-goers. The sessions will offer a range of tasting opportunities, from artisanal charcuterie to cheese, whisky, beer, and cocktails.

Festival Director, Michael Johnston, said, “We're on a mission to grow the festival experience each year, and these interactive tasting sessions are the perfect way to do that while supporting local independent brands.”

The line-up includes a variety of independent brands and experts from across the north.

Stephen Fleming, owner of George & Joseph Cheesemongers, said, “The new interactive sessions will be a fantastic opportunity for us to spread our love of amazing cheese. Come along and join the fun so that you can put together an amazing cheeseboard for your family and friends!”

The festival offers a “unique opportunity for attendees to learn about food and drink in a fun and interactive way, while supporting local independent businesses.”

Chloe Potter, co-founder of Libations Rum, said,“The sessions will take customers on a journey through the history of the category accompanied by some of our award-winning rums.”

The Ilkley Food & Drink Festival takes place by the riverside in Ilkley on June 10th-11th, 2023. Tickets for the interactive tasting sessions are limited, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information and to book tickets, visit the festival website.

Tickets and more information is available at


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