Who are we?
The Harrogate Food Festival is a family friendly celebration of International Influence and Local Talent, expressed through International Food, Independent Drink, Live Music, Arts and Charity. All of this is underpinned by our core philosophy to showcase and expose talent based in the locality.
The Festival returns for 2023 in TWO locations. Our first stop is on June 29th – 30th 2024 on The Stray, Harrogate. Our second stop is on August 24th – 26th 2024 taking place at Ripley Castle.
To explore the core components, please use the menu links above.
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What to expect?
International Street Food – Take a walk through the lush green fields of The Stray and Ripley Castle, and enjoy the many aromas tempting you into tastes from around the world. Pick from some of the best Street Food traders in the UK!
Independent Drink – Lounge on a colourful striped deck chair in the sun. Take a sip on a Cold Beer, a glass of Champagne or a Cocktail loaded with fresh Strawberries. With 8 Independent Bars at the festival, we have you covered – whatever your tipple. Want something non-alcoholic? No problem, we have a specialist bar squeezing fresh lemonade and juices on the spot for you.
Live Chef Demo’s – Returning for 2023, the Live Cookery Theatre will be with us all weekend! Working with Zest Charity & Leeds Cookery School, the region’s best chef’s will be cooking up a storm. Previous years’ line up saw some of Harrogate’s most acclaimed establishments represented, including The Foundry, Harewood Food & Drink Project, Rudding Park, Theravadu, Shear’s Yard, Feed, Vice & Virtue, Oso Cook & Freda Shafi. Each chef will be showcasing unique culinary expertise and focusing on a variety of different ingredients and cuisines – check out the ‘Live Chef Demos’ page above for more info!
Fine Artisan Markets – Feel your senses heighten as you walk through the colours, tastes and smells of the giant Artisan Produce Markets. Tuck into a gooey Artisan Brownie. Pick up gourmet Fudge, or try some luxury Cured Meats. Lover of cheese? We’ve loads of it, all from some of the best producers in the UK!
Live Music – Listen to the sounds of award winning Jazz, Soul, Pop, Swing and Indie performers! Over 26 performers join us each year, from solo performers, to choirs, bands and much more.
Live Entertainment – Stroll across the bustling site and you will come to the Entertainment Arena, where you will witness the mind-boggling talents of magicians, comedians and entertainers! Suitable for all ages, interactive shows take place every hour, on the hour.
Children’s Entertainment – Kids? See the excitement on their faces as they watch the Magic Matt show taking place each day. Take part in the free kids quiz and fact-hunt all around the site. Be sure to swing by the Traditional Fun Fair and Inflatable Land on your way, and check out our Arts and Crafts area!
Supporting Mental Health – As always, our charity partner at the festival is Mind in Harrogate. We will be collecting donations through optional donations on ticket sales and many fun activities. We have raised over £95,000 so far! Thank you!
Wellbeing – Walk through the dedicated wellbeing area at the festival. Here you will find everything from Independent Cosmetics, to Yoga Talks or healthy living interactions.