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Beverley Food Festival

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When Beverley Town Council organised the first Food Festival in 2006, little did they know it would go on to be an annual success enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors alike.

The original idea was to bring a few producers from Beverley’s rural hinterland into the town centre to help celebrate local food, so on a crisp Sunday morning in 2006, thirty-five producers set up their stalls along with a small Food Theatre, in what proved to be a big success for the Town Council - one that has grown stronger year on year. This was the first Food Festival in the East Riding and has led the way for several to follow.

Now, twelve years later this has become an award winning event, winning the 2017 North of England ‘Rural Oscar for Tourism’ and commendation at national level, and ‘Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award for Best Large Event’ in 2016.   This year approximately 140 stalls attended the event, alongside the well-loved Local Food Theatre Marquee.  Thousands of people attended making it one of the busiest days in Beverley calendar, bringing a welcome economic boost not just to the food producers, but also to retailers and the local hospitality trade.

The Mayor of Beverley Councillor Ann Willis opened the Food Festival at 10.00am which ended at 4.30pm, with a wide range of different foods from around the region which was available to purchase and enjoy.

Shoppers found everything from locally reared meat and traditional preserves, to tasty tangy cheese and real Yorkshire ale. The favourite festival sight was hundreds of people walking around the streets of Beverley, with sticks of freshly bought local sprouts over their shoulders!

The traditional stalls were available along with carefully selected hot food vendors, which gave people the chance to taste some terrific street food not usually available in our Yorkshire market town.

Once again, the Food Theatre Marquee was open to the public, with a host of local chefs who whipped some ingredients from stall holders into delicious and exciting dishes.  As usual, the “Ready, Steady, Cook” style competition took place at 12:00pm between presenters from BBC Radio Humberside Phil White and Jonathan Parker. This was followed by the hotly contested HEYHA Copper Saucepan Apprentice Chef competition, with two aspiring young chefs.

Familiar festival face Professor Fiddlesticks was out and about to entertain families, whilst through the town centre musicians from the Beverley Buskers who also entertained shoppers.  Beverley Brass Band launched the day and Beverley Garland Dancers put in an appearance.  Live broadcasts from our town’s very own Beverley FM took place. 

Thanks to all for putting Beverley on the map.


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Bertie Beaver


Beverley Town Council

12 Well Lane


East Yorkshire

HU17 9BL

01482 874096