Grub up! What’s happening at the York Taster Food Fest this weekend

Is it a pizza or is it a fritta? No, it's a Frizza, direct from Leeds via Naples. Photograph © Frizza on Twitter
8 Jun 2017 @ 11.39 am
| Food & Drink

You can eat your way around the world this weekend without leaving Parliament Street.

York Food And Drink Taster Festival

Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square

Sat Jun 10 and Sun Jun 11

Free

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An assortment of cuisines from Jamaican to Thai, Greek to Indian, will be available to sample during the York Taster Food Festival.

The little sister of September’s ten-day food jamboree, the taster fest still has loads of flavours to try.

There are food and cocktail demonstrations, hands on workshops, speciality tastings and the festival bars in St Sampson’s Square.

Meanwhile on Parliament Street, you can shop for fresh regional produce, and tuck in to original street food.

Festival market

Sweet treats from the Cheeky Marshmallow Company. Photograph: Cheeky Marshmallow on Facebook
At the centre of things is the market, serving a range of delicious food and drink. There are loads of stalls to choose from, but we’ve picked out a tasting menu…

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, The Cheeky Marshmallow Company will definitely tickle your tastebuds, serving handmade cocktail marshmallows that you won’t be able to resist.

Or try A Bit of What You Fancy, which offers a selection of tasty brownies, tempting cakes, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

If you’re feeling a bit fiery, venture to the Chilli Shop, where everything is made with chilli: chilli sauces, jams, chutneys, nuts, gummy bears, cheeses and seeds/plants.

Perfect pork from the Shambles Kitchen. Photograph: Shambles Kitchen / Facebook

York’s well-known Shambles Kitchen will also be around for you to enjoy one of their famous burritos. Choose from chicken, beef or vegan.

Calling all pizza lovers, try something slightly different at Frizza. They serve pizza frittas, which are Naples style fried pizzas, topped and grilled using quality Italian ingredients which are then served fresh.

Try Food 4 Festivals and Kneed Pitta for some top quality Greek street food. If you love halloumi, tzatziki sauce or gyros, you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re a fan of spirits, be sure to sample Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods and Riverside Gin for a selection of fruity vodka’s and award winning gins.

Activities and demos

Want to keep your little monkeys happy? Take them to the Demonstration Tent in St Sampson’s Square between 10.30am-12pm for a range of food-inspired craft activities for kids.

But don’t worry, there’s plenty of stuff for grown-ups too, including demos from

Saturday
Rafi’s Spicebox (1pm)
Grand Hotel & Spa (2pm)
Joel Arnold from Copmanthorpe Dining Club (3pm)
Calvin Miller from Melton’s Restaurant (4pm)
Sunday
Stephanie Moon from Rudding Park (1pm)
Stu Snell from Mr P’s Curious Tavern (3pm)
cocktail demonstration from The Botanist (4pm)

Win a £100 bar tab

Craft beer – the hand pumps at the Pavement Vaults. Photograph: Richard McDougall

For beer lovers everywhere, the Ale Trail runs from the start of the Taster Festival on Saturday (June 10) and ends at the main food festival on October 1.

You have the whole summer to make your way around each and every pub.

Once you have completed the trail, you can pick up a celebratory T-shirt and will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 bar tab!

A total of 18 pubs are taking part, including Pairings, Pavement Vaults, The Whippet Inn, House of the Trembling Madness, Deramore Arms and The Botanist.