York Food & Drink Festival

The 2019 York Food & Drink Festival will take place 20-29 September on Parliament Street and St Sampsons Square in the centre of York.

Make sure you call by for some of the best street food the region has to offer along with a huge range of product traders throughout the ten days. We’ll have festival bars well stocked to grab a drink from on the way to check out demonstrations from some of the best chefs York and Yorkshire has to offer.

We’ll again be hosting our Food Factory to give you the opportunity to learn more about how our food is produced, this will again feature a strong community element that engages with many local schools.

Entry to demonstrations and the Festival is free but we’ll also be putting on some exciting ticketed events in conjunction with many of our favourite local food & drink businesses.

As if that wasn’t enough we’ll also have a range of drinks trails that’ll engage you with some of York’s finest pubs & bars and our Taste Trail will be returning to allow you to sample the best that York has to offer. If you’re visiting on one of the festival Saturdays make sure to roam as far as Fossgate too, where we’ll have even more stands to see.

Take a look at what’s in store at the festival this year

York Beer & Cider Festival 2019

Put the dates in your diaries – we’re back on York Knavesmire this year from 18th – 21st September

Like last year, we’ll be holding the festival in a huge marquee in the all new racecourse enclosure – directly opposite the grandstand.

So book some time off work; check out hotels B&B’s or campsites; make your travel plans & get your train tickets or stick YO23 1EX into your satnav and look forward to a September break – taking in Yorkshire’s largest beer festival and all the attractions of the beautiful historic city of York – which was recently voted the UK’s favourite city according to a recent YouGov poll.

Our event is everything a great festival should be – forward looking; inclusive; grand in scale and most importantly welcoming. It has the reputation as one of the friendliest beer festivals in the UK and this is reflected in the wide and diverse type of visitors it attracts – not just from the UK but from all over the world.

York Beer Festival has a vast choice – over 500 beers and ciders and perries including a UK keykeg bar and a foreign beer bar with beers from all over the world. There’s something for all tastes – with world wines, meads, prosecco and York gins all available too.

There will be a huge beer garden as usual as well as a great selection of takeaway cuisines to suit all tastes including high quality vegetarian options.

To make things go with a swing we have a great line-up of live music at most sessions featuring a roster of talented local artists performing a wide range of different musical genres.

The special bus service from York Pullman, which proved so popular last year, will return for the duration of the festival – with an hourly return timetable, departing from York Station.

Please note that there will be free admission to the festival from 8pm on Saturday for the last 3 hours of the event – this is due to the fact that there will be a considerably smaller selection of beers and cider on offer so we don’t feel it’s right to charge full price entry. You will still need to pay for a programme and souvenir glass.

Wednesday, 18 September @ 5pm-11pm
Thursday, 19 September to Saturday, 21 September @ 12pm-11pm