Are you still using plates to serve your food on? How very last year.
Parliament Street + St Sampson’s Square
Banana leaves are the way to go apparently.
But if you need a bit more persuading, pop along and see the team from Abuela’s Kitchen in Parliament Street this weekend when they’ll be serving up homemade Mexican food in the aforementioned foliage.
They’re just one of the delicious draws at the mini-bite festival that acts as an amuse bouche for York’s main Food & Drink Festival, which celebrates its 20th year from September 23 to October 2.
There’ll also be sellers from further afield such as Eat Falafel from Watford, which specialises in vegan and gluten-free falafel, and experts in the cuisines of Greece, Thailand and Scandinavia.
Chefs from around Yorkshire will be showing off their skills in a free demonstration tent in St Sampson’s Square throughout the festival.
Here’s the Saturday timetable:
And Sunday’s demonstrations will be…
For hungry kids
Free, food-related kids’ activities will be held in the St Sampson’s Square demonstration tent from 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
York Cocoa House is hosting a chocolate dinner on Friday at 7pm, when all four courses will have a chocolatey theme (we’re thinking Milky Way, KitKat, Bounty and a Yorkie to finish). It’s £25 and booking is essential.
The Star Inn the City is putting on a special strawberry, lobster and champagne dinner throughout June.
On the market
For sweet stuff, try A Bit Of What You Fancy, which sells brownies, layer cakes and lemon drizzle; Brown & Blond which, not surprisingly, offers brownies and blondies in more than 40 flavour combinations; Candy Creations for giant cookies and humungous rocky road muffins; or Churros & Chocolate (oh come on, you know what they sell).
If you prefer savoury flavours, head to The Pickled Porker for low, slow smoked meat and Yorkshire tapas; artisan pasta maker Giovanni Rana for fresh-filled ravioli; and Marriott & Swales for rare and native breed biltong (yiddle I po).
And for those of you who prefer a liquid lunch, why not stagger in the general direction of Fruity Tipples for fruit-infused vodka; Orchards of Husthwaite for artisan cider; or Raisthorpe for a sloe gin (or a quick one if you’re in a rush).