Issued by City of York Council
Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “York’s rich history of producing chocolate dates back hundreds of years and ranges from small artisan chocolatiers to international manufacturers.
“From Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 March, 9am – to 5.30pm, the Easter Fayre celebrates this expertise by bringing together some of the regions best makers and their chocolate-based products, alongside the creations of some exceptional local crafts people.
“Shoppers and browsers will also be able to enjoy the market for longer each day, because the council is trialling longer opening hours for the city centre’s foot streets which will remain pedestrianised until 5pm every day.”
St Sampson’s Square will be given over to a delicious display of gourmet treats from chocolate-based wines and liqueurs to a mouth-watering selection of cakes, truffles, brownies and cookies in white, milk or dark chocolate. This specialist market will run alongside and complement the city’s Chocolate Festival which includes a programme of chocolate-themed events at the Mansion House,
At the same time on Parliament Street the Easter Crafts and Food Fayre will be in full swing where some 40 artists, potters and jewellers will be selling a wide range of hand-made, individual pieces of work – some Fair Trade – for that perfect Easter treat. Parliament Street will also host the Deliciouslyorkshire market. There foodies can relish the locally-sourced goodies from tasty cheeses, pickles, baked goods, to fudges and preserves on tantalising offer: it’s local food at its best.
Every trip to York’s city centre should include a visit to Newgate Market, nestled between Parliament Street and the Shambles – voted Britain’s prettiest street. This daily market not only has an abundance of fresh produce including local meat and North Sea fish for the Easter table, but flowers and plants as well as a selection of crafts, clothes, jewellery and antiques.
The quality offer and extended opening hours give everyone a chance to linger longer in the city centre for a memorable Easter eggs-perience.
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