Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival takes place from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 August in St George’s Square.
Now in its 13th year, with more than 70 stalls, 30 plus demonstrations and a programme of children’s activities too, organisers have come up with the handy top ten experiences for visitors to this year’s festival.
1. Learn how to create a Chinese inspired Yorkshire pudding
Twice UK Yorkshire pudding champion Chris Blackburn will be demonstrating how to make his Chinese Style Yorkshire Pudding with Duck and Hoisin Sauce. The dish got Chris to the quarter finals of ITV’s Food Glorious Food, presented by Carol Vorderman, earlier this year.
5pm, Friday 9 August, Demo Tent, St George’s Square
2. Get into the French spirit ahead of ‘Le Tour’ With Huddersfield placed firmly on the Tour De France 2014 route, local restaurant La Cachette will be serving up frogs legs and other French delicacies to inspire adventurous visitors. La Cachette, stand 81 to 82
3. Truly Discover Huddersfield
Community-led project Discover Huddersfield will be running a number of trails around the town to be enjoyed in and amongst the event itself. Only the bravest festival goers will dare take the Shuddersfield Ghost trail, a spooky stroll around some of the towns most haunted areas…
Shuddersfield Trail will run on 9th and 10th August at 8pm – sign up at the information tent.
4. Celebrate the town with the most microbreweries The festival’s Real Ale and Cider Trail is a chance to visit some of the towns best real ale pubs and get a taste for locally brewed ales. Have a drink in 8 or more participating pubs and swap your stamped trail card for a free limited edition glass at the festival. Running until Sunday 11th August – download trail cards from http://www.foodanddrinkfestival.org.uk or pick up a copy at the information tent.
5. Be the first to sample a Jamaican Jerk Pork Pie Celebrating what he calls ‘new world cuisine’ chef Barrington Douglas will be launching his unique Jerk Pork Pie at the festival. Bringing together locally sourced pork and exotic Jamaican spices, the pie is just one of many new product ranges that the F Word chef has produced and is thought to be the only one of its kind in the UK. Discovery Bay – stand 9 to 10
6. Sample desert inspired teas Manchester based mother and daughter business Tea with Tom will be selling bespoke tea blends such as Cherry Beer Tea, Pina Colada and Lemon Marzipan, along with their popular ‘Gentlemen’s Choice’, designed to convert men to ‘take tea’. Tea with Tom – stand 41
7. Experience the festival at dusk Enjoy free live music at the festival on Friday and Saturday evenings, as stalls stay open until after dark. Acts include winners of the Oxjam Battle of the Bands and local heroes Helter Skelter. Friday 9 and Saturday 10 from 7pm, St George’s Square
8. Learn the art of fruit foraging Grab an insight into fruit foraging with Angus Ferguson, founder of Scotland’s award-winning liquid deli Demijohn, who create over 60 unique handmade British food and drink products using a myriad of hedgerow shrubs and fruits foraged by bare hands and old fashioned elbow grease. Saturday 10 August 3pm, Demo Theatre, St George’s Square
9. Dough-tossing for little ones Get the little people in your life interested in cooking early with a free pizza workshop where they will be able to stretch and toss pizza dough. Sunday 11 August, Kid’s Zone, St George’s Square
10. Try an ice cream fit for a Giant Renowned as the birthplace of Rugby League, local artisan ice cream makers Yummy Yorkshire have joined with Huddersfield team The Giants to create a special Claret and Gold ice cream for the festival. The Claret and Gold appearance, matching the Huddersfield Giants team colours, comes from plum-flavoured ice cream with gold chocolate covered flakes rippled throughout. Giants players Luke George and Leroy Cudjoe will be at the opening day of the festival on the Yummy Yorkshire stand. Yummy Yorkshire – stand 35 to 36
Download a copy of this year’s festival brochure at www.foodanddrinkfestival.org.uk.