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Your guide to this weekend's Ilkley Food & Drink Festival

The Ilkley Food & Drink Festival lands in Ilkley this weekend – here’s everything you need to know.

Saturday, June 10 from 10am to 8pm and on Sunday, June 11 from 10am to 7pm at East Holmes field.

Organisers promise the biggest festival yet with new tasting sessions, cocktail making, a cookery theatre, performing arts and over 150 traders showcasing the best of Yorkshire produce.

Get ready for a taste sensation as the Ilkley Food & Drink Festival returns to Ilkley on June 10th-11th. This exciting event is set to captivate the North of England and beyond, serving up a delightful mix of vendors, live music, and thrilling performances.

Indulge your cravings with over 150 talented artisans and market traders showcasing their mouthwatering creations. The street food arena will be a hub of culinary delights, offering a diverse range of local and international cuisine. And if you're thirsty, there will be a fantastic selection of independent drink and bar vendors, as well as the chance to sample North Brew Co's ales and try your hand at cocktail making.

The festival is not just about food and drink, it's also a feast for the ears. Get ready to groove to the sounds of a Killers Tribute Band, a Robbie Williams Tribute, Flying Funk, and Ibiza Sax. Plus, be entertained by captivating performances, including The Magic Matt Show, Family Magic and Comedy Shows, and Family Fun "have a go" Circus Workshops.

Michael Johnston, Festival Director, expressed his excitement, saying, "We can't wait to return to the beautiful location in Ilkley. The support we've received over the past four years has been incredible, allowing us to grow and offer even more activities each year."

For food enthusiasts looking to expand their culinary knowledge, interactive tasting sessions will be available, featuring experts in artisanal charcuterie, cheese, gin, and beer. And don't miss the free live cookery theatre hosted by Leeds Cookery School, where talented chefs such as Richard Allen, George Psarsis, Bobby Getha, and Al Roberto will share their skills and cooking tips.

But the fun doesn't stop there! Explore the Fun Fair, bounce around Inflatable Land, encounter roving comedians and entertainers, marvel at stilt walkers, learn at the Educational Farm, and let your kids unleash their creativity in the Kids Drawing Competition.

The festival will take place on Saturday, June 10th, from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, June 11th, from 10am to 7pm, at East Holmes Field (Ilkley Riverside), Ilkley, LS29 0BZ. Enjoy the convenience of free parking right next to the festival site.

Get your tickets and all the details you need at the Ilkley Food & Drink Festival website, www.ilkleyfoodfestival.com. Don't miss out on this unforgettable event that promises to delight your taste buds, get you moving, and create lasting memories!

More info & Timings for the festival:

Here are some activities on site over the weekend:

· Interactive Tasting Sessions

· Cocktail Making Classes

· Live Cookery Theatre with Leeds Cookery School & Guests

· Live Music on Stage

· Live Entertainers Area

· Ian's Mobile Farm & Nanny Goats

· Artisan Markets (Over 120 traders)

· Street Food Arena (Over 25 Traders)

· Independent Drink & Bars (10 bars)

· Full Ale House with North Brew Co

· Fun Fair

· Inflatable Land

· Roaming Comedy & Entertainers

· Stilt Walkers

· Kids Drawing Competition (Collect at Entrance)

· Axe Throwing

Here are the tasting sessions (new for this year):

SATURDAY

1PM | A Cheese & Charcuterie Tasting Journey with George & Joseph

2PM | Summer Cocktail Masterclass Experience with NOH Events

4PM | Rum Tasting with Leeds Based Libations Rum

5PM | All things Gin, with Wolfe Bros of Yorkshire

6PM | A Beer Tasting Adventure with North Brew Co

SUNDAY

1PM | A Cheese Tasting Journey with George & Joseph

2PM | Summer Cocktail Masterclass Experience with NOH Events

5PM | All things Gin, with Wolfe Bros of Yorkshire

6PM | A Beer Tasting Adventure with North Brew Co

Here are some of the chefs appearing in the cookery theatre:

SATURDAY

12:00: Richard Allen (NEET)

13:00: Chris Clyburn (Fareshare)

14:00: George Psarsis (The Olive)

15:00: Guest Chef – Leeds Cookery School

16:00: Guest Chef – Leeds Cookery School

SUNDAY

12:00: Thomas Robertson (The Coniston)

13:00: Al Roberto (Simmer Events Kitchen)

14:00: Guest Chef – Leeds Cookery School

15:00: Bobby Getha (Fleur, Leeds)

16:00: Guest Chef – Leeds Cookery School

Here are some of the musicians appearing on stage:

Saturday 10th June

11.00 – Will Forrester Smooth Sax

12.00 – Hot Aire Concert Band

1.15 – Howlin Mat

2.15 – Love Pop Choir Ilkley

3.45 – Scoble, Swan & Friends

5.00 – Flying Funk

6.00 – The Killaz UK

7.15 – Ibiza Sax

Sunday 11th June

11.00 – Will Forrester Smooth Sax

12.00 – White Rose Concert Band

1.15 – Hannah Goodall

2.15 – Lucy’s Pop Choir

3.45 – Danny Charles Band

5.00 – Liam Gray as Robbie Williams

6.00 – Ibiza Sax

Here is some of the live performing arts taking place:

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

11:00 The Magic Matt Show

Kids Magic & Juggling Show

12:00 Joel Dickinson

Family Magic Show

13:00 Matthew J Magic

Magic & Fire Juggling show

14:00 Joel Dickinson

Family Magic Show

15:00 Matthew J Magic

Magic & Circus Show

16:00 Joel Dickinson

Family Comedy Magic Show

Family Fun “have a go” Circus Workshops take place every hour from 11:30-15:30

FAQs for the festival can be seen on this page: https://ilkleyfoodfestival.com/tickets-info/

Bars and Street Food Traders can be seen here: https://ilkleyfoodfestival.com/international-cuisines-street-food/

Artisan Market Traders can be seen here: https://ilkleyfoodfestival.com/artisan-markets/

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