The North East’s Great British Menu competitors, Festival Patron Andrew Pern, of The Star Inn, Harome, Stephanie Moon, chef consultant Rudding Park Hotel and Tim Bilton, chef/patron The Butchers Arms, Hepworth are among the culinary stars preparing to celebrate Yorkshire’s finest food and drink, following their appearance on the BBC2 programme.
Some exemplary Patrons are also backing Malton’s 2011 weekend event. They are: food writer and columnist Tom Parker Bowles, legendary Yorkshire chef Brian Turner CBE and cookery ‘grande dame’ Rosemary Shrager.
Up to 90 food and drink stallholders will be highlighting regional specialities and local produce in Malton’s historic Market Place. And some of the region’s most admired chefs will show the crowds of festival goers how to turn the best seasonal produce into gourmet regional and international dishes.
Tom Parker Bowles said: ”I’m delighted and proud to be a part of the Food Lover’s Festival. This is a celebration of fine regional food and cooking. Wonderful ingredients and some seriously talented chefs. I can’t wait.”
Also demonstrating over the two days are: Giorgio Alessio, chef/patron Lanterna Ristorante Scarborough; Richard Walton Allen, Executive Head Chef Harvey Nichols, Leeds; Elaine Lemm, food writer and author of The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding; Peter Neville, Head Chef/Director Pheasant Hotel, Harome; James Mackenzie, chef/patron at the award winning, Michelin starred Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton; Sophie Legard Malton Relish and North East Food Hero;Dan Farrall, Head Chef, Burythorpe House Hotel, Burythorpe; Prett Tejura,chef/owner Curry Cuisine Indian pickles and chutneys and Cookery School; Daniel Taylor,winner of the Malton Chef Challenge; Rob Green, chef/owner Greens Restaurant of Whitby and National Seafood Chef of the Year; Robert Ramsden, food development @Delifresh; and professional tutors from the iconic Bettys Cookery School in Harrogate.
Regional tourism agency, Welcome to Yorkshire is a principal sponsor of the event.
Chief Executive Gary Verity said: “The Malton Food Lovers Festival was built on passion and commitment and has grown into an exceptional attraction for visitors to experience Yorkshire’s great culinary traditions and local produce, in a beautiful and historic market town setting.”
The Welcome to Yorkshire Taste Trail will allow event visitors to sample and explore some of the great food and drink available in Malton. Many of the town’s food retailers and eateries as well as non-food businesses such as art galleries and gift shops, will have local speciality ‘tasting dishes’ to try throughout the weekend, as part of the celebrations.
The Food Lovers Festival was originally launched in 2009 as a one day celebration of Malton’s top quality local food and drink producers, chefs, retailers and eateries and immediately attracted to around 5000 visitors.
And following the success of its first Beer Festival last year, a much expanded Beer and Wine Festival is on this year’s menu with tasting tutorials and notes, an all day beer garden and evening food and music. Special festival menus and offers designed to tempt all tastes will be available throughout the weekend of 21-22 May. www.maltonfoodfestival.co.uk