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YORK Food Festival 2013 review

September saw York’s annual food festival take place, once again, across the city.

Along with many local and regional food producers displaying and selling their wares, the festival saw many food demonstrations and events designed to make the most of the wonderful food our region has to offer.

From chocolate to game birds and smoked meats, flavoured vodkas to cheeses and hog roasts, Yorkshire’s artisanal food and drink producers didn’t let any of us down. It was truly a feast for both the eyes and the stomach!

You couldn’t walk five yards without seeing someone tucking into a hot pork sandwich, a ‘proper’ pie or some tapas. No-one seemed to mind eating in the ‘street’; it was par for the course. 

‘Street’ food is growing in popularity here in the UK but is nothing compared to the Far East where it’s an integral part of the cultural way of life.

56Keith Miller, one of YORK Cookery School’s talented chefs, teaches a class on Thai Street food which is one of our most popular classes. It seems we can’t get enough of ‘street’ food!

Keith was also at the food festival demonstrating his enviable skills in the cookery theatre with his Yorkshire take on Moroccan lamb kebabs. Using locally farmed lamb and regional herbs along with the more classic Moroccan spices, he designed an inspiring menu to teach to two lucky volunteers from the audience. He brought the Cookery School and his teaching skills to the demonstration! His lamb kebabs were awesome!

57As well as Keith's demo, Kate Clarkson, YORK Cookery School's resident cake designer,demonstrated how to make macarons to an audience eager to understand how to perfect these tricky French fancies. It could have been the macarons that everyone enjoyed exerting an influence over them, but the demo seemed to go down very well!! The macaron workshop at the Cookery School is another popular class. If you fancy a sneak peek of whats involved, you can see a time-lapse video of Kate at work http://vimeo.com/76440631

The York Food Festival has become a cultural part of York’s annual calendar and has become an event you’d be very sorry to miss. Look out for more events in York throughout the year at www.visityork.org/seeanddo/

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