Dales Festival of Food, 30 April – 2 May 2011
We all enjoy a good feed and a drink, don’t we?
Well, they certainly do in Wensleydale. They’ve been holding the Dales Festival of Food and Drink in Leyburn, Wensleydale for 10 years. So if you are looking for a place to go on bank holiday weekend, head for Leyburn.
The Festival is held over the three days of the May Bank Holiday weekend and is “a feast of gastronomic delights with a distinctly local flavour”. In 2010 the Festival attracted over 15,000 people from all over the region.
Over 80-85 stalls will proudly show off local produce and, with the many outside stands as well, there will be something for everyone from the best locally sourced organic meats to award-winning beers. Talking of which, the festival’s Drinks Marquee and Beer Festival includes some 40 small, local breweries.
The Farming for Food events include talks on beekeeping and demonstrations of farming skills like sheep shearing. And there’s live cookery demonstrations from the region’s top chefs, a ‘Speakers Corner’ featuring established authors and speakers plus rides and entertainment for children and young people.
Formed in 2002, the festival was a response to the Foot and Mouth epidemic and is organised by the Leyburn and Mid-Wensleydale Partnership Ltd, a registered charity. It has raised over Â£100,000 towards community causes throughout Wensleydale.
When: Saturday 30 April – Monday, 2 May 2011
Cost: £8 per adult per day, under 16’s free. £12 for a 3 day ticket.
Open: 10am – 5pm daily
Parking: Free in the Festival site.