Sunday 29th June The Applegarth, Northallerton Free public entry
“A festival by the community for the community.”
The Homegrown Food Festival in North Yorkshire’s county town is a great day out for families, food lovers and budding ‘grow your own’ enthusiasts.
Originally conceived over a cup of tea in a local café in 2011, last year’s festival attracted more than 4,000 visitors and 70 stallholders and won a major award under the national Towns Alive initiative, making it one of the region’s fastest growing culinary events.
Designed to appeal to the widest audience and promote locally grown and produced food and drink, the festival is free of charge to the public and hosts practical gardening workshops, cookery demonstrations, live music and children’s activities.
This year, Yorkshire born celebrity chef Brian Turner is the star guest, heading up a renowned line-up of chefs in the Food Theatre. Mr Turner is a whole-hearted supported of the festival’s aims.
“I can’t wait to be part of the Homegrown Food Festival,” he said. “This is where the campaign is as good as it gets. Great producers of fab foods. It’s always great to visits God’s own county.”
For the first time this year, the festival will feature the children’s Sticky Fingers Cookery Theatre. Children will be able to get stuck in and be inspired to turn simple ingredients into food they can make at home and impress family and friends.
For a taste of the Good Life, the Grow Zone inspires visitors to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs, no matter how small their garden. There will be demonstrations and advice for budding composters and beekeepers and if all that leaves people hungry, they will be able to whip up a fruit shake on the bicycle powered smoothie machine.
Visitors to the festival will be able to sample and buy exciting, delicious products from local producers that often cannot be found in supermarkets. This year, the organisers are keen to promote street food from all around the world, where visitors can be transported from Northalleton to North Africa with a single bite!
The Homegrown Food Festival is organised by a small team of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about supporting local producers and bringing people closer to the great food and drink produced in the region. It builds on and amplifies community interest in growing your own food, using local produce and becoming a more sustainable town.
If you are a producer of food or drink products, or are a street food vendor and would like a pitch at this year’s Homegrown Food Festival, please download a booking form from our website: www.homegrownfoodfestival.co.uk
Pitch prices start at £50. Detailed information on booking and fees are stated on the booking form. For more information, please contact;
NB. Because the festival is a celebration of all things local, we ask that food and drink businesses are located within a 50 mile radius of Northallerton.
However, these limits can be discussed if the product is unique or if the street food product can’t be found within this range.