Welcome to the Dales Festival of Food and Drink

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We are delighted to announce that the Dales Festival of Food & Drink will be going ahead on 18-19th June next year in Leyburn and will be held in the market square.

There has been some speculation about whether or not the event was to take place in 2016, but a new and dynamic team have joined the Board of the Leyburn and Mid-Wensleydale Partnership Ltd and have been actively planning an exciting ‘new look’ event for 2016.

A spokesperson for the Board stated “We felt that it was important to take a fresh look at the Festival, which has been so successful over the years. We are hoping to build on that success and make it an interesting, fun and accessible event for all.

We felt we had to make the event more affordable and accessible for everyone, so with this in mind, we are delighted to reveal that the 2016 event will be free to visitors”!

An Event Manager will be appointed imminently and we will shortly be in contact with those companies wishing to take part in next year’s event.

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Exhibitors

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The food hall is the main venue for food and drink stands, with over eighty exhibitors, sited in a 14,000 sq ft marquee.

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Farming and Country Crafts

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These fun displays show how what the farmer grows becomes food in our shops, with live animals and interactivity.

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Theatre

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Free cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs throughout the day, held in our Theatre Marquee.

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Real Ale Festival

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Over thirty wonderful ales from a selection of local breweries.

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Speakers Corner

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The high point of each day, 2.00pm at the Richard Whiteley Pavilion, is an interesting and entertaining talk by a different guest speaker.

Find out more about Speakers Corner

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Foreword by Gervase Phinn

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Gervase Phinn

"...There is no better way of spending the May Day Bank Holiday weekend than a visit to beautiful Wensleydale for there is something for everyone at this varied and colourful pageant and the hospitality is of the very best."

Read foreword in full...

 
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Events in the Tent

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'Old Hams Hung out to Dry' and 'Colin Bailey in Concert' North Country Theatre and Friends present two evening events, a talk and a concert to tickle your cultural taste buds. See the evening events page for more details...

 
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