Chocolate, cheese and a cavalcade of chatty chefs

Stephanie Moon, consultant chef at Rudding Park, will show how to cook a three-course meal in 45 minutes.
Stephanie Moon, consultant chef at Rudding Park, will show how to cook a three-course meal in 45 minutes.

If you’re a food lover looking for something to do this weekend, we’ve got a suggestion for you.

On Saturday, Ripon Racecourse is hosting the inaugural Tastes of Yorkshire family food and drink festival. It’s a mix of stallholders, street food, kids’ workshops and demonstrations.

The list of over 40 producers selling their wares has some really good names. Birchfield Ice Cream from Summerbridge, Brown and Blonde – a fantastic brownie company run by a teenager from Cattal – and Lauden chocolates from Leeds, who do an amazing range of chocolates filled with fruit puree.

Look out, too, for the consitently brillant and inventive Porter’s Preserves from Knaresborough and Cherry Tree Preserves from York (buy their hot garlic pickle, it’s awesome).

Meanwhile, the ‘Kitchen Theatre’ has some famous faces. You may have seen Andrew Pern (The Star at Harome) and Steph Moon (Rudding Park) on BBC’s Great British Menu; and there’s an artisan cheese guide from the sublime Neal’s Yard Dairy and a demo from a York Cocoa House chocolatier.

There’s also a beer festival with local independent brewers, a bouncy castle and music. Gates open at 10.30am, and entry and parking are both free.