Gearing up for Ripon food festival at the racecourse

A preview for the forthcoming Taste of Yorkshire Food and Drink Family Festival at Ripon Racecourse.
A preview for the forthcoming Taste of Yorkshire Food and Drink Family Festival at Ripon Racecourse.

Preparations for Ripon Racecourse’s Taste of Yorkshire family food and drink festival are galloping along as organisers get set to tickle the taste buds of foodies from across the north this summer.

The festival, on Saturday, June 8, will give foodie families the chance to discover some of Yorkshire’s finest food and drink and rub shoulders with some of the county’s best chefs.

Festival organiser and chairman of Livius Events Andrew Wells– based at the racecourse on Boroughbridge Road – told the Gazette: “It’s about promoting the local community and the local produce.

“The original idea was that to ensure the festival was very much Yorkshire based.”

The racecourse will celebrate its second food and drink festival with demonstrations from local celebrity chef Stephanie Moon – who appeared on BBC1’s show Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, a children’s chocolate factory complete with a life-sized chocolate horse, gourmet market stalls and a live music bandstand.

Italian-born Masterchef finalist Sara Danesin-Medio –who has lived in Yorkshire for nearly 20 years – will also be on-hand to showcase her unique culinary skills at the annual festival, launched last year.

“I have really embraced the Yorkshire life and character,” Mrs Danesin-Medio told the Gazette.

“I see my food as a mix of Italian and Yorkshire cooking.”

Visitors at this year’s festival will also get the chance to support Ripon’s 21 Engineer Regiment by sampling their beef burgers and hot dogs in aid of the Soldier’s Charity– formerly the Army Benevolent Fund.

This year’s charity partner is the Children’s Air Ambulance, a new vital transfer service for very sick babies and children.

Fundraiser Faye Wilson told the Gazette: “We were thrilled to be approached by Livius.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us.”