Ripon Cathedral's debut Food Home and Garden show proves a hit with visitors

Celebrity chef Stephanie Moon with the Dean of Ripon John Dobson (1704082AM10).
Celebrity chef Stephanie Moon with the Dean of Ripon John Dobson (1704082AM10).

Ripon Cathedral delighted and entertained over 1,000 visitors with a feast of attractions at its debut food home and garden show on Saturday.

Over £6,000 was raised to go towards the Dean’s development plans for a 21st Century Cathedral.

Live cooking demonstrations from Stephanie Moon, Chef Consultant at Rudding Park, and Simon Crannage, Executive Head Chef at Swinton Park, wowed audiences, and there were dozens of stalls to suit every taste and interest.

Celebrity gardener Martin Fish offered his wealth of knowledge to visitiors who had the rare opportunity to ask questions, and birds of prey from Thorp Perrow Arboretum joined in the fun to pose for special photo opportunities.

The Dean of Ripon Cathedral, the Very Rev John Dobson, said: “This was a wonderful day, helped by the spring sunshine outside and thoroughly enjoyed by the many people who came inside to enjoy all that was on offer.

“The atmosphere was terrific, and it was clear that everyone expected this to be far from the last Spring Food, Home and Garden Show that would be arranged by the wonderful staff and volunteers of Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign.”

Verger and Communications Officer Joseph Priestley said: “It was amazing to see this historic building alive with so many attractions and activities. There was something for everyone.”

The success of the event has already secured its return for next year on April 14. Joseph added: “We’re looking at having even more family attractions.