Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival is back from August 4, filling St George’s Square with delicious smells, mouth-watering food and a fantastic summer atmosphere.
Festival regulars may be already plotting which stall they’ll head to first and how to eat everything they fancy without getting so full they need a lie down.
But for newbies, a weekend of exciting food, drink, shopping and entertainment awaits — and year after year, we love to see festival staples return, from crowds dancing at Festival at Dusk to the unusual foods that await visitors.
Here’s what you can expect from this year’s festival:
With Cowboys Burgers, Bolster Moor Farm Shop, Round Green Farm Venison and the Real Beef Burger Co confirmed for the festival, you’ll never be too far from a flame-grilled juicy burger. Get ready to watch folk battling with a burger as they wander around the festival — or indulge in one yourself!
Great local ales
With Slaithwaite’s Empire Brewery, Holmfirth’s Nook Brewhouse and town centre favourites the Sportsman, Vox Bar and Zephyr Bar in attendance, real ale and craft beer fans should have plenty of brews to choose from. From further afield, Freedom Brewery of Burton-upon-Trent is also on the bill. And don’t forget to embark on the Real Ale and Cocktail Trail, featuring 14 venues across the town centre.
Chefs in action - including a Great British Bake Off finalist
The Food and Drink Festival is not just about eating and drinking (shock horror) — you can also pick up expert tips and tricks from professional chefs! The festival has cookery demos running across all four days, including live cooking from Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Temujin, Dapur Malaysia and Great British Bake Off finalist Sandy Docherty.
Great live bands
When the sun goes down, the party starts in St George’s Square, as Festival At Dusk kicks off. From 6pm every evening you can enjoy local bands and party and covers bands on the Dawsons Stage in the square. Here are all the bands that are confirmed to play so far:
A packed St George’s Square
Thursday may feel like the calm before the storm, but from Friday onwards St George’s Square is filled to bursting with people eating, drinking, shopping and having a good time. By lunchtime on Saturday you may have to get a bit strategic to get a beer or your lunch! But it’s a bonus — yes, you may have to queue for food and drinks, but chances you’ll get to see what all the food looks like (and smells like!) because so many people will be wandering around eating all the different dishes! You could even ask them what they think before you order...
Artisan ice cream and sundaes, sweets, liquorice, fudge, donuts, chocolate fruit kebabs, churros... expect to see a lot of kids (and adults!) on a sugar high over the weekend. And make sure you leave room for dessert!
From buskers to clowning double acts, the street performers at Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival always make for a fun atmosphere. Take a pew and listen to a Huddersfield busker while tucking into your lunch.
Posh cheese, oils and goodies
The festival is a foodie shoppers dream, with cheese stalls, delicatessens and posh oils and vinaigrettes up for grabs, even spicy chilli jam! Take a little piece of the festival home with you — and enjoy some tasty samples along the way.
The festival boasts food from all over the world — expect to try something new this August. There’s Spanish delights including paella and churros, Jamaican jerk chicken and curried goat, Indian cuisine, more-ish Mexican, duck, mussels and more. The biggest mistake you can make is eating at the first stall that takes your fancy - you’ll soon turn a corner and spot something just as enticing!
Traditionalists, panic not — if you’re after proper Yorkshire grub, there’s plenty of that too. Even Yorkshire puddings from Pennine Manor! Then there’s pies, bacon butties, fish and chips, pulled pork — you’re spoiled for choice.
Cocktails, mocktails, pimms, prosecco — it’s not just real ale you know. Expect to see a few ‘ladies who lunch’ indulging in a cheeky cocktail or two across the weekend!