FUN and games will also be on the menu when the eighth Huddersfield Food and Drink festival gets under way next week.

New Street and the Piazza will provide the focal point for the four-day festival, which will feature competitions, cookery demonstrations and stalls selling a wide variety of tempting fare.

Kirklees Mayor Clr Karam Hussain will officially open the event at 11.15am on Thursday, August 14, on the Piazza. The festival continues until the Sunday.

After the opening Real Radio Breakfast Show presenters Gayle Lofthouse and Darryl Denham will compete in a Ready Steady Cook-style competition.

They will be helped by local professional chefs from The Head of Steam and Heritage Exchange in an 80-seater cookery demonstration theatre which will form the centrepiece of the festival.

The contest will be the first of 20 free demonstrations running every hour throughout the festival, showing visitors a wide variety of skills from the best local chefs.

There will also be the annual Sporting Chef of the Year competition featuring the Huddersfield Giants.

Other attractions will include stalls selling everything from award-winning pies, specialist cheeses, local pickles and pastries to preserves, ice creams, real ales, wines and ciders.

An open-air food court will provide the chance to sample try delicacies from around the world.

There will also be plenty of free entertainment for children.

On Thursday and Friday, Kirklees Museums and Galleries staff will be giving children the opportunity to play with Victorian games and to make some of their own to take home. There will also be the chance to make butter Tudor-style!

On Saturday and Sunday children can join colourful characters Borage and Bombus for a Bee Walk to find out more about what the humble bee does for us.

The festival will be open from 10am to 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

For details contact the festival hotline on 01484 487933 or see the festival website at