Can't wait for the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival to begin on August 7?

Not to worry - there's plenty of warm-up events in the run up to the foodie weekend to whet your appetitie.

From art exhibitions to real ale trails, craft fairs to taster events, organisers the Huddersfield Partnership are keeping the excitement simmering ahead of the main event.

Karen Hobson, partnership manager of Huddersfield Partnership, discussing the 2014 designs for the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival with Richard Armitage (centre) and Darren Fisher, of PrintPod
Karen Hobson, partnership manager of Huddersfield Partnership, discussing the 2014 designs for the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival with Richard Armitage (centre) and Darren Fisher, of PrintPod
 

Here's a guide to the 2014 fringe events:

A Visual Feast, July 16 - August 31

Huddersfield Railway Station is hosting a special food-and drink themed art exhibition in the run up to the festival that is bound to get your mouth watering!

The Art Station is run by a group of Huddersfield-based artists who aim to entertain commuters through art and live performances.

Real Ale and Cider Trail, July 19 - August 10

Huddersfield is an official stop on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail, thanks to the Head of Steam pub - but as part of this year's festival, revellers can complete a different real ale and cider trail in Huddersfield town centre.

Sponsored by the Rat and Ratchet pub in Chapel Hill and Ossett Brewery, those who complete the trail - by visiting at least eight of the participating pubs for a half or a pint - can get a free Trail t-shirt!

Simply collect stamps on your card then exchange it for a t-shirt at the festival information marquee or the at the Rat and Ratchet between August 7 and August 10.

A Taste of Things to Come, July 28 - August 2

Offering a sneak preview of the main festivities, this taster event will showcase six budding entrepreneurs and their foodie businesses at Huddersfield Railway Station.

Each day a different business will set up on the station concourse to offer a taste of their trade, 3pm-7pm - and organisers are have also prepared a surprise and are urging commuters to keep their eyes peeled!

The identities of the six businesses taking part are being kept under wraps - you'll have to check it out for yourselves!

Fudge galore at last year's Food and Drink Festival
Fudge galore at last year's Food and Drink Festival
 

Crafty Praxis Arts and Craft Fair, August 9

Crafty Praxis and the Byram Arcade in Westgate, are moving their regular arts and crafts fair forward to coincide with Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival, running 10am-5pm.

The fair features artists and designers, many from the Huddersfield area, showcasing their art, jewellery, homewares and cards, complimenting the independent shops that reside in the arcade.

Made in Huddersfield, August 9

This special one-day event at Greenhead Park has been organised by Kirklees Council to showcase the produce of local food and drink manufacturers and suppliers.

There will also be sports, juice bikes and grow your own veg advice - getting the creative juices flowing as part of the festival and the Kirklees Summer Show.

Up Market Sundays

The festival weekend will also coincide with the Up Market Sundays open market, held on Brook Street, 10am-4pm.

The market features antiques, collectibles, and arts and crafts and contemporary and vintage fashion, as well as Yorkshire food and drink and delicious street food.

The event also brings live music and children's creative workshops - visitors will be spoilt for choice during the festival weekend.

Visitors enjoy lunch at last year's festival
Visitors enjoy lunch at last year's festival

The festival also has plenty in store for youngsters in the Kids Zone this year - click here to read more about what's on for kids

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