Tom Heywood Cooking Masterclass (Saturday June 8, 16:00-17:00, Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square, FREE)
Tom Heywood is a well known name around York’s burgeoning food scene. As head chef at the Rattle Owl on Micklegate, he has a wealth of experience, cooking up some of the most talked about dishes the city has to offer. For one afternoon only Tom will be giving an audience a very exclusive demonstration, spilling some of his cooking secrets that have seen his reputation flourish ten fold over the years. Although Tom specialises in producing award winning gourmet dishes, the demonstration is sure to inspire amuteaur cooks of all cusinies and abilities!
York Food Tour (Sunday June 9, 11:30-14:30, Various Locations around York, £49)
The York Food Tour is ran, and organised by Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours with the aim to give customers a taste of York’s locally sourced culinary output, whilst supporting a wide range of local independent restaurants. The tour starts at York Art Gallery in Exhibition Square, before meandering through York’s vibrant independent food and drink scene. The Tour takes foodies on an adventure to five of the cities hottest food spots, who we shall not name or else it may ruin the surprise. The organisers are fantastic at, not just providing the food that makes our city but the stories that make the food happen, making the York Food Tour a delight for culture vultures as well as the foodies! After three hours of food heaven the tour will finish back in the city centre – allowing customers to continue on their adventure!
The Grand Cookery School Taster Class (Sunday June 9, 14:00-15:00, Demonstration Area, St Sampsons Square, FREE)
On Sunday at 14:00 comes our personal highlight of the whole taster festival, the grand cookery school class at the demonstration area. The class is brought to you by the recently opened cookery school at the Grand Hotel right here in York. The school which was opened in March this year, offers express, half and full-day courses focussing on a selection of International cuisines and speciality classes but for the taster weekend some of the staff will be coming down to the Square to give a short taster class to participants completely free. Whether you’re a kitchen master, amateur cook or a lost cause, the free class will surely give you something to take away and work on at home. This event is certainly the pick of the bunch!
Don’t worry if none of the events that we selected tickle your fancy, there’s plenty more events going on this weekend, for a full programme of the Taster Festival head here: https://www.yorkfoodfestival.com/programme/. Don’t forget to leave some room for the Main Festival from September 20-2 with a huge number of events taking place around Parliament Square and the Shambles Market.