food fest largeDate                                      Sunday 26th June

Time                                      10am-5pm, FREE ENTRY ALL DAY

Location                               Applegarth, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8NT

North Yorkshire’s biggest free food and live music festival returns this month celebrating its fifth successful year.

This year’s Homegrown Food Festival in Northallerton will feature a new line-up in the Food Theatre, two stages of live music showcasing a wide range of local talent, the popular Tipple Tent serving locally-brewed beers, spirits and wines and over 100 local producers selling their foods, drinks and crafts.

Top local chefs confirmed to appear include Simon Crannage from Swinton Park, Dave Russell from the Buck Inn at Maunby near Thirsk, Tristan Prudden from The Garden Rooms at Tennant’s in Leyburn, Sarah Muir from The Arches Cookery School at Grinkle Park Farm near Saltburn, Harrison Barraclough from The George at Wath near Ripon and Misba Ellahi from Ooty’s in Stokesley.*

There will be two stages of live music throughout the day including the ‘Freedom Stage’ where the popular jazz combo ‘Jazz in the Afternoon’, Northallerton’s very own ‘Inspiration Choir’ and local acoustic duo ‘Dream Ticket’ will all perform.

Other acts confirmed include: – Stax, famed for their original mix of soul and R & B, who play a range of artists from Marvin Gaye and James Brown to Beyonce and Justin Timberlake; The Bluesics, a husband and wife duo who perform blues and pop; Jon Sibley, from Bedale, popular for his mix of pop and rock performances; Beggars Bunce, a trio combining folk and rock; and George Boomsma, a North Yorkshire singer/songwriter whose music has been showcased on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.

Other highlights this year include: –

–          ‘Year of the Bee’– the theme of the Homegrown Food Festival- with activities showing how bees benefit the environment and the importance of bee-friendly plants.

–          ‘Totem Tipi’ tents with a range of attractions to learn more about bees and also showcasing art inspired by flowers and bees produced by local schoolchildren and volunteers

–          Samba and Brazilian drumming workshops

–          Kids’ Kitchen with cookery workshops for children

–          Grow Zone where the ‘Inspiration Shed’ will host local enthusiasts to encourage people to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs

The Homegrown Food Festival, which takes place on Sunday June 26th at the Applegarth in Northallerton, is this year celebrating its fifth year as one of North Yorkshire’s most popular food and music festivals.

The event is organised by a small committee of volunteers who have worked over the last five years to encourage the community to embrace locally-sourced food and drink and support small producers.

One of the organisers, Sally Anderson, said: “There is such a lot happening at this year’s Homegrown Food Festival thanks to the support and enthusiasm from people all over our area. Although food is the major theme there is so much more to enjoy and we’re hoping for our biggest turnout ever. It’s always so great to see various communities coming together to celebrate all that is good about North Yorkshire.”

A Crowd Funding page has also been established to secure the future of the festival https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/homegrownfoodfest

Journalists and photographers are invited to attend and for any further details please contact Anna Addison on 07970 996329.

http://www.homegrownfoodfest.co.uk/

* The line-up of regional chefs has been brought to the Food Theatre by Irene Myers.