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North Yorkshire’s biggest food and live music event returns this weekend

ByDave Stopher

Jun 27, 2018

Date                                      Sunday 24th June

Time                                      10am-5pm

Location                               Applegarth, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8NT

North Yorkshire’s biggest food and live music festival returns for its seventh successful year this weekend, boasting a range of foodie and musical treats

The multi-award-winning Homegrown Food Festival, in Northallerton, will be held at the Applegarth on Sunday June 24th.

This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Body, Happy Mind’ with health and well-being being the key focus.

Activities will include: – laughter yoga sessions, natural remedy experts, mindful gardening, cookery demonstrations by well-known, local chefs taking place outdoors on a new ‘Festival Street’ with themes such as vegan, vegetarian, immune-boosting and cholesterol-lowering foods*.

Thanks to the success of last year’s first ‘Tea Tent’, it’ll return for the second year hosted by Northallerton and District Scouts and Guides providing a range of teas and homemade cakes.

Other new additions include the ‘Tipi of Tranquillity’ with taster sessions throughout the day promoting good health and mental wellbeing, art, yoga and reflexology.

And children’s craft activities will have the theme of encouraging young people to think about what is good for the body and mind, such as children’s yoga, theatre and a giant operation game which will all be coordinated by Connecting Youth Culture, a Northallerton-based charity.

This year’s live music features an extensive line-up including: –

  • The Laurelles- from York, featured heavily across the BBC
  • The Bluesics- husband and wife duo performing blues and pop
  • George Boomsma- Northallerton’s very own high-profile singer/songwriter on guitar and vocals, tipped for big things by BBC Introducing
  • Jon Sibley- from Bedale, popular for his mix of pop and rock performances
  • Stax – famed for their original mix of soul and R & B, play a range of artists from Marvin Gaye and James Brown to Beyonce and Justin Timberlake
  • Mambo Jambo- fresh from the Big Malarkey Festival in Hull playing roots, world, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions

Last year’s Homegrown Food Festival attracted over 9,000 visitors from across the North East and North Yorkshire, making it the biggest to date.

Thanks to its growing popularity, the festival has clinched a number of awards including the national ‘Town’s Alive’ Social and Community award in 2014, Hambleton District Council’s ‘Green and Environmental’ award in 2015, and the 2016 ‘Community Event of the Year’ in the Hambleton Community Awards.

The aim of the Homegrown Food Festival is to showcase local producers, international street food and local musicians and offer ideas for growing food at home. The event is organised by a small committee of volunteers who have worked over the last seven years to encourage the community to embrace locally-sourced food and drink and support small producers.

The committee relies on funding from a number of sponsors including Simon Bailes Peugeot and the Northallerton Business Improvement District.

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