Bite to the Beat Festival will be a culinary extravaganza celebrating the best of Britain’s food, drink and craft produce, topped off with a delicious helping of nationally acclaimed live music.
Running from Thursday 26th August to Monday 29th August, the four day festival will feature eight Michelin starred and award winning chefs from the North and Scotland bringing some of the finest restaurant cuisine to York for the first time.
It will be an opportunity to taste their creations in a festival setting – a grazing paradise for those who love good food. Whether you’re relaxing or partying to the live bands on stage, you can also enjoy a range of craft beers, artisan gins and boutique wines and champagnes at the various bars.
Tickets available through Ticketsource here and cost £27.95 for adults and £12.95 for children – five to 12; Children up to 4 years free.
A VIP experience priced at £55.95 includes exclusive access to the VIP bar and garden near the stage, two gourmet meals by renowned chefs, a glass of sparkling wine and a meet and greet with the chefs.
Well-seasoned with Michelin stars and top culinary awards, Bite to the Beat’s chefs include North Yorkshire-based Andrew Pern of restaurant group The Star Inn; Lisa Goodwin-Allen Head Chef at Northcote in the Ribble Valley of Lancashire;
Paul Heathcote of the former Longridge Restaurant near Preston; Liz Cottam, Executive Chef at Home and The Owl restaurants in Leeds and Cora at Boston Spa;
Simon Shaw of El Gato Negro, Habas and Canto restaurants in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool; Steven Smith of The Freemasons Arms in Wiswell, also in the Ribble Valley; Roy Brett, Patron chef at Edinburgh’s Ondine restaurant; and Josh Overington of Le Cochon Aveugle in York.
Those looking to get tips and whet their appetite can visit the ‘Demo Stage’ where Nigel Barden, Candice Brown and Jo Pickard host a full program of cooking demonstrations from chefs including James Mackenzie, owner of The Pipe and Glass in near Beverley, as well as talks by food and wine experts.
Nigel Barden is best known as an accomplished food expert on BBC Radio 2 and as a presenter and judge at food events across the country.
Candice Brown, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2016, has been a regular at television and food festivals, and Jo Pickard is an award-winning presenter and commentator at the London and Rio Olympics, as well as numerous other sporting events and food festivals.
As well as the chefs’ kitchens there will be a number of exhibitor stands selling artisanal produce and food items from Yorkshire and beyond.
Some popular live music acts bring a summer vibe to the Bite to the Beat Festival, from Lost in Music with all your disco favorites to Martin Kemp with his 80s DJ show, from The Magic of Motown to Beach Vibes – The Music of Ibiza. and a fabulous George Michael celebration Fastlove, which recently played in the West End and London’s O2 Arena.
Each session is backed by some great local talent, from party favorites Huge to the unmissable Y Street Band and the far from traditional Hyde Family Jam, as well as nationally acclaimed 17-piece band The Old Time Sailors.
Chef Andrew Pern, Bite to the Beat Festival Co-Producer, says: “It’s fantastic to create the brand new Bite to the Beat Festival in the City of York. It will be a delicious mix of fabulous food and fabulous music, blended by some great Northern chefs into a perfect recipe for the perfect party weekend.”