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Foodies Festival Launches Two New Christmas Festivals in Edinburgh and Harrogate and Returns to Lond

Retro Recipes in the Chefs Theatre, vegan treats in the Artisan Producers Grotto, Champagne Ski Bar and a Yorkshire Gin Theatre are just some of the festive features food-lovers can look forward to as Foodies Festival brings its winter edition - Foodies Festival Christmas – to Harrogate’s International Centre 11-13th December.

Harrogate’s International Centre will be transformed into a culinary winter wonderland, 11-13th November, as Foodies Festival Christmas brings Yorkshire’s top chefs, award-winning artisan producers and international street food together under one roof for a fabulous festive feast.

Festival founder Sue Hitchen said... 'We are delighted to return to Harrogate with our winter instalment. We had such a great time with our summer festival in August and received wonderful feedback from visitors.'

Acclaimed chefs from Yorkshire and across the UK and celebrity cooks will swap their aprons for Santa hats in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, sharing their favourite recipes and top tips to help visitors create the perfect Christmas banquet. Confirmed chefs include (more TBA):

Murray Wilson - Norse

Luis Troyano - Great British Bake Off Ashely Kelly McCarthy - Ye Old Sun Inn Lionel Strub - The Clarendon Hotel Yves Quemerais - The French Chef at Home Whaheed Rojan - Round Table Dining Martyn Hyde - Eat Me Cafe Rachel Green - Top TV Chef

Christopher Blackburn - Yorkshire Pudd Blogger

Retro Recipes in the Chefs Theatre will transport festival-goers back in time to the 1960s when green piped potato, glacé cherries and multi-coloured cheese and jellies were all the rage. Inspired by infamous TV chef Fanny Cradock, several chefs will recreate classic recipes such as the Prawn Cocktail, Baked Alaska, Sherry Trifle, Chicken Kiev, Vol-au-vents and Duck a l’Orange in their own signature style.

An Artisan Christmas Market boasts over 150 of Yorkshire's finest producers selling locally produced cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, sauces and jams, biscuits and crackers, cakes, puddings and more for visitors to sample and shop from; perfect for picking-up those little extras that make Christmas extra tasty and special.

A Vegan area in the Christmas Market offers a range of delicious and healthy vegan, veggie and gluten-free treats for visitors to indulge in including desserts, street food, bakes, condiments, beers, wines and more.

Yorkshire Gin Theatre - Gin lovers will rejoice as local gin producers, including Masons Yorkshire Gin, host daily Christmas Gin Cocktail masterclasses. Wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Neil Philips are also on-hand helping visitors match wines with Christmas flavours in the Drinks Theatre and beer expert Melissa Cole champions craft beers as an alternative to wine and champagne this Christmas in masterclasses with local brewers.

Other features of the festival include a Street Food Village where visitors can feast of flavours from around the world; a Cake & Bake Theatre hosted by Yorkshire’s top bakers, chocolatiers and Great British Bake Off contestant Louis Troyano an accompanying Pudding Hall - a haven of sweet treats selling festive favourites such as eggnog and mulled wine, Christmas cake and mince pies, marzipan bonbons and macaroons.

While parents shop and enjoy a chilled glass of bubbly from the Champagne Ski Bar, children under 12 can enrol in the Elf Cookery School with Kiddy Cook, where they can bake and decorate snowballs, gingerbread men, cookies and cupcakes to leave out for Santa.

Just like Christmas day there is lots of post-feasting fun to be had with live music, local choirs singing carols and entertainment throughout the day. Visitors can enter the Chilly-Eating Competition (the winter version of the famous chilli contest), register their team to compete in the Christmas Bumper Quiz and have a group Christmas jumper picture taken in the photo booth.

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For further information please contact Gary Anderson at

0131 557 9223 / 07564 444002

Notes to editors


High resolution images are available to download here


Tickets are on sale now and are available at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Advance tickets are available from £9.50

Friday adult day ticket £10.00 (£8.00 concession)

Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)

3-day adult ticket £20.00 (£16.00 concession)

Friday VIP ticket £35.00

Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00

VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP lounge with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a festive goody bag and a showguide.

All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Open times:

Friday 11th December: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 12th December: 10am – 6pm

Sunday 13th December: 10am – 5pm

Sponsors: Co-op, Deliveroo, Daily Mail

About Foodies Festival:

Foodies Festivals launched in 2005 with a single event at an Edinburgh hotel after founder Sue Hitchen noticed a gap in the Edinburgh market for a food festival. Following its successful launch, which welcomed 5000 visitors, the festival expanded to Brighton and Hampton Court Palace in 2006 and continued to introduce festivals across the UK including Bristol, Tatton Park, Clapham Common, Battersea Park, Oxford, Marble Hill and Kenwood House. To date Foodies has welcomed over 2.3 million visitors and helped launch hundreds of new businesses and supported thousands of small producers.

2015 Foodies Festival Christmas festivals:

Edinburgh, EICC: November 13,14,15

London, Truman Brewery: November 27,28,29

Harrogate, International Centre: December 11,12,13

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