Written by: Little

Everyone loves food and if you’re looking for some great ideas for things to do in Yorkshire in 2016 then keep reading. When it comes to food us Yorkshire folk know what we’re doing; from the good old Yorkshire pud, to creamy Wensleydale cheese, the rhubarb cultivated in our rhubarb triangle, to our tasty ginger beer, Yorkshire is responsible for many well-loved foods and drinks. It’s no surprise then that each year the county is awash with food and drink festivals all of which make for a fantastic day out in Yorkshire!

Take a look through our list of unmissable foodie events in Yorkshire and if you fancy making a weekend out of it be sure to visit the ‘Where To Stay’ segment of our site.

Malton Food Lovers Festival
28-29 May

No self-confessed foodie can come to Yorkshire and not visit Malton, from the Talbot Hotel serving some of the finest food in the area to the monthly food markets and the annual Food Lover’s Festival, it really is a dining Mecca.

The food festival is now regarded as one of the premier food festivals in the country with a host of celebrity chefs and experts attending each year and is a true must visit and one of the most exciting foodie events in Yorkshire!

Great British Food Festival
28-30 May

Great British Food Festival is perfect for a day out with the kids. Held at Harewood House near Leeds it offers up servings of delicious hot food, kids cookery lessons, demonstrations from top chefs, live music, competitions and loads more.

After a day of fun and feasting wind down at one of the local ale and wine bars and let everything digest.

Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival
18 June

Now in its third year, the annual Vegan Food Festival held in Leeds Town Hall is gaining momentum. Expect to find the place packed with food, drink and information about a vegan lifestyle. Not only will there be plenty to munch on, the festival will also be showcasing vegan makeup as well.

Dales Festival of Food & Drink
18-19 June  

Not sure if a food festival is for you? Dales Festival of Food & Drink is a perfect place to start. All 80 of the food stalls are housed under one roof and there’s plenty for the kids to enjoy with demonstrations of how farmers grow and produce food and live cooking shows. Best of all? The whole event is free making this one of the best free things to do in Yorkshire.

Wetherby Food Festival
8-10 July

The Wetherby Food Festival showcases some of the best food from around the world including Caribbean fusion, Mexican street food, BBQ Chorizo Grill and Turkish dishes from Musti’s Kitchen. There are also speciality bars, a fun fair, children’s cookery classes and loads more. Spread across three days there’s more than enough to see if you fancy a weekend break filled with delicious food and drink.

Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival
4-7 August

The Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival now attracts over 100,000 visitors to st George’s square during the long weekend in August. Now in its 16th year, The festival is a showcase of local businesses and producers across 90 stalls. The event hosts more than 30 cookery demonstrations and plenty of workshops and entertainment for the kids. This is a fantastic day or weekend for families over the summer holidays.

Stirley Food Festival
17 September

This lovely one day event celebrates autumn with local food and ales alongside the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Stirley Farm. Emphasis is on wildlife friendly farming with visitors enjoying music, demonstrations and being able to sample unusual cuts of meat at ‘Offally Good Grub' or pedal their way to deliciousness with the bike-powered smoothie maker.

Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival
24-25 September

Launched in 2005, the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival is back for its 11th year.  Attracting more than 40,000 visitors to the Town, this year brings firm favourites, as well as a new dedicated FairTrade zone, showcasing local, ethical and sustainable vendors. In all, 50 stalls are packed in throughout the town to bring residents and visitors alike a culinary mix that keeps bringing people back year after year.

York Food Festival
23rd September to 2nd October

One for the truly dedicated, York Food Festival spans 10 days and takes over the entire city centre. Expect cooking lessons from top chefs, including baking demonstrations from Betty’s in Harrogate, kids activities, ale trails, street food stalls and loads more. The taste trail gives visitors chance to dip into a huge range of local independent eateries many of which offer free samples - joy! If you fancy making a week out of it why not check out our list of places to stay in York.

If you’re heading to Food Festival in Yorkshire this year we’d love to hear about it. Head to our Facebook or Twitter pages and tell us what you loved, take a tour of our events page and find out about other exciting things to do in Yorkshire.