With food and drink festival season just around the corner,  it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine (whilst enjoying tasty food and drinks!). And when it comes to popular food and drink festival locations, Yorkshire certainly plays a big part.

In the last 12 months, there has been a huge 7,700% increase in interest for ‘food and drink festival 2022’¹ and searches for ‘Yorkshire food and drink festival’² also increased by 100% last summer. With this in mind, we delved into the best food and drink festivals coming up across Yorkshire this summer³:

1. The North Leeds Food & Drink Festival

(May 14th - 15th)

Hosted by the same organisation that presents the Harrogate Food and Drink Festival, based at Leeds Roundhay Park and voted the number one best non-music festival in the UK, is the North Leeds Food and Drink Festival. This food and drink festival is an ideal event for bringing your children along, with a free kids quiz and fact-hunt that takes place free of charge.

2. York Spring Fair & Food Festival

(May 27th - 5th June)

Back for the second year and bringing the fun factor is the York Spring Fair and Food Festival. This event ticks many boxes by hosting one of North Yorkshire’s biggest vintage funfairs, with a large range of food and drink stalls and live entertainment. Alongside being a great day out for families with kids, dogs are also welcomed on leads, so no one misses out!

3. Great British Food Festival - Yorkshire Tours

(June 2nd - 5th)

The Great British Food Festival is travelling around the UK and is coming to Harewood House, Leeds. The Great British Food Festival hosts a perfect combination of British food and drink at treasured British locations. The event’s main features will include live music, chef demos, a bbq and bake stage, artisan markets, street food, and much more. For 2022, the virtual what’s on guide will add vegan/vegetarian and special dietary options

4. Sheffield Food & Drink Festival

(June 2nd - 5th)

Showcasing a market-style event, partnered with a celebration of local produce, tempting street food, brewers and distillers, the Sheffield Food and Drink Festival will be hosted on the Queens Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. This food and drink festival aims to celebrate food and drink based in Sheffield by presenting a limitless choice of artisan food stalls offering everything from cakes and craft beers to oils and spices.

5. Malton Food Lovers festival

(June 3rd & August 27th - 29th)

Located on the streets of Yorkshire’s food capital and spread across two summer weekends is the Malton Food Lovers Festival. The clue is in the name, but this food and drink festival is a foodie’s dream. Hosting over 120 unique food stalls, including tasting sessions, artisan stalls, a festival bar, celebrity chefs and live music, this festival is ideal for foodies and families.

6. Harrogate Food & Drink Festival

(June 25th - 26th & September 3rd - 4th)

The Harrogate Food and Drink Festival sets out to host a family and friend celebration filled with international influence, local talent and independent brands. If global street food, fine artisan markets, speciality cheese stalls, and gourmet fudge sounds good, this food and drink festival could be the perfect trip out. Alongside a generous banquet of different foods stalls, an array of award-winning jazz, soul and swing performers will host alongside magicians and comedians throughout the event.  

The event will take place at the Stray, Harrogate, from June 25th to 26th, and Ripley Castle, Harrogate, from September 3rd to 4th

7. Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival

(July 23rd - 24th)

Located in Skipton, the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival is perfect for families, foodies, and dogs. Celebrating all things Yorkshire, this food and drink festival has something for everyone. Live celebrity chef demos featuring James Martin and The Hairy Bikers will take a spotlight throughout the event, whilst vintage funfairs, craft demonstrations, tasting sessions, cookery stages, and a vast collection of food stalls will be present all weekend.

8. Leeds Kirkgate Vegan Market

(30th July & 29th October)

This food festival is a vegan’s heaven. Located in Leeds Kirkgate Market, the Leeds Kirkgate Vegan Market shines a light on an incredible range of vegan products, with up to 40 stalls of vegan artisan bakeries, craft brewers, local artists, ethical jewellery, and more. Vegan or not, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

9. Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival

(August 6th - 9th)

The Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival is back for 2022. Bursting with unique local food stalls, craft beers, cocktails and coffee roasters, this food and drink festival is a perfect summer weekend treat. Ideal for anyone and everyone, the weekend will consist of live music, entertainment, and kids’ activities. Many dietary alternatives are available alongside cake stalls, deli-style counters and homemade displays.

10. Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival

(September 17th - 18th)

An annual event since 2005, the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival returns this September in the heart of Holmfirth town. Hosting a fun-filled weekend with bountiful amounts of tasty local food stalls, craft ale, talented musicians and entertainment for the whole family. Whether you are a foodie, a real ale lover, or just fancy a great day out with the family, the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival is an excellent option for all to enjoy.

How we can help with food & drink festivals:

We love this time of year, not only because of the warmer weather but because of the array of food and drink festivals on offer across Yorkshire. After so many festivals were cancelled over the past couple of years, it’s amazing to see these events go ahead now in full force! 

These days, food and drink festivals aren’t just what they say on the tin. Event organisers are going above and beyond to stand out from the crowd and create the ultimate experience for their guests. However, food and drink festivals require a lot of preparation and planning, a lot of which includes the likes of essential event solutions. 

Organisers can expect to hire event equipment such as audiovisual equipment, lighting equipment, power generators, and special effects. All of these elements will make for a top-quality food and drink festival. 

To find out how we can help with your food and drink festival, head this way: https://www.ayre.events/venue-support/ 


  1. Google trends data for the search term “food and drink festival 2022” is correct as of April 2022.
  2. Google trends data for the search term “Yorkshire food and drink festival” is correct as of April 2022.
  3. Festival information is taken from named festival websites