Yorkshire's Top Chefs At Grassington Festival This Sunday
Victoria Benn, Features Writer
Grassington Festival and Food go well together, a bit like lamb and mint sauce or trout and charlotte potatoes (with a drizzle of oil and dill!) – which Wharfedale produces in abundance, thanks to its verdant hills and fresh water streams.
Grassington Festival is also well known for ‘punching above its weight’, and attracting some of the biggest names from the worlds of tv, comedy and music, throughout its 38 year history. Indeed this year sees the likes of Michael Parkinson rubbing ‘billing’ shoulders with The Fratellis, Smokie and Jason Manford, to name but a few. No surprises then that the festival also attracts some of Yorkshire’s most acclaimed chefs, who no doubt come along to showcase not only their culinary skills, but the best of the region’s fantastic produce.
The Food Festival – a totally free event taking place Sunday June 17 – is hosted in Grassington’s picturesque cobbled square. The al-fresco food theatre caters for all, offering shade, shelter and a ring side view under the open sided marquee for those who like to get first dibs on the tasting plates, or seats at the back for those who prefer to top up their tans as they digest (see what I did there?) all the top foodie hints and tips.
First up on the (kindly loaned) Howden’s kitchen podium at 10.30 is John Rudden, owner and head chef of the award winning (and extremely handy) Grassington House Hotel, whose dry wit is sure to dazzle along with his delicious and impeccably curated creations. Following in John’s footsteps will be Stephanie Moon, chef consultant at Yorkshire’s premier hotel, Rudding Park.
Well versed in the art of cookery demonstrations, Stephanie’s passion for food and local produce shines through in absolutely everything she says and does.
Flying the Scottish flag and hosting the popular lunchtime slot at 12.30, is Struan Macintyre, executive head chef of Skipton’s award winning bar and kitchen, Alexander’s.
New to the Grassington Food Festival, Struan is certainly not new to the circuit having worked at contemporary leading restaurants, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, before joining Alexander’s. Struan’s expertise lies in using locally sourced ingredients to create a myriad of internationally inspired tastes and dishes, such as his signature Cuban influenced Yorkshire lamb rump and Asian inspired sesame crusted seabass – make sure you are sat at the front for this one!
Simon Bolsover from the Coniston Hotel and revered Yorkshire chef, Bruce Elsworth from Elsworth Kitchen, complete the food theatre line up at 1.30 and 2.30 respectively. The whole event is also being compered by Chris Wildman, the charismatic owner of tv’s Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge, recently aired on BBC2.
Like a tempting array of side orders and nibbles surrounding the main culinary event, there will also be a wide selection of local artisan producers and purveyors showcasing and selling their wares, such as The Courtyard Dairy with its multi award winning cheeses and Town End Farm with its pioneering and absolutely delicious, Yorkshire Chorizo.
Aperitifs will be complimentary, courtesy of Alexander’s Bar and Kitchen, which will be hosting a gin tasting event at the head of the square. With a choice selection of five speciality gins; Malfy Con Limone, Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, Barentsz Premium Gin, Puerto de Indias Strawberry Gin and Masons Yorkshire Gin – from its extensive selection of over 40 gins – the team will be on hand to guide visitors through tasting notes and mixer suggestions.
If this still isn’t enough to tickle your taste buds, there is also free live music from the Ski Band (no relation to the yoghurts).
Alexander’s Opening Times
Monday - Thursday 0830 - 2300
Friday - Saturday 0830 - 0100
Sunday 0930 - 2300
Yorkshire's Top Chefs At Grassington Festival This Sunday, 13th June 2018, 16:07 PM