On Sunday 18 September, Cottingham will put out the bunting for another tasty year of food, drink and frolics, as residents and visitors get the chance to observe cookery demonstrations from experts, soak up the brilliant village atmosphere, and sample the local cuisine. Located just outside of Hull, this event is perfect for those who use the Hull Trains service that connects the capital to East Yorkshire.
This year, the one-day festival will welcome Saturday Kitchen star Brian Turner to the stage as he showcases some of the area's best dishes and produce. Joined by renowned Yorkshire chef Stephanie Moon, and local heroes John Robinson of Whites Restaurant and Thierry Condette of TC Patisserie, the awesome foursome will show us how to prepare challenging ingredients, such as lobster and shellfish. It is hoped that visitors will return home feeling confident enough to buy and successfully cook East Coast ingredients, so come along and learn something completely new!
Helen Green, festival organiser, is particularly excited to see the two local restaurateurs return: It's great that both John and Thierry are back for our fourth festival, as they are two of our best local chefs. John's restaurant in Beverley is Michelin recommended and Thierry makes the finest French patisserie in Yorkshire, demonstrating that both have fantastic culinary skills.
A flagbearer for the region's produce
Cottingham Food and Drink Festival strives to promote Yorkshire's wealth of food and drink, sourced from both the land and the sea. As we know at Hull Trains, Yorkshire grub is amongst some of the best in the country and quite possibly the world! So, if you're from the area this is the perfect time to celebrate, and if you're from elsewhere, why not come and try it out for yourself? The proof really is in the (Yorkshire) pudding!
Inspiring budding chefs
Brian will also be joined by a host of Hull College young chefs, who will not only be taking part in the fantastic demonstrations, but also gaining a breadth of knowledge by learning from the best. After all, there's no better way to learn than through hands-on experience when it comes to cooking. Know an aspiring Gordon Ramsay? Bring them along and encourage them to take their passion one step further.
Growing local trade
Alternatively, if you're only interested in the finished product (i.e. the delicious dish), there will be plenty to munch on during the day. Over 80 stalls will offer their locally produced nibbles and eats, as well as a range of Cottingham businesses opening their doors “ be sure to grab a bite to eat and get a true Yorkshire experience!
Cottingham Food and Drink Festival takes place in the centre of the village on Sunday 18 September from 10:30am-4pm, with the first demonstration at 10:40am.