The tenth annual Malton Food Lovers Festival will be hosted this year on the 26th and 27th May, in Malton’s picturesque town centre, located within the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
Every year, the Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors – and this year is set to be the busiest yet with four of Yorkshire’s own Michelin starred chefs headlining festival activity, where they will host cookery demonstrations, talks and interviews.
The late Antonio Carluccio, the man behind Carluccio’s restaurants, hailed Malton as Yorkshire’s Food Capital in 2015 and the town’s reputation has continued to grow year on year. Most recently, Malton was named in The Times’ Top Places to Live in Yorkshire and the Sunday Times’ Best Places for Food Lovers.
The four local chefs set to bring their Michelin-star flavour to the Festival include Tommy Banks, winner of The Great British Menu 2016 and 2017 and owner of The Black Swan in Oldstead. Joining Banks is Andrew Pern, owner and Michelin starred chef at The Star Inn at Harome, James Mackenzie, owner and Michelin starred chef at the Pipe & Glass Inn and founder of the Yorkshire Chef Certificate Award. They’ll be joined by BBC Great British Menu and Masterchef star, Michael O’Hare, owner of the Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds.
The Black Swan in Oldstead was named Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the World 2017 on Trip Advisor, and head chef Tommy Banks has appeared on Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch, The Apprentice and also as a mentor on Masterchef. His first cookbook, Roots, is out now.
Whitby-born Andrew Pern has owned the Star Inn at Harome since 1996, when he was only 25. He has always championed local, seasonal produce, and quickly built a reputation for the Star Inn as an award-winning eatery – it has held Michelin star status for 15 years of Andrew’s tenure and in 2017, it was voted the UK’s number one Gastropub for the third time. Andrew now also operates The Star Inn The City, York, and The Star Inn The Harbour, Whitby, as well as Mr P’s Curious Tavern, located near the Shambles in York.
James Mackenzie, owner of the Pipe & Glass Inn, grew up in Filey and began his first job in the kitchen at just 13 years old. He later trained at Scarborough Technical College, and in 2006 acquired the Pipe and Glass in South Dalton with his wife, Kate. In 2010 the Pipe and Glass became the worthy bearer of East Yorkshire’s first Michelin Star, an accolade it has retained ever since.
Michael O’Hare, former head chef at the Blind Swine in York, opened his own restaurant, The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds in 2014, which is the only Michelin Star restaurant in the city, followed by The Rabbit in The Moon in Manchester in 2017. He’s well known from starring in high profile cooking shows including BBC’s Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen, Masterchef and Yes Chef.
Also appearing this year are the Pigott Brothers from the popular BBC programme, Family Cooking Showdown, and stars from BBC’s Further Back In Time For Dinner.
The Festival’s Main Stage will now take pride of place in the heart of Malton, adjacent to St Michael’s Church, while a brand new Indoor Market will take place in the Milton Rooms. For those wanting to eat al fresco, a newly designated street food and picnic area will be set up in next to the Milton Rooms and Taverner’s Yard will be open for the first time as part of the festival offering a range of Yorkshire’s finest alcoholic drink stalls.
The Malton Food Lovers Festival began in 2008 as part of an initiative to support the thriving food town of Malton, home to an impressive array of independent, artisan food and drink producers. A decade on, Malton now hosts monthly food markets on the second Saturday of the month from February to December, the Harvest Food Festival in the Autumn as well as Street Food Sundays – a twice monthly event hosted throughout June, July and August.
The Malton Food Lovers Festival will take place on the 26th and 27th May 2018, with the Festival Bar opening on the 25th, run by local brewery, Brass Castle, Orchards of Husthwaite Cider and Yorkshire gin producer, Sloe Motion. Entry is free throughout the weekend. For more information, visit www.visitmalton.com.