City centre businesses counting down to Yum! Festival

Food for all the family will be on the menu when the Yum! Festival of Food and Drink takes place in Hull next week.

Age-old recipes will be presented alongside modern cooking techniques. Top chefs from some of the area’s best restaurants and hotels will reveal the secrets of their success. Up-and-coming chefs will do battle over a hot stove and children will be allowed to play with their food!

The hope is that the event will build on the crowd of 30,000 attracted last year, raise the profile of the catering and hospitality industry in Hull and East Yorkshire and give city centre businesses a chance to increase their own food sales.

“The first Yum! Festival was a great success so we’ve kept the best of that and added a few new ingredients,” said Kathryn Shillito, Hull BID City Centre Manager.

“We’re joining forces with the Hull Jazz Festival for a launch event on Thursday night and then there will be two days of celebrating and enjoying some fantastic food creations.

“It’s a great opportunity to promote our hospitality and catering businesses and it’s also important for local retailers who will find themselves with thousands of budding chefs all wanting to try out some new ideas.”

The launch event will combine haute cuisine and hot jazz sounds on the evening of Thursday 28 July in a marquee in Princes Dock Street, Hull. On Friday 29 July and Saturday 30 July the marquee will become the Tasty Tent, housing local food and drink producers and the Chefs’ Theatre.

A Bitesize Kids’ Arena will be set up outside Holy Trinity Church by Food 360 and fringe events will include street stalls and entertainers and a continental market.

The media are welcome to attend any of the events during the Yum! Festival. Many participants will be available for photographs/filming and interview in advance of the event if required. Contact details are below.

Chefs’ Theatre

TV chef Gerard Baker, who lives in East Yorkshire, will be the compere for the event which will take place in the Yum! Festival Marquee in Princes Dock Street.

Friday 29 July

11-12pm Artisan - Richard Johns

12-1pm Hitchcocks - Bruce Hitchcock

1-2pm The Star Inn - Ben Cox

2-3pm Anna’s Happy Trotters - Anna Longthorpe

3-4pm The Wilson - Mark Barrett

Saturday 30 July

11-12pm Pipe and Glass (Michelin starred restaurant) - James Mackenzie

12-1pm Tickton Grange Hotel - David and Roger Nowell

1-2pm FINAL – Copper Saucepan Award for Young Apprentice Chef of the Year

2-3pm Food 360 - Margaret Hickling

3-4pm Two Rivers Restaurant, The Deep - John Simpson 

Tasty Tent

Exhibitors will include Eden Fine Wines, The English Chocolate Fountain Company, Bedazzled Cupcakes, Foodiefinder Magazine, Dove House Hospice, Robinsons Pies, Great Newsome Brewery, VKP Preserves, Raisethorpe Manor Fine Foods, Morris Sandwich Bar, Revolution, The Deep, Big Sizzle, Hull College, Jamie at Home, Chocolocolicious, stallholders from Trinity Market.

Copper Saucepan Award

The Copper Saucepan Award for apprentice chefs forms part of the Festival and is organised by the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitality Association (HEYHA). A cook-off at Hull College produced the two finalists – Alex James of The Millhouse Restaurant, Skidy and Ryan McPherson of The Starr Inn, Sancton – who will go head to head in front of a live audience.

Food 360

The Food 360 project is based in East Hull and works with schools and community organisations to promote growing your own food and cooking the produce.

 “What we do is all about showing children and their families how much fun they can have with food,” said project co-ordinator Adrian Fisher.

“Not all of the activities are food-related - at the Yum! Festival we’ll have circus performers. But we’ll also do food tasting and we’ll have a company that makes its own ice cream and sells it from a traditional barrow on a tricycle.

“We’ll also be showing children how to plant seeds that they can then take away and grow at home, and we’ll demonstrate how people can grow their own food in small areas at home.

“A lot of people think things like that are really difficult so we’ll show them it’s easy and fun, and if they go home and try it we’ll follow up with advice to help them.”

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