More than 12,000 at Halifax Food and Drink Festival

Halifax Food and Drink Festival. Customers try continental sweets.
Halifax Food and Drink Festival. Customers try continental sweets.
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The streets of Halifax were brought to life with the smells and tastes of some of the best food and drink from across Yorkshire and nationwide.

More than 12,000 people took in bison burgers, ostrich, fine cheeses, Yorkshire punch and much more across more than 70 stalls as part of the Halifax Food and Drink Festival.

The festival took over Southgate and Russell Street for the weekend and provided timely refreshments to the thousands who lined the streets to welcome the Olympic torch on Sunday.

Masterchef 2012 finalist Tom Rennolds held a cooking masterclass on the display stall at the bottom of Russell Street.

Other top chefs showing us amateurs how its done included Timothy Bilton, star of the BBC’s Great British Menu and chef at The Butchers Arms, Hepworth.

Matthew Benson-Smith, from Halifax’s own Cooking School at Dean Clough, showed why the cooking school has a growing reputation for improving dining in Calderdale.

Oganiser Michay Matthews, from Marketing Halifax, said the weekend had been a fantastic success.

She said: “Not only were we able to raise awareness of the fantastic producers we have here locally, but we were also able to showcase the town to new visitors from further afield.

“The festival attracted more than 12,000 people across the weekend and generated a huge increase in usual town centre footfall figures.

“We very much look forward to bringing the festival back here next year and with continued support we hope this is just the beginning of what Marketing Halifax could do for the town.”