Crowds flock to first ever Hebden Bridge Food Festival

German flavour Alison Pearson, Kiya Howard, Amy Leader and Bettina Fischer with pretzels from the German kitchen.
German flavour Alison Pearson, Kiya Howard, Amy Leader and Bettina Fischer with pretzels from the German kitchen.

A feast of fantastic treats for foodies has been in store at venues across Hebden Bridge this week.

The town’s first ever food and drink festival has seen crowds flocking to taste all sorts of delicious dishes.

Tasting trails, chocolate making, expert talks, chef’s cookery demonstrations, children’s pizza-making and real-ale sampling are just some of the activities taking place.

Spearheaded by the Hebden Bridge Community Association and helped by sponsorship from Intoto Kitchens and support from a variety of different organisations, the festival was organised in a bid to show Hebden Bridge is back in business after the summer’s devastating floods.

The week kicked-off with the HebChef contest at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Contestants were asked to produce a single-plated meal in 20 minutes using seasonal, local ingredients before the top four chefs judged by the panel will invited to a cook -off at the end of the afternoon.

On Sunday, the town was transported to Germany for the day when it held its very own Oktoberfest.

Drinkers could enjoy supping the produce of several local breweries and fill their stomachs with foot-long frankfurters, pretzels, meat and cheese platters, sauerkraut and four different types of German cake from a German kitchen running at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Other highlights of the weeks included a pop-up cafe by I Spice at Zeitgeist Hair in Carlton Street, a sushi-making demonstration by Sushi Tuesday and tips for making the perfect Pork Pie from The Porkery.Throughout the week there were also demonstrations from festival chef Phil Leverington.

The festival is still continuing today, tomorrow and Sunday. For more information on the events in store visit

Today the festival line-up features Okan from Hebden Tea divulging fascinating facts about tea and holding a tea-tasting session at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from noon until 1pm. There will also be a surgery by chef Phil Leverington at the town hall from 1pm to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm, Calder Food Hub will present Meet The Producers at The town hall.

Tomorrow, there will be a Family Foodie Fun Day from 11am to 4pm, run by Calder Food Hub, at the town hall with apple-pressing, pumpkin carving, chocolate-making, kids cooking demonstrations and more. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a food market throughout the day running from Lees Yard into St Georges Square and down Bridge Gate, and in the evening from 5pm to 9.30pm in St Georges Square.

On Sunday, the festival will close by asking people to grab a trowel and join gorilla gardners in planting herbs, fruit bushes and vegetables in beds around town. Meet at the town hall at 1pm or on Bridge Gate and Holme St from 1pm to 3pm. There will also be a food market throughout the day.