Food festival hits the streets

Halifax Food and Drink Festival at the Piece Hall, Halifax.  Anthony Worrall Thompson.
Halifax Food and Drink Festival at the Piece Hall, Halifax. Anthony Worrall Thompson.

The wait is almost over for one of the culinary highlights of the year as the Halifax Food and Drink Festival gets under way this weekend.

The free to attend festival includes a wide range of exotic food cooked by a host of top class chefs.

Delicacies will include 11 exotic meats, including zebra, kangaroo and ostrich.

Among the culinary experts who will attend are Timothy Bilton of The Butchers Arms, Hepworth, and contestant on the BBC’s Great British Menu and Matthew Benson-Smith from The Cooking School at Dean Clough and the former chef to the Prime Minister.

Others include 2012 Masterchef finalist Tom Rennolds, Ben Varley of the Rock Hotel, Halifax and former contestant on Masterchef: The Professional, and Lee Marshall of Design House Restaurant at Dean Clough.

The chefs will be holding workshops to give the public some useful hints and tips on home cooking.

The festival will also move from its traditional home at the Piece Hall and will this year be based on Southgate and Russell Street in Halifax town centre.

The day will have a family feel to it and the Raman Family will be sharing the secrets that made them winners of the Hairy Bikers Cook-off 2010.

NHS Calderdale will supply a mobile cooking bus in support of the Change4Life programme offering free hands-on activity and cookery sessions for both children and adults.

There will also be as many as 12 stalls offering a wide range of the the finest produce with lots of locally sourced food and drink.

The event will be held on Saturday June 23 between 10am and 5pm and on Sunday June 24 between 10am and 4pm.