THOUSANDS flocked to the Food Lovers Festival at Malton at the weekend.
This was the fourth year that it has been held and it also marked a “first” in the way certain things were organised.
For the first time visitors wanting to access the different cookery theatres, where top chefs displayed their talents, and the masterclass marquee in the Market Place, had to buy a £5 wristband.
But shoppers and other visitors who just wanted to wander around and access the nearby shops were able to do so free of charge.
Organisers said the charge would go directly to Malton CIC, the not for profit company set up to oversee such events.
Broadcaster and journalist Selina Scott, who lives in Ryedale, became the festival’s first president.
Another first was the Masterclass Marquee with a programme of tasings, celebrity chef interviews and book signings.
The festival also boasted five patrons.
The two newest – cook Antonio Carluccio and food critic Mathew Fort – joined chefs Andrew Pern of the Star Inn at Harome and Rosemary Shrager and food writer Tom Parker Bowles.
Demonstrations were also given by several local chefs.