Scarborough Food and Drink Festival - here's what's on the menu this year

Some of the region’s best chefs have teamed up to launch Scarborough Food and Drink Festival, which promises to be even bigger and better in 2019.

The event will be held on May 11 and 12 and is moving to a new venue – the Open Air Theatre.

Chefs Rob Green, Jeremy Hollingworth, Rob Clark, Rebecca Palmer and James Mackenzie. Photo: Richard Ponter

Chefs Rob Green, Jeremy Hollingworth, Rob Clark, Rebecca Palmer and James Mackenzie. Photo: Richard Ponter

Host Steph Moon said: “I’m thrilled to be coming back to Scarborough. The food festival last year was a fantastic event and the cookery theatre was full for all the sessions.

“We are looking forward to giving Scarborough a taste of local chefs cooking the best local produce.

“Scarborough is enjoying an exciting time when it comes to food with lots of great new restaurants popping up in the area.

“All these Scarborough chefs are wanting to get involved in this brilliant festival to showcase their fantastic work.”

Among the chefs who will be cooking at the Open Air Theatre on May 11 and 12 are James Mackenzie, owner of the Michelin-starred Pipe And Glass in East Yorkshire, and Ryan Osbourne from the Star In The Harbour in Whitby.

James said: “Having grown up in Filey I have always known how fortunate we are in Yorkshire to have such a varied larder of produce available on our doorstep, and the festival will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the passionate growers and producers within the region. The festival has a fantastic atmosphere and promises to be a great day out for the whole family”.

Also on the line-up are Martyn Hyde from the award-winning Eat Me Cafe in Scarborough and local seafood expert and ambassador Rob Green.

They will be joined by John Appleby from the Blue Lion at East Witton, Debbie Raw from Malton Cookery School and Jeremy Hollingworth, who owns Jeremy’s and used to work for Marco-Pierre White.

Rob Clark from Clark’s Restaurant and Luke Daniels, who is just about to start work as head chef at the Palm Court Hotel, will also be giving demonstrations.

Rob said: “As a Scarborough raised lad I am incredibly excited to be involved in the Scarborough Food Festival. The OAT attracts nationwide and global audiences and to be taking part in demonstrations and using Scarborough-grown ingredients will be fantastic.”