Town ready for annual food festival

ORGANISERS and shops in Malton town centre are gearing up for the Food Lovers Festival which starts today and is expected to attract thousands of visitors.

Nearly 100 food and drink producers and street food stalls will highlight regional specialities and Scarborough restaurateur Giorgio Alessio, who runs the Lanterna Ristorante in Queen Street, will be one of the chefs demonstrating his talents over the two days.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a walkabout banquet experience by following a Welcome to Yorkshire Taste Trail which organisers are describing as a “fun and delicious” addition to the event - now in its third year.

The Taste Trail has been specially arranged for food lovers to explore the town and sample food and drink at venues displaying the Taste Trail venue sign at 20 of the town’s food retailers and eateries as well as non-food businesses such as art galleries, fashion outlets florists and gifts shops.

Some of the region’s most admired chefs will show the crowds of festival goers how to turn the best seasonal produce into gourmet regional and international dishes. 

Two specially created cookery stages will showcase the talents of television chef, Rosemary Shrager and three of the region’s Great British Menu competitors including Andrew Pern, of The Star Inn, Harome, who was trained at Yorkshire Coast College.

Last year’s beer festival in the Milton Rooms is being extended to include wine and there will be comprehensive tasting notes for those who sample different wines.

The festival is seen as one of the major events in helping to boost the town’s economy.