Clear your plates at Yum! Festival of Food and Drink this weekend

Yum! Festival returns to the city centre this weekend.

Queens Gardens is set to be a foodie heaven from 8th-10th August, as HullBID puts on its monthly Hull Street Food Night and follows it up with the annual Yum! Festival of Food and Drink.

Thursday 8th August sees a selection of all your favourite street food vendors situated around the Rose Bowl fountain, plus bars serving a variety of cocktails, craft beer, cider and G&Ts and musical entertainment from The Charm Offensive and regular DJs Mak Page and John Peters in Queens Gardens itself. 

Friday and Saturday sees the return of the ever-popular two-day food festival, which is now in its 10th year and aims to highlight some of the fantastic local producers we have in the area, as well as a global street food selection.

A wide range of food and drink, much of it locally produced, will be available to tempt visitors.

The Cheers! bar area, sponsored by Iguana Developments, is fully stocked and will also feature music from Rich Stephenson, The Gherkins (as seen on BBC1’s All Together Now), The Trebels, The Bants and a DJ bringing the party atmosphere to the festival.

In addition, for this year, the cookery demonstrations are back, with a kitchen set up in the bandstand, sponsored by Hull College. There are some fantastic chefs on the line-up including 2014 Great British Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle, 2018 Masterchef semi-finalist Anthony O’Shaughnessy, Michelin-starred chef Paul Leonard from The Devonshire Arms in Skipton, plus a talk on gin distilling and craft beer making from Hotham’s Gin School and Atom Brewing Co.

Keep the kids entertained with an improved and expanded free Kids’ Zone, sponsored by St Stephen’s Shopping Centre. There are cookery classes, cupcake decorating, face painting, balloon modelling, arts and crafts activities from HeadStart Play Rangers. And, thanks to The Vault, the kids can spend all day playing giant games including Connect 4, snakes & ladders, chess, Jenga, croquet, noughts & crosses, dominoes, quoits, ludo, hula hoops and bean bags.

Queens Gardens is the ideal spot for a picnic, with plenty of picnic benches provided, as well as deckchairs, and tables and chairs. Or, bring along a rug and set yourself up for the day.

Hull Street Food Night is on Thursday 8 August, from 4pm-9pm. Yum! Festival of Food and Drink is on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August, from 11am-7pm. 

Find out more at www.yumfestival.co.uk or follow @YumFoodFest on Twitter and Facebook.

[Catherine Goble – HullBID]

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