Farmers’ markets and food festivals
There is something so satisfying about sourcing great local food. Visit one or more of our farmers’ markets in scenic locations and you can soon have a basket filled to the brim with a wide array of shopping from honey and bread through to gourmet Scotch eggs and sloe gin.
Alternatively make a beeline for one of the many food & drink festivals during the year where you can sample to your hearts’ content everything from beer and gin through to jam, chocolates and seafood often while listening to live music.
Here’s a flavour of the food markets running across the area, find a full list here.
Coxwold Village Market – find a wide range of producers at Coxwold Village Hall on the last Saturday every month (10am-1pm) except December when it’s a week earlier.
Helmsley Artisan Food Market at Helmsley Town Hall, featuring the best of local artisan producers on the third Friday of the month from February (9am-2pm).
The award-winning Hovingham Village Market is held on the first Saturday of every month (10.30am–1.30pm). No market in January, extra Christmas market in December (5 and 19 December 2020).
Malton Monthly Food Market is held on the second Saturday of the month (9am-3pm) from March until December.
Run by the social enterprise Food First, find Saltburn Farmers’ Market outside Sainsbury’s, Milton Street on the second Saturday of the month from February until December (no market in August) (9am–3pm).
Award-winning market with 36 stallholders selling organic vegetables, meat, British charcuterie, chocolates, plants and more, on the first Saturday monthly (8.30am–2.30pm) in the Market Square, Stokesley.
Food & drink festivals
Check out our full schedule of food & beer festivals here.
Beertown (14-16 May 2020) – Malton held its first Craft Beer Festival in 2014 to mark the craft beer revival, with two microbreweries, Bad Seed Brewery and Brass Castle brewing their real ales in town. The festival returns in 2020 with even more craft beers, street food and music and a preview on the Thursday.
Fish & Ships (16–17 May 2020) – Celebrating everything that’s special about our coast’s magnificent maritime culture with plenty for foodies, from cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs in the festival kitchen and shipyard tours to fish filleting and crab dressing demonstrations by local fishermen, live music, children’s activities and much more.
Malton Food Lovers Festival (23-25 May 2020) – the area’s flagship food festival, showcasing Yorkshire’s fabulous bounty and speciality food from further afield. 150 food stalls and street food, mixed in with passionate local and celebrity chefs, cookery demos, tutored tastings, festival bar, live music and more.
Whitby & District Lions Annual Charity Beer Festival (July 2020) – based at The Whitby Mission & Seafarers Centre, over 30 real ales, ciders and perries to sample from local and regional microbreweries, with all proceeds going to local charities. Plenty of local food too.
Saltburn Food Festival (26 July 2020) – the farmers’ market is boosted by special guest chefs in the live cookery theatre, children’s cookery workshops in the Family Kitchen, and beer festival. Make use of the Park & Ride on the Whitby Vintage Bus.
Malton Harvest Food Festival (12 September 2020) – celebrating the best of autumn, with game and seafood from the North York Moors – think wild boar sausages, grouse, venison, mussels, oysters, foraged food, soft fruit, baking and more. Alongside a wide range of stalls, you’ll find street food, live chef demos, live music, festival bar and more.
Cropton Brewery Beer Festival (November 2020) – celebrating its 26th birthday in 2020. and described as legendary by CAMRA, expect live music, loads of homemade food and more than 80 real ales, lagers and traditional ciders.