Farmers’ markets and food festivals

Farmers’ markets, food festivals and more foodie fixes

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.

Still want more? Find a few more ideas here on how to get your foodie fix!

Farmers’ markets

Here’s a flavour of the food markets running across the area, find a full list here.


Helmsley Artisan Food Market at Helmsley Town Hall, featuring the best of local artisan producers on the last Friday of the month from March (9am-2.30pm).


The award-winning Hovingham Village Market is held on the first Saturday of every month (10.30am–1.30pm). No market in January, 10th birthday celebrations (5 October 2019), extra Christmas market in December (7 and 21 December 2019).


Malton Monthly Food Market is held on the second Saturday of the month (9am-3pm) from February 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 March until December (excluding 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 (16-18 May 2019) – Malton held its first Craft Beer Festival in 2014 to mark the craft beer revival, with two microbreweries, Bad Seed Brewery and Brass Castle now brewing their real ales in town. The festival returns in 2019 with even more craft beers, street food and music and a preview on the Thursday.

Fish & Ships (18–19 May 2019) – new to Whitby this year, celebrating everything that’s special about our Coast’s magnificent maritime culture with plenty for foodies, from cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Brian Turner in the festival kitchen, to fish filleting and crab dressing demonstrations by local fishermen, BBQs/local ales plus A Seafood Trail – with special menus and offers.

Malton Food Lovers Festival (25-26 May 2019) – 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 (25- 28 July 2019) – 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 (28 July 2019) – 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 (7-8 September 2019) – 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 tbc) – celebrating its 25th birthday in 2019. and described as legendary by CAMRA, expect live music, loads of homemade food and more than 80 real ales, lagers and traditional ciders.

More foodie fixes

My Kitchen – Woodlands Farm B&B owner Amy Callin has opened up her kitchen to both residents and non-residents for a range of cookery experiences. Whether it’s talks and tastings by producers of locally-created food and drink such as cheese and gin; or experiences ranging from two hours to half a day with themes such as Christmas Baking and Yorkshire Afternoon Tea.

Sourdough cookery school – Pascal Watkins honed his sourdough bakery skills while running the well-respected foodie haunt, the Angel Inn at Hetton near Skipton. Now he’s hopped over to the North York Moors and has opened Cawthorne House B&B in Pickering where guests have the option to join a sourdough masterclass.

Vegan and Ayurvedic cooking at Yogandspice – Lorraine Clissold, a yoga teacher and author of the Chinese cookery book entitled: “Why the Chinese don’t count calories” hosts a mini retreat centre for up to 6 guests. The retreats run over the weekend and include yoga and meditation sessions as well as Lorraine sharing her skills in creating Asian-style vegan and Ayurvedic dishes incorporating home grown vegetables and herbs.

A Taste of the Moors – for a complete foodie experience, Grand Yorkshire will take you on a full day exploring the true taste of the North York Moors by paying visits to farmers’ markets, remote rural producers and distilleries as well as stopping in a market town to seek out those deli delights.

Fossils, Forage & Feast – Go on a coastal journey of discovery with Hidden Horizons to find secret plants and creatures hiding in rock pools, discover Jurassic fossils, and forage for delicious seashore snacks. Delight in cooking and eating the food you find on an open fire on the beach.

A Grand Day out in Yorkshire – Join Yorkshire & Beyond on a wander around the market town of Helmsley and take a journey back in time at Helmsley Walled Garden. Discover the stories and many uses of the plants. Follow in the footsteps of monks and drink their famous mead at Rievaulx Abbey.

Cake decorating – Guests at Gumboots & Wellingtons, a new one-bed shepherds hut, can look forward to a cupcake decorating session with Cakes by Kristina. In an hour-long session, you’ll learn how to create a ‘showstopper’ while honing their decorating skills and relaxing afterwards with a cup of tea and cake.

If these whet your appetite, find more food experiences here.