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Tommy Banks announced as patron of Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton Food Lovers Festival has revealed that Michelin-starred Yorkshire chef, Tommy Banks, will become the Festival’s first official patron.

Hungry foodies travelled up and down the country to the North Yorkshire market town of Malton for a food fuelled weekend filled with opportunities to sample the very best food and drink.

The weekend served up plenty of gourmet delights including a line-up of culinary experts from across the UK; Michelin-starred Yorkshire chefs, James Mackenzie and Tommy Banks, along with Stephen Smith from The Star Inn at Harome and award-winning food writer, Sabrina Ghayour. The remarkable line-up delivered talks and demonstrations on the Visit Malton main stage, getting inspiration flowing and taste-buds tingling.

Welcoming Tommy Banks onto stage for the second year running, it was announced that the Michelin Star award-winning Head Chef and Owner of Roots, York, and The Black Swan, Olstead, voted best restaurant in the world by Trip Advisor in 2017, will become the event’s official patron. This will see Banks bringing his culinary inspiration to the Malton Food Lovers Festival, working with the team on bringing more locally sourced produce and talent to Malton, driving food projects and initiatives and inspiring future events.

Tom Naylor-Leyland, Festival organiser, said: “We are incredibly honoured to welcome Tommy as the official patron to the Malton Food Lovers Festival. The Festival is the pinnacle of the foodie calendar here in Malton, displaying some of the finest food and drink farmed and produced in Yorkshire, as well as cooking demonstrations by the region’s most talented chefs – we are thrilled to have Tommy’s experience and inspiration on board as a patron and ambassador for our flagship event.

“This news is the icing on the cake following yet another successful event, welcoming thousands of fantastic producers and visitors who brought hungry bellies and a jolly atmosphere to our charming market town.”

Michelin-starred chef and patron to the Malton Food Lovers Festival, Tommy Banks, said: “I’m delighted to return to Malton for the second year running and to announce that I’ll be partnering with the Visit Malton team as official patron for the Malton Food Lovers Festival.

“The Festival truly showcases everything that is so special about Yorkshire’s food and drink – from growers and farmers to bakers and distillers – one thing that binds the event together is the passion and commitment to quality produce shared by both stallholders and visitors. Yorkshire’s Food Capital sets a benchmark for food events and I’m thrilled to be working with the team to continue and grow its success.”

Commitment to local produce is at the heart of the Malton Food Lovers Festival, showcasing over 150 stalls, mainly made up of local independent and artisan businesses who revisit year on year.

Bestselling food writer, Sabrina Ghayour, attended the event for the first time this year. She said: “I am very pleased to join a talented line up of Yorkshire’s foodies at the Malton Food Lover’s Festival having relocated to Yorkshire earlier this year. It was a pleasure to demonstrate Middle Eastern recipes from my new cookbook, Bazaar, bringing culinary inspiration from my heritage to Malton, using ingredients purchased within the town itself – showcasing the accessibility and ease of trying new recipes from other cuisines at home in your own kitchen.”

The newly relocated Malton Cookery School hosted ‘Meet The Yorkshire Chefs’ workshops in association with Inntravel, a selection of exciting activities on the hour both days. Saturday hosted the Young Chefs competition and ‘The Country Cook’ Esther Lee also gave a demonstration. Sunday featured another talented line up including Tom Heywood from York’s Rattle Owl and owner of Bear & Mouse Chocolate, Lee Rushforth from The Terrace at Swinton Park.

Taverner’s Yard – ‘The Producers Bottle Shop’ – hosted a range of Yorkshire’s very best drinks producers such as Whitby Gin, winners of the Best British London Dry Gin 2019 at the World Gin Awards, and Rhucello, rhubarb liqueur produced using rhubarb from Yorkshire’s celebrated rhubarb triangle.

Tom Naylor-Leyland added: “Many visitors don’t realise that Yorkshire’s Food Capital is a vibrant food tourism destination all year round – whether you’re visiting for one of our many food events, a Malton food tour, a cookery course at the Malton Cookery School, or simply visiting some of the exceptional food, drink and craft entrepreneurs who are always open to give a taste, smell or sip of the action. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Malton throughout the year.”

The organsiers also paid special thanks to sponsors Malton-based Howarth Timber, Greenergy, the renewable fuel provider based in Immingham and Inntravel, provider of Slow Holidays.


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