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Sunday 18th September

Cottingham prepares to celebrate region’s food and drink as festival returns for fourth year

The award winning Cottingham Food and Drink Festival returns for the fourth year on Sunday, 18 September, supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s EY Events Team.

Over the past three years, the event has gone from strength-to-strength and this year is set to be no different, with celebrity chef Brian Turner coming to Cottingham to celebrate the best of Yorkshire's food and drink.

Brian will be demonstrating his cooking skills with another well-known Yorkshire chef Stephanie Moon. Brian and Steph will be showing some of their favourite dishes using Yorkshire produce.

Steph and Brian will also be joined by John Robinson of Whites' Restaurant, in Beverley, and Thierry Condette of TC Patisserie, also in Beverley.

Both John and Thierry are delighted to be back to support the festival again.

Helen Green, the festival organiser said: "It's great that both John and Thierry are back for our fourth festival. They are two of our best local chefs. John's restaurant in Beverley is Michelin recommended and Thierry makes the finest French patisserie in Yorkshire, demonstrating that both have fantastic culinary skills.

“Part of our cookery demonstration will be to challenge the chefs to cook a dish using an east coast lobster. We have some of the finest shellfish in the world, which is caught off our coast and hope that the chefs will encourage visitors to the festival to buy a lobster, take it home prepare it themselves and maybe eat it more regularly.

“Sometimes when you have never used a particular ingredient you are concerned on how to prepare it. Our chefs will show you just how easy it is.”

The festival's aim is to promote the wealth of produce that is available on resident’s doorsteps, from both land and sea. Food produced in the Yorkshire region is amongst some of the best in the country and the Cottingham Food and Drink Festival celebrates that.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is pleased to be supporting this successful event for a fourth year.

“The food and drink industry plays a vital role in the East Riding and events like the Cottingham Food and Drink Festival highlight the variety of produce that can be sourced locally.

“By attending this event, residents and visitors are helping to support local traders and grow the local economy.”

Also taking part on the day will be some young chefs from Hull College. These budding chefs of the future are looking forward to working with Brian and learning some of his skills. The opportunity to work with such a talented and well-known chef is brilliant and the organsiers hope it will inspire the young chefs to go onto great things.

The festival is taking place in the centre of the village on Sunday, 18 September, from 10.30am-4pm.

Preparations will be under way from 3pm on Saturday, 17 September, with road closures being put in place from 6am. Stall holders will be starting at8am.

The first cookery demonstration will be at 10.40am.

The festival came about as a result of East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor Helen's wish to promote the local economy and highlight what a fantastic high street and business community Cottingham has.

Helen added: “This is a good news story about all that is local and I do hope residents and visitors can support and help to promote the event.

"We will have over 80 stalls trading on the day, plus a number of businesses open in the village.

“The wealth of different produce is amazing this year, ranging from East Yorkshire wine to local fish, cheese, smoked fish, vegetables and artisan breads to name just a few. I hope the footfall will increase this year. We will keep our fingers crossed for the weather, which has been kind every year so far.

“As the festival is organised at no cost to the local community and aims to try and boost trade for the local businesses in Cottingham, as well as East Yorkshire traders, we do hope that you come along to support the local area.”

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