York Spring Fair & Food Festival aims to showcase a range of artisan products from Yorkshire and beyond – award-winning gins and preserves, savoury and sweet treats, as well as cheeses to please. You can also enjoy a range of other stalls from stationery to gifts, books to candles, and even gourmet dog-food!
Reawaken your taste buds and support local traders after the long months of lockdown. Enjoy their delicious products as well as the banter!
Fresh takeaway delights will be available from a number of stalls – try delicious seafood, wood-fired pizzas, prime Yorkshire burgers, award-winning Yorkshire cheeses, Greek street food or a kebab from the Istanbul Grill, and then finish off with a Chock Shop brownie, a coffee from The Little Yorkshire Coffee Company, or a Mini-Melts ice cream!
An extensive area of picnic tables - outdoors and undercover - will be available for you to sit and sample your purchases, as well as soak up the convivial ambience. The tables will be regularly cleaned.
A restored double decker bus – the Yorkshire Bus Bar – will add more than a touch of colour and novelty, serving primarily Yorkshire beverages including fabulous local gins and Yorkshire’s finest ales from its brand-new beer dispensing system.
Enjoy cocktails and gins from the Hedgerow Cocktail Bar, and visit York Gin's stand for a masterclass on making the perfect tipple.
No funfair would be complete without candy floss, plus there'll be toffee apples and even a specialist marshmallow stand! To complete a fun day out treat the kids (or adults!) to face-painting and a helium balloon!
Check out some of the stands you can explore and enjoy ....
From an uber-cool Airstream van, tuck into a bavette steak sandwich with caramelised onions, homemade aioli and twice-cooked chips, or try the marinated steak with mango pico de gallo, or the local crab with lemon paprika aioli. Oh and check out the onion blossoms….
Serving a range of delicious barista coffees roasted in York and artisan cakes hand-baked in Pocklington (including gluten free and vegan options) from a vintage Citroen van. A Baileys latte anyone?
Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, churros are Spain’s answer to the donut and make a delicious sweet treat. Dough sticks coated in crystalised cinnamon sugar – perfect for dunking in a wicked little pot of chocolate sauce.
Pocklington-based Taste of Yorkshire supply delis and farm shops all over the UK with their gorgeous tasting range of ‘rite good’ biscuits and nibbles, from harissa and lemon oaten biscuits to chocolate shortbread bites.
Serving Dutch-style seafood, including prawns, squid rings, cod and fish burgers, as well as chicken, meat and veggie burgers. Look out for their black and orange van and enjoy a taste of Holland.
The Sweet Shop
A traditional funfair wouldn't be complete without the funfair favourite - candyfloss! There's also toffee apples, sweets and lots of other yummy treats!
A coffee connoisseur's delight. Four friends with a love of great coffee decided to create a brand that filled the coffee void on the Yorkshire coast – a company that would make it easy for people to enjoy really, really good coffee. Ethically sourced and outrageously delicious!
Artisan creators of spirits and liqueurs inspired by the hedgerows, meadows and woodlands of North Yorkshire. Sloemotion has been refreshing the good folk of Yorkshire and beyond for almost 20 years. Be sure to visit their Hedgerow Cocktail Bar!
Creators, promoters and purveyors of award-winning British cheeses. Choose from a tantalising array of waxed cheese truckles, crackers and mouth-watering chutneys, relishes and olives.
Greek Street Food
Visit the Greek Street Food stand and tuck in to gyros, halloumi fries and mixed platters of Greek taste sensations!
York Gin makes six world-class gins in York's only distillery, using traditional methods perfected over centuries. Masterclasses on making the perfect tipple will be available throughout the day.
Be sure to stop at the Chock Shop and tuck into a fresh, hand-crafted, artisan chocolate brownie. They’re round in shape so you get the sweetest softest heart of the brownie, and come in a tantalising choice of flavours - crunchy peanut butter, sticky toffee and rocky road are firm favourites or you could go for something naughtier - Amaretto, or Hennessy Cognac?
Lights, mirror, glitter, go! Roll-up, roll-up for a fabulous makeover with our face-paint artist and put a smile on their face! Unleash the tiger, tame that dragon or follow the glitter rainbow – there’s lots of characters and colours to choose from, for children and adults alike.
Heaven-scent! Browse this gorgeous range of candles, aromatherapy oils and diffusers and let your worries melt away. In fresh, floral, sweet and woody scents the candles are made from the finest 100% natural waxes and fragrances. All hand poured in Yorkshire and Born of Botanics.
For all things York! Grab some great York merchandise, maps, gifts and souvenirs and chat to the friendly team who will share their expert local knowledge of attractions, travel information, places to eat, shops and things to do in the city.
Awarded Children’s Publisher of the Year 2020, everyone loves an Usborne book – from touchy-feely ones to Look & Find Puzzles to books for improved mental health. Designed for children at all ages and stages, you’ll find an eye-catching array to choose from.
You’ll be speechless after one bite of these delicious juicy burgers – will it be the Say Cheese, Holy Guacamole or Hey Cowboy?! They also serve heavenly halloumi fries – all from a beautifully restored vintage horse trailer.
Have you ever wanted to eat a cloud? Head to the Malvavisco Marshmallow stand and check out their light, fluffy, melt-in-the-mouth marshmallows. You'll be dazzled by the range of different flavours on offer.
One of Yorkshire's best known preserve makers, this local family business has won 21 Great Taste Awards and 16 WORLD Marmalade Awards! And that’s not all – they’ve actually won awards every year since they started in 2004. The secret to their success? Bracken Hill’s 100 year old orchard produces flavour-packed fruits that outclass the modern varieties - try them to find out for yourself!
Fantastic ice cream beads in rainbow colours made from fresh milk, cream and natural flavours, with no artificial preservatives. All your favourite flavours plus bubble gum, cotton candy, tiramisu and cookies & cream. Irresistible!
Combining a passion for good coffee and a love of Land Rovers, these guys won’t be hard to find! Their distinctive Land Rover turned barista bar serves truly exceptional coffees, hot chocolates and speciality brews from its service hatch.
Sweet tooth heaven! Pop to The Crepe Pod where delicious crepes, waffles, cookies and milkshakes (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available) are served with a smile from their cute and quirky van.
The Little Yorkshire Ice Cream Company
You'll easily spot their cute, strawberry pink striped kiosk - the difficult part will be choosing from a delicious array of flavours!
Hand-made fresh every morning using free range eggs and locally sourced meats in a variety of flavours. Mr Murray’s Scotch Eggs can be served hot and soft boiled with a garnish as a salad box with fries to eat on the go while you browse the other stalls, or can be packed up cold for you to take home and feast upon. Seriously tasty!
Visit the YorkMix radio stand for chances to win spot prizes including the chance to go to York’s new attraction The Hole In Wand, and pick up the new YorkMix radio car sticker. Plus the team will be broadcasting live throughout the week, so you might end up on the radio!