Programme 2019


The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is back once again for 2019. Over 80 stalls located in Leyburn’s Market Square all showcasing the wonderful food and drink products available in the area.

And just to ensure that both adults and children can enjoy the whole day, a host of additional attractions are available to enjoy across the weekend.

Cookery Demonstrations by Top Dales Chefs

On Saturday and Sunday, a top chef from the Yorkshire Dales will be hosting live cookery demonstrations for you to sit back and enjoy. Large TV screens at either side of the marquee ensure that no-one misses out on the action, of which there is always plenty! Our Chefs this year are from two of the Dales’ finest award-winning restaurants, hotel / inns and will be demonstrating their skills and showcasing some amazing seasonal dishes using the very best in local produce and taking inspiration from the bountiful countryside around us. All Chefs volunteer their time and carry out their demonstrations free of charge, so please give them a big cheer and a round of applause as a thank you

Cheese Making Demonstration from The Wensleydale Creamery

Watch a cheese expert from The Wensleydale Creamery turn eight pints of Wensleydale milk into a 500g Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, in approximately 40 minutes. Our sponsors the Wensleydale Creamery will be showing us how to make cheese across both days at this year’s event. – https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/

Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society

Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society present Prue Le Roux, ‘the ballerina of baking’ in their hilarious farce as she demonstrates her culinary skills to the Leyburn Ladies Tea Society, where her ‘jus’ is a scintillating sensation that has an astonishing effect on Compo, Nora and the gang. Will gravy survive this post modern onslaught on its domain – and what would Mary Berry say?! Join us to find out.

Be Entertained by Leyburn Band

The Dales have a tremendous reputation for making music so why not spend some time listening to Leyburn Band who, under the leadership of their bandmaster, Emma Lundberg, are now recongnisable as a top class local brass band of outstanding musicians who entertain thousands of people across The Dales and have raised thousands of pounds for local charities and organisations.

Hollywood Boredome

Hollywood Boredome are a three piece indie – rock group based in both Wensleydale and Co Durham, formed in December 2018. With time in a studio soon on the cards the lads are working on their own stuff whilst maintaining a repertoire of cover songs from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood. Check them out as they are performing in the entertainment marquee on Saturday and Sunday!

Roundhill Brewery

Roundhill Brewery Limited is a microbrewery based in Billingham, Stockton-On-Tees. We brew using only top quality ingredients to create small batch beer that is handcrafted then casked and bottled at the brewery.
The brewery has expanded and is fast gaining a reputation for the quality of the ales produced. At Roundhill we cover a broad range of beer styles so come and say hello to Russ and Phillipa and talk all things beer!

Hartlepool Ukulele Group

The Hartlepool Ukulele Group was set up by George Formby fan Geoff Lilley on January 12, 2012, after he appeared in the Hartlepool Mail to ask if any other budding musicians would fancy giving it a go. The group which started out with just two members a year ago has gone from strength to strength and now boasts 40 fabulous pluckers.
The Hartlepool Ukulele Group have performed at many events including Tesco foyer, raising funds for Marie Curie and again at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink 2019 they will be collecting for charity so please give generously.
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Muker Silver Band

The Band is based in the small village of Muker in Swaledale, and has been at the heart of the local community for well over 100 years…
While some members travel from Richmond and Wensleydale, there is still a strong sense of local identity and association with Muker village, and the band plays regularly in the village for community events. The band has a wide-ranging membership, with players aged 15 to 79. Some players have been with the band for over 60 years, others have joined the banding world at a much later stage in their lives, learning to play after retirement.
With a busy annual schedule Muker Silver Band plays regularly in the Dales, Richmond and further afield. The band has undertaken a number of overseas tours in recent years and have played in Holland, Luxemburg, Germany (Aachen and the Rhineland) and Ireland.

Vintage Shuttle Bus

At this year’s event we have again provided a vintage double decker bus to transport visitors to and from the Town centre. The vintage bus experience is free of charge, people who have parked their car in the official out of town car parking facility. Visitors who have not used the official car park can also use the shuttle bus but will be required to pay a small charge.

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY 15th JUNE 2019

10:00am – The Festival and all activities open with a performance from Hollywood Boredom
10:30am – The Roundhill Brewery Beer Tasting
11:00am – Chefs demonstration by Michael Barrett – Head Chef of the Street Head Inn Bishopdale
12:00pm – The Gravy Lark. A hilarious comedy performed by the Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society
1:00pm – Enjoy a performance by the Hartlepool Ukulele Group
2:30pm – Barry Mageean of Taplin Mageean Spirit Co will show us how Gin is made
3:00pm – A performance by the outstanding local Muker Silver Band
6:00pm – The Festival and all activities close.
6:30pm – The last shuttle bus leaves for the car park.

SUNDAY 16th JUNE 2019

10:00am – The Festival and all activities open with a performance from Hollywood Boredom
10:30am – Cheese making by Wensleydale Creamery
11:00am – A performance by the award-winning Leyburn Band
12:00pm – The Gravy Lark. A hilarious comedy performed by the Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society
1:00pm – Chef demonstration by Jon Appleby. Head Chef of the Blue Lion Inn East Witton
2:00pm – A second performance by the award-winning Leyburn Band
3:00pm – The Gravy Lark. A hilarious comedy performed by the Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society
5:00pm – The Festival and all activities close.
5:30pm – The last shuttle bus leaves for the car park.

Leyburn’s hospitality

Leyburn has a host of food and gift shops, hotels, public houses and restaurants. Visit them and buy something special, have lunch, a snack or a cup of tea. Even better stay for the evening and enjoy the entertainment and hospitality.

Be entertained by bands of The Dales

The Dales have a tremendous reputation for making music so why not spend some time listening to 4 award winning Bands playing jazz, traditional band music, swing and popular tunes. We're pleased to have; Leyburn Band, Moobeams, Muker Silver Band and Elizabeth joing us over the weekend.