Launch Event


13th June 2014

Last night the team at the Halifax Food and Drink Festival launched the event with a huge bang! The Cooking School at Dean Clough did a sterling job of hosting the event with the provision of drinks and canapés as well as a live cooking demonstration from the wonderful Chef Dominic Hirst. The guests had a glimpse of what is in store for Halifax next weekend.


The team and the Marketing Halifax board were joined by an array of fabulous guests including Harveys of Halifax, The Pulse of West Yorkshire, Halifax Street Angels, The Halifax Courier to name a few as well as two of our exhibitors Porcus People Ltd of Todmorden and Yorkshire Drizzle from Huddersfield who provided delicious samples of their fantastic products which they will be bringing to the festival.


The Reverend Canon Hilary Barber and Chair of the Marketing Halifax Board opened the evenings activity with a speech which brought guests up to speed with what looks to be a fantastic event and the biggest Food and Drink Festival Halifax has seen to date:


"A team of just 2 have somehow managed to drive the festival forward and build on last year’s success; with 90 exhibiting stalls, our first ever Farmer’s Market, and an introduction of 4 key sponsors all bringing something new and exciting to Halifax.

You’ll find information in the festival literature about the local, regional and national producers showcasing their goods. There’s International cuisine from Europe, Africa, Asia, India, America and the Caribbean. With crafts, gifts and everything inbetween. All focused on food and drink."


The highlight of the evening was presented when St Michael and All Angels Church of England Primary School had people smiling with Yorkshire pride with their performance of an ‘Ode to Yorkshire Pudding’. Michael Holgate of Calderdale Council’s Services for Schools department said a few words about how children and adults throughout Calderdale are looking forward to the Summer ahead filled with festival activity and of course the Tour De France!


Ruth Robinson, Managing Director of The Cooking School at Dean Clough talked about the school and their involvement with the Halifax Food & Drink Festival.


Chef Dominic Hirst and his apprentices of The Cooking School, then cooked up a treat with a short demonstration of what can be achieved in a kitchen.


The evening certainly left a buzz of anticipation for what we can expect to find lining the streets of Halifax next weekend. So if you have not got it in your diaries yet, be sure make note of the Halifax Food and Drink Festival - Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014 - you will be kicking yourself if you miss it!



Launch Event