Fabulous Food at the Great Yorkshire Show

Visitors to the new £11.5m exhibition hall at next month’s Great Yorkshire Show are sure to be wowed by the sights and smells emanating from the fabulous Food Hall.

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The new hall, which is the size of three and a half Olympic swimming pools, will become a virtual food emporium during the three-day agricultural extravaganza, which runs from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 July 2016.

As well as hundreds of stands selling everything from chutney and chilli sauce and pork pies to popcorn, the Food Hall includes an exciting exhibition charting ‘The Journey of Food, the Great Cheese and Dairy Show and a new Great Yorkshire Food Theatre.

Making a welcome return to the Great Yorkshire Show is TV celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager, who is one of the stars of the food theatre.  Dividing her time between the new Great Yorkshire Food Theatre and the Game Cookery Theatre, in the Country Pursuits Area, Rosemary will be rustling up a variety of recipes including stroganoff using beef from three different Yorkshire farmers.

Other well known names who will be rolling up their culinary sleeves during the show include James Mackenzie of the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass at South Dalton, Simon Crannage of Swinton Park near Masham and chef Callum Bowmer of the Clocktower Restaurant, Rudding Park, Harrogate.

New to the Great Yorkshire Show is vegan chef, Little Miss Meat Free Kate Beskow, from Hull, who will be cooking a mushroom stroganoff and Will Pemberton from Bettys Cookery School, in Harrogate, who plans to use the best Whitby crabs to make a tasty seaside salad.

Chef extraordinaire Stephanie Moon, one of the cookery theatre co-ordinators, said she was very excited about this year’s line-up. “We have two cookery theatres this year, which has enabled us to include even more Yorkshire chefs on stage, who are all passionate about the region’s food. The two theatres will give visitors more variety – and hopefully inspire them to try some of these recipes at home,” she said.

Other highlights of the daily programme include BBC Radio York presenters Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace, whose creations will include Knaresborough-based Chippindale eggs, former BBC MasterChef finalist Sarah Danesin Medio, and Paul Rawlinson, owner of Norse restaurant in Harrogate.

‘The Journey of Food’ exhibition will enable visitors to explore the different aspects of food production, from hearing about new innovations in satellite field mapping to meeting local farmers and growers from across Yorkshire and beyond.

The prestigious Great Yorkshire Cheese and Dairy Show is one of the finest in the country with classes for butter, yoghurt, liquid milk, ice cream and cheese. For the first time there is a section for organic products, a new class for cheese-makers for those whose business is less than five years old and the opportunity to take home some prize-winning cheese from the Big Cheese Auction on the final afternoon. There’s also the chance for visitors to try their hand at judging cheese, ice cream and chilled products in the ‘Consumer’s Choice’ section.


4 July 2016

Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk


-        The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charity which supports farming and the agricultural industry.

-        This will be the 158th Great Yorkshire Show

-        Dates are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July

-        The venue is The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

-        It is England’s premier agricultural event

-        Tickets are available online – at greatyorkshireshow.co.uk or by calling the Ticket Hotline - 01423 541222 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm)

-        There are savings to be made by buying tickets in advance.

-        Parking is extensive and free

-        Dogs, other than assistance dogs, are not allowed on the showground. Be kind to your dog and leave it at home.

-        For the latest information see www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

Great Yorkshire Show 2016 Ticket Prices

                                    Advanced Prices                               Gate Price

                                    (until Weds 6 July)

Adult                           £23                                                      £27

Child                           £10                                                      £13

Family (2 adults
& 3 children)             
£56                                                      £67


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling