Yorkshire: The Gastronomical Capital of the UK
Yorkshire, the largest county in the UK, is the food lover’s capital of the UK.
Boasting the most Michelin starred restaurants outside of London, Yorkshire is famed for its wealth of farming land and culinary delights, as well as three National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and part of the Peak District. All of this richness and fabulous architecture has earned Yorkshire the nickname of ‘God’s Own Country’.
However, you cannot talk about Yorkshire and food without mentioning the famous Yorkshire Pudding. And the first recipe for this appeared in a cookery book in 1737 called ‘The Whole Duty of a Woman’. It wasn’t until 1747 when it re-appeared again and was actually referred to as a Yorkshire Pudding in Hannah Glasse’s book, ‘The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy’, as opposed to a Dripping Pudding, as it was made in the dripping in the bottom of the pan when roasting meat. Originally, the pudding was flatter in appearance and much denser than the crisp high fluffy versions we have today. The Royal Society of Chemistry has claimed that a true Yorkshire Pudding can be no less than four inches high.
Yorkshire is also famous for many food manufacturers that have their roots set deep in this huge county. They include Morrisons, Rowntrees, Bassetts, Marks & Spencers, Taylors of Harrogate, Tetleys, and Black Sheep Breweries, to name a few.
Fred Sirieix, and Nadiya Hussain have recently had a tour of Yorkshire’s gastronomical delights on BBC2’s Remarkable Places to Eat. Nadiya introduced Fred to the delicious treats Yorkshire has to offer. And that included the mouth-watering combination of Yorkshire Fruit Cake and Wensleydale Cheese.
And a treat not to be missed is Fish and Chips on the breath-taking coastline of Yorkshire. With fresh fish caught that morning, and beer battered, along with beef dripping chips, enjoyed out of the paper. And when looking across some of the most sensational views, it is a unique dining experience on its own.
Fred Sireix’s and Nadiya Hussain’s tour of Yorkshire’s gastronomical wonders just touched the surface on what the largest county in England has to offer. Rich with some of the country’s finest producers, many of whom have remained silent during the Covid pandemic, not able to show off their talents. But all this is about to change. And the country’s largest farmers market will proudly display what is so great about the north and its food and drink.
“Setting all the senses on alert”
From street food to traditional puddings, to plant-based recipes, setting all the senses on alert, and a huge variety of independent drinks producers from beer to gins and brandies, the Great Northern Food & Drink Festival held over August Bank Holiday weekend at Scampston Hall in Malton, is an event not to be missed. Celebrating everything that is gastronomically great about Yorkshire, and some independent crafts stalls, the Festival opens up opportunities for the producers themselves to showcase their products directly to their consumers. They’ll also answer questions about their roots, tastes and recipe ideas.
Grab your tickets to this foodies paradise quickly. The early bird offer of just £10 per adult ends at the end of April.
For further information about the Great Northern Food & Drink Festival, or to enquire about a stand, visit greatnorthernfoodfestival.co.