Feast for foodies as festival returns with Levi Roots and Great British Bake off judge

Organisers of a leading food and drink festival say there will be lots to love about this year’s event as it returns with famous names such as celebrity chef and British-Jamaican reggae musician Levi Roots and Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith.

Holiday company Inntravel, Yorkshire street food brand Hog & Beyond, gourmet pastry producer Yorkshire Baker, and the National Farmers’ Union have all been announced as sponsors for the second year running at Malton Food Lovers Festival, taking place on May 27 and 28.

Inntravel will be joined by Yorkshire Baker in sponsoring the Festival Cookery Theatre which will be headlined by Roots. He will be joined by a line-up of culinary names at the festival, including Leith, who will be giving visitors a sneak peak of her new novel The Prodigal Daughter at a book signing session in the Festival Bookshop, sponsored by Waterstones.

Simon Wrench, head of marketing at Inntravel, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the Malton Food Lovers Festival for the second year running as the sponsor of the Cookery Theatre and Main Stage. Local food, and especially Slow Food, is an important part of our holidays, so to be able to support the growing band of artisan producers in and around Malton by being a part of the biggest event in the town’s diary makes us extremely proud.”

Andy Mayer, Yorkshire Baker operations director, added: “Yorkshire Baker is delighted to be sponsoring Malton Food Lovers Festival for a second consecutive year. It is fantastic to welcome so many food tourists to Yorkshire’s Food Capital and we are looking forward to showing them the gourmet, handcrafted all-butter pastries that we produce here in Malton.”

Yorkshire street food brand, Hog & Beyond, is sponsoring the Festival Food Court and bringing local produce with global flavours to the festival.

Matt Briggs, founder of Hog & Beyond, said: “Hog & Beyond is excited to be partnering with the Malton Food Lovers Festival having traded at last year’s event. The engagement with visitors is absolutely fantastic; we are delighted to share our passion and knowledge with them. A highlight of the food calendar, the festival really echoes our ambition to take the local produce and then apply global flavours this year as it welcomes Levi Roots to town.”

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is again sponsoring this year’s NFU Kitchen Question Time, which will see the headlining chefs and food influencers discuss local food questions asked by festival goers.

Other sponsors at the Malton Food Lovers Festival include Country Warmth, Handy Mag and The Malton Cookery School.

The Malton Food Lovers Festival is funded by Malton CIC, a not for profit company which works to fund and deliver projects for the local community.