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Ripley Castle gears up for Foodies Festival

Ripley Castle is a very special place for us. We got married there on a perfect day back in 2012. We’ve been back a couple of times since, once for a fantastic evening of music (a Queen tribute band being the highlight) and food, and once for a Segway tutorial in the stunning grounds.

On the 22nd August, we’re heading back once again, this time for the Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink.

The weekend of foodie delights will celebrate the best of Yorkshire produce and will bring together celebrity chefs, Michelin starred local cooks, and (something that we’re really looking forward to!) the best street food vendors the region has to offer.


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There’s almost too much going on to list, but some of the highlights we’re most looking forward to include:

  • Listening to Rosemary Schrager speak. She’s one of our favourite celebrity chefs and we’re sure she’ll have some entertaining stories to tell during her slot across the weekend!
  • Visiting the wine and champagne theatre. Although we’re both still mostly off alcohol following the arrival of our little one, we are now indulging in the odd tipple and the wine and champagne theatre promises to guide visitors through this season’s best bubblies from around the world.
  • Visiting Street Food Avenue. Street food is big at the moment, especially in Leeds. The street food offerings here will include Thai, Brazilian, African, and Japanese cuisines.
  • Watching the Chilli Eating Competition. We’ve been known in the past to be a little bit silly when it comes to spice. A particularly memorable evening at Akbar’s comes to mind when we both asked for an extra hot curry and seriously ended up regretting it! So, rather than taking part, we’ll be watching this chilli eating competition from a safe distance. The current record is apparently 16 million scoville, that’s 6,400 times the average heat of a chilli! If spice isn’t really your thing, there’s also a spaghetti eating competition on offer at the festival.

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If this sounds right up your street, here’s all the important info you need to know:

  • Tickets are on sale now from You can also call the ticket office on 0844 995 1111. A day ticket for Friday costs £10, whilst weekend day tickets are £13. You can pick up a weekend pass for £20. VIP tickets are also available (allowing you to indulge in a free glass of bubbly and with priority access to masterclasses among other benefits), weighing in at £35 and £38 for Friday and weekend days respectively. Kids aged 12 and under go free.
  • The festival opens at 11am and runs until 7pm each day (6pm on Sunday).

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