Malton Food Lovers Festival

Yorkshire’s premier food festival returns this month and is bringing some famous names that you won’t want to miss…

“Put some music in my food for me, and give me some Reggae Reggae Sauce.” So begins Proper Tings, later to be known as The Reggae Reggae Sauce Song. Famously sung by the condiment’s creator Levi Roots back in 2007 as he serenaded some startled venture capitalists in the fourth series of Dragon’s Den, it’s become intrinsically linked to the man as well as his attitude to food and life in general.

Levi will be not only appearing at this year’s Malton Food Lovers Festival as its cookery theatre’s headline chef, he’ll be joined by his band on the evening of Saturday 27 May, where together they will provide the main act for a night of uplifting tunes. Having performed with James Brown and Maxi Priest as well as nominated for a MOBO Award in 1998, he’s no stranger to the music stage and can be guaranteed to energise the event throughout the day and long after the sun has gone down.
“I can’t wait to return to the Malton Food Lovers Festival this year.” he confessed. “The festival is the ultimate celebration of food and attracts thousands of hungry visitors who have a real love of food – just like me! I’m back with a bang and ready to inject some spice into the weekend.”

The festival is the ultimate celebration of food and attracts thousands of hungry visitors

So what can you expect from his musical performance? “My set at the festival night party will include some of my best feel good vibes from the Caribbean. I want to see dancing, singing and lots of eating.” Whether or not his set will include a rendition of Proper Tings, you’ll have to wait and hear.

Joining Levi and other celebrity chefs Stephanie Moon, Jonathan Batchelor and healthy food expert Hannah Sillitoe for demonstrations and a culinary Question Time session will be restaurateur, writer, caterer, television presenter and journalist Prue Leith.

Prue opened Leith, her Michelin starred restaurant in 1969 and by 1975 had founded Leith’s School of Food and Wine, which has remained incredibly successful to this day. Not only has she written cookery books and has been a food columnist for The Guardian, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Sunday Express, she’s also written seven novels and, most recently, has been given the heavily weighted task of replacing national treasure Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off, now that it’s moved from the BBC to Channel 4.

While this appointment to the unfeasibly adored show will undoubtedly bring her sparkling charisma to a much wider audience, it hasn’t been without its issues. The day it was announced round the clock security was placed on her home, to act as protection against what could be presumably be seen as the attentions of the paramilitary wing of the Mary Berry fan club. Prue and Mary are actually friends, which made such measures all the more surprising.

“I look forward to returning to Yorkshire’s Food Capital for its annual celebration of the finest food and drink in the region,” she explains. “Malton is a thriving town with food at its heart. Bursting with artisan food producers, distillers, brewers and independent shops, there’s no better place to celebrate good quality food and drink!”

She’s right, of course. This year’s festival is set to be bigger than ever and will feature a programme stuffed with events and activities for the whole family. There’ll be talks and tastings, pizza making classes, stalls and street food, and a vintage fun fair, as well as a smorgasbord of alcoholic offerings available at a festival bar run by Yorkshire’s own Orchard’s of Husthwaite Cider, gin producer Sloe Motion and award winning Malton brewery Brass Castle.

For more information check out www.maltonyorkshire.co.uk.