Yum! Festival of Food and Drink eyes pies for Hull city centre
FESTIVAL pies and sausages will be among tasty local produce served up during a major food event in the city.
Presenting a banquet fit for royalty in Queen Victoria Square, chefs and caterers will cook up a storm next month.
The Yum! Festival of Food and Drink, organised by Hull's Business Improvement District (Bid), aims to involve more people than ever before.
Mark Duckett opened Port-Side Bistro in Princes Dock Street just before Christmas.
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He said: "We have specials all the time and the festival is a great idea, so we'll be coming up with something different.
"I'm thinking of something healthy and light with Mediterranean vegetables and mozzarella."
Queen Victoria was known to have had a fondness for lavish banquets, and while Hull's food businesses are not quite in a position to rustle up a 96st ox, visitors will be able to indulge her passion for other delights.
The festival, on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, is the third annual event involving Hull Bid.
Matt Cunnah, owner of Hull Pie in Trinity House Lane, is hard at work on a special festival pie for the occasion.
He said: "We're doing very well with our quiches containing leek and brie and with sausage roll recipes, which include jalapeño and cheddar or roast pepper and goats cheese.
"Our new pies include hickory-smoked roast pork and Jamaican jerk chicken. I'm not sure what I'll do for the Yum! Festival Pie but I'm tempted to try something a bit crazy."
Kathryn Shillito, Hull Bid city centre manager, said: "For this third annual Yum! Festival of Food and Drink, we decided to move the focal point to a more central location but to also expand the activities to other areas of the city centre.
"It is all about providing opportunities for local businesses that sell food to promote what they have to offer.
"When Matt came up with the idea of a Yum! Festival pie, we thought it would be good to encourage people to devise a complete menu.
"Apparently, Queen Victoria was known to tuck into 30 courses on occasions.
"We won't be trying to match that sort of quantity but we know the businesses in Hull are capable of serving very high-quality food."
This year's Yum! Festival will see the return of the Tasty Tent, housing many local producers with spaces still available.
Kathryn said: "By moving the Tasty Tent to Queen Victoria Square, we hope this year's festival will be the busiest yet.
"By inviting more of our local food producers and suppliers to create festival dishes, we hope to give them an opportunity to show what they can do and boost business.
"Matt, Mark and others have come up with some great ideas so far and we're sure there will be more to come from other food businesses, whether they are drawn from traditional Hull recipes or one-off ideas especially for the Yum! Festival."
Other events, including activities for children, will be posted on www.yumfestival.co.uk in coming weeks.