Who are we?
The Riverside Food & Drink Festival is a family friendly celebration of International Influence and Local Talent, expressed through International Food, Independent Drink, Live Music, Arts and Charity. All of this is underpinned by our core philosophy to showcase and expose talent based in the locality
The festival takes place on The Ings, Wetherby – a stunning unique location.
Come and join the celebration. Pull up a deckchair and sip on a Cocktail. Check out some Cookery Demonstrations and dance to some Live Music!
To explore the core components, please use the menu links above
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What to expect?
International Street Food – Take a walk through the lush green fields of Wetherby Ings, and enjoy the many aromas tempting you into tastes from around the world. Pick from some of the best Street Food traders in the UK!
Independent Drink – Lounge on a colourful striped deck chair in the sun. Take a sip on a Cold Beer, a glass of Champagne or a Cocktail loaded with fresh Strawberries. With 8 Independent Bars at the festival, we have you covered – whatever your tipple. Want something non-alcoholic? No problem, we have a specialist bar squeezing fresh lemonade and juices on the spot for you.
Live Chef Demo’s – Returning for 2023, the Live Cookery Theatre will be with us all weekend! Working with Zest Charity & Leeds Cookery School, the region’s best chef’s will be cooking up a storm. Each chef will be showcasing unique culinary expertise and focusing on a variety of different ingredients and cuisines – check out the ‘Live Chef Demos’ page above for more info!
Fine Artisan Markets – Feel your senses heighten as you walk through the colours, tastes and smells of the giant Artisan Produce Markets. Tuck into a gooey Artisan Brownie. Pick up gourmet Fudge, or try some luxury Cured Meats. Lover of cheese? We’ve loads of it, all from some of the best producers in the UK!
Live Music – Listen to the sounds of award winning Jazz, Soul, Pop, Swing and Indie performers! Over 26 performers join us each year, from solo performers, to choirs, bands and much more.
Live Entertainment – Stroll across the bustling site and you will come to the Entertainment Arena, where you will witness the mind-boggling talents of magicians, comedians and entertainers! Suitable for all ages, interactive shows take place every hour, on the hour.
Children’s Entertainment – Kids? See the excitement on their faces as they watch the Magic Matt show taking place each day. Take part in the free kids quiz and fact-hunt all around the site. Be sure to swing by the Traditional Fun Fair and Inflatable Land on your way, and check out our Arts and Crafts area!
Supporting Mental Health – As always, our charity partner at the festival is Leeds Mind. We will be collecting donations through optional donations on ticket sales and many fun activities. We have raised over £95,000 so far! Thank you!
Wellbeing – Walk through the dedicated wellbeing area at the festival. Here you will find everything from Independent Cosmetics, to Yoga Talks or healthy living interactions.
A massive thank you to Event Furniture Hire Yorkshire for providing all of our funky colourful deckchairs, tables & chairs. Can’t make this date? Then try one of our sister festivals in Leeds, Ilkley, Harrogate, Manchester, Ripley Castle, South Manchester, and Newcastle.