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Theme: Food and Drink

Meet the Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria or find out more about brewing Eoforwic Ale and mixing the perfect cocktail. Why not join the debate about sustainability and the future of food and farming at our Festival Focus Day?

What's on

Tue
14
Jun

Brewing: Anglo-Saxon Times to the Victorian Era

Learn about beer and brewing through history. How is information gathered about fermented drinks from archaeological evidence? How do you make Victorian beers from original recipes and ingredients? What are the ingredients for Eoforwic Ale? (Ale made especially for the Festival by Leeds Brewery to an Anglo-Saxon recipe.) Join us to find out and sample some Eoforwic Ale and Victorian beer.

Tue
14
Jun

On Lager and Lordship

The York Union presents Cobra Beer founder and outspoken crossbencher Lord Bilimoria. Join us to hear his reflections on his runaway entrepreneurial success and how welcoming Britain was when he left India in the 1980s. He will also provide some unique insights into business and politics. Critical of both the Tories and Labour at the last general election, Lord Bilimoria takes no prisoners.

Fri
10
Jun

Cocktails Without the Nonsense

Join Richard Godwin, author of The Spirits: A Guide to Modern Cocktailing, as he conveys you through the annals of cocktail-making history. Dedicated to demystifying the art of ‘mixology’, Richard demonstrates that making sophisticated cocktails is amazingly easy and surprisingly cheap. A practical demonstration suitable for anyone over 18.

Fri
10
Jun

How to Eat Better and More Sustainably

How can we influence consumer behavior to improve diets and the impact of food production on the planet? How should food be marketed and what are healthy eating alternatives?

Fri
10
Jun

Food and Health: The Ticking Time Bomb

Experts examine the rising cost of obesity and chronic diseases.

Fri
10
Jun

Developing Sustainable Food Security Systems

Distinguished speakers, including Sue Hartley, President of the British Ecological Society, Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF and Ben Reynolds of Sustain, examine food security and sustainable crops.

Fri
10
Jun

The Challenge of Feeding a Healthy World

Keynote speaker Tim Benton, the UK Champion for Global Food Security, sets out the scale of the challenge, before issues such as waste management are explored by expert panelists including Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems and Technical Lead at WRAP.

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