If you love food – buying it, cooking and then eating it! – then May could be a busy month for you! 
Traditionally the busiest time of year for food festivals in Yorkshire, 2018 is no exception. 
Yorkshire is one of the UK’s largest counties and includes some fabulous local produce, and a food festival is one of the best places to indulge in your foodie fantasies! 
Here are three gastronomic events that take place within driving distance of Whitby, all offering a great day out into the bargain. 
Scarborough Food & Drink Festival – a brand new event – takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May at the town’s West Pier, close to the seafront and harbour, and it’s FREE to attend – hurrah! 
The regional press has teamed up with Scarborough Borough Council to offer a tasty menu of chef demos, stalls and music during this exciting weekend. Star guest chefs include Stephanie Moon along with Michelin-starred maestros Ollie Moore and James Mackenzie. 
The event will also boast local talent including chef Jeremy Hollingsworth, Luke Daniels, Debbie Raw, Charles Allen, Sue Nelson, Harrison Barraclough and many others.  
Find out what’s happening on Saturday here and on Sunday here 
Of course one of the main reasons for attending a food festival is the produce stalls and Scarborough won’t disappoint! From popcorn to piping hot chilli sauce, there’s something to tempt all taste buds. Discover which stalls are attending here. 
There’s also a direct bus route between Whitby and Scarborough too. 
If you wanted to travel a bit further afield, then there are two food festivals taking place over the Late May Bank Holiday weekend, so you’re spoilt for choice if you’re fanatical about food. 
Closer to home you’ll find Malton Food Lovers Festival, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May. 
Now approaching its tenth year, Malton Food Lovers Festival has helped put this pretty market town on the foodie map and is regarded by some as Yorkshire’s Food Capital. 
The food stalls spill out around the picturesque market place, surrounding a historic church and there is a main stage where celebrity chefs demonstrate their talents. 
This year, the itinerary includes Tommy Banks and Michael O’Hare among others on the gastronomic guest list. 
Malton is anticipating around 180 food stalls, buskers, a festival bar and tasty street food. Find out more here. Oh, and entry is FREE! 
And if you wanted to travel that bit further away, how about the Great British Food Festival at Harewood House, near Leeds, one of the country’s most iconic stately homes. 
From Saturday 26th May to Monday 28th May, it’s a foodie bonanza in a truly spectacular setting. 
This particular food festival is renowned for its speciality world foods and excellent entertainment, suitable for the whole family. 
There are some quirky differences to this foodie event, including Man V Food challenges, a Cake Off, and much more. Find our more here. 
Also this venue is best reached by car by the A64. 
We do love our food here at the Riviera and you can taste our own love of it in our tasty breakfasts. And even if you’re not a great cook, these food festivals are a great way to relax and indulge! 
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