We held our first Food and Drink Festival at The Inn where we had a few special guests, including TV and Michelin starred chef Michael O Hare and Kray Treadwell, finalist on this year’s Great British Menu.
Michael O’Hare, who is chef-patron at The Man Behind The Curtain restaurant in Leeds and has appeared on BBC’s Great British Menu and Masterchef was a big draw on the Saturday.
Michael enjoyed a meal in the restaurant before his demo during which he said, “I want to support this place, I love what they do!” He created his signature cod dish, nicely prepped by our very own Chris Neve to a packed-out room. And working alongside him was Michael’s head chef, Kray Treadwell, a finalist on this year’s Great British Menu.
The Mayor of Ripon, Mayor Cllr Eamon Parkin also came along to our launch night on Friday and tucked into one of our burgers from our BBQ and sat listening to the live music in the beer garden.
The Mayor said he was delighted to support our Festival. Adding: “It’s important as a community to support our local businesses and great to see The Inn’s effort in creating such a fantastic event to bring everyone together and to also help raise money for such a deserving charity.”
Throughout the festival interesting talks were given by Simon Theakston of Theakston’s brewery, Innis and Gunn, Westons Cider, Whitley Neill, Kevin Rooney from Enotria on organic and biodynamic wines. Robert Ramsden took people through the best seasonal produce. Mr Udale provided a butchery demonstration and our chefs Mark Taft and Dan Parry cooked up some of their signature dishes.
We had a whole host of local produce stands in the large garden marquee with pies, seafood, cakes, brownies, cheese and chutneys, alongside the beer tent offering 30 different varieties. People also enjoyed our all-day BBQ and the various bands playing throughout the day and night. There was also face painting, balloon making and Marty Bear, the Martin House mascot, to keep little ones entertained.
Locals from Ripon, Linda and Peter Goldsborough who attended the Festival on both days, said: “It’s been marvellous. The food and entertainment has been excellent and we hope the Festival is very successful for The Inn. It’s so nice to eat locally and the staff are always friendly and the pub is an asset for the area.”
Over the two-day festival our generous customers and suppliers helped us raise £2,657.21 for Martin House children’s charity. Along with our suppliers contributions, we donated ten per cent of the Festival’s takings to local charity Martin House which has been providing family-led care and support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions for more than 30 years.
Chris Verney, regional fundraiser at Martin House, said: “It was a fantastic event. We’re delighted The Inn chose to support Martin House with its Food and Drink Festival and very grateful to everyone who kindly donated. It will really make a difference to the lives of our children and young people at Martin House and also to their families.”
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters including: Innis & Gunn, Fever-Tree, Whitley Neil, Whittaker’s Gin, Mortimers Orchard, Sipsmith London, Black Sheep Brewery, Peroni, Theakston, Marston’s and Enotria & Coe. Also, to everyone who helped and we’re planning ahead for the next Inn Food and Drink Festival!