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What's On This Week (23rd September)

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Here’s a selection of what’s on in and around York for families this week. Again it’s the York Food and Drink Festival that’s the star of the show this week. Get down to St Sampson’s Square for demonstrations galore: what better way to get little Vikings excited about cooking? Don’t forget to check the rest of Little Vikings for more inspiration, from places to swim and see films to farm shops, soft play and stately homes with adventure playgrounds.


What's On This Week (23rd September) Little VikingsMonday 23rd September

Young Chefs Competition – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – 9am to 12noon and then 5pm to 8pm – Free 

Young chefs (under 21) have to produce a meal highlighting Yorkshire ingredients. Each competitor has 40 minutes to produce a two-course meal in these heats (finals are 5pm – 8pm). A great way to inspire little ones to get cooking.


Monday 23rd September

Various demonstrations – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – all day – Free 

Lots going on at St Sampson’s Square today, including a York Cookery School Demonstration (1pm), the Demo Chef cooking up a storm and having a chat (2pm) and Matt Beevers from Nineteen Restaurant creating a dish from a surprise box of Yorkshire ingredients (2pm).


Tuesday 24th September

Various demonstrations – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – all day – Free 

Loads to see at St Sampson’s Square again, including a demonstration from Adam Smith (the Devonshire Arms) at noon and one from York Cookery School showing how to make macaroons at 1pm.


What's On This Week (23rd September) Little VikingsTuesday 24th September

Singamajigs –York Theatre Royal – 10.15am and 11am – £3.50 single session, £15 for block of 5.

Fun-filled pre-school music sessions. Booking essential. Visit www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk for more information, and see our feature here.


Wednesday 25th September

Various demonstrations – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – all day – Free

Demonstrations today include Robert Ramsden from Deli Fresh showcasing what to do with Yorkshire fruit and veg (3pm) and food historian Dr Annie Gray demonstrating historical food techniques.


Wednesday 25th September

Big Scream (parents/carers and babies under one) – City Screen Picturehouse – 11am – normal admission prices apply

This week’s film is Rush.


Thursday 26th September

Various demonstrations – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – all day – Free

The Festival of Food and Drink continues with demonstrations from James Wright showing the science behind curing bacon (noon) and the Demo Chef (1pm). Chefs from Ning Restaurant will be showcasing Malaysian cuisine at 2pm.


What's On This Week (23rd September) Little VikingsThursday 26th September

York Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour – York Cocoa House – £6.50

During this tour and tasting you will learn how to taste chocolate like a pro and then apply your new skills to test and taste the chocolates on sale at York Cocoa House. Delicious.


Thursday 26th September

Museum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 11am to 12 noon –  Free

Guess what’s in the mystery bags, make a feely collage and make a den with various materials. More information here.


Friday 27th September

Various demonstrations – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – all day – Free

Today’s demos include Gina Battye demonstrating how any food can be made healthier (noon) and the Demo Chef Cookery Challenge (children from Guilamoor School will choose ingredients from the festival markets and the Demo Chef will have to create something) (1pm).


Saturday 28th September

Kids Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am (activities), 11.15am (film) – £3 non-members/£1 members. Membership is £4.

This week’s film is Amazing Animations 3 (from the London International Animation Festival).


Saturday 28th September

Museum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 12 noon – Free

Find the minibeasts in the sand, make a sticky spider’s web and look through the magnifying glass at minibeasts from the collection. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What's On This Week (23rd September) Little VikingsSaturday 28th September

Little Diggers – DIG – £3 per child, one accompanying adult is free – 9.30am for an hour

The Little Diggers group is a Saturday morning session for 2-5 year olds at DIG. An enthusiastic guide takes the little diggers on an archaeological adventure with a different theme each week. It’s great fun and fantastic value. This week’s theme is Visiting Vikings. Booking is essential: call 01904 615 505.


Saturday 28th September

Various demonstrations – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – all day – Free

Demo of the day for us is from chefs from Betty’s Cookery School (11am). They will focus on secrets to successful baking with a scientific lowdown on how some basic baking ingredients work and react with different baking techniques. York’s Chocolate Story will also be running a drop-in children’s lolly-making workshop (11am to 3pm). Other demonstrations include Blind Swine Cookery and Cocktail Demonstration (2pm) and Cooking with Wild Food (1pm).


What's On This Week (23rd September) Little VikingsSunday 29th September

Various demonstrations – Part of the Festival of Food and Drink – Demonstration Area, St Sampson’s Square – all day – Free

We’re looking forward to the Crumbs Cupcake Decorating Workshop (11am to 2pm) and the macaroon demonstration with Florian Poirot (3pm).

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