Dine Under the Stars in Valley Gardens

A Harrogate food event is returning for second year after a hugely successful 2018.

The Long Table, a unique experience of exquisite cuisine, curtosy of local celebrity chef Steph Moon and enjoyed under the stars on one long table, was created by the team at Harrogate International Festivals.

This year the event is being held on 13 June from 6.45pm till late with the table seating up to 160 diners who will be able to experience this year’s dining extravaganza under the Victorian beauty of the Valley Gardens colonnade.

Stephanie said: “Last year we had a cracking event, and this year we’ll try and beat it! We’re involving more local chefs and using the best of Yorkshire produce. Everyone sits on this one long table which makes it a real joyous event, there’s a real sense of excitement and fun.”

“It’s an invitation to come along and try a really unusual experience, to interact, meet new people and have a bit of fun. Food brings people together and people relax when they eat, and last year everyone really let their hair down.”

The menu begins with a summer cocktail and canapes on arrival followed by a feasting-style sharing starter, with four tapas-style platters.

Steph continues: “We’ll be using locally grown produce as much as possible from Yorkshire pea and fresh herb hummus, Bleikers smoked fish pate, and heritage tomato herb salad with Harrogate Blue cheese in the starter.”

A taste of Dales lamb, the perfect banquet dish, will be cooked in three ways for the main, as a cutlet, pulled lamb shepherd’s pie and minted lamb Kofta, served with seasonal vegetables. Desert features roast peach, Melba and strawberry mille-feuille for a fresh summery pudding.

“Surrounded by nature and the stunning views of the gardens, being served sumptuous food and drink, it’s a great spectacle. With this menu, I think we’ve got a real crowd pleaser. It’s fun food with bright colourful bouncy flavours, what more do you want?”

The Long Table 13 June 6.45pm, Valley Gardens, includes cocktail and canapes, and bespoke three course meal. Tickets £76. With limited spaces, book online at harrogateinternationalfestivals.com or Box Office: 01423 562 303 if you have dietary requirements.