*BBC’s Incredible Spice Men play host in Malton’s stunning refurbished Town Hall*
Malton’s stunning Town Hall, which dates from the C18th when it was used as a butter market, will be brought back to life as a pop-up restaurant by acclaimed roaming restaurant Chateau Marmot, during Malton Food Lovers Festival (24-25 May 2014).
The main event, ‘Flat Caps, Tartan and Turbans’ will take place on the evening of Saturday 24 May, when Incredible Spice Men Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh host a five course evening of exciting local food, matched wines and elegant live music in the historic Town Hall. All the food will be prepared using Malton-sourced produce, most which will be available to buy at the Festival.
The Incredible Spice Men have stipulated a dress code for the evening of flat caps, tartan & turbans or black tie and cocktail dresses. As Cyrus explains: “The Malton Food Lovers Festival Gala Evening should be amazing. We’re so excited to be spicing up Yorkshire produce and presenting it in such fine and historic surroundings. With the Town Hall dressed for the occasion, we think all guests should be too!”
The menu for the evening is a collaboration between The Incredible Spice Men and the Chateau Marmot team which includes Chef Sam Hodges, currently a Head Chef at Soho House with a CV that includes the acclaimed St John Restaurant, London.
Other opportunities to eat in the historic surroundings of the Town Hall, with its stone arches twinkling in candle light, include sittings throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, and Friday (23 May) evening. Friday night’s menu will be a five course tasting menu from chef Sam Hodges, alongside live music entertainment; Saturday’s day menu will offer sharing boards, filled with the best of the festival’s produce. Sunday will be ‘Lunch at The Chateau’ a four course Sunday lunch with a difference, and will also feature a talk from acclaimed Yorkshire author and Independent and Telegraph nature journalist Rob Cowen.
All food will be prepared using Malton-sourced produce and each course will be accompanied by matched wines selected by internationally acclaimed wine critic and former Decanter Editor Rosalind Cooper.
The owners of Chateau Marmot, who are running the pop-up restaurant at Malton Food Lovers Festival, are thrilled to be returning to Yorkshire’s Food Capital. Co-founder Danielle Treanor, originally from near Wetherby, explains: “Yorkshire will always be special to us at Chateau Marmot because we ran our first event here in York. Malton was always one of my favourite towns when I was growing up too, it’s a beautiful area full of great produce, we can’t wait!”
Booking is essential for each evening event and for Sunday lunch. Visit www.chateaumarmot.co.uk to make your reservation
Now in its sixth year, the festival attracts over 20,000 food lovers to Malton and boasts a fabulous food market of over 160 of Yorkshire’s best artisan producers, retailers and restaurateurs. It features two days of demonstrations, cookery lessons, tutored tastings, talks, family entertainment, music and not to mention the huge new Festival Bar!
Access to the festival is free, however chef demonstrations, cookery lessons in Malton Cookery School and other special events are ticketed so visit http://maltonyorkshire.co.uk/event-timetable/ to ensure your place and keep updated on events.
May 23rd-25th Malton Town Hall, Market Place, Malton.
Friday 23rd, dinner: Reservation only, five course tasting menu, drinks extra £44
Saturday 24th, daytime: Yorkshire sharing boards, no reservations.
Saturday 24th, dinner ‘Flat Caps, Tartan & Turbans’ Gala Dinner: Reservation only, five course tasting menu with matched wines and a welcome drink, £100
Sunday 25th: ‘Lunch At The Chateau’. Four course tasting menu lunch £27, drinks extra. Sittings at 12pm & 3pm by reservation or walk in, space permitting.
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