From Chicago to Settle: Whistle-Scoff Tour of Yorkshire

Two gourmands will be swapping Cook County for cook’s country this week when they embark on a behind the scenes artisan food tour of Yorkshire’s best chefs, food producers and produce.

Gourmet guided trail company Yorkshire Food Finder has been tasked with introducing two Chicago food bloggers to Yorkshire’s award-winning provisions from March 8-11, to mark English Tourism Week.

Culinary travellers Diana Laskaris and Sue Reddal, who run – an online guide to food and drink that connects food lovers from across the world with cookery classes, tour packages, events and trends – will be flying to Britain to take a tour of Yorkshire and Cumbria, with a three-day tasty Yorkshire Food Finder trail as part of the itinerary.

YFF2Organised by Yorkshire Food Finder in conjunction with Welcome to Yorkshire, Visit England and Visit Britain, the tour takes in everything from cheese tasting with affineur Andy Swinscoe at The Courtyard Dairy in Settle and trout fishing at Kilnsey Park, Wharfedale, to cider making at Ampleforth Abbey – not to mention a trailblazing taste of Yorkshire’s finest smoked fish, rapeseed oil and white wine along the way.

Each day of the two-day tour will culminate in sumptuous dinners created by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern of The Star Inn the City and The Star Inn, award-winning Peter Neville of The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, and Masterchef the Professionals finalist Dan Graham of The Talbot Hotel, Malton.

There will also be an appearance on BBC Radio York, alongside Yorkshire Food Finder founder Sue Nelson where Sue and Diana will help cook up Yorkshire produce with a Chicago twist – beer burgers and sausages, using Yorkshire beef, pork and Yorkshire beer, and Chicago style deep-dish pizza, using Yorkshire spicy chorizo instead of pepperoni!YFF

“We are thrilled Welcome to Yorkshire viewed us as the ‘go-to’ experts for food in Yorkshire and invited us to organise this foodie trail for Diana and Sue,” says Sue Nelson, who set up Yorkshire Food Finder in 2012. “This is the fourth trail of its kind we’ve organised for Welcome to Yorkshire and like the others we hope it will fly the flag for the county’s produce abroad and reinforce Yorkshire’s reputation as a destination for the delicious.”