The Culinary Delights of York

I’m almost afraid to publish this little preview of what the culinary delights of York have in store for any foodie who is thinking about making their way to this history-rich city, quite simply because all the options (and more) might have you feeling like a kid in a candy store! I mean the fact that there are food and drinks festivals should say a lot about York’s culinary scene, so the only thing left for you is to head on down and get a true taste of it yourself.

York has firmly established itself as the county’s foodie capital, with a table under the spires of northern Europe’s largest gothic cathedral making for the venue for just one of the many unique dining experiences to immerse oneself in. Contemporary culinary evolution meets traditional favourites to create an extensive mix of gastronomic choices that will leave even the fussiest of foodies extensively satisfied, if not a bit disappointed that they just didn’t have the time to try everything out.

Literally everything is on offer and you really don’t have to look hard at all to find what you’re specifically looking for. However, you are encouraged to try out some of the local dishes, many of which will undoubtedly be familiar to you, except they have that good old Yorkie-spin to them. So the good old Sunday roast will perhaps come with trimmings prepared and served York-style, which can be found at one of the many gastro pubs in the city.

York boasts a number of award winning restaurants as well, with some signature chef dishes that will have you associating a specific, unique taste to your visit to York once you roll out of town again. This is where you’d go for your healthy portions of modern British cuisine.

Restaurants, cafes, food courts at malls and resident hotel restaurants aren’t the only places where the culinary tastes and delights of York can be sampled. In fact, one can say that the York Food and Drink Festival is where the true taste of York comes to the fore, quite simply because it is during this annual event when the singular focus of the people in this history-rich town is on food – how it tastes, how it’s prepared, where it comes from and how it’s to be served and enjoyed.

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It is after all the biggest of the UK’s food festivals and it’s still going strong after celebrating its 20th year, last year in 2016. While you’re getting up-close and personal with the whole of Yorkshire’s finest chefs, cooks, recipes and even producers, you can take advantage of this chance to sample as much as you can.

The children can get involved as well with the kids’ hands-on cooking classes, while the drinks element comes into to play for adults to enjoy through wine tastings and a swig of some beverages from all over the world, even though the main focus is on those which are sourced locally and from some of the immediate surrounding areas.

Flavours of the World on a Budget

Well I definitely wanted to travel a lot more than I did a lot sooner in my life, but either way, I can honestly say that I was rather privileged growing up under the tutelage of a parents who made it happen in terms of exploring the length and breadth of this beautiful world of ours. One of the most outstanding features which define any destination however is its food, particularly that food which is unique to the place or which is prepared in a way that is unique to that location.

I’m talking here from your basic fries on which some people add vinegar in addition to salt, while others don’t and perhaps even eat them with rice, right up to dishes such as koshary, which is rather unique to North Africa.

A few short years ago however it was a bit of struggle to try and recreate many of these delicious flavours of the different parts of the world. I mean even if the restaurant owner was kind enough to write down the recipe for their favourite foreign customers who will perhaps never return to their establishment, some of the ingredients proved hard to find and still prove hard to find to this day. Shipping them across the world works out to be quite expensive and by the time they arrive they’re either not as fresh as you’d like or you’re not even in the mood for that specific dish you were previously craving anymore.

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Some of these unique flavours of the world one experiences are just too hearty to put away on the “once-in-a-lifetime-culinary-experience” shelf, so a plan needs to be made in order for one to keep enjoying them. Fortunately there is a plan and it’s called ingredient substitution.

Ingredient substitution involves a whole lot of experimentation, but it takes you through a journey of culinary delight along which you learn so much about your own cooking skills and about what can be achieved with a little creativity and ingredient chopping and changing.

Many people in this part of the world find apple pie revolting, for example, but I reckon that’s just because they don’t quite have the proper ingredients to make something like that come out the way it was originally intended to come out. You’d want to use original apple pie spice for example in order to get the authentic taste of this good old American favourite, but since this dessert isn’t that popular round here, you’d have a hard time finding apple spice.

That’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about however, that being ingredient substitution used to recreate the flavour almost as is, if not all the way as it is. If you don’t have apple pie spice for example, a tablespoon of it can be recreated with a mixture of two teaspoons of ground cinnamon, one teaspoon of ground nutmeg and just a pinch of ground allspice.

In many instances you even come up with a richer and more delicious flavour than the original, but as mentioned, there will be a lot of experimentation involved to recreate the various flavours of the world on a budget.