Video: Thousands turn out for Yorkshire Food & Drink Show

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The sun shone on thousands of food fans as they filled Millennium Square to sample some of the best food from across the county.

Around 6,000 hungry visitors flocked to Millennium Square in the first three hours of the Yorkshire Post’s Yorkshire Food and Drink show.

Sissi Crespo and Andrea Hernandez at the Yorkshire Food and Drink show in Millenium Square.

Sissi Crespo and Andrea Hernandez at the Yorkshire Food and Drink show in Millenium Square.

Celebrity chef Brian Turner kicked off the event with a cooking demonstration, which was followed by cookery tips from The Food Academy at Flannels, Asda, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Ministry of Food, Gaucho, Hansa’s and chef Stephanie Moon.

The three-day event in the city centre is the finale of the Leeds Food Festival, which aims to highlight the quality and variety of Yorkshire venues and produce.

Over the weekend, the show will see a jam-packed line-up of top chefs cooking up a storm at the Kitchen Theatre.

Visitors also have the opportunity to browse hundreds of stalls selling hot and cold food from chilli jams and chocolate to ostrich burgers and oysters.

Salvo’s restaurant’s Gip Dammone, who is taking part in a cook-off on Saturday, June 8, said: “Leeds Food Festival is a great opportunity for the whole food and drink industry in Leeds to show off how good we are.

“We are relishing the chance to win the ‘Battle of Italians’, but with such great choice on offer, it is the people who eat out in Leeds who are the real winners.”

The show runs from 11am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the Yorkshire Post Yorkshire Food and Drink show, you can follow @YPFoodandDrink on Twitter.

Karly Strawson and four-year-old Myles Smith, from Pontefract, strike a pose. Picture: James Hardisty

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