Harrogate International Festivals brings the long table back to The Sun Pavilion, Harrogate

Dine Under the Stars in Valley Gardens

Experience a unique dining extravaganza under the Victorian beauty of the Valley Gardens colonnade, with food from one of Yorkshire’s most acclaimed chefs, Stephanie Moon.

The Long Table Dinner is a new event first introduced last year by Harrogate International Festivals. A resounding success, it’s back on 13 June from 6.45pm till late, with the table seating up to 160 diners.

Harrogate International Festivals brings back its Long Table to The Sun Pavilion, Harrogate“Last year we had a cracking event,” Stephanie Moon said. “This year we’ll try and beat it! We’re involving local chefs and making 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 likely, even if you go along with friends, that one person will be sat next to someone they don’t know. “It’s an invitation to come along and try a really unusual and unique experience, to interact, meet new people whilst enjoying culinary delights with a creative flair. 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.

Stephanie explained: “We’ll make the most of seasonal Yorkshire produce, from Yorkshire pea and fresh herb hummus, Bleiker’s 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.Stephanie went on to say: “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 Dinner 13 June 6.45pm, Valley Gardens, presented by Harrogate International Festivals, 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.

Harrogate International Festivals’ mission is to create and present an annual and varied programme of live events, bringing immersive and moving experiences to its audiences. Its yearly programme includes world-renowned artists across music, literature, science, philosophy and psychology, alongside its legacy to showcase new and up-coming talent, as well as its year-round outreach and educational programme.

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