LIVE cookery demonstrations, new recipes, street food and lots of products to sample will feature in The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival which is spread over two days starting next Saturday, July 30.

Rolling in will be the bearded Hairy Bikers, Simon King and David Myers, who will be mixing it with fellow northern chef celebrity James Martin and dishing out their stuff along with chefs from Craven.

The event will see 200 growers, makers and food and drink related businesses rubbing shoulders in the great hall at Skipton Auction Mart.

And there will be four 30-minute cooking demonstrations taking place each day in the fully seated Country Kitchen Demonstration Theatre.

Visitors will also have a chance to sample the award-winning ales at the Have a Drink in our Bar sponsored by Keighley-based Timothy Taylor Brewery which is offering a full range of their beers to suit every beer imbiber.

A festival spokesman said: "There's food from the Yorkshire Dales and our region. It is a foodie shopper’s paradise, with loads of different products to sample and buy. We also have a fantastic range of non-food exhibitors too, so there is something for everyone."

There is a particular area set aside for local chef demonstration which has been sponsored by the Bolton Abbey-based Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa.

"People can check out the local food talent in our Yorkshire Dales Kitchen seated demonstration area which is free of charge. We have a fantastic line up of amazing local foodie talent," he said.

Taking part on Saturday from 10am are Dees Spice, Ramus Seafoods, Luc, Le Bistro, Gareth Bottomley from the Charles Bathurst Inn, CCM meats, Paul Evans from the Devonshire Arms, Andrew Porter from East Coast Kitchen and Waheed from Round Table Dining.

Sunday will see Yazz from Amaali Spices, Kate Hart from the George Inn, Stephanie Moon, John Rudden from Grassington House, Pauls Evans again from the Devonshire Arms, Richard Wright, from The Courtyard Brasserie and Tristan Pruddan from The Garden Rooms.

The festival also offers a chance for visitors to eat in the special street food arena.

"People can try something different, have a seat and listen to some live music from Yorkshire’s Jake and Nick Keating. With a great range of foods on offer people will be spoilt for choice," he added.

To keep the youngsters entertained a special Kiddies Korner has been set up with face painting, a birds of prey display plus and lots more to keep the them entertained.

And for those who like to eat alfresco there will be a special covered seating area where diners will be entertained by music.

The festival will be open from 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday and 9am to 4.30pm on Sunday. For more information, email orcontact Beau’s Kitchen, 10 High Street, Skipton, BD23 1JZ.