FANS of the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival held in Skipton are in for a treat - next year's event will not only include celebrity chefs, but musical chart-toppers Blue, Chesney Hawkes, The Real Thing and Heather Small.

Although the event does not take place until July, tickets are already on sale for the weekend food festival which takes place at Funkirk Farm, off the A59 between Skipton and Broughton.

The ninth annual festival will once again welcome back celebrity chefs, James Martin and The Hairy Bikers to the Le Gruyere Big Top Theatre Kitchen, along with a whole host of food, drink and entertainment including 300 street food traders, artisan producers, chef demonstrations and plenty to keep the kids entertained.

Returning music acts who got the party started at this year's event include Brutus Gold’s Love Train and Gok Wan, who had the festival field dancing under the stars, with his disco DJ set.

Rachael Higgins, festival founder, said: “This will be the first time that we have introduced chart-topping, musical talent to our festival line-up together with our celebrity chefs, tribute acts and DJ’s. I can’t tell you how excited I am for next summer. It will be our biggest and no doubt best festival yet and we’re all so looking forward to seeing everyone enjoying themselves and having a great time. We want our guests to come for the food, stay for the music and leave with the best memories.”

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