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First street food stalls announced for Beer and Bread at Fountains Abbey

Pizza Bus, credit Kluens


Street food from across the North will make Fountains Abbey its home this June, for the National Trust property’s first mini food festival. Beer and Bread is a celebration of the abbey’s food heritage and the two things the medieval monks ate and drank. The National Trust site has collaborated with Leeds Indie Food to create the event, which will take place on 15-16 and 22-23 June between 11 and 5pm.

The first stallholders have just been announced, and include food and drink from around the world, celebrating beer and bread in its many forms:

Bad Seed Brewery
Based in Malton, Bad Seed began as two home brewers, passionate about the beers they made using innovative recipes and high quality ingredients. In 2013 they opened a microbrewery and turned the town into a beacon for hand crafted, full flavour beers, including classic American IPAs and more interesting flavours like Rhubarb Crumble.

Los Antojitos
This pop up makes hand-pressed corn tortillas and piles them high with vegan flavours including BBQ sweet potato and red cabbage slaw, Seitan de Barbecoa Estilo yucatan and refried pinto beans.

Sela Bar Pizza bus
Possibly the world’s most popular form of bread, this pizza is served from a 1996 Mercedes Vario. The Pizza Bus tours the country serving hand pulled pizza, including favourites truffle mushroom and chorizo.

Luigi Street Food
Luigi specialises in small batches of handmade pasta, bruschetta and other Italian delicacies bursting with fresh flavours.

Doh Hut
Not all dough needs to be savoury, and Doh Hut’s sweet doughnuts are so good they won British Street Food of the Year award in 2018. Flavours include The Creme Brûlée, which is a doughnut filled crème patissiere, drenched with torched caster sugar on top to create a caramel snap.

Taking place over two weekends in June, (15-16 and 22-23) the new food and drink event will happen beside Fountains Mill, the monastic home of beer and bread at Fountains Abbey. There will be different stalls each weekend, offering visitors a chance to try many types of beer and bread. It will be a day time event, featuring local street food, breweries and bakeries, as well as family games in the orchard. There’ll be a chance to learn about the history of the Mill, take a tour of the ruined monastic Brewhouse and Bakehouse, and have a go with dough at a family friendly bread demo.

Hayley Donaldson from Fountains Abbey said “Fountains Mill was originally a huge monastic watermill and granary, and is one of the only surviving in Europe. In the abbey’s heyday, the monks brewed 60 barrels of ale every 10 days. At a time when tea and coffee were unheard of and water was insanitary, ale was consumed with all meals. Today, we eat bread and drink beer for pleasure, and Yorkshire is full of bakeries, breweries and street food producers making bread and beer of all kinds.”

Simon Fogal, founder of Leeds Indie Food said: “Fountains Abbey is just an amazing location, with a history to match. And with its long history in the process of making beer and bread, Fountains Mill was the most perfect host for this event. We’re revving up for an exciting weekend celebrating the best local beer and bread and street food, against the inspirational backdrop of this World Heritage Site.”

The event will take place over two weekends; the 15-16 and 22-23 June, between 11 and 5 every day. More details of the local street food and vendors will be released in the next few months.


Making bread - credit Lucy Forrester