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Food Festival director & passionate foodie, Tom Naylor-Leyland explains the vision behind Yorkshire’s Food Capital
I think the reason I love Malton is that at its heart it’s still very much a working town.
Flat-capped farmers at livestock sales. Young jockeys grabbing lunch between a ride. I adore seeing half a pig carried into the butcher’s or a crate of shiny crabs going into the fishmonger.
There’s a realness to Malton. Old-fashioned, charming but living and breathing too.
My vision was to take the incredible local produce – game, shellfish, rare breed meat, cheese, beer, baking and more – and celebrate it right here in Yorkshire!
I’m proud that today you can taste your way round town, eating delicious dishes, buying the famous local produce and learning how to cook it at Malton Cookery School.
My vision was to take the incredible local produce and celebrate it right here in Yorkshire!"
Malton still has traditional butchers, bakers and grocers, quite unusual for a small town these days. Now it also produces its own food and drink, much of it at Talbot Yard Food Court.
I get a real thrill knowing visitors can see bread baked, beer brewed and coffee roasted.
People in Malton always have time to chat, and a tour of our ‘Made in Malton‘ producers is perfect for that. I adore finding out from Michelle at Groovy Moo which gelato is selling or from Aldo which ravioli he’s making.
As Malton has become a tourist destination I’m so excited that people from all across the UK are deciding to spend more of their holidays here.
Whether it’s our traditional food shops, ‘Made in Malton’ producers, markets, festivals, cookery school or restaurants I am sure you and your family will find something to enjoy, nibble on or take home.
For me it’s the quintessential Yorkshire market town, but then I am a bit biased…
Hope to meet you in Malton soon!
Tom Naylor-Leyland, Malton Food Lovers Festival Director (that’s me in the cow apron!)