The first Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival took place in St George’s Square in August 2001. It was organised by David Wyles who was then Huddersfield Town Centre Manager and the Town Centre Association. The Festival became an annual event although sadly it had to be cancelled in 202o and 2021 because of COVID.

David looks back at the very first Festival:

I organised the first Food and Drink Festival in August 2001, which grew from strength to strength over the following years. The first years were a little chaotic with such events as pizza tossing which the mayor of Kirklees at the time, Cllr Margaret Hall, gamely participated. Unfortunately, my attempt at tossing the uncooked, flour covered pizza was a little ambitious. It narrowly missed the Mayor and hit her attendant. My career survived and I had many enjoyable incidents at the festival, especially in the demonstration theatre, with cook-offs between BBC Look North presenters, football and rugby league players and some of the area’s best chefs.

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Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival with chef Barrington Douglas, and David holding the microphone (Image, courtesy David Wyles)