The Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival partners with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as Official Charity Partner for 2017!

Around 15,000 are expected to enjoy a weekend of top nosh, great grub, delectable drinks, excellent entertainment and family fun. Plus, joining the event this year is celebrity Aussie Masterchef, John Torode and our local hunky Yorkshire chef, James Martin.

James Martin said, “I had a great time entertaining the crowd at the event in 2016 and I’m really excited about coming back this year”.

Each year, Events By B3, the Event Management Company behind the event, choose an official charity to support. Rachael Higgins, Company Director said ‘we are really proud to be helping The Yorkshire Air Ambulance on their way to achieving the operational costs needed to help save even more lives across our area’.

The collaboration has been welcomed by Helen Gowans, Regional Fundraising Manager who said we need to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s helicopters maintained and in the air. The donations received go directly into the lifesaving service provided. However, as an independent Charity we rely on the generosity of those who support the service to continue to save lives across Yorkshire.’

She added ‘we are extremely grateful to The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival for choosing us as their Charity for this year and we are very exciting to be attending the festival over the two days. We are hoping to raise as much money as we can to help keep our helicopters in the air and helping to save lives, as well as raising awareness of the Charity and the work we do.’

The Food and Drink Festival is a weekend family event and there’s plenty for the children to do, from the Vintage Fun Fair and educational talks about birds of prey to a kid’s area full of fun activities to keep them occupied – the event has it all!

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraising team will also be in attendance trying to raise even more funds to help the cause, and are encouraging all festival visitors to pop and see the team should you have any questions or wish to get involved in fundraising yourself.

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