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Sweetlife Festival: A Music and Food Festival Like No Other

Sweetlife Festival: A Music and Food Festival Like No Other


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This past Saturday at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion, salad purveyor Sweetgreen put on their fifth annual music and food festival, Sweetlife. Despite a rainy forecast, music lovers showed up in the thousands to see their favorite bands and eat some of the best food the east coast has to offer.

Sweetlife began in 2010 in the parking lot of Washington D.C.’s Dupont location, only the second Sweetgreen location, three years after their first shop opened in Georgetown. It began as about 500 people watching a few of the founders’ (Georgetown graduates Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman, and Nathaniel Ru) favorite bands. Now, the festival brings nearly 20,000 people to a two-stage venue.

Sweetgreen, known for their use of local and organic ingredients in their 22 locations throughout the east coast, kept the same principles in Sweetlife. Vendors came from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York, and everywhere in between. Chef Spike Gjerde’s Woodberry Kitchen, Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Toki Underground, DGS Delicatessen, Chaia Tacos, and, of course, Sweetgreen were just a few vendors stationed at the festival. A slew of food trucks, including Pepe by José Andrés and Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken (both D.C. based) were also on hand

There wasn’t just food, though. In the area of the festival grounds appropriately named "the tavern," a variety of local beers were on hand. DC Brau, Mountain State Brewing Co., Peak Organic Brewery, and more were all serving their brews to the festivalgoers. Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery collaborated with Sweetgreen to create the Sweetlife Pale Wheat. In conjunction with Sweetgreen’s all-local philosophy, the beer was made with locally sourced wheat and honey for a light and refreshing beer for the warm day.

Sweetlife x VB6

Cookbook author Mark Bittman created this salad specifically for Sweetgreen and the Sweetlife Festival. A preview to his upcoming cookbook, The VB6™ Cookbook, The VB6™ sweetgreen Quinoa Salad is made with quinoa, red pepper, corn, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs and spices. Click here for the recipe.

Sweetgreen Salad

The sweetgreen salad is made with blueberries, goat cheese, cucumbers, mint, mixed seeds, spinach, and mesclun with a balsamic vinaigrette.


THIS WEEKEND: Mountain View Celebrates 48th Art & Wine Festival

The vibrant, magnificent city of Mountain View has evolved in a big way over the last 48 years. A population boom. The arrival of Shoreline Amphitheater as a major concert venue. The amazing growth of Silicon Valley and Mountain View's emergence as its epicenter. The transformation of a vibrant downtown district with restaurants, shops, cafes, bookstores and performing arts center. And, last but not least, the Art & Wine Festival's rise to become one of America's premier art festivals. And it's that time of year: it's Mountain View's time to get festive and this year we celebrate #48!

Yep, it's no secret. Festival fans know the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is the crème de la crème on the Bay Area festival scene. Voted "Best Festival in the South Bay" multiple times by readers of Metro and still hitting on all cylinders better than ever, this year's 48th annual festival, September 7-8 promises to be a "festival like no other".

An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe. Exceptional handcrafted work by 500 of America's top artists and craftmakers. Stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown including the big, can't-miss Saturday evening Into The Groove Dance Party Concertfeaturing powerhouse party band What The Funk! (4:45-7 p.m.). Fabulous food and festive drink with seasonal craft beer, low-carb hard seltzer, premium wine, refreshing sangria, Bellinis, fresh-fruit margaritas, Bloody Mary's and signature cocktails. The Xfinity Pigskin Party Lounge with giant screen TV, Cornhole Corner and Stay Cool Misting Tent. The Facebook Community Stage with a dazzling array of gifted young performers. Artisan specialty food purveyors. Home and garden exhibits. Health and wellness displays. An organic and green products showcase. Tons of fun and games for kids. An affordable, sun-splashed, memorable, leisure-filled weekend.

Widely considered one of America's top art festivals, an enormous throng of art lovers is expected to pour onto Castro Street in Silicon Valley's epicenter for this "Cultural Community Celebration" presented by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Statement From the Mountain View Police Department
At the Mountain View Police Department, public safety is our utmost priority. We want to assure the public that we have worked closely with the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and their organizing team to coordinate resources needed to ensure we are prepared to keep this year's Art & Wine Festival a safe and secure place for all event attendees. The Mountain View Police Department has a thorough and balanced approach in place to ensure both public safety and a fun, family-friendly experience at this popular annual event. We hope to see you there.

The Beginning
Mountain View's longtime signature event, the Art & Wine Festival was launched in 1971 as the first major fund-raiser for the Chamber of Commerce. Today, it is considered one of the nation's top art festivals. Realizing the goal of its founders, the festival provides a consistent stream of revenue that helps fund Chamber programs throughout the year. Proceeds are invested in carefully crafted programs that help strengthen and bring together Mountain View's diverse community. The Chamber in concert with its Foundation works to partner with businesses, local schools and nonprofits through various programs. The Chamber's Foundation (MVCoCF.org) diverse programing aimed to help different areas of the community. These programs include Leadership Mountain View (lmv.education) which develops well-rounded and thoughtful leaders to move the community forward, Scholarship Mountain View, which supports scholarships for local high school students pursuing a degree, and I Love Mountain View (ilovemv.org) which acts as the virtual visitor center for the city.

Groova-licious Musical Mix…Catch Stellar Live Music and Entertainment Everywhere
Get your groove on! Get ready – the greatest two days of live music Mountain View has ever experienced is coming with thirteen sensational bands performing the Recology Concert Stage in Civic Center Plaza and multiple locations throughout downtown. The dynamite, non-stop music lineup includes the big Saturday Into The Groove Dance Party (4:45-7 p.m.) featuring powerhouse party band What The Funk! plus a stellar bill with The Jesse Charles Band, Santana Tribute band Sacred Fire, Drive, Fog City Swampers, The Element, Blue House, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, John Clarke, Stephen Dreyfuss, EllaHarp, and Ancient Winds.

Extraordinary Art, Fine Crafts – Bring A Reuseable Shopping Bag!
California Artists brings its world-class stable of professional artists and fine craftmakers to showcase their extraordinary work. Shoppers will find thousands of handcrafted items by America's best artists and craftmakers while browsing among 500 well-stocked booths featuring original work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art. Beautiful vases, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, and waterfalls will be among the thousands of one-of-a-kind items available.

Fabulously Festive Food
Festival eateries will be serving up a world of flavorful fare –– organic fresh fruit pops, non-alcoholic Pina Coladas served in real pineapples and coconuts crispy corn dogs, beer battered garlic, crab and truffle fries succulent chicken and pork on-a-stick, teriyaki chicken rice bowls, chicken over noodles Indonesian satay chicken and meats, fried noodles, egg rolls and pot stickers Polish and chicken-Portobello sausages spicy hot links, sweet chicken-apple sausages, all-beef organic hot dogs, deluxe garlic fries smoked turkey legs, fried calamari teriyaki chicken kabobs, traditional gyros with sliced tomatoes and refreshing yogurt-cucumber-garlic tzatzki sauce fried chicken tender plate with fried mozzarella sticks, French fries and jalapeños French crêpes made to order savory Belgium sugar waffles with a variety of toppings, Chocolate Dipped Frozen Fruit Kabobs & Ice Cream Bars, Whole Fruit Smoothies mint chocolate chip, jamoca almond fudge, rainbow sherbet and Oreo cookies & cream ice cream 20 flavors of authentic Hawaiian shave ice, fresh-squeezed lemonade, kettle corn, caramel kettle corn, roasted peanuts and more.

Delectably Delicious Drink
Festivalgoers can enjoy enjoy premium fine wine, seasonal craft beer, low-carb hard seltzer, refreshing sangria, Bellinis, and signature festival cocktails – deelish Summer Breeze Mules (vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) plus classic Bloody Mary's and refreshing, handmade margaritas made from fresh fruit purees – mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime at the Longboard Bar tent. Beer lovers will be in hops heaven with the assortment of world-class brews – Ballast Point Lager, Firestone 805, Ballast Point Fathom IPA and Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest. For aficionados of fine wine and bubbly, there will be a premium selection of easy-drinking varietals from around the world: Avelda "Praia" Vinho Verde, Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, 14 Hands Brut Rose, Columbia Crest Red Blend, 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon as well as delicious Sangria … a premium selection of truly luscious vintages from several world-class winemakers. Sip and savor a taste of Venice with a Bellini, a refreshing, lovely mixture of Prosecco and nectar! For a refreshing alternative, festivalgoers can enjoy delightful, low-carb, gluten-free White Claw Hard Seltzer. Cool off, replenish and hydrate with a bottle of PathWater, 100% responsibly and locally sourced water in an aluminum reusable bottle. Water provider Oollee will have a re-filling station for festivalgoers to replenish their reusable bottles with clean, fresh water. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.

Savory City Artisan Specialty Food
For foodies, it doesn't get any better than the artisan-produced specialty food available at the festival. It's a great opportunity to sample and purchase these incredible edibles as well as chat with the actual producers –– custom infused balsamic vinaigrettes, balsamics, maple syrup and oils, gourmet toffees, brittles, caramels, apples, giant marshmallows, cookies, fudge, and the world's best chocolate dipped caramel apples, family recipe dips, spices, sauces, garlic mushrooms, stuffed olives, mustards, pickled garlic, green beans and asparagus, fruit butters and marinades, the world's finest beef jerky, tender roasted corn nuts, gourmet dips, soups, desserts, dry rubs, California grown pomegranate fruit spread, molasses, syrup, marinade, grilling sauce, grenadine, 100% Grade A pure honey harvested from their own bees, beeswax candles, bee pollen, royal jelly and honey soap, French artisan gourmet gift boxes, the world's finest estate grown 100% Kona coffee and macadamia nuts from the Big Island will be among the mouth-watering offerings to take home and savor.

Super Duper Kids' Park Sponsored by First Tech Credit Union and the Facebook Community Stage
Action-packed Kids' Park will keep youngsters plenty enthralled with ultra thrilling bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, a 24-foot rock climbing wall, monster inflatables, super cool henna art, glitter tattoos, face painting, create-your-own bracelets and sand art creative cards, kids clothing and toys, hair clips, hats and sunglasses, children's books and puzzles, and elaborate French hair braiding! The Facebook Community Stage returns with a dazzling array of gifted young performers who will strut their showstopping stuff in front of a live audience in this "Mountain View's Got Talent" style showcase.

Xfinity Pigskin Party Lounge, Cornhole Corner and Stay Cool Misting Tent
Sports fans will have a place to relax and watch NFL and NCAA football and MLB pennant races on a giant LED screen in the Xfinity Pigskin Party Lounge. Centrally located in a new spot at Church and Castro (in the Wells Fargo lot), there will be plenty of seating, festive food and drink, Stay Cool Misting Tent and Cornhole Tossing game area. It's the perfect spot to kick back and take a break while you enjoy a great day at the festival. Plus you can rinse off and refresh under the light spray in the Stay Cool Misting Tent!

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – Bring A Reuseable Shopping Bag!
The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View is partnering once again with Recology Mountain View and the City of Mountain View to promote and encourage Zero Waste. Specially marked free-standing containers will be positioned at 75 different receptacle stations throughout the festival pedestrian route for recycling glass, plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard as well as for composting food scraps (including meat and bones), paper plates, bio-degradable cups, chopsticks, skewers and napkins. There will be large recycling and compost containers in strategic behind-the-scenes locations for event staff, vendors and sponsors to utilize.

Festival organizers are also encouraging the use of public transit, bicycles and car pools to cut down carbon emissions and vehicular traffic. For the first time, the festival will be partnering with PathWater, selling its 100% responsibly and locally sourced water in an aluminum reusable bottle. Water provider Oollee will have a re-filling station for festivalgoers to replenish their reusable bottles with clean, fresh water.

Organic, Healthy & Green Products Showcase
This year's festival will feature the latest and greatest exhibits featuring Organic, Natural, Healthy and Eco-Friendly products. Festivalgoers can enjoy free product samples and gather information while experiencing first-hand how these products and organizations can help you live a better, healthier and "greener" lifestyle and be a positive catalyst for change. Sponsors include Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle, Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Farm Fresh To You, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Stanford Chiropractic, Recology Mountain View, University Chiropractic, Stanford Health Care, Larabar, Stretch Lab, and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.

KMVT Broadcasts Live!
KMVT 15 "Mountain View Community Television" invites YOU to "SPEAK OUT" on TELEVISION at their booth during the festival! Drop by any time on Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 5pm to speak out, ON CAMERA, on ANY topic of your choice for 1-2 minutes. Your comments will be broadcast on KMVT Channel 15, in Mountain View, Los Altos, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale and you will receive a link to the video to view online. In addition to SPEAK OUT, KMVT15 will be airing LIVE interviews on Sunday with local community partners, City Council members, and non profit representatives, as well as show producers and KMVT's Executive Director. Stop by the booth to see live television in action and just say hello! The broadcast booth will be located at Church and Castro Streets, in front of Wells Fargo.

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Check out the latest and greatest travel and outdoor apparel at the big Royal Robbins #BeyondTheMap Tour Safari Tent.

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Get an up close look and test drive the amazing 2019 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, the future of motoring.

Pay For Drink Tokens and Glasses With Credit Cards!For your convenience, pay for drink tickets and glasses using any major credit card at all Ticket/Glass booths spread throughout the festival site.

Bicycle Parking
Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike. Free centrally located and highly visible bicycle parking will be offered near the corner of Castro and Church Streets thanks to Friends of Stevens Creek Trail. Please bring your own lock.

Vehicle Parking
Free parking is available on streets and parking plazas surrounding the downtown area. Paid parking ($5) will be available both days (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) at these locations: 400 Castro Street (parking lot entrance on Bryant Street), 444 Castro Street (parking lot entrance on Bryant Street), Kaiser Permanente (555 Castro Street –– parking lot entrance on Hope Street), and the City of Mountain View parking Lot #12 (on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets). Parking fees benefit KMVT.

Public Transportation
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be running its regular weekend schedule with Bus and Light Rail service to Downtown Mountain View. Ride VTA Light Rail (exit at the Mountain View Transit Center) or VTA Bus Lines 22, 32, 35, 81 and 522 to the Festival. Please note Bus Line 32 does not operate on Sundays. For your free trip plan, call (408) 321-2300, or visit www.vta.org

For Caltrain information, call 800-660-4287 or visit http://www.caltrain.com/. Caltrain and bus service drops riders off at the Mountain View transit center, just steps from the primary festival entrance at Evelyn Avenue and Castro Street.Street Closures
Castro Street will be closed to traffic from El Camino Real to Evelyn Avenue for the two-day festival.

No Pets Please: Pets are not encouraged at the festival with warm weather, food and large crowds making it an uncomfortable experience for pets. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home.


Trying to Give Opera A Festival Like No Other

AMID Europe's ever more crowded calendar of summer musical happenings, the slow demise of the opera festival in this bucolic southern French city went largely unnoticed. In its heyday, in the 1950's and 60's, when it reintroduced Mozart to France, le tout Paris would flock here every July. But in recent years, even for dedicated opera lovers, Aix was increasingly overshadowed by Salzburg, Bayreuth, Glyndebourne and other festivals more offbeat, glitzy or crowd-pleasing.

France being France, of course, once officialdom in Paris belatedly realized that the country could no longer boast a quality opera festival, appropriate action followed. And this year, flush with new Government subsidies, the Festival International dɺrt Lyrique et de Musique is returning with a flourish. In theory, it is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In reality, it is proclaiming its rebirth with a dazzling program of five new productions and the creation of a European Music Academy, designed to find and nurture the next generation of opera talent.

The man picked to orchestrate this renaissance is Stephane Lissner, a chubby-cheeked 45-year-old theater manager who made his name over the last decade by turning the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris into France's most innovative center of opera production. It was a wise choice. Having accumulated huge reserves of good will during his years at the Chatelet, Mr. Lissner has been able to call on big-name conductors and directors to help him reinvigorate Aix. And because he has convinced them that this festival will be different, they have come on board.

The centerpiece of the festival, which opens on July 6 and runs through July 31, is a new production of Mozart's 'ɽon Giovanni,'' conducted by Claudio Abbado and directed by Peter Brook, who has not worked in mainstream opera for more than 30 years. Pierre Boulez, France's best-known composer and conductor, and Pina Bausch, the German dance-theater director, are teaming up for the first time, in a new staging of Bartok's 'ɻluebeard's Castle.'' Monteverdi's ''Orfeo'' will be conducted by Rene Jacobs and directed by the American choreographer Trisha Brown. Finally, the young singers and musicians of the nascent European Music Academy will present two short English operas, Purcell's 'ɽido and Aeneas'' and Britten's 'ɼurlew River,'' on separate evenings.

The program reflects Mr. Lissner's eclectic approach at the Chatelet, where, he proudly recalls, more than half of his 50 or so productions involved 20th-century operas. But this year's fare also points to what lies ahead. Tradition requires that Mozart always be present, and Mr. Lissner does not object to that. For next year, he plans to reprise 'ɽon Giovanni'' and add a new production of 'ɽie Zauberflote,'' which academy students are working on this summer with the veteran soprano Regine Crespin, the young French director Stephane Braunschweig and the conductor David Stern, who is the academy's music director. And for 2000, Mr. Lissner has scheduled ''Idomeneo.''

THE variety of other operas being planned is impressive. Along with Mozart, the 1999 program will include Monteverdi's masterpiece ''L'Incoronazione di Poppea,'' conducted by the rising French star Marc Minkowski and directed by Klaus-Michael Gruber, as well as ''La Belle Helene'' by Offenbach, directed by Herbert Wernicke. (The conductor has not yet been named.) For 2000, Mr. Lissner has contracted Simon Rattle to conduct Janacek's ''Makropulos Case'' in a production directed by Mr. Braunschweig. And for 2001, he has commissioned the Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen to write his first opera, which will be directed by Peter Sellars.

Noteworthy in all of this is the absence of well-known singers, who are often the main draw in European opera festivals. This is no accident. Top-ranked singers are often booked several years ahead Mr. Lissner was appointed director of the Aix festival in late 1995, and he turned his attention to programming only after overhauling the entire festival structure. As it happens, however, he is looking beyond the divas of today. By giving carefully selected young singers the chance to work with the world's best conductors and directors, he is banking on creating the stars of tomorrow.

''I was not interested in taking over the Aix festival simply to put on three operas a year in the court of the Archbishop's Palace,'' he said in his office overlooking that 18th-century court. ''More or less anyone could do that. But that would not be a festival. It would be three productions. You could see them in Aix, but you could also see them in Paris or anywhere else. You could almost say jokingly that the productions are the cherry on the cake.''

Certainly behind the banquet of next month's festival lies a great deal of kitchen work. In the past, the festival's main backer was the city of Aix-en-Provence itself. As the festival lost its prominence, notably in the 1990's, the city lost enthusiasm. One of Mr. Lissner's conditions for succeeding Louis Erlo, who until recently was also co-director of the Lyons Opera, was that the central Government in Paris become the main shareholder of a new festival company. It was, quite simply, a way of putting French honor on the line.

Then, to pay off debts, last year's festival was reduced to just two operas in concert, thus permitting a fresh start this year. Now, under a six-year agreement to be signed next month, subsidies from the Government, city and region will cover just over half of the festival's $10 million annual budget, with the balance coming from ticket sales.

Mr. Lissner also set about giving the festival its own production center. In the nearby village of Venelles, he found an abandoned warehouse, which, at a cost of $800,000, was converted into the festival's engine room. In three different ateliers, sets are being built and painted, and costumes are being made. In another area, there are two large rehearsal rooms, each with a stage of the same dimensions as the one in the court of the Archbishop's Palace.

''This is where the festival is created,'' Mr. Lissner said, showing a visitor around the installations one afternoon as Mr. Brook and Mr. Abbado rehearsed 'ɽon Giovanni'' behind closed doors. ''We can do everything here from A to Z. All the artists, workers, costume makers, directors and conductors can work in the same building.''

In addition, Mr. Lissner began improving the performance sites. At a cost of $11.8 million, he rebuilt the open-air theater at the Archbishop's Palace, installing new stage machinery, eliminating a second balcony, reducing the number of seats from 1,650 to 1,300 and insuring an unprecedented degree of comfort. There is even room for audiences to find shelter in case of a sudden downpour. It is here that 'ɽon Giovanni,'' 'ɻluebeard's Castle'' and ''Orfeo'' will be performed this year 'ɽido and Aeneas'' and 'ɼurlew River'' will be presented in another 18th-century courtyard, a stone's throw away.

In the future, more space will be available. Aix's 600-seat Theatre du Jeu de Paume, soon to close for renovation, will be available to the festival again in 2000. And by 2003, the city should have a new $80 million multipurpose theater.

Yet when Mr. Lissner looks ahead, it is the European Music Academy that lights up his eyes. His idea is not to compete with existing conservatories. Rather, it is to help talented young singers, instrumentalists and composers take their first steps toward a professional career during two months of intensive workshops and tutoring.

For this first season, auditions were held in several European cities and New York for musicians under the age of 35. Fifty-four candidates were invited to join the academy, representing 16 different nationalities (including five Americans). To give them a place to work, a wing of a local high school, the College Mignet, has been converted into a score of studios and rehearsal rooms. The approach, though, is anything but academic.

''What is special is not that students can go home after a few weeks and say they had master classes with Claudio Abbado or Pierre Boulez, which is great for them,'' Mr. Lissner explained. ''It is that they perform their music in front of the public. That is what's important for me. The first stage is education the second stage is production.''

Indeed, a good many of the musicians will already be part of this year's festival: notably, the 15 instrumentalists and 13 singers who are presenting 'ɽido and Aeneas'' and 'ɼurlew River,'' and the 10 singers who form the chorus of 'ɽon Giovanni.'' (The lead roles in 'ɽon Giovanni'' are filled by other young singers who are already established on the international opera circuit.)

Another 10 academy singers, who are preparing 'ɽie Zauberflote,'' will perform extracts from the opera in concert at the Theatre du Jeu de Paume in late July. Most of the musicians will also be heard in recitals and public rehearsals, and new works written by the academy's five young composers, including Jonathan Golove from the United States, will be performed for the first time.

The events accompanying the opera productions have an additional purpose. Mr. Lissner believes that the people of Aix have become estranged from the festival but that their involvement is essential. With local residents in mind, he has arranged four preview performances of 'ɽon Giovanni'' 5,200 tickets at half-price were quickly snapped up. He has also created a ''passport'' costing just $17, which enables holders to attend any of 70 recitals and selected rehearsals.

The scheme seems popular. One afternoon this month, at least 80 people, many of them elderly, attended a public rehearsal at the College Mignet, where the Chinese cellist Jian Wang coached string players in a Brahms sextet. The nervousness of some of the instrumentalists suggested that they were unaccustomed to playing before an audience.

ONCE the festival ends, many of the musicians will accompany three of the opera productions on tour. Between August and January, there will be 48 more performances of 'ɽon Giovanni,'' in Stockholm, Lyons, Milan, Brussels and Tokyo, with the newly formed Mahler Chamber Orchestra, consisting of musicians from Mr. Abbado's Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, led by Daniel Harding, a 22-year-old English conductor. (Mr. Harding has been working here with Mr. Abbado and Mr. Brook and will also conduct 7 of the 14 performances of 'ɽon Giovanni'' at the Aix festival.)

The instrumentalists and singers who double up for 'ɽido and Aeneas'' and 'ɼurlew River'' will be on the road through next May, giving 72 performances in 14 French cities plus Brussels, Lausanne and Vienna.

''It's a permanent festival that drops its suitcases in Aix for two months of the year,'' Mr. Lissner said cheerfully.

That the good-natured Parisian should be resuscitating the Aix festival with such panache comes as little surprise to those who have followed his career. At the Chatelet, which is owned by the city of Paris, he benefited from the Mayor's interest in competing with the Government-owned Paris National Opera. As a result, he had a $20 million subsidy to play with each year. And since that Mayor, Jacques Chirac, is now the President of France, the association assured him solid backing when he took over the Aix festival.

Still, at the Chatelet Mr. Lissner made his name not for spending a lot but for presenting different and daring operas and concert programs. His selection to run the festival, therefore, was itself evidence that the Government wanted something new. And he has a reputation for delivering what he promises -- or resigning.

In the early 1990's, while still at the Chatelet, he took over management of the Orchestre de Paris, but he left in frustration after the board blocked his effort to recruit a new permanent conductor from abroad. Similarly, after taking over as artistic director of the Teatro Real in Madrid in 1996 with a mandate to reopen that long-silent opera house, he resigned 15 months later, when Spain's new conservative Government vetoed his plan to create a new orchestra and chorus and imposed what he called 'ɾxtremely mediocre programming.''

This spring, Mr. Lissner handed over the reins of the Chatelet to Jean-Pierre Brossmann, the former director of the Lyons Opera, an occasion marked by an outpouring of tributes to him from leading conductors: among them, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Mr. Boulez. By then, though, Mr. Lissner had taken on a new challenge, as manager of Mr. Brook's International Center of Theater Research at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. The stage director invited Mr. Lissner to succeed his founding partner, Micheline Rozan, for essentially the same reason Mr. Brook had earlier agreed to participate in this year's Aix festival.

''Stephane belongs to a new generation that is able to aspire to things that were inconceivable in an opera administrator when I started at Covent Garden in the late 1940's,'' Mr. Brook said. ''He wants to bring a new spirit to the festival.''

One thing that particularly appeals to Mr. Brook is the lengthy creative process that has preceded the festival. He began rehearsals for 'ɽon Giovanni'' in late April in Paris and transferred here on June 1. Similarly, Mr. Boulez and Ms. Bausch will rehearse here for five weeks before 'ɻluebeard's Castle'' opens on July 25. And all the academy students have been in Aix since May 25.

So while Mr. Lissner refuses to allow that he is competing with, say, Salzburg or Bayreuth, the Aix festival already seems to be different. But he acknowledges that he has much to do before his current contract expires in 2003.

It took time to build an audience at the Chatelet for untraditional operas and orchestral music, notably 20th-century works by the likes of Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Ligeti, he said. ''My hope is that, as at the Chatelet, a new public will grow up here, more curious than than the traditional conservative operagoing public, and that will enable us to strike a balance between the well known and the less known. But you also have to be realistic. If it's ⟊rmen,' people come. If it's 'Jenufa' or 'Moses and Aaron,' they come less.''

For all his need to present festival productions that are both popular and critically acclaimed, Mr. Lissner's long-term plans remain focused on the European Music Academy. Indeed, he imagines the academy gradually taking over the festival.

''The challenge is to place Aix at the level of the great European festivals not through its opera program but as a veritable European center of music,'' he said, puffing on an ever-present small cigar. ''That could be the future of the festival: an extraordinary academy where singers, musicians and composers come to work and make music together during Christmas, Easter and the summer, almost throughout the year. In five years' time, I'll have 25 productions, so we can even do winter reprises. That, in a sense, is the Utopia.''


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14 Festivals in Missouri That Food Lovers Should Not Miss

It’s no secret that Missourians love food. As a result, the state hosts many different food-related festivals throughout the year in locations all across the state. Some are simple and focused on one thing like a chili cook-off, but others are major events including rides, live music, crafts and so much more. Here are just a few of the food festivals coming up in the next couple of months and into the summer.

The Annual Rock and Ribs Barbeque Festival takes place on April 22 & 23. 80 teams from all over compete for the best Barbeque in a “Kansas City BBQ Society” sanctioned event. Starting each day at 1:00 p.m., sample the best barbecue around! Guests will also enjoy 11 hours of live music, lots of food and drinks, and a Kids Play Zone.

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The Bluegrass and BBQ Festival takes place from May 5-30 and is held in Silver Dollar City in Branson. It features a musical line-up with names like Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and Flatt Lonesome, on 5 separate stages. There is a Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest, The House of BBQ, and an “all you can eat” Rib Feast.

Nixa Sucker Day has been a tradition in the town of Nixa since it was started by a local barber named Finis Gold in 1957. Locals would close their shops and skip school for the day to go fishing for Suckers. The fish were then frozen until there was enough for a big fish fry.

Eventually tradition turned into Nixa Sucker Day, held during the month of May. It is fun for the whole family, with delicious food, varieties of entertainment, and special activities. In addition, all proceeds from Sucker Day activities are used to fund the betterment of the community. This year’s events take place on May 14th & 15th.

The Berries, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival celebrates the heritage of the strawberry industry. Now in their fourth year, the festival features delicious strawberries, Arts & Crafts, a BBQ cook off, a Duck Race, a horseshoe tournament and an afternoon full of wonderful bluegrass performances. Other fun parts of the festival include the donut eating contest, and the Little Miss Strawberry Pageant. This year’s festival takes place on May 21st.

The 2016 Mid America Chevy Dealers Ribfest in New Town St. Charles is a food, craft, and music festival spanning all four days of Memorial Day weekend. Starting on Friday, May 27th at 5:00 p.m. and finally finishing out the weekend at 7:00 p.m. on Monday the 30th, admission to this family friendly event is free.

Numerous food vendors will be represented along with live music on two stages. In addition, there will be a large children’s play area and craft beers for the adults, as well as hundreds of vendors selling a wide variety of goods. A portion of the beverage sales proceeds goes to Focus Marine in honor of Memorial Day.

Location: 9909 Manchester Road #302

Taking place June 3rd & June 4th, Smokin on the Summit is the state championship BBQ competition. Up to 90 teams compete, filling the streets with the delicious smell of BBQ. The BBQ competition, sanctioned by Lee’s Summit’s KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) is held the first full weekend in June each year. This year,The SMOKIN’ on the Summit BBQ competition will be held at the same time as Downtown Days in beautiful downtown Lee’s Summit. Teams compete for a $10,000 purse and the right to be the SOS Grand Champion!

The Strawberry Festival is held each year the first weekend in June from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Over 125 food and craft vendors will be available for what is expected to be a crowd of around 30,000 people. The festival features fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry cheesecake, and strawberry iced-tea.

In addition to all that is strawberry-related, traditional festival foods like kettle corn, funnel cake, and grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will also be represented, and Miller beer will be served at two sites inside. Lots of craft booths, carnival rides, and a petting zoo and many other activities will also be available.

There are also Strawberry Festivals the same weekend at the Vaile Mansion in Independence and in Arnold.

The Arcadia Valley BBQ Battle takes place on June 10 & 11. Teams register up to June 9th to compete for over $6,500 in payouts. Enjoy live bands and a beer garden each night.

Location: Iron County Courthouse Square

The International Chili Society’s Missouri Cook Off will be held on June 11 in Riverfront Park in Clarksville. Enjoy live music as participants compete for $1500 in prizes and trophies in with several different styles and recipes for chili.

Kansas City’s Boulevardia is a festival like no other. It takes place on Father’s Day Weekend, June 17-19. The unique beer, food and music festival brings all the fun you can imagine and so much more. It takes place in the 12th Street Bridge Historic District in the West Bottoms.

The Sweet Corn Festival in East Prairie takes place June 24th &25th. Besides its namesake, delicious sweet corn, the festival will offer entertainment and live music, the Tour De Corn bike ride, Huskers’ 5K run, a classic car cruise-in and a photography exhibit along with the over 100 exhibitors.

Location: Downtown Gazebo area parking lot

The Ozarks Berry Festival takes place on June 4th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Springfield. It is an annual fundraising event benefitting the children of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. Food items abound, including homemade berry cobblers and ice cream. In addition, a variety of handmade crafts and quilts that have been donated to be auctioned and sold at the Festival.

Location: First Baptist Church, Arnold

The 14th Annual Taste of the Ozarks takes place Friday April 15th at the White River Conference Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Organization. Enjoy samples of food from many of Springfield's finest restaurants. There is also a silent and live auction, a $20,000 cash raffle, a wine pull, and live music. VIP Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The beautiful Hermann Wine Trail tradition offers many different themed tours throughout the year, and on July 30th & 31rst is the Berries and Barbecue Wine Trail. This trail allows you to enjoy delectable pairings of berries and barbeque with Missouri wines at a total of seven stops along the Hermann Wine Trail.

Have you attended any of these festivals? What was your experience? We would love to hear from you.


10 Most Famous Food Festivals in the World

Everyone loves eating food. Foodies all over the world are curious about different food cultures of different countries. In a world where you can have a full English breakfast followed by a French inspired brunch and an Italian dinner with some wine to go with it, food festival has always been an excellent door to exploring local cuisine. The popularity of food festivals has been growing each year and with many new ones getting scheduled every year, a food aficionado can loads to choose from.

Here are the top 10 most famous food festivals in the world.

10. Ludlow Marches Food and Wine Festival: United Kingdom

Ludlow Food festival – Sept 13-15

Ludlow food and wine festival could be regarded as UK’s first successful festival. It’s extremely popular among the food enthusiasts and has made a great impact on the festival culture of UK since its inception. In its 18 th year, Ludlow festival is a celebration of food and wine from local, small scale independent producers. This year, there will be over 160 stalls along with the hands on workshops, testing sessions as well as some surprise additions that will surely excite the people coming in.

9. Baltic Herring Festival: Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki comes alive every year when the Baltic Herring festival around the corner. The annual fair attracts thousands of visitors to the capital’s South harbour. People flock in to taste as well as buy some of the best herring available to them. It one of those festivals where the price is very reasonable, for example, one carton of Baltic herring in a range of marinades could be purchased for a mere 5 Euros. The opening day is a fun filled day as people take part in a two series competition. First is the Pickled Fish of the Year while the 2 nd is the Baltic Herring Surprise of the Year. The festival is amongst the oldest that are still going one and its first year can be dated back to 1743.

8. Abergavenny Food Festival: United Kingdom

Abergavenny Food festival – Sept 21-22

One of Wales’ biggest food festivals, Aber has over 150 stalls offering great local Welsh produce. Abergavenny food fest has everything ranging from great food on the event to master classes from chefs like Pierre Koffmann. Local pubs and restaurants come alive when the fest is around the corner as they offer special menu like home smoked garlic to Welsh Onion bread to a perfect martini! Along with the masterclass, there will be tutored tastings food talks with food critics and coveted chefs and guided walks to learn about harvest of field and hedgerow this year. Chefs likes Tom Kerridge, Bryn Williams, Florence Knight will be there to teach as well as showcase culinary talent this year.

7. Isle of Wight Garlic Festival: Isle of Wright

Isle of Wright, Garlic festival – Aug 18-19

This festival is a one of a kind fest where lovers of all things Garlic come to enjoy things ranging from Garlic beer to Garlic fudge. The best thing about the festival, other than the food is the fact that it is affiliated with more than 65 charities and people coming in for food also end up donating some to these. With lots of food stalls there is live music, and of plenty of arts and craft for visitors to enjoy. Located in the bright and sunny Isle of Wright in summer, this festival has loads to offer food-wise as the local food tempts the taste buds.

6. San Francisco Street Food Festival: San Francisco, United States

Street food festival, SF – Aug 17th

San Francisco street food festivals is a festival like no other as over 50,000 people come to taste the best food the bay area has to offer. The reason it’s one of a kind even though the festival is only 5 years old is down to the feel of the festival. Street food is gaining rapidly as a business and it’s no longer considered to be ‘cheap’ as there are some quality stalls that offer food as good as some Michelin star restaurant would. Vendors and local producers get their stalls placed and start cooking and serve as the people start flooding in. The entry is free as there is no formality, there are no waiters and everyone comes there experience this Bohemian style extravaganza.

5. Galway Oyster Festival: Ireland

Galway food festival – Sept 27-29

Easily the most famous food festival of Ireland and also the oldest oyster festival in the world, Galway Oyster festival is known for vast platters of shellfish, pints of the famous Guiness beer and great live music. Started in September 1954 by Brian Collins, the festival includes beer as well as Oyster tasting which offers some great varieties of oyster. World Oyster Opening Championships and the ‘Elegant Lady’ competition are the highlights of the festival. Some of the guests that attended it last year were Richard Corrigan, Martin Shanahan and current President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

4. Noosa International food and wine festival: Queensland, Australia

Noosa food and wine festival – May 16-19

With Chefs like Mark Best, Carlo Caracco , Peter Gilmore, Daniel Alps and Shane Bailey among others, Noosa food and wine festival is one of the most well attended festivals in the world. It takes place in Queensland, Australia and is a great mix of good food, great win and fitting music to go with it. It’s a food festival where culinary artists display their talent and present it to other coveted chefs and people. On the 3 rd day, 10 of the top chefs present their dish to the people and 1 of them goes away with the people’s choice award which us decided by people applauding for the dish they feel was the best. The fest was started back in 2003 and completed 10 years this May.

3. Truffle Festival: Alba, Italy

Truffle festival, Italy – Oct 12 – Nov 17

Located in a small town of Piedmont, the truffle festival is one of those rare ‘invitation only’ type festivals which have few of the top chefs in the world flying in to attend every year. The Alba truffe fest celebrates the famous ‘tartufo bianco’ truffles. There is a local truffle market that opens to these selective chefs. Truffles that are sold here are as expensive as $2000 a kilo. Most of the chefs and people that are invited try the local cuisine and put the truffle in it to enhance the dish whilst also trying the various delicacies that are offered. The festival is in its 83 rd year and this year it promises to be bigger than ever.

2. Melbourne food and wine: Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne food festival – Feb 28 – March 16

One of the most famous food festival of Australia, Melbourne food and wine festival started back in 1993 and had over 200 events as it enters the 20 th year this year. The fest will be held from 28 th February to 16 th March in 2014 and it plans to be bigger and better than this years’. A team of 18 people help organize this fest which presents class A gourmet delicacies to people and other chefs that attend it. With over 250 events to offer, Melbourne food and wine festival is renowned for showcasing the strength of Victoria’s wine and food.

1. Maine Lobster Festival: Rockland, United States

Maine lobster festival – Aug 1-3

One of the biggest sea food focused festivals in the world, Maine Lobster festivals sight to behold for the entire sea food enthusiasts in the world. The festival that has big parade, great cooking and entertainment requires over a 1000 volunteers who help put together this lobster gala. The main attraction, apart from US Navy ship tours, crate race the thousands of lobsters cooked with many different methods is the giant 20,000 pound lobster cooker that takes part on the last day. Maine lobster fest is blessed with a coastline as good as the Maine coastline and has been going on for the past 60 years. Winning the big cooking contest is another thing of pride that chefs coming to the festival look out for. On the entertainment side, David Cassidy is set to play on the final day of this year’s festival.


The Best Summer Music Festivals Around The World

The Governors Ball Music Festival is set for June 3-5 this year in New York City. This festival offers an eclectic mix of performances and treats guests to a taste of New York culture. There will be a variety of performers, including those from rock, electronic and indie genres, plus several New York City vendors and food trucks will be on the scene. The festival will be held at Randall and Island Park in New York City.

Guests enjoying The Governors Ball Music Festival will be able to listen to all of their favorite artists. Some of the featured artists include Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, HAIM and Of Monsters and Men. But those are just a few of the performances you can expect to see during this summer festival. Tickets for all three days start at $305 (plus tax and shipping) per person. Single-day admission starts at $105 per person. The festival will be held rain or shine, with gates opening daily at 11:45 a.m. and music ending at 11 p.m.

Experience a music festival like no other in Rabat, Morocco. The Mawazine, also known as Rhythms of the World, is one of the biggest festivals and is offered as part of a government initiative to help promote a more liberal image of the country. This year&rsquos festival will be held from May 20 through May 28. In the past, big names such as Rihanna and Stevie Wonder have been featured on stage entertaining the thousands upon thousands of guests. Mawazine attractions thousands of performers from all four corners of the world, offering one of the most diverse festivals in the world.

Mawazine features four mains stages that are outdoors and free for all to enjoy. These venues are designed to accommodate anywhere from 15,000 to more than 200,000 people. In addition to the main stages, there are smaller stages available to festival-goers. Some of these stages will be hosting performances, many of which are free of charge, though some do have a fee associated with the performance. A few of the performers expected this year include Kadim Al Sahir, Iggy Azalea, Jean Wyclef and Christina Aguilera. With so much going on during Mawazine, you are sure to find a performance or two to enjoy.

Photo Credit: DAVID LETH WILLIAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Just south of Roskilde in Denmark you will find the site for the annual Roskilde Music Festival. This year&rsquos festival will be held from June 25 through July 2 and will feature some of the hottest artists on the music scene today. You will find a mix of contemporary, mainstream and some lesser-known performers during this festival. Performer names listed on this year’s schedule include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, New Order, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tenacious D. These are just a few of the musical performances expected to be at Roskilde 2016.

Ticket prices for Roskilde vary depending upon how many days you want to enjoy the festival and what extras you want to add to enhance your festival experience. One-day ticket prices start at 995DKK and full festival tickets start at 1995DKK.

Though it is technically a summer festival, Splendour in the Grass is actually hosted in Australia&rsquos winter. This festival is planned to be held this year from July 22 through July 24 at North Byron Parklands in Byron Bay, Australia. Even though it is held in winter, a time when many other festivals in the country have moved indoors, this festival attracts tens of thousands of guests from around the world.

Complete details for the festival have not been released, but details are expected to be announced on the festival’s website within the next few weeks. Tickets for the festival are available for the entire three days or for individual days and camping options are available starting July 20. Keep an eye on the website for details, because tickets will sell out fast.

Though many of the details have not yet been released, the lineup for the festival is sure to be an amazing one. If it is anything like last year’s list, this is an event you are going to want to travel down under for. Some of last year&rsquos headliners included Mark Ronson, Of Monsters and Men, Death Cab for Cutie and The Wombats.

Sonar is an annual summer festival that was founded in 1994 in Barcelona. This is one of Europe&rsquos most vibrant cities in the world, which is why it is the perfect location for a music festival featuring cutting-edge performers. Sonar is set to be held June 16, 17 and 18 of this year in the city&rsquos Fira Gran Via area. Guests can enjoy two parts of the festival, Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night, each having different ticket options for those who cannot attend both.


The Best Summer Music Festivals Around The World

The Governors Ball Music Festival is set for June 3-5 this year in New York City. This festival offers an eclectic mix of performances and treats guests to a taste of New York culture. There will be a variety of performers, including those from rock, electronic and indie genres, plus several New York City vendors and food trucks will be on the scene. The festival will be held at Randall and Island Park in New York City.

Guests enjoying The Governors Ball Music Festival will be able to listen to all of their favorite artists. Some of the featured artists include Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, HAIM and Of Monsters and Men. But those are just a few of the performances you can expect to see during this summer festival. Tickets for all three days start at $305 (plus tax and shipping) per person. Single-day admission starts at $105 per person. The festival will be held rain or shine, with gates opening daily at 11:45 a.m. and music ending at 11 p.m.

Experience a music festival like no other in Rabat, Morocco. The Mawazine, also known as Rhythms of the World, is one of the biggest festivals and is offered as part of a government initiative to help promote a more liberal image of the country. This year&rsquos festival will be held from May 20 through May 28. In the past, big names such as Rihanna and Stevie Wonder have been featured on stage entertaining the thousands upon thousands of guests. Mawazine attractions thousands of performers from all four corners of the world, offering one of the most diverse festivals in the world.

Mawazine features four mains stages that are outdoors and free for all to enjoy. These venues are designed to accommodate anywhere from 15,000 to more than 200,000 people. In addition to the main stages, there are smaller stages available to festival-goers. Some of these stages will be hosting performances, many of which are free of charge, though some do have a fee associated with the performance. A few of the performers expected this year include Kadim Al Sahir, Iggy Azalea, Jean Wyclef and Christina Aguilera. With so much going on during Mawazine, you are sure to find a performance or two to enjoy.

Photo Credit: DAVID LETH WILLIAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Just south of Roskilde in Denmark you will find the site for the annual Roskilde Music Festival. This year&rsquos festival will be held from June 25 through July 2 and will feature some of the hottest artists on the music scene today. You will find a mix of contemporary, mainstream and some lesser-known performers during this festival. Performer names listed on this year’s schedule include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, New Order, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tenacious D. These are just a few of the musical performances expected to be at Roskilde 2016.

Ticket prices for Roskilde vary depending upon how many days you want to enjoy the festival and what extras you want to add to enhance your festival experience. One-day ticket prices start at 995DKK and full festival tickets start at 1995DKK.

Though it is technically a summer festival, Splendour in the Grass is actually hosted in Australia&rsquos winter. This festival is planned to be held this year from July 22 through July 24 at North Byron Parklands in Byron Bay, Australia. Even though it is held in winter, a time when many other festivals in the country have moved indoors, this festival attracts tens of thousands of guests from around the world.

Complete details for the festival have not been released, but details are expected to be announced on the festival’s website within the next few weeks. Tickets for the festival are available for the entire three days or for individual days and camping options are available starting July 20. Keep an eye on the website for details, because tickets will sell out fast.

Though many of the details have not yet been released, the lineup for the festival is sure to be an amazing one. If it is anything like last year’s list, this is an event you are going to want to travel down under for. Some of last year&rsquos headliners included Mark Ronson, Of Monsters and Men, Death Cab for Cutie and The Wombats.

Sonar is an annual summer festival that was founded in 1994 in Barcelona. This is one of Europe&rsquos most vibrant cities in the world, which is why it is the perfect location for a music festival featuring cutting-edge performers. Sonar is set to be held June 16, 17 and 18 of this year in the city&rsquos Fira Gran Via area. Guests can enjoy two parts of the festival, Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night, each having different ticket options for those who cannot attend both.


Malton Food Lovers Festival 2021

Set across the streets of Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton Food Lovers Festival, 28, 29 & 30 August 2021, is a celebration of Yorkshire's finest produce & cooking.

Expect artisan stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, festival bar, live music & much, much more!

Malton’s 3 day family foodie extravaganza is a festival like no other. A giant celebration, a huge gourmet street party - “Yorkshire's Foodie Glastonbury” is back!

Malton Food Lovers Festival is free to enter

The fun begins at 9am each day

There will be approximately 160 stalls & street food vendors

The Festival Map (handed out on the weekend) shows all festival locations including toilets

There is an optional bus from Car Parks to the festival entrance. To walk takes approx. 10 mins

Disabled parking, toilets & other facilities are available

Extra Buses & Trains from York & Scarborough are added.

General Timings
The 3 day Festival opens each day from 9am.

Festival Bars Opening Times
Saturday 28 Aug & Sunday 29 Aug (10am - 10pm)
Bank Holiday Monday 30 Aug (10am - 5pm)

How to get to us
Just put in Malton's postcode YO17 7LX and get going! The main access to Malton is along the A64 from York or Scarborough and from the A169 from Pickering.
You can park for 2 hours free of charge in the central Market Place, Chancery Lane, Shambles Car Park, Wells Lane and Navigation Wharf. (Some restrictions apply on market days and during festivals.)

BY TRAIN:
There's a direct train service to Malton on the Scarborough – York – Leeds – Manchester line.
For travellers from further afield the best connections are made via York. Malton’s railway line is currently serviced by TransPennine Express and Northern.

BY BUS:
There are bus services to Malton from York, Scarborough, Leeds, Pickering and Helmsley. The Coastliner timetables can be downloaded here. Both the bus and railway stations are just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.

BY AIR:
The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford International (LBA), which is 60 minutes by car.


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