Sisters plan service for food fans with festival dining

There will be an opportunity to sample food prepared by nuns at this year’s York Food and Drink Festival.

Sister Ann Stafford, James Foster, general manager, and Sister Agatha Leach

The York Food Festival offers the public the opportunity to dine at home with great cooks and leading the way are Sisters Ann and Agatha, nuns of the Bar Convent who will host a special evening on Friday September 19, the first night of the festival.

It is a Grade I-listed building by Micklegate Bar, in York, and the evening promises to offer a special insight into life in the convent founded in 1686, which now houses a cafe and B&B as well as the convent. Tickets for the full range of these dinners listed on the festival programme as Dine at my Table are on sale now.

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Others offering meals include Dr Gareth Morgan, a York wine speaker offering the opportunity to try his Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé wines with an accompanying meal and Claire Davies, co-founder of The History Girls in York, offers a three-course journey through food history.

Festival Director Michael Hjort said: “Sister Agatha is the ideal host for the first of this fascinating range of events across York. Some of them are joining the festival programme for the first time and we are delighted with the quality and diversity of the programme.”

The festival runs until Sunday September 28. Visit