CHEF demonstrations, chocolate tasting and tea dancing will complement the festive food on offer at the next Malton Food Lovers Market on Saturday.

The regular indoor market, held at the Milton Rooms, 9am-4pm, is planned to become monthly from next March after becoming a firm favourite with food lovers from Malton and beyond.

Stallholders at the Food Lovers Market will be showcasing their finest festive fare with products ranging from locally-produced honey to gingerbread treats and hot-smoked trout to Dexter beef. The Greedy Bassets Kitchen will be cooking up some street food, while Trotters provide sausages from the grill.

The ever-popular chef demos will return with Rob Porter, chef proprietor of The Green Room Restaurant in Scarborough, live on stage at 11am. Also on stage is Nigel Brown, owner of a Cookery Academy in Barton-upon Humber, who will return to the Food Lovers Market with a demonstration at noon.

The Tasting Table, supplied by Malton Relish, will feature a range of festive goodies and visitors will be able to sample treats.

Meanwhile, Christmas would not be complete without good quality chocolate so Malton and Norton Fairtrade will be on hand to fulfil visitors’ chocolate desires.

They will be running a chocolate tasting event on stage between 1pm and 3pm where tasters can try out and comment on a variety of Fairtrade and organic chocolate.

Also new to the Food Lovers Market will be The Marvellous Tea Dance Party Company. The Marvellous Tea Ladies will be hosting a vintage tea party in the Studio Bar where they will be offering an array of tea and cakes for visitors to enjoy.

Tom Naylor-Leyland, director of Malton CIC, said: “The objective of the Food Lovers Markets is to attract people to Malton so visitors can see for themselves the fabulous local shopping and savour the fantastic food on offer.

“The event in December will be our fourth Food Lovers Market and I am delighted that visitors have flocked in their thousands to each of the previous markets, providing a great boost to Malton.”

The organisers are grateful to Malton CIC Volunteers who will be ensuring that the event runs smoothly throughout the day.

Anyone interested in volunteering at future CIC-organised events should email Fiona Foley Croft at