A NEW event combining the region’s best food and drink with a picturesque 10k "race" has been launched.

Marathon Du Malton, taking place on August 26, will involve a 10k walk or run, starting and finishing in the town’s Market Place.

Inspired by the Marathon Du Medoc in France’s wine region, there will be food and drink stops around the course, with particpants being encouraged to take their time and enjoy the party atmosphere. Those taking part are also encouraged to wear fancy dress with a food and drink theme.

Treats will be lined along the route with offerings from local award-winning food and drink producers, such as craft beer from Brass Castle Brewery, macarons baked by Malton-based producer Florian Poirot.

The Talbot will also be serving up pan-fried grouse sourced from the moors and miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef.

The event adds to the regular calendar of food-themed events, including Street Food Sundays twice a month in June, July and August, a regular Saturday market, a monthly food market, the annual Malton Food Lovers Festival in May and the Harvest Food Festival in


Tom Naylor-Leyland, director of Visit Malton, said: “There’ll be a real party atmosphere in town, with teams of all ages in fancy dress taking part in this really fun event inspired by the original Marathon Du Medoc.

“What better way to celebrate the best of Malton’s food and drink offerings while having the chance to take in some of the stunning local countryside and balancing the treats with exercise.”

Anyone not participating in the Marathon Du Malton can enjoy the Street Food Sunday event which will also be taking place.

The race’s start/finish line will be alongside the pop-up picnic area. Non-runners and children can also participate in a short fun run around the Market Place. Street Food Sunday and the additional events in Market Place are free to enter.

There are 250 spaces available for the Marathon Du Malton.

Tickets, which include all the food and drink on the course, can be booked at visitmalton.com and cost £20, plus £2 booking fee.