A Taste of History is on offer at York’s Food and Drink Festival

Issued 02/09/2014

Visit three historic attractions for an evening of food and drink at our canapé receptions

Nicky Reynolds, Steph McHale and Stuart Perry (L-R) enjoy a medieval feast at Barley Hall.

Visitors are invited to take their taste buds back in time to Viking and Medieval York this September when The JORVIK Group brings their ‘Roaming Supper’ back to York’s Food and Drink Festival.

The foodie event, taking place during the first weekend of the festival, on 19th September is a 3 course celebration of York’s gastronomic heritage. Starting underground in the JORVIK Viking Centre, guests are welcomed by Viking hosts offering some Scandinavian-inspired canapés and drinks. There will be a chance to mingle with the Norsemen before taking a ride back in time to 10th century Jorvik.

Then, escorted by the Vikings, it is a short walk across the city and a step forward in time to medieval Barley Hall, which was once home to the Mayor of York. A welcome drink of mead awaits and main course feast fit for a Lord and Lady will be served in the Great Hall, all washed down with fine wine. Finally, dessert, coffee and a selection of local chocolate and fudge will be served in the Group’s hands-on archaeology attraction, DIG on St Saviourgate.

Director of Attractions for York Archaeological Trust, the owners of The JORVIK Group and York’s Tourism Ambassador for 2014, Sarah Maltby, commented;

“The York Festival of Food and Drink is such a popular event, with people trying all sorts of new and exciting foods. We wanted to make sure visitors and residents got the chance to try some of the great dishes, prepared using local ingredients, which were available to the city’s citizens in the past, in complimentary settings.”

Guests to the Roaming Supper will also get the chance to explore the attractions and exhibitions themselves as part of their visit.

“It’s not just about the food and drink, which of course is important, but we want to be able to give our visitors the full JORVIK Group experience. Everything from visiting the Viking city of Jorvik and exploring medieval medicine at our Plague, Poverty and Prayer exhibition to coming closer to the present and ‘Looking Back at Hungate’ where guests can discover the amazing finds of our initial 5-year dig at the Hungate site.”

A Taste of History: JORVIK Roaming Supper costs £45 per person. Pre-booking advised through The JORVIK Group’s dedicated Reservation Line: 01904 615505 or online at www.thejorvikgroup.com.


The JORVIK Group is is owned by York Archaeological Trust, a registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (SCO42846) and is made up of five York city centre attractions:

The JORVIK Viking Centre, which has celebrated 30 years in 2014

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

Barley Hall – a medieval townhouse in the centre of York

Richard III and Henry VII Experiences on York’s city walls


More information can be found at www.thejorvikgroup.com/press.

For more information on the York Tourism Ambassador please visit: http://www.visityork.org/media/news/news-release-York-Tourism-Awards.aspx.


Media Contact:

Paul Whiting

Marketing Officer

The JORVIK Group


01904 543433