Tickets to Yorkshire’s first ever coffee festival to go on sale

Tickets to Yorkshire’s first ever coffee festival are set to go on sale this weekend. The Otley Coffee Festival, to be held on April 25, 2020, will celebrate coffee’s journey from bean to cup with a fascinating and fun-filled day focusing on all things coffee and beyond.

The festival will feature more than 20 local, regional and national exhibitors, talks, tastings, competitions, music and children’s activities. It will operate on a hub-and-spoke basis with historic All Saints Parish Church at the heart of the festival and branches spreading out to the town’s many participating coffee shops, tearooms and pubs.

While the festival is still five months away, the programme is already firming up. Exhibitors will include the like of Huddersfield’s Dark Woods Coffee, Doncaster-based Artemis Cold Brew, Casa Espresso of Bradford, and Taylors of Harrogate’s speciality coffee brand Discovery, while the programme will be sponsored by eco-friendly packaging company Vegware. Music for the day will feature a unique headline set by the Otley Ukulele Orchestra, currently enjoying a viral smash with the town’s 2019 Christmas song and film Ain’t We Got Fun in Otley.

Tickets to the festival are limited to 1,000 and are priced at just £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door, with under 12s getting free entry. Each ticket will offer access to events at the festival hub, 10 per cent off at participating outlets on the festival coffee trail, and a festival programme to help plan the day.

Advance tickets will be on sale at the Festival’s stall at the Otley Victorian Fayre on Sunday December 1 and on general sale from Monday December 2, in person or online from arts venue Otley Courthouse.

A market town since 1222, Otley has a long history of welcoming visitors from afar to its many pubs, tearooms and increasingly growing number of cool coffee shops. Visitors can now choose, among others, to lap up a latte in a bar in a historic building once thought to have been the school of renowned cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, or enjoy an espresso in a café that has its own Letterpress print shop.

Festival chair Richard Hughes said: “Coffee festivals are increasingly growing in popularity but one has to travel a significant distance from Yorkshire to get to one. Given Otley’s long history of welcoming visitors and increasingly growing coffee culture, combined with the fact we are less than 30 minutes from Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford and just an hour from York and Sheffield, we believe we are perfectly placed to hold Yorkshire’s first coffee festival.”

The First Otley Coffee Festival has been made possible with the support of Otley BID. Chair Thomas Hatley said: “Otley BID is proud to be able to support this most original of festivals. Cafés and teashops now form a large part of our high street offering and help provide a place for both residents and visitors to spend time and enjoy a well-deserved brew. The Otley Coffee Festival will serve to help solidify those bonds, as well as providing an interesting and innovative programme of events for all to enjoy.”

Otley Coffee Festival 10am to 5pm, Saturday April 25, 2020, Otley All Saints Parish Church, Kirkgate, Otley LS21 3HW. See otleycoffeeculture.co.uk for more details