Celebrates York’s Producers and Growers. 22 – 23 June 2019
Bloom! York’s infant horticultural festival will return as a mini-festival this summer and organisers are now calling on Yorkshire’s green-fingered growers and producers to take part. Can you grow York’s longest broad bean? Create a vegetable self-portrait? Or bake the most delicious Fat Rascal?
The inaugural Bloom! Festival, the brainchild of Make It York, attracted thousands of visitors last summer and saw the city come alive with floral creations. This year, a ‘mini’ Bloom! Flower and Produce Festival, will celebrate York’s rich tradition of horticulture, past and present, and celebrate the individuals and communities involved today.
Organisers hope the celebration, 22-23 June in York Minster’s Dean’s Park, will encourage more people to get involved and ultimately encourage more planting across the city. A Flower and Produce Show will test six judges, who will reveal the winning entries in 60 different categories. Anyone can enter and categories, chosen with a Yorkshire twist, include everything from the best Yorkshire Parkin to best small potted Lupin.
With a full list of competition categories for children and adults to enter, this will be the focal event for a village fete right in the heart of York. Local flower farmers, florists, nurseries, specialist growers and anyone interested in taking better care of the natural environment is being invited to take part, including Edible York, Askham Bryan College and York St Nicholas Fields. There will be a no plastic message throughout.
In the summer of 2018, the four-day festival celebrated 250 years of the Ancient Society of York Florists, the oldest Florists’ Society in the world. Over 120 events ran over the four days of the festival which engaged with 100 plus businesses.
Ahead of next year’s larger event this year’s mini-festival will focus on York’s growers and celebrate existing and budding (no pun intended) gardeners. To continue the legacy of the Bloom! 2018 festival a second, large-scale festival is already in the planning for 2020, celebrating York’s connections with horticulture.
Paul Whiting, Head of Visit York, a part of Make It York, said: “Although a smaller affair than last year, this weekend event will celebrate the positive impact of gardening and plants on our daily lives. Supporters of the event established a legacy fund to help us develop the festival and long term ambitions are to add planting and colour into the urban realm, both on a temporary and permanent basis.”
Lotte Inch, Festival Director, Make It York, said: “York has a long heritage of growers and there are people across the city nurturing their allotments and taking great pride in what they produce. We hope Bloom! will encourage more people to get involved in everything from composting to growing vegetables.”
Under the roof of York Minster School Marquee, the Flower & Produce Show will run from 12 noon-4pm on Saturday whilst Sunday will offer visitors the chance to buy from local producers at a Plant and Flower Market. Expect plants and posies from the likes of Askham Bryan College, Flower Power York, iBloom, Botanic and more.
The Dean of York, the Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost, said: “We’re delighted to welcome York’s Bloom! Festival to Dean’s Park this year. As one of the largest areas of green space within the city walls, the park is a much-loved, natural haven in the heart of the city and we hope the setting will inspire people to take part and get growing!”
Alongside the Flower & Produce Show, free events for children and families will include a Bee Story workshop, investigating the importance of bees, Vegetable Self-Portrait Making and Floral Crown Creating. These will be held underneath the trees of Dean’s Park Gardens where bunting and floral decorations will continue the ‘village fete’ theme throughout. Now is your chance to get involved and anyone who is interested can contact, Lotte Inch, Festival Curator by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org