The Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival will take place online this year and organisers are looking for independent food and drink businesses from Kirklees to take part.

Businesses can make products available for purchase online and are encouraged to offer promotions and incentives, such as promotion codes or special festival menus, for customers.

Local musicians, bands and entertainers are also needed to contribute online content for the festival.

Kirklees Council and Huddersfield Live are working together to host the four-day event, which usually takes place in St George’s Square, Huddersfield. The online event will take place between Thursday 6 and Sunday 9 August to celebrate local food and drinks businesses.

Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “We’re supporting the festival this year, to help our fantastic local restaurants, cafes bars and food businesses to recover from the impact of lockdown.

“We know that the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival is much loved by people from Kirklees and further afield, I hope that they will all visit the virtual festival and maybe discover something or somewhere new.  If you’re an independent food or drink business why not get involved, it’s completely free and a great way to drum up some new business.”

Sam Watt, Director of Huddersfield Live, said: “Although we are saddened that due to the current situation we can’t bring our ‘Live’ event to Huddersfield, we’re really excited about delivering this new concept.  Working with Kirklees Council to help the recovery and bring positivity back to the area is so important to us.

“We want lots of local independent businesses to join the festival, and we are working on this for you, to showcase and to help increase awareness and economic footfall to your door.

“I know that there are also many talented people in Kirklees who could be part of the entertainment programme and children’s section, this is a great opportunity to record content to promote themselves.

“If you think you can support us we’d love to hear from you, as we say at Huddersfield Live it’s all about ‘Creating better events together’”

Local businesses and performers have until Monday 29 June to get involved by completing an online form

The festival is a free event and businesses must be independent, based in Kirklees and have a Facebook or website. Food retailers must have a minimum four-star hygiene rating.