Edible horse, 18-hands high, at Ebor festival

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  • One of the most memorable racehorses at the Ebor festival (17-20 August) at York racecourse will not be the most fleet of foot, in fact it will not move from the weighing room lawn.

    Entitled “An Edible Racehorse” the 18-hand art creation is made entirely from Yorkshire produce.

    It was created by Yorkshire sculpture artist Emma Stothard and Royal Opera House set designer Caitlin Jones to be viewed by an estimated 100,000 race goers.

    The “racehorse” is made up of:

    • More than 300 Yorkshire puddings
    • 20 punnets of Vale of York strawberries
    • Five kilos of Sandhutton potatoes
    • Four crates of mushrooms from Thirsk
    • Four crates of Wakefield rhubarb
    • Three sacks of Vale of York carrots
    • Two barrels of Ampleforth apples
    • Two sacks of freshly harvested Wistow wheat and barley.
    • A heaped basket of Wetherby radishes

    Speaking to local papers, managing director of York racecourse hospitality Keith Stewart said: “It’s a whimsical notion, making a racehorse from fruit, veg and 300 Yorkshire puds, but using local food as an art instillation does have wider significance.

    “As caterers, we’re exceptionally proud of our commitment to seasonal, local produce. A sense of fun is part of a great race day out.”

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