Summer is fast approaching and with it comes an amazing array of food festivals to experience. Whether you delight in sampling the best seafood offerings or enjoy perusing the dishes of luxury restaurants, there is sure to be a festival for you. Here’s our guide to the best food and drink festivals in the UK.
The Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival
16th to 27th April & 4th to 14th September 2014.
The largest festival in the south of England, this huge event plays host to over 300 food and drink businesses. It’s not just stalls showcasing incredible food that draws huge crowds but also the events that go alongside these two main festival dates. Restaurant week is one such popular events which allows diners to try special dishes and discounts at some of the best restaurants in the area.
The Ludlow Food Festival
12th to 14th September 2014.
Featuring over 160 independent food producers from the local areas, The Ludlow Food Festival is an event not to be missed. There are also fun activities including demonstrations, food trails and others both in and outside of the castle. A great day out for a foodie family!
Dorset Seafood Festival
12th & 13th July 2014.
This festival offers more than food alone, with competitions, celebrity chefs and demonstrations. Last year saw the exciting Dorset Young Seafood Master Chef of the Year competition alongside over 80 wonderful stalls. Keep an eye on the website for more information about the upcoming festival.
2014 Dates to be announced.
Feast combines a wonderful mix of street food, music and art. Every year the festival turns a London venue into a beautifully atmospheric location for festival goers to experience. Previous events have been held all over London including Islington Square, Tobacco Dock and Brick Lane Yard.
BBC Good Food Show
25th April to 30th November across various venues. See the link for more details.
Appearing throughout the year in 4 different venues, the BBC Good Food Show events offer something for everyone. The Supertheatre will see top chefs performing live onstage as well as sharing their secrets in live interviews. You can also sample and purchase fresh produce and speciality foods from a huge range of vendors.
Leeds Food and Drink Festival
23rd May to 8th June 2014.
With last year’s show bringing over 60,000 food fanatics together to enjoy the festival, organisers have decided to make this year even bigger and better. Last year saw attendees sample amazing food from Leeds’ best restaurants and local farmers, as well as taking part in workshops and watching chef demonstrations.
The Big Feastival
29th August to 31st August
Presented by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and musician Alex James, The Big Feastival is quite literally a festival! Set on a Cotswold farm, festival goers can camp out and enjoy a full weekend of food and festivities. Live music accompanies chef Q&A’s, live demonstrations and of course food stands featuring local producers. The festival also raises funds for The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation – even more reason to go!
Will you be adding any of these foodie festivals to your calendar?