The Best British Food Festivals This Summer
With restrictions being eased across the UK, many of us will be planning on getting away for a UK staycation, with foreign holidays still looking uncertain. But after being stuck indoors for the majority of the last 18 months, we are all looking for outdoor actives and attractions to explore.
While some of the UK’s famous music festivals will now be going ahead, not everyone will feel comfortable amongst crowds of music fans, but the UK also has a plethora of incredible food festivals, and we have look at some of the upcoming events around the country.
Film & Food Fest
Film and food fans will be in their element at this four-day event that features a wide choice of street food vendors and bars, and a selection of films to watch ninth open-air, including the Lion King and Joker.
Various dates and locations until 26 Sep, adults from £18.50, children from £9.25, filmandfoodfest.com
Foodies Festival, an event for the whole family, will be travelling around the UK, and famous chefs and bakers will be there to demonstrate their expertise, with masterclasses from Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown, Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell and TV chef Dean Edwards, as well as live music, theatre and a shopping village.
Various dates and locations until 3 Oct, from £19, foodiesfestival.com
The Gin and Rum Festival
If your summer plans include sitting back and enjoying a G’n’T in the sun, then this is the event for you. Touring the country from London to Glasgow, the festival features a top line-up of distillers, themed bars, masterclasses, and live music.
Various dates and locations until 27 Nov, from £16, ginandrumfestival.com
Pub in the Park
This festival, conceived by chef Tom Kerridge, includes a line-up of top chefs and performers from all around the UK, as well as a roster of award-winning pubs and restaurants presenting their £6 taster dishes. There is also live music from Ronan Keating, Basement Jaxx, and Craig David.
Various dates and locations until 19 Sep, from £37, pubintheparkuk.com
This family-run event promises cruelty-free eating with a huge selection of vegan fare, including food, drinks, and clothing, as well as information on veganism.
Various dates and locations between now and Nov, from £2, veganfestival.co.uk
In contrast, carnivores will definitely want to head to Meatopia, featuring 60 top chefs from all around the world serving up juicy burgers and hog roasts.
3-5 Sep, from £23, meatopia.co.uk
If you’re feeling adventurous and looking for something different, this festival explores and celebrates the culture of the Carpathian Basin, so expect Transylvanian barbecues, goulash, langos, charcuterie, smoked lard and Romanian beers and craft wines, plus traditional music and crafts.
3-5 Sep, free entry, gobefest.com
Abergavenny Food Festival Monmouthshire
Hosted in the beautiful medieval market town of Abergavenny, this food festival enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for top chefs, businesses, farmers and visitors to come together to celebrate all things food.
18-19 Sep, from £10, abergavennyfoodfestival.com
Edinburgh Food Festival
With quality Scottish food at its heart, this is a great day out for friends and family. Expect street food from fish and chips and award-winning Jarvis Pickle pies to gelato, as well as pints from Fyne Ales.
23 Jul-1 Aug, free entry, edfoodfest.com
Of course, this is only a fraction of the fabulous food festivals across the UK this summer, but whichever tickles your tastebuds, leave the car at home, enjoy yourself, and look at our luxury minibus hire in Manchester to travel in style!