Whilst festivals in the UK usually bring to mind images of rain, ponchos, mud and wellies, there is in fact much more on offer.
Food festivals and events are fast becoming the must-visit occasions of the summertime. During the (hopefully) sunny weather, there is nothing better than eating outside and trying something new. Basking in the atmosphere of happy people tasting some of the best food the nation has to offer is a top pass time!
From family-friendly days out and weekend-long experiences to famed food festivals and celebrations of cuisine, we’ve covered the top summer foodie events. With something to suit everyone, you’ll be able to add an exciting date (or two) to your summer calendar.
Taste of London is a renowned festival, perfect for restaurant loving foodies. It’s so popular, the organisers put it on twice a year; in summer and in winter. Taste is your chance to try out bite-sized portions of signature dishes from the capital’s most exciting restaurants.
Held between 13th-17th June in Regent’s Park, join thousands of other food lovers to watch world-famous chefs live on stage. You can also get hands-on in a range of masterclasses, sample new and exciting products and shop at over 200 stalls.
Vegan Festival UK
If you’re vegan, following a plant-based diet, or simply interested in trying out this booming trend, Vegan Festival UK is happening in cities across the UK this summer.
This festival runs throughout July, August and September. Events are happening in Newcastle, Aberdeen, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bradford and Sheffield. Listen to guest speakers, learn more about the vegan lifestyle and watch cooking demonstrations that show plant-based living doesn’t have to be difficult. Sample a massive selection of cruelty-free cuisine from some top vegan brands and restaurants at low prices.
Yes, you guessed it, this event was made for foodies! Find The Foodies Festival taking place on various dates throughout the summer around the UK. Cities include Brighton, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol. Each three-day event is a huge celebration of the best food and drink brands and restaurants in the UK.
There will be live music, workshops and masterclasses. Plus demonstrations from Michelin star chefs, MasterChef winners and the best local chefs around. Explore the various tents to try delicious dishes from restaurants and street vendors, drink beer, cider, champagne or tea. There’s even a kids tent to keep the little ones entertained.
The Big Feastival
Jamie Oliver’s big event sets to bring food and music together for heaps of fun for all the family. With pop-up restaurants from renowned chefs, a cookery school, a cheese bar, street food, a recipe corner and banquets galore, what more could you ask for?
There will also be performances from Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, James Arthur and more. The Big Feastival is happening between 24th-26th August in Oxfordshire at the farm of Alex James – who happens to be both an avid foodie and the bassist from iconic indie band, Blur.
Viva! Vegan Festival
Here’s another option if you’re vegan, veggie or v-curious. Viva! Vegan Festivals offer the chance to indulge in delicious food and learn more about the lifestyle. Occurring in many different cities across the UK, the events promise a great time for all the family.
You’ll find a huge number of stalls offering both hot and cold food. Plus there’s ethical clothing and gifts, cookery classes, informative talks and live music. Tickets range from £3-£5. There are also extra activities at some events such as free yoga classes and bouncy castles.
We Love Food
Each weekend this July, London’s Spitalfields market is transforming into a different food festival. You’ll find a fine selection of the country’s best street food along with live entertainment. The four We Love Food festivals each celebrate a different cuisine. Choose your favourite from Meat, Asian, Vegan and Happy Hour.
Loch Lomond Food Festival
This free food festival is an amazing opportunity to try out traditional Scottish treats. Indulge in smoked fish and Scottish venison, washed down with traditional ales and whiskeys. Set on the banks of the stunning Loch Lomond, there will be demonstrations, exhibitions, music and family-friendly entertainment. There is even a even a haggis-eating competition!
As well as these festivals, there are lots more foodie events happening this summer. These include the Lincoln Sausage Festival, the Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb in Westfield, the North East Chilli Festival, the Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell and the Isle of Wight’s Garlic Food Festival.
If you’re an avid foodie or simply love to get out and about in the summer, these events are perfect for trying new things. Let’s just hope the weather stays dry, as there is no better way to feast than outdoors in the sunshine.