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The Hungry Reader’s Guide to Some of the UK’s Best Food Festivals

We love this time of year because of the variety of festivals that take place and, as our last festival post focussed on music, this one will focus on food.
There were honestly too many food festivals to mention so we had to cut our list down… a lot. This selection focuses on food festivals happening between July and September.

July

GrillStock

When? 11th – 12th July and 5th – 6th September

Where? Bristol and London

Food, music and fun. Grillstock is a food and music festival rolled into one and takes place in not one location but three! It all kicked off in Manchester at the ending of May and will be heading to Bristol this month before its last show in London next month.
From BBQ competitions, hotdog eating contests, festival bars and a range of music from De La Soul, Kitty Daisy & Lewis and The Computers to name a few, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
The tickets for Grillstock Bristol are nearly sold out but there are still quite a few left for London.

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

When? 11th – 12th July

Where? Weymouth Harbour, Dorset

If you prefer the cool and freshly salted sea breeze to a woody and smoky atmosphere, Dorset is where you’ll likely be on the weekend of the 11th. As well as champagne and seafood, this festival provides family fun as an accompaniment to the main.
If you fancy enjoying the views from the Old Harbour whilst you try super fresh catches, visit the Dorset Seafood website now.

Cheese Chilli Festival

When? 11th – 12th July, 8th – 9th August

Where? Christchurch and Winchester

If you have an affinity for cheese and don’t mind the idea of flirting with a chilli every once in a while then this is the festival for you. Designed to “celebrate all things cheese and chilli whilst being a great family day out”, this two day event plays host to live music, real ale, craft shows, chilli eating competitions and free activities for the children.
There are still tickets available for both locations and information is available on the website.

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August

Foodies Festival

When? 7th-9th, 21st-23rd and 29th-31st August

Where? Edinburgh, Harrogate and Oxford

A very large celebration that takes place in a number of locations between May and November, Foodies Festival is home to top chefs, an array of delicious food, a range of drinks and activities that the children can enjoy.
We suggest looking out for the Cake and Bake Theatre, Wine and Champagne Theatre, the Feasting Tent and Chilli Food Market.
For tickets and more information about what will be happening, please visit the Foodies Festival website.

Clitheroe Food Festival

When? 8th August

Where? Clitheroe, Lancashire

A very successful festival in the North West, the Clitheroe Food Festival is in its fifth year. If you’re interested in sampling and purchasing local produce then this is the type of festival you’ll really enjoy.

As well as the locally sourced food there will be live music, a range of pop up bars and activities for the children including cooking workshops.
Whilst this festival is free to attend, tickets are available for the workshops. If you’d like to know more and wish to join nearly 20,000 people in a day of fine food and drink, visit the website.

Richmond Artisan food Fayre

When? 23rd August

Where? Richmond, North Yorkshire

Situated beside the 12th century castle in the middle of town, the Artisan Food Fayre is perfect if you want to try something different. A range of stalls selling a variety of food and drink will be available whilst you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery North Yorkshire has to offer.
If you’re a self-confessed foodie or you simply want to try something a little different, this is definitely a food festival to consider. More information can be found here.

September

Fiery Foods

When? 19th – 20th September

Where? Victoria Gardens, Brighton

This is the ninth year for Fiery Foods and it will by far be the biggest! With live music, a range of new exhibitors, more competitions and the infamous chilli-eating contest on offer, this promises to be a hot day regardless of whether the sun makes an appearance or not.
If you want to try your hand at the chilli eating contest or simply want to be part of a fun-filled event that’ll be hosting an open mic, fireworks and children’s entertainment, visit the website for more information and tickets.

Meatopia

When? 19th – 20th September

Where? Tobacco Dock, (Wapping) London

Meat, drink, fire and music are four words used to describe this event on the website.
Using the MeatBuck currency (1 Meatbuck = £5), you can eat bespoke, starter sized dishes that are created right in front of you.
Confirmed chefs for both Saturday and Sunday include Brazil’s Andre De Luca, Harlem’s JJ Johnson from The Cecil and Neil Rankin from Smokehouse in London. More chefs will feature on separate days and will be confirmed closer to the event.
For tickets and more information on Meatopia, visit the website.

Festival of Heat

When? 27th September

Where? Red Market Old Street, London

Whilst the weather’s usually nice in September, this festival makes sure that you get all the heat you can.
Festival of Heat is a one day event hosting over 30 stalls selling a range of chilli sauces and spicy world foods. There’s also the chance for visitors to cook and taste at a variety of workshops being held by cooking and food growing experts and chefs.
Tickets and more information about the third instalment of this hot event can be found on the Festival of Heat website.

If you’ll be attending any of these festivals, we hope you have fun and enjoy all of the food available.

 

*Image from Meatopia.co.uk

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