In the UK, we love our food and we love our drink. So, what better way is there to celebrate that love than by going to a food festival?
The UK is home to many food festivals throughout the year. You can check out a variety of foods, as well as drinks from many different regions. There’s often live music to enjoy too, while you’re eating whatever delicious food you’ve decided on.
Below are five great food festivals that you should have on your to-do list for this year.
The Great British Food Festival
Date: 5th May – 23rd September 2018
Locations: Weston Park, Bodelwyddan Castle, Kelmarsh Hall, Knebworth, Bowood House, Stonyhurst College, Floors Castle, Arley Hall
Website: The Great British Food Festival
This is a must-go when it comes to choosing a food festival to attend. Not only will you get to eat food from around 80 different traders, you’ll do it at a beautiful venue. This festival is always set at a place that has great beauty and a lot of character. Your tickets can usually be upgraded to include exploring the venue also. This year the festival will be held at Floors
Castle Kelso in Roxburghshire, Scotland on the 8th and 9th of September, and then again in several other locations. The price of tickets and all of the locations can be found on their website.
Your ticket will not only get you into the festival, it will also give you free parking on-site, free access to the venues grounds or gardens, and free access to an adventure playground for the kids. The Great British Food Festival surely will not disappoint.
Congleton Food and Drink Festival
Date: 10th June 2018
Location: Congleton Town Centre
Website: Congleton Food and Drink Festival
The Congleton Food and Drink Festival has gone on for ten years now. This festival is unique because it’s free. Does it get any better than that? It’s put on by an experienced group of volunteers and is done completely not-for-profit. It’s held in Congleton town center on the 10th of June, featuring food from both local and national traders.
If you decide to go, prepare yourself for a variety of street foods from around the world and some high-quality artisan foods, some live music, and lots of fun doing all kinds of activities with your kids. In the Town Hall, you will find the “Theatre of Tastes,” which includes several demonstrations, as well as competitions. This is an event that Cheshire Life has called “Cheshire’s premier food event.”
Smoke and Fire Festival 2018
Date: 18th and 19th August 2018
Location: Wenlock Way
Website: Smoke and Fire Festival 2018
This festival is all about cooking with smoke and fire. It was named one of the Top Twenty Food Festivals in Britain in 2017 by the Telegraph. The Smoke and Fire Festival is held at Promenade Park in Maldon, Essex. It runs for two days, the 18th and 19th of August. There is an amazing lineup of events at this festival.
You’ll get to experience food from over 80 vendors, a chili cook-off, some extreme eating contests, an international team BBQ competition, and a real ale and cider festival. There will be live music, tons of demonstrations, and you can even purchase camping packages to top off your festival experience.
Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
Date: 6th July – 8th July 2018
Location: The Hayes, Cardiff
The Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival is held in Cardiff Bay from the 6th of July through the 8th of July. If you love tasty street food, this is a festival you don’t want to miss. While the festival also celebrates locally grown produce, street food is the main focus of this popular event that is free to get into.
You’ll experience amazing food from about 100 vendors, live music, demonstrations, and even a Champagne Bar that’s right on the water. This festival is in a beautiful part of town and offers you a perfect way to spend the day with your family, eating, drinking, and playing.
Taste of the South Festival
Date: 21st – 22nd July 2018
Location: Chapel Gate in Dorset
Website: Taste of the South Festival
You can get your fill of all things south at this food festival in Dorset. Taste of the South is being held at Chapel Gate in Dorset on the 21st and 22nd of July. The theme is local food and drink from all around the south. There will be live music performed by local bands, and other kinds of entertainment set on a centre stage. New this year is the “Zen Den,” where patrons can spend some time centering themselves and finding relaxation.
You can take part in some outdoor yoga, try food and drink from the healthy stands, and learn about vegan foods and products. The event is very family friendly. There is an area called “Cub Corner” full of things for kids to have fun doing. Taste of the South will certainly make your taste buds happy and fulfill your other senses as well with all it has to offer.
Food festivals are a great way to sample some amazing food but also to give you and your family a fun day out. There’s so much to do, see, hear, and of course, taste!
Many of the events are free or low cost, but it’s still a good idea to look for discounts that can make this day or weekend adventure a little bit cheaper. Not everyone knows that secret discount codes are available and allow you to receive a reduction on the total price with no extra costs. Travelodge discount codes are just an example, apply one of these in the appropriate field before paying and enjoy the money saved in some good beer!
Whether you’re a serious foodie or just someone looking for a good time, these food festivals are a perfect choice for anyone, so start your planning and get to checking them off of your to-do list for the rest of 2018.