In the last few years the British appetite for food festivals has matured in to a national pastime, with a full culinary calendar of events through the summer rich in diversity and flavour. These food festivals are not only a boost to local economies but they are a fantastic opportunity for older generations to experience new tastes and expand their cultural horizons – and even pick up some global inspiration for home cooking!
Why not take a day trip to your nearest food festival, try out local delicacies and taste something new from further afield. Here’s our food festival highlights from across the UK in the coming summer months;
Morcambe Food & Drink Festival, Morcambe | 30 – 31 May 2015
2015 marks the first year of Morcambe’s newest festival, promising everything from champagne and Pimms to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese boards and even fresh Thai food. The highlight is set to be a live cooking demonstration from BBC celebrity chef Aazam Ahmad.
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens | 12 - 14 June 2015
Proud to showcase the cuisine of the Cotswolds, the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival comes with a live folk and jazz soundtrack. The food ranges from delicious wood fired pizzas and fresh Japanese sushi to artisan chocolates and brownies – plus a warm family atmosphere with activities for children and dogs welcome!
Taste of London, Regents Park | 17 – 21 June 2015
Sample some of the delights of London’s elite eateries in the stunning surroundings of Regents Park. With masterclasses from Raymond Blanc and Gary Rhodes, and a wild kitchen cooking raw, rustic ingredients over a fire pit, this is an event for dedicated foodies and newcomers alike!
Great British Food Festival, Staffordshire | 11 - 12 July 2015
Head down to Shugborough, Stafford, for a weekend of local loveliness with over 80 producers serving hot food, real ale and wines. Plus live demonstrations from Great British Bake Off favourites, top chefs and artisanal bakers.
International Cheese Show, Nantwich | 28 – 29 July 2015
Come and sample some of the 4,000 greatest cheeses from across the globe! This is one of the UK’s oldest food festivals with a history dating back to 1897. The event is host to one of the most prestigious awards for international cheesemakers and is even showcasing Michelin star chef James Martin as he recreates some of his favourite recipes.
Bakewell Baking Festival, Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire| 14 - 16 August 2015
A bustling baking festival with a vintage flavour, this festival of sweet-treats takes place in the UK’s spiritual home of baking, set in the stunning Peak District National Park. Tea tasting, cake decorating and plenty of baked goods to try whilst you sit back and watch demonstrations from Baker Brother’s Tom Herbert and many more big names!
Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food & Drink, Lincolnshire | 29 – 30 August 2015
Thousands of food lovers head to the Lincolnshire market town of Spalding for a weekend of beautiful food in an equally beautiful setting. From homemade marmalades and jams to strawberry tarts, the Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food & Drink is perfect for a relaxing weekend exploring the countryside and tasting new things.