Festivals are great, but food festivals are better. There’s nothing wrong with planning a meal this far in advance… This is our pick of the coolest food festivals to book for 2019.
Pub in the Park
Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park will be returning to different spots around the country in 2019, although dates are yet to be announced. Showcasing world-famous chefs, pubs and restaurants as well as a stellar music line-up, it’s no wonder that last year’s event sold out in less than 24 hours! The 2018 festival saw the likes of Jamie Cullum, Razorlight, Gabrielle Aplin, Will Young, KT Tunstall perform alongside a stellar food line up, and no doubt next year’s will be even bigger.
Big Feastival, 24 – 26 August 2019
Get in there early and grab yourself some tickets for The Big Feastival 2019, the ultimate feel-good festival located in the Cotswolds. The line up is yet to be announced, but you can guarantee a combination of top class food and smashing music. Last year saw the likes of Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Paloma Faith, James Arthur, Sugarhill Gang & Furious Five perform, as well as food from Mark Hix, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc. Check out our guide to last year’s festival to get a feel for the vibes.
Ludlow Spring Festival, 11-12 May 2019
Set in the grounds of the imposing Ludlow Castle, Ludlow’s food festivals are truly unique. Their 2019 Spring Festival will take place on 11-12 May, with the focus on ‘beer, bread, bangers & classic cars’. Brewers from some of the biggest names in the region will be in attendance, including Hobsons, Corvedale, Brecon Brewery, Wye Valley and Ludlow Brewery. Not only will visitors get the chance to sample the beers, you’ll also hear the story behind them: the hints, tips and tricks of the perfect brew. Likely to be the grandest place you’ve enjoyed a pint.
Food Rocks, 7-8 September 2019
Curated by superstar chef Mark Hix, Food Rocks in Lyme Regis will see the best food and drink producers from around Dorset come together for another year in 2019. The main stage will showcase a diverse mix of interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings –last year saw live demonstrations from top chefs (Michael Caines and Mitch Tonks to name a few) and exciting one-off supper clubs. Stay tuned for 2019 announcements.
Abergavenny Food Festival
Abergavenny Food Festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, is a staple on the summer festival calendar. Perhaps the more high-brow festival on our list, it’s known for bringing together chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers who flock to the Welsh town to enjoy talks, demonstrations and, of course, lots of delicious food. From tutored tastings, demos from top chefs, tours and forages as well as big parties, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. 2019 dates yet to be announced.
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, 28-29 September 2019
Snape Maltings in Suffolk is home to the famous Aldeburgh Music festival, but also the Food & Drink festival which is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. Next September it’s returning for its 14th year, giving guests the opportunity to experience all of Suffolk’s best food and drink under one roof, with a large indoor market, food stalls, masterclasses, events and talks from renowned chefs – last year’s line-up included this Dan Doherty, Thomasina Miers and Melissa Hemsley. One to put in the diary.
Falmouth Oyster Festival
Kick off oyster season in style with a visit to , where visitors can enjoy a packed programme of cookery demonstrations, live music and, of course, freshly shucked oysters. Expect cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale to sample, children’s shell painting and entertainment. There are also sea shanties, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition, a Falmouth Working Boat race and marquees brimming with Cornish produce. 2019 dates yet to be announced.
Fork to Fork
Bringing together some of the UK’s most talented chefs, Fork to Fork festival was set up in 2015 to raise money for an Open Air classroom project to teach children how to succeed in work and life. Expect to wash down delicious meals with some of London’s finest craft beer, artisan wines and spirits. Dates for 2019 yet to be announced, find out more at
Taste Of London, 19-23 June 2019
Taste of London has established itself as the foodie event of the summer. Held in Regent’s Park, visitors can try exciting street food, discover new products, shop to your heart’s content and learn from the experts. Cocktail and cookery masterclasses will keep you busy, while the Taste Theatre is an absolute must, where you can get hands-on with your culinary heroes. A wonderful summer’s day out – let’s just hope the weather man plays game… Tickets from £13,
Spend the longest day of the year at a food festival in an Irish castle, and thank us later… Dublin’s hidden gem, Ballinlough Castle, will host the three-day event to bring a fantastic culinary line-up from some of the best local innovative gourmet producers – and just to top it off, it will all be paired with champagne. The 2018 line-up included festival favourites, My Goodness, The Market Kitchen, , , and getting involved in the celebrations. Spend your Summer Solstice weekend in style… Day tickets start at €70 and weekend for €199, available to purchase from
Smoked & Uncut, 21-23 June 2019
The annual Smoked & Uncut festival is more glamour than grunge, and you can expect a line-up of handpicked classic and contemporary artists as well as home-made street food, local ales and plenty of cocktails. The glamorous foodie’s festival is famed for its large family-style pop-up restaurant Feasts which see some of the country’s best chefs cook up a storm for sold-out communal Feasting tables. The 2018 festival saw Angela Hartnett and Mark Hix take over the kitchen, before dancing it off with Razorlight, The Noisettes, and Paul Carrack among other big-name artists across 4 locations: Brockenhurst, Bath, Lime Wood, and Devon.
Situated in London’s Tobacco Dock, Meatopia is not for the faint-hearted or small stomached. Each day, 25 chefs will create and cook a unique dish in front of your eyes for you to try! Pay using the Festival’s currency, Meatbucks, to experience the meaty madness. The perfect excuse to eat, drink and dance the weekend away.
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