Festivals are great, but food festivals are better. What better way to banish the winter blues than by booking tickets to experience some of the best food in the country? There’s nothing wrong with planning a meal this far in advance… This is our pick of the coolest food festivals to head to in 2018.
St Ives Food & Drink Festival, 11 – 13 May
It’s all oysters, champagne and sandy toes at the South coast’s biggest food festival on the idyllic Porthminster Beach, St Ives. Last year alone it attracted more than 12,000 guests! With over 60 stands of local produce, cooking demonstrations from top chefs and live music, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the start of summer (and festival) season. And we do like to be beside the seaside…
River Cottage Food Fair, 26 – 27 May
Food for thought and a weekend on a farm with world-famous chefs? That’s exactly what’s on offer at the annual River Cottage Food Fair, this year featuring the likes of Tom Kerridge, Melissa Hemsley and Anna Jones. Head to the beautiful Dorset to pick up top cooking tips, learn new skills, meet the animals, and of course, eat to your heart’s content! With plenty of masterclasses and workshops (including for children), there’s nowhere we’d rather be on the Bank Holiday weekend. Tickets from £12.50,
Taste Of London, 13 – 17 June
Taste of London has established itself as the foodie event to head to this summer. Head to Regent’s Park to 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,
Big Feastival, 24 – 26 August
Grab your bags and head down to the Cotswolds with the whole family this August bank holiday to experience the ultimate feel-good festival with a combination of top class food and a smashing line up of live music. This year’s line up is better than ever, with Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Paloma Faith, James Arthur, Sugarhill Gang & Furious Five among others, as well as food from Mark Hix, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc. Find out what to expect from the festival here. Day tickets from £64,
Smoked & Uncut
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, it’s 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. 2018 participants to be announced soon. The festival will hit 4 locations this year: Brockenhurst, Bath, Lime Wood, and Devon.
Fork to Fork, 16 June
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. The current restaurant line-up includes Michelin-starred Club Gascon and Pied à Terre, Granger & Co, Kitty Fisher’s, Ottolenghi, The River Cafe and more. Tickets go on sale soon,
Pub in the Park: On Tour
Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park is back for 2018, but this year it’s going on tour to bring wonderful food, drink and music to different spots around the country. 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! Dust off your dancing shoes for Jamie Cullum, Razorlight, Gabrielle Aplin, Will Young, KT Tunstall and more – the best way to burn off all the delicious food on offer. Pub in the Park will be hitting Marlow from 17-20 May, Bath from 8-10 June, Tunbridge Wells from 6-8 July and Knutsford from 7-9 September.
Falmouth Oyster Festival, 11 – 14 October
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.
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, 29 – 30 September
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. Now in its 13th year, head to Aldeburgh in September 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. One to put in the diary. £8 day entry,
Meatopia 31, August – 2 September
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. Tickets start from £21.20,
Jam on Rye, 28 May
KERB presents the newest, and possibly the coolest, food and music festival to come to the capital. This Bank Holiday Monday, celebrate the coming summer at Peckham Rye Park with the best London street food from the likes of Breddos, White Men Can’t Jerk, Club Mexicana, Only Jerkin’ and more. With a mix of reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz on the stages from the likes of David Rodigan and Horace Andy, expect the ultimate in London cool, ‘whether you’re a baby boomer or a boom-boxer, got gold teeth or no teeth’ – an interesting crowd to say the least… Early bird tickets have sold out already so keep an eye on for the next release.
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