There is nothing better than spending the day chilling out in the sunshine with loads of fabulous food and great company. As we roll into summer, Eat Travel Live brings you the best UK food festivals – from banging tunes, sizzling BBQ’s and awesome celebrity chefs, we have got it covered. Here’s our guide to the best UK food festivals.
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What to See
The Foodies Festival is back baby! This ultimate celebration of food and drink is travelling nationwide across nine venues, with London hosting four of the summer time celebrations. This outdoor eating extravaganza is offering up every kind of foodie fun you can imagine, with new features including a sizzling BBQ Arena with hourly demonstrations and a rather refined Vintage Tea Tent where you can sample a few baked goodies from Great British baker John Whaite.
Things to do –Spice things up at the Chilli Food Market where the hot topic is the daily Chilli Eating Challenge.
Standard London tickets are £15, with a one-day VIP ticket including access to the VIP tent and master class sessions costing £48.
For more information visit foodiesfestival.com
Channel your inner farmer at the infamous River Cottage this summer, as they celebrate English Wine Week with some of their favourite local vineyards at their Food Fair. They’re raising their glasses to British white and sparkling wines with tasters and the opportunity to buy a bottle or two, whilst the food side is sorted with hands on cooking masterclasses and a market area full to the brim with local foods. Oh and there’s pig racing. Need we say more?
Things to do – Climb inside a giant inflatable ball to bounce around the rolling hills for River Cottage’s zorbing. Warning: may induce serious silliness.
Tickets are from £7.50. River Cottage’s Food Fare is taking place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of May.
For more information visit rivercottage.net
Jamie Oliver and Alex James’s The Big Feastival is back for its third year. Fatboy Slim, Jamie Cullum and R&B sensation Kelis will provide the music, whilst Gennaro Contaldo, Nathan Outlaw and of course Jamie Oliver will be on hand to teach you a few tricks in the kitchen. Firing up the coals this year is Christian Stevenson, AKA DJ BBQ, offering up all American classics to one hungry British crowd.
This is a superb family friendly festival and there is a wonderful atmosphere all weekend. Kids have loads to do and children under 12 are free.
Things To Do – Find the giant hay bale and have a pint with Jamie if you spot him.
The Big Feastival August 29ths – 31st, adult weekend passes cost £119.25
For more information visit thebigfeastival.com
Things are hotting up in Bristol this summer at Grillstock, the BBQ and music festival with a full line up of banging tunes, awesome drinks and of course some lip smacking BBQ and street food. Headlining this years festival are the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Hayseed Dixie, as well as the musical styling’s of Caribbean king Levi Roots adding to the perfectly mixed playlist.
Things to do: Head over to the Brooklyn Bar Stage on Saturday for surreal off-the-wall comedy rap from Bristol’s own Simon Panrucker.
Tickets are £12.00. Grillstock shall be taking place on the 7-8th of June.
For more information visit grillstock.co.uk
Mamma Mia! Carluccio’s are already high in the Italian food stakes, but they have really out done themselves this time with a summer food festival dedicated to all things pasta. La Festa Della Pasta is a showcase of this Italian food staple, with Carluccio’s shops offering a range of new pastas in every shape and size, book signings with the man himself, Antonio Carluccio, and of course delicious dishes to try at the restaurants or cook for yourself at home!
Things to do – Try Carluccio’s hand made ravioli, their classic dish served up simply with sage and butter.
La Festa Della Pasta shall be taking place at Carluccio’s restaurants from the 19th of May until the 20th of July.
For more information visit carluccios.com
Regent’s Park is preparing itself for the return of Taste of London, the foodie weekend celebrating everything culinary in the capital. The festival boasts some of the best British chefs and household names, including appearances from Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr and Rene Redzepi. This years restaurant line up is a true celebration of dining in London, from pimped out hot dogs from Dirty Bones to the bold flavours from Marylebone hotspot Sixtyone.
Things to do – Get your ticket to the Mahiki Bar for a cocktail master class, free drinks and some limbo dancing to start the party.
Taste of London 18-22nd of June, standard tickets are £25.80
For more information visit tastefestivals.com
For one day only the market town of Thame will play host to a massive food festival with top chefs, producers and an amazing street food line up. They have over 100 fabulous local suppliers and demonstrations from dynamic baking duo Edd Kimber and John Whaite, as the two Great British Bake Off veterans pair up for some serious baking, interviews and a book signing.
Things to Do – Catch Raymond Blanc cooking up a storm on stage.
Thame Real Food Festival 27th September, admission free
For more information visit thamefoodfestival.co.uk