We love a food festival here at Average Joes. For us, there’s no better way to spend a weekend than by tucking into some stellar street food with a beer in hand. So much so, we’ve decided to put a list together of what we think are the best of them in the country. So without further ado, here’s what we think are the best food festivals in the UK!
When: May – November
Location: Brighton, Bristol, London, Edinburgh…
The UK’s biggest food festival, Foodies Festival, is an absolute must on anyone’s food festival calendar. Taking place at various venues across the country until November, the weekend festival is filled with masterclasses, demonstrations, artisan producer’s markets, and over 30 delicious street food stalls in the Street Food Avenue. Highlights at this year’s Foodie Festival include appearances from MasterChef Winner 2018 Kenny Tutt, who’ll be cooking live in the Chefs Theatre, and Prosecco and Parmesan masterclasses. There’s also plenty to keep you entertained on the Live Music Stage.
London biggest food festival offering is undoubtedly Taste of London. Showcasing the best restaurants, top chefs and leading food and drink brands in the capital, there’s two events each year, with Regent’s Park hosting 50,00 at the festival’s flagship summer event. But the next event is in November and will be taking place at the Tabacco Dock. The Festive Edition, the little sister to the summer festival, is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season in style. The Tobacco Dock will be transformed into a foodie wonderland brimming with London’s tastiest food, festive tipples, a fantastic chef line-up, loads of masterclasses and all the shopping you need to get set for Christmas.
When: June – September
Location: Knutsford, Marlow, Bath, Tunbridge Wells…
Chef Tom Kerridge’s now famed Pub in the Park is always well worth a visit when it rolls into a city near you. Featuring the very best food the country has to offer, the festival now tours the country after the success of the launch in Marlow in 2017. Expect a stellar line up of world-class chefs and Michelin-starred pubs, alongside chef demonstrations and farmer’s markets. Top UK pubs and restaurants serve up their most popular dishes, while great live music, top quality shopping and other festival fun keeps Joe and Janes occupied until your stomach can’t fit in anymore!
Location: New Forest, Somerset, Devon
If you’re looking to make more of a weekend of the festivities, the South Coast’s touring Smoked & Uncut festival is the one for you. Alongside a music line-up of eclectic artists such as Kaiser Chiefs and The Vaccines, Smoked & Uncut hosts home-made street food, local ales and plenty of cocktails. It’s more glamorous than your average music festival and is also famed for its large family-style pop-up restaurant, Feasts, which see some of the country’s best chefs cook for communal Feasting tables.
When: 23rd – 25th August
Taking place this August bank holiday, Big Feastival does exactly what is says on the tin. Taking place in the stunning setting of the Cotswolds, this family friendly event is put on by Blur bassist, Alex James, and sees a tried-and-test combo of top class food and a smashing line up of live music. This year’s line-up is better than ever, with Elbow, Jess Glynne, Lewis Capaldi and Rudimental (DJ set) all performing, while food will be served by juggernauts like Raymond Blanc, Mark Hix and Daniel Clifford. Make sure you also check out Alex James’ Cheese Hub for a fromage fix!
When: 30th August – 1st September
When the strapline reads, ‘Eat, Sleep, Meat, Repeat’, you don’t really need much more convincing that this is the festival for you. Another foodie event taking place at London’s Tobacco Dock, Meatopia originated in New York and is a carnivore carnival of high quality and ethically sourced meat. Everything is cooked over charcoal and wood too, meaning this is most definitely the best smelling event on our list. Just maybe take a spare shirt for the journey home unless you want to be smelling of bonfires.
When: 13th – 15th September
Set in the grounds of the imposing Ludlow Castle, Ludlow Food Festival is the original UK food festival and arguably still the very best. Combining a fusion of international flavours, the annual event takes place in September with special guests including Great British Bake Off contestant Candice Brown, Great British Menu winner Richard Bainbridge and multi-award-winning food writer Romy Gill. Not only does Ludlow host a staggering 40 hours-worth of demonstrations and tastings across the weekend, but they also put on food trails throughout the castle’s grounds.
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