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The UK's best food festivals

12 July 2016

Throughout the year, from County Down to Devon, here's a fabulous moveable feast for you to enjoy in our guide to the UK's best food festivals.

Delicious treats await you at Whitstable's Oyster Festival
Delicious treats await you at Whitstable's Oyster Festival

British food festivals in July 2016

Oundle Food Festival

Oundle, Northamptonshire

July 16, 2016

A street market in this historic town with more than 70 stalls, selling gourmet and artisan food and drink.

Whitstable Oyster Festival

Whitstable, Kent

July 21-31, 2016

Synonymous with oysters since Roman times, the charming Kent coastal town of Whitstable celebrates its heritage with a festival of locally-produced foods, sea blessings and music - plus lots and lots of oysters.

Nantwich Cheese Show

Nantwich, Cheshire

July 27, 2016

Pretty Nantwich plays host to the International Cheese Awards, a dizzying showcase of thousands of cheeses from across the world.

Hampshire Food Festival


Until July 31, 2016

A month-long celebration of the finest food and drink produced in Hampshire, with more than 75 events taking place during the 2016 festival.

British food festivals in August 2016

The Big Feastival

Kingham, Oxfordshire

Aug 26-28, 2016

Half food festival, half music festival, Jamie Oliver once again teams up with Alex 'Blur' James on the musician/cheese maestro's idyllic Cotswold farm for a glamp-tastic weekend of sensational tastes and sounds.

Hillsborough International Oyster Festival

August 30-September 4, 2016

Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland

Now in its 24th year, this week-long spectacular is a showcase for some of Northern Ireland's finest produce, arts and entertainment - not forgetting of course its famous world oyster-eating championship.

British food festivals in September 2016

The African Food and Drink Takeover

Southbank Centre, London

September 2-4, 2016

Following the success of last year's event, London's Southbank Centre Square hosts a vibrant and bustling street-food market for some 35 vendors, in celebration of Africa's many robust cuisines.

Ludlow Marches Food Festival

Ludlow, Shropshire

September 9-11, 2016

The festival in this small town with a big reputation for great food and drink will feature more than 180 top quality small independent food and drink producers from the Marches, the England-Wales border country, inside Ludlow Castle.

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Sefton Park, Liverpool

September 17-18, 2016

Foodies will be thrilled by the wide variety of sweet and savoury stalls at this family event. And if you like a tipple you'll be well catered for too.

The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival 

Killyleagh, Northern Ireland

September 23-25, 2016

A chocolate ball, a chocolate and fine food festival, and three days of heavenly artisan chocolate indulgence. Yes, it's all about the chocolate.

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival

September 27-29, 2016

Showcasing the best of Brighton and Sussex produce, this is the biggest food festival in the south of England.

Broadstairs Food Festival

Broadstairs, Kent,

September 30 - October 2, 2016

On the last weekend of September / first weekend of October, visitors snack their way around the hundred or so stalls overlooking Viking Bay, then take in a cookery demonstration or shop for produce to take home. Local restaurants, food producers and festival regulars serve up Kentish classics and dishes from around the world.

British food festivals in November 2016

Taste of London - The Festive Edition

Tobacco Dock, London 

November 17-20, 2016

In November London's Tobacco Dock transforms into a foodie wonderland, as this top-notch restaurant festival returns for four days of fantastic fare, drink and festive fun.

British food festivals in April 2017

Artisan Cheese Fair

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

April 29-30, 2017

An opportunity to sample more than 200 British artisan cheeses, including heritage farmhouse cheddars, Stilton and Somerset Brie, along with other less-well known cheesy gems.

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

April 29-30, 2017

Hosted in Cheltenham's charming Montpellier Gardens, visitors will be able to relish a wide range of local artisan food and drink.

Tideswell Food Festival

Tideswell, Derbyshire

April 2017 (date to be confirmed)

Set in the beautiful Peak District, this village event offers a range of locally-produced artisan foodstuffs, along with cooking demonstrations and wine tastings.

British food festivals in May 2017

Ludlow Spring Festival

Ludlow, Shropshire

May 13-14, 2017

Once again there will be dazzling range of real ales on offer from more than 50 regional brewers – plus heaps of tasty Shropshire treats to tempt the tastebuds.

Tynemouth Food Festival

Tynemouth, Northumberland

May 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

Sea-loving foodies will be in their element in this rugged and dramatic coastal village, at a festival where you can to indulge in a mouthwatering range of regional food and drink.

Love Food Festival


May 2017 (date to be confirmed)

Bristol's magnificent Millennium Square plays host to this annual event which showcases a huge selection of the region's finest produce.

British food festivals in June 2017

Taste of Grampian

Thainstone Centre, near Aberdeen 

June 3, 2017

A popular annual show where visitors can sample the fabulous range of high quality food and drink produced in north east Scotland.

Taste of London

Regent's Park, London

June 14-18, 2017

For five summer days, Regent's Park in central London is transformed into a foodie wonderland, with many of London's best restaurants gathering to show off their best dishes.

Shrewsbury Food Festival

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

June 24-25, 2017

More than 200 artisan food and drink producers are on hand so you can sample the very best produce Shropshire has to offer.

Crail Food Festival

Crail, Fife

June 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

The pretty coastal village of Crail hosts an indoor food market and a harbour event, offering cooking demonstrations, tastings and more.

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival

Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire

June 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

There's lots on offer at this seaside festival, including fishing trips, loads of local seafood, diving, angling and kayaking activities, plus a firework finale and classical concert at Pembroke Castle.

Homegrown Food Festival

Northallerton, Yorkshire

June 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

An opportunity to to sample food and drink produced within a 40-mile radius of Yorkshire market town Northallerton.

Crediton Food Festival

Crediton, Devon

June 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

A decidedly local, volunteer-run event which celebrates the wide variety of produce harvested from a county with two moors, great grazing, varied fruit and superlative fishing grounds.

Dales Festival of Food and Drink

Leyburn, Yorkshire

June 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

An annual three-day event celebrating the food, drink and farming of the Yorkshire Dales - including a festival of local beers and ciders.

British food festivals in July 2017

Dorset Seafood Festival

Weymouth, Dorset

July 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

This award-winning festival celebrates Dorset’s links to the sea, and the fishing communities of the local area. There's seafood to be tasted from almost 100 stalls and lessons in fish filleting from trained pros. 

Oswestry Food and Drink Festival

Oswestry, Shropshire

July 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

A showcase of artisan food and drink produced in and around this lively market town on the English-Welsh border.

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