Food Festivals UK 2024

Meat pies on market stall Pies at the Foodies Festival Brighton East Sussex UK

We love a good food and drink festival, especially when it’s one that champions local produce.

From the big trade fairs to the smallest beer-and-skittles event there’s something, somewhere that will interest a foodie.

Below is a list of UK Food Festivals. We haven’t been to all of them (wish we could) but it’s a great starting point.

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If you spot a festival you fancy just follow the link to find out more and if you know of one we’ve missed drop us a line here

Please note: We do not organise festivals ourselves. If you want a stall at an event, please use the links to contact the organisers directly. 

Enjoy!

Exmoor Food Fest

Every year in February a range of restaurants on and around Exmoor offer outstanding food at an affordable price as part of the Exmoor Food Fest. Eat your way across Exmoor!

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire

The 2025 event is scheduled for Tuesday 4 March. It’s flipping traditional

Winter Festival, Burton-On-Trent

Dates to follow for 2025. CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, inviting festival lovers to enjoy ‘ales of every season’

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival

21 – 23 February 2025. In the heart of England’s Rhubarb Triangle

Rye Bay Scallop Week

22 February – 2 March 2025. It’s about shucking time to go mad for molluscs!

The Cognac Show, Glaziers Hall, London

Dates for 2025 to follow. Visitors will have the choice of more than 150 cognacs to sample, including 30 houses and more than 40 different brands.

Bath and West Food and Drink Festival, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Dates for 2025 to follow. Talks from the experts and food and drink pairing sessions. Plus the British Cheese Awards.

Irish Vegan Festival, Europa Hotel, Belfast

13 April 2025. Stalls, talks and demos on the plant-based way of life.

York Chocolate Festival, Parliament Street, York

16 – 20 April 2025. The annual showcase of the city’s long history or chocolate making.

Egham Beer Festival, Surrey

Dates to follow for 2025. Real ales and ciders plus great music

Great Missenden Food Festival, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks

Dates to follow for 2025. Chef demos and masterclasses

Chester Food and Drink Festival, Chester Racecourse

Dates to follow for 2025. Foodie festival with a family focus

Porthleven Food Festival

Dates to follow for 2025. Family festival in this Cornish village. Chefs, local food, music and fun.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival, County Durham

Dates to follow for 2025. Street food, celebrity chefs and live music

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival, Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria

Dates for follow for 2025. Making marmalade and money for good causes

Bakewell Food Festival

Dates to follow for 2025. The best of Derbyshire’s local produce.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Scotland

30 April – 5 May 2025. With over 50 distilleries, Speyside has the most malt whisky producers of any region of Scotland

Brighton Foodies Festival, Preston Park

Dates to follow for 2025. Plenty of chef demos, tasters and live music.

Cheshire Food Festival, Walton Hall, South Warrington

11 & 12 May 2024 dates. Free entry, cooking demos, street food and live music.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival, Porthminster Beach

2025 dates to follow. Artisan food and drink, cooking demos and live music.

Pub in the Park, Higginson Park, Marlow

16 – 19 May 2024. This is chef Tom Kerridge’s baby, which started small but now boasts events up and down the country all summer

North Leeds Food Festival, Roundhay Park

11 & 12 May 2024. Street food, demos and artisan markets.

London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

15 – 18 May 2025. Barista workshops, live latte art demos, roasteries and an Espresso Martini party

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Christchurch

18 & 19 May 2024. Tastings, testings and family entertainment

Southwick Beer Festival, Community Centre, Barn Hall, West Sussex

24 & 25 May 2024. Beers, ciders and local music.

London Foodies Festival, Syon Park

25 – 27 May 2024. Celebrating the Jubilee weekend with top chefs, delicious drinks and live music

Sheffield Food Festival

25 – 27 May 2024. Showcasing local produce, talented chefs, mouthwatering street food and outstanding brewers and distillers.

Christchurch Food Festival, Christchurch Quay

25 – 27 May 2024. A non-profit making event with a community feel

Foodies Festival, St Albans

31 May – 2 June 2024. Music, chef demos and lots to eat and drink!

Dogstival, Broadlands Park, Romsey

1 & 2 June 2024. Fun for four-legged friends as well as all the family, including food and drink from across the region.

Fyne Fest, Cairndow, Argyll 

31 May – 2 June 2024. A three-day celebration of Scottish food, beer and music at the Fyne Ale brewery estate

Towcester Food Festival, Towcester racecourse

11 & 12 June 2024. Artisan food and drink stalls, chef demos, talks on food and drink, free wine and gin tasting sessions

Taste of London, Regents Park

12 – 16 June 2024. Celebrate the capital’s culinary scene with five days of feasting

Foodies Festival, Chelmsford

21 – 23 June 2024. Bake-off celebrities, cakes and much, much more

The Taste of East Anglia, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk

15 June 2024. Celebrating, promoting and showcasing local food and drink

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens

21 – 23 June 2024. Food talks, wine tastings and family entertainment.

Foodies Festival, Chelmsford

21- 23 June 2024. Show-stopping cakes, tasty street food, live music and chef demos

Pub in the Park, Chiswick House and Gardens

28 – 30 June 2024. Music, food and festival fun

Shrewsbury Food Festival, Quarry Park

29 & 30 June 2024. Food, drink, crafts, cookery demos and kids entertainment

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Swindon

6 & 7 July 2024. Cooking demos, chilli eating contests and more

Tatton Park Foodies Festival, Cheshire

12 – 14 July 2024 Masterchef champions, Bake-off contestants and wine enthusiasts share their expertise. Live music too.

Pub in the Park, Reigate

12 – 14 July 2024. Sing, dance and eat!

Winchester Foodies Festival, North Walls Recreation Ground

19 – 21 July 2024. Chef demos, drink tastings, live music and street food

Lymington Seafood Festival, Bath Road Park, Hampshire

12 – 14 July 2024. Three days of fishy fun with live music and street preformers too.

National Geographic Traveller Food Festival, London

20 & 21 July 2024. Taste the world and take part in masterclasses for immersive international experiences.

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Guildford

20 & 21 July 2024. Does exactly what it says!

Great British Food Festival, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

20 & 21 July 2024. Delectable delights and tasty treats in grand surroundings

Edinburgh Food Festival, George Square Gardens

19 – 28 July 2024.  Celebrating the best in Scottish produce from gelato through fish and chips to pickle pie.

Surrey Food Festival, Old Deer Park, Richmond

27 & 28 July 2024. Showcasing a huge array of different cuisines

Foodies Festival, Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

2 – 4 August 2024. Vintage tea tent, live music and cooking demos

Glasgow Foodies Festival, Rouken Glen Park

9 – 11 August 2024. Top chefs, tasty food, delicious drinks and live music

London Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock

9 – 10 August 2024. They proudly proclaim ‘We are beer!’ with 90 breweries from around the world taking part

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, Sandown

17 & 18 August 2024. It’s the island’s biggest summer show. In garlic we trust!

Berwick Food Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed

16 – 18 August 2024.  Organised by Slow Food Berwick, the festival is held in the town’s 18th century barracks and parade ground.

Pershore Plum Festival, Worcestershire

25 & 26 August 2024. Celebrating all things plum!

Oxford Foodies Festival, South Parks

24 – 26 August 2024. On your marks, get set, bake

Burghley Summer Fine Food market, Lincolnshire

24 – 26 August 2024. Handmade cheeses, artisan coffees, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats are just a few of the stalls spread over Chestnut Courtyard and Stable Courtyard to allow social distancing and a one-way system.

Meatopia, Tobacco Dock, London

29 August – 1 September 2024. World-class chefs cook some of the world’s greatest dishes over live fires

Steyning Food Festival, various locations in the village, West Sussex 

Pick up a guide for details of all events throughout the month, which include artisan bakehouse tours, vintage teas, brewery and winery tours and recipe swaps.

Floral Fringe Fair, Loxwood Meadows, Loxwood , West Sussex

31 August & 1 September 2024. Quirky, arty, foodie, plantaholic and wildlife fair. One of our personal favourites,  it has a different theme each year.

Stranraer Oyster Festival, Scotland

13 – 15 September 2024. Foodie, fishy and fabulous

Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast, North Devon

8 September 2024. Crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay.

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, Dorset

14 & 15 September 2024.  An event with a long history and charitable status.

Norwich Foodies Festival, Earlham Park

6 – 8 September 2024. Cooking demos, top chefs, drinks and live music

Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour

7 & 8 September 2024. The UK’s largest free seafood festival – quite a catch

Hops ‘n’ Harvest Beer Festival, Sandling, near Maidstone, Kent

7 & 8 September 2024. Have a go at hand-picking hops, meet historical characters from Kent’s past and sample up to 50 varieties of locally brewed ales and ciders while absorbing the fantastic live music programme.

Ludlow Food Festival, Shropshire

13 – 15 September 2024. Inside Ludlow Castle, with over 180 makers of local food and drink.

Leamington Food Festival, Royal Pump Gardens, Leamington Spa

7 & 8 September 2024. A weekend of FREE foodie fun

Abergavenny Food Festival, Gwent

21 & 22 September 2024. Product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates

Mold Food and Drink Festival, New Street, Flintshire

13 & 15 September 2024. Local Welsh chefs, live music and cookery demos

Great British Food Festival, Arley Hall, Cheshire

21 & 22 September 2024. Food, drink and music

AbbFest, Newton Abbot, Devon

19 – 22 September 2024. A charity food, beer and music festival

Ginger and Spice Festival, Market Drayton

28 September 2024. Based in the spiritual home of gingerbread, this Shropshire market town is famous for its culinary links to the old eastern spice routes thanks to Clive of India.

Thame Food Festival

28 & 29 September 2024. Run by a not-for-profit organisation, it promises demos, pop-ups, a gin garden and live music.

Narberth Food Festival, Town Moor, Narberth, Wales

28 & 29 September 2024. A non-profit-making event run by the local community with guest chefs, workshops, entertainment and activities for children.

English Seafood Feast, Devon

27 September – 13 October 2024. Eat some of the best seafood in the world and experience the English Riviera.

Neath Food Festival, Port Talbot, South Wales

4 & 5 October 2024. High quality Welsh produce and award-winning suppliers in the town

Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham

9 – 12 October 2024. Over 700 beers on sale.

Wells Food Festival, Somerset

13 October 2024. Free entry to over 150 producers and food stalls in this event run by volunteers.

Llangollen Food and Drink Festival, Wales

12 & 13 October 2024. Cookery workshops featuring local producers.

Vegan Life Live, Alexandra Palace, London

18 – 20 October 2024. Embrace plant-based living

Dartmouth Food Festival, Devon

25 – 27 October 2024. A free festival of food

Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food, Kilkenny, Ireland

25 – 28 October 2024. Take a truly terrific culinary journey.

Winter Fair, South of England Showground, Sussex

23 & 24 November 2024. Independent local traders offering mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams, cheese, chocolate and wine.

Clovelly Herring Festival, Devon

17 November 2024. Celebrating the tasty, nutritious Silver Darlings and supporting carefully managed fishing

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

2024 dates to follow. Showcasing the best of local and continental food, drinks, gifts, and crafts.

Cardiff Christmas Market

Until 23 December 2024. Original and hand-made products.

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