Food Festivals UK

We love a good Food and Drink Festival.

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 ones we’ve found in the UK. We haven’t been to all of them (wish we could) but it’s a great starting point.

If you spot a festival you fancy follow the link to find out more.

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. 


Saturnalia Beer Festival, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales

13 January 2018. Celebrate Roman style with a vigorous walk, winter warming ales and Roman delicacies

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

25 – 27 January 2018. Warm up with traditional ciders, cask-conditioned real ales and bottled craft beers.

Ledbury Big Breakfast, Herefordshire

26 – 28 January 2018. Start your day the way you mean to go on.

Exmoor Food Fest

30 January – 4 February 2018. Eat your way across Exmoor at various venues.

Pendle Beer Festival, Muni, Colne, Pendle, Lancashire

1 – 3 February 2018. The theme for 2018 is North vs South so expect award-winning beers from the whole of Lancs

Vegan Life Live, Alexandra Palace, London

10 & 11 February 2018. Embrace plant-based living

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire

13 February 2018. It’s flipping traditional

Pizza and Prosecco Festival, Starworks Warehouse Wolverhampton

17 & 18 February 2018. Does what is says on the tin!

Winter Ales Festival, Norwich

20 – 24 February 2018. CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival

Craft Beer Rising, Shoreditch, London

22 – 24 February 2018. Music and a pint.

Wakefield Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival

23 – 25 February 2018. In the heart of England’s Rhubarb Triangle

Solihull FairTrade Cake-Off, Core Theatre

24 February 2018. Compete for prizes and raise awareness

Rye Bay Scallop Week

24 February – 4 March 2018. Go mad for molluscs

Essex Vegan Festival, Charter Hall, Colchester

3 March 2018. Stalls, plant-based cookery demos and activities

Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival Croxeth Hall and Country Park, Liverpool

2 & 3 March 2018. A large selection of gins and live entertainment

The Big Cheese Festival, Hove Lawns, Brighton

3 March 3018. International cheese-makers and mongers showcasing their wares, selling hot cheesy delights and offering tutored cheese and wine pairing events.

London Viva! Vegan, Shoreditch, London

17 – 18 March 2018. Ideas on living the vegan life

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

17 March 2018. Making marmalade and money for good causes

VegfestUK, Brighton Centre, Brighton

24 & 24 March 2018. 100% plant-based demos, music and comedy

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, Chester Racecourse

31 March – 2 April 2018. Foodie festival with a family focus

Egham Beer Festival, Surrey

29 March – 1 April 2018. More to follow

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

30 March – 2 April 2018. Chef demos and masterclasses

Broadstairs Food Festival, Pierremont Park, Broadstairs, Kent

31 March – 2 April 2018. A celebration of regional food and drink, chef demonstrations and workshops and family fun

Cocktails in the City, One Marylebone, London

5 – 7 April 2018.Five of London’s leading bars in pop-up form

North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, North Leeds Cricket Club, Old Park Road, Roundhay

6 – 7 2018. 35 real ales from seven breweries, a few ciders and some gin!

Northern Vegan, Manchester

7 April 2018. Stalls, talks, cookery demos, children’s activities, yoga and free samples

London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

12 – 15 April 2018. Barista workshops, live latte art demos, roasteries and an Espresso Martini party

Surrey Food Festival, Old Deer Park, Richmond

21 April 2018. Showcasing a huge array of different cuisines

Colchester Town & Country Fair, Lower Castle Park

21 & 22 April 2018. Arts, crafts, food and family fun

Liverpool Spring Festival, Sefton Park

28 & 29 April 2018. Gin garden, street food and healthy options

Foodies Festival, Hove Lawns, Brighton

5 – 7 May 2018. The Foodies Festival season kicks off in Brighton every year over the May Bank Holiday weekend

Munchies Food Festival, Cobham Village, Kent

5 May 2018. Celebrating everything that is great about Kent

Great British Food Festival, Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield

5 – 7 May 2018. Foodie fun at a stately home

Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival, Kingston Maurward College

Sadly, the festival has been cancelled for 2018 but there are plans to return in 2019. A Dorset Knob is a type of bread roll, just in case you were wondering

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Scotland

3 – 7 May 2018. With over 50 distilleries, Speyside has the most malt whisky producers of any region of Scotland

Ely Food Festival, St Mary’s Green

6 & 7 May 2018. Street food, celebrity chefs and … eels!

Foodies Festival, Durdham Downs, Bristol

11 – 13 May 2018. Top chefs serve up their special delicacies

Essex Fine Food Show, Chelmsford Racecourse

12 & 13 May 2018. James Martin and John Torode head the bill of fare

Christchurch Food Festival, High Street

12 & 13 May 2018. A non-profit making event with a community feel

Witney Food Festival, St Mary’s Church, Oxfordshire

19 May 2018. Fun and a food court

Brighton Food Festival, Hove Lawns

2018 dates to follow. A free festival for families and foodies

Foodies Festival, Syon Park, Brentford

26 – 28 May 2018. Bake Off celebrity chefs, food demos and wine and beer tasting

Tonbridge Food and Drink Festival, Tonbridge Castle

26 May 2018. Try, taste and buy from local producers

Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

26 – 28 May 2018. Bakers, brewers and burgers

Cheese rolling, Coopers Hill, Gloucestershire

28 May 2018. Random weirdness and record-breaking

Cocktails in the city, Leeds Town Hall

1 – 2 June 2018. 18 of the city’s leading bars introduce the finest cocktails

Floral Fringe Fair, Knepp Castle, West Sussex

2 & 3 June 2018. A quirky, arty, foodie, plantaholics and wildlife fair

Monmouthshire Food Festival, Caldicot Castle, Wales

2 & 3 June 2018. Tastings, demonstrations and a Kids Corner

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Christchurch

9 & 10 June 2018. Tastings, testings and family entertainment

Foodies Festival, Exhibition Park, Newcastle

1 – 3 June 2018. With the ever-popular Cake and Bake Theatre

Foodies Festival, Southampton Common

8 – 10 June 2018. GBBO winners, Michelin starred chefs and local celebrity bakers.

Barleylands Food Festival, Billericay, Essex

9 & 10 June 2018. Celebrity chefs, live music and real ale

The Taste of Sudbury, St Peter’s & Market Hill, Sudbury

10 June 2018. Celebrating, promoting and showcasing local food and drink

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens

15 – 17 June 2018. Food talks, wine tastings and family entertainment.

Foodies Festival, Cannon Hills Park, Birmingham

22 – 24 June 2018. Watch demos and feast in the street food avenue

Taste of London, Regents Park

13 – 17 June 2018. Celebrate the capital’s culinary scene

Waddesden Feast, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

16 & 17 June 2018. The North Front of the Manor will be transformed into an alfresco dining delight

GefilteFest, Finchley, London

2018 dates to follow. Europe’s biggest Jewish Food Festival

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Basingstoke

23 & 24 June 2018. Focus on cheese and chilli, but other tastes are available

Alderney Food Festival

26 June – 7 July 2018. Celebrate the tastes of the Channel Islands’ most northerly isle

Cocktails in the City, Great Baltic Warehouse, Liverpool

29 – 30 June 2018. Rub shoulders with 15 of Liverpool’s finest bars and bartenders

Great British Food Festival, Bodelwydden Castle, Wales

30 June & 1 July 2018. New location in 2018

Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

6 – 8 July 2018. A celebration of home grown produce and irresistible street food

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Swindon

7 & 8 July 2018. Pig-racing, chilli eating contest and more

North East Chilli Fest

6 – 8 July 2018. Details to follow

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour

14 & 15 July 2018. Quite a catch

Great British Food Festival, Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton

7 & 8 July 2018. Details to follow

Foodies Festival, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

13 – 15 July 2018. Cakes, cocktails, chilli and more

Manningtree Beer Festival, Essex

2018 dates to follow. Suffolk-based Adnams brewery plays a large part in this festival

Taste Cumbria, Whitehaven

2018 dates to follow.

Whitstable Oyster Festival, Kent

2018 dates and details to follow. New organisers have been appointed

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Guildford

21 & 22 July 2018. There’s beer too! You can read what we thought of the event here

Great British Food Festival, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

21 & 22 July 2018. Delectable delights and tasty treats in grand surroundings

Sausage and Beer Festival, Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway

2018 dates to follow.

Great British Food Festival, Castle Howard, Yorkshire

2018 dates to follow. Another in the series of food festivals at stately homes

Beer and Music Festival, Sheffield

2018 dates to follow.

Camp Hill Sausage and Beer Festival, Bedale, North Yorkshire

20 & 21 July 2018. Details to follow

Cocktails in the City, summer edition, Bedford Square Gardens, London

3 – 4 August 2018. An al-fresco cocktail summer soiree

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Cheltenham

4 & 5 August 2018. Family fun and tastings

Foodies Festival, Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

3 & 4 August 2018. Vintage tea tent, live music and cooking demos

Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London

1 – 31 August 2018. More details to follow

West Dean Chilli Fiesta, West Dean Gardens near Chichester

10 – 12 August 2018. The UK’s biggest chilli festival

Great British Food Festival – Bite-Size, Chiswick House and Gardens, London

10 – 12 August 2018. Splitting the fun up into daytime and evening sessions.

Lymington Seafood Festival, Hampshire

11 & 12 August 2018. Two days of fishy fun

Bakewell Baking Festival, Derbyshire

They’re taking a break in 2018 but will be back in 2019. A favourite of ours

Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry Festival, Worcester Racecourse

2018 dates to follow. A CAMRA event with over 170 beers to sample

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Winchester

18 & 19 August 2018. Focus on cheese and chilli but plenty more besides

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, Sandown

18 & 19 August 201. In garlic we trust

Sussex Gin Week, Brighton and Hove

2018 dates to follow. A Brighton and Hove Food festival event taking place in venues across the city

Foodies Festival, Cambridge

25 – 27 August 2018. Top cooks whip up their signature dishes

Plough and Harrow Beer Festival, Litlington, East Sussex

2018 dates to follow

Peterborough Beer Festival, Embankment, Bishops Road, Peterborough

21 – 25 August 2018. CAMRA festival

The Big Feastival, Cotswolds

24 – 26 August 2018. Food and drink, music and festival fun

Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Wiltshire

25 – 27 August 2018. Atmosphere, location and food

Great British Food Festival, Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe

25 – 27 August 2018. bake stage, artisan market and a cake-Off!

Brighton Food Festival, Autumn Harvest, Hove Lawns

2018 dates to follow. A Brighton and Hove Food festival event with free entry

Foodies Festival, South Parks, Oxford

31 August – 2 September 2018. On your marks, get set, bake

Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast, North Devon

2 September 2018. Crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay

Woking Food Festival

2018 dates to follow. Surrey’s top chefs and celebrity bakers share the cooking stage

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival, Balloch, Scotland

2018 dates to follow. A weekend of delicious food and drink

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, Holkham Hall

2018 dates to follow. The best local produce in elegant surroundings

The Big Nibble, Horsham, West Sussex

2018 dates to follow

Ascot Festival of Food and Wine, Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire

7 & 8 September 2018. Flat racing and food

Chinese Food Festival, Potters Field Park, London

2018 dates to follow

Great British Food Festival, Floors Castle, Kelso, Scotland

8 & 9 September 2018. Enjoy foodie fun at Scotland’s largest inhabited castle.

Ludlow Food Festival, Shropshire

7 – 9 September 2018. Samples and tastings inside Ludlow Castle

Leamington Food Festival, Royal Pump Gardens, Leamington Spa

9 & 10 September 2018. A weekend of FREE foodie fun

Leeds Castle Food Festival, Kent

2018 dates to follow

The Good Life Experience, Gladstone’s Farm, North Wales

14 – 16 September 2018. Culture, food and the great outdoors

Cocktails in the City, Manchester

14 & 15 September 2018. 20 of Manchester’s finest bars will be popping up in a secret location

Stranraer Oyster Festival, Scotland

14 – 16 September 2018. Foodie, fishy and fabulous

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival, Hastings Old Town

15 & 16 September 2018. From wine connoisseurs and seafood sophisticates to those who just enjoy trying something different

Abergavenny Food Festival, Gwent

2018 dates to follow

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, Sefton Park

15 & 16 September 2018. Celebrating the city’s restaurants, bars, cafés and local producers

Mold Food and Drink Festival, New Street, Flintshire

15 & 16 September. Local Welsh chefs, live music and cookery demos

Guernsey Food Festival

2018 dates and details to follow

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

29 & 30th September 2018. Unique and interesting local food and drink

Great British Food Festival, Arley Hall, Cheshire

22 & 23 September 2018. Fine food in grand surroundings

Tunbridge Wells Food and Drink Festival

2018 dates to follow

October Feast, Lewes, East Sussex

2018 dates to follow

AbbFest, Newton Abbot, Devon

21 – 23 September 2018. A charity food, beer and music festival

The Great Bath Feast

2018 dates to follow

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

2018 dates to follow

Exmoor Oyster Festival, Porlock Bay

2018 dates to follow – 2017 event was cancelled

Thame Food Festival

29 & 30 September 2018. Run by a not-for-profit organisation

Neath Food Festival, Port Talbot, South Wales

5 – 7 October 2018. High quality Welsh produce and award winning suppliers in the town

Challock Chilli and Craft Fair, Ashford, Kent

6 & 7 October 2018. Over 200 chilli peppers on show

Hertford Food and Drink Festival

12 & 13 October 2018. See the town come to life with farmers and charter markets, live cookery demonstrations, free tasters and celebrity chefs

Beer and World Food Festival, Hertford Castle

14 October 2018. Hertford Castle grounds fill with a multitude of world food stalls from Italian to Chinese, Thai to Mexican and local beers and ciders

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

2018 dates and details to follow

Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, Nottingham

2018 dates to follow. New location to be announced soon

Filey Food and Drink Festival, Yorkshire

2018 dates and details to follow

Swadlincote International Food and Drink Festival, Derbyshire

2018 dates and details to follow

Llangollen Food and Drink Festival, Wales

2018 dates and details to follow

Monmouthshire Autumn Food Festival, Caldicot Castle, Wales

2018 dates to follow

The Chocolate Show, Olympia, London

2018 dates and details to follow.

Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall

2018 dates to follow

Birmingham Oktoberfest

2018 dates to follow

Manchester Oktoberfest

2018 dates to follow

Vegfest, Olympia, London

2018 dates to follow

Lincoln Sausage Festival

2018 dates to follow. Organised by the local Rotary Club

Dartmouth Food Festival, Devon

19 – 21 October 2018. A free festival of food

Birmingham Beer and Cider Festival

2018 dates to follow. A CAMRA event with more than 200 real ales, ciders and perries to try

Gwledd Conwy Feast, Wales

2018 dates to follow. Food, music and art

Pizza and Prosecco Festival, Reading

2018 dates to follow.

Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food, Kilkenny, Ireland

26 – 29 October 2018. Take a truly terrific culinary journey

Living North Christmas Fair, Newcastle

2018 dates to follow

Market Harborough French Market

2018 dates to follow

Allergy and Free From Show, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

3 & 4 November 2018. The world’s largest celebration of ‘free from’ food, drink and lifestyle products

The Wine Gang’s Winter Festival, London

2018 dates to follow

Cocktails in the City, The Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

9 & 10 November 2018. Mixing the city’s finest bars from the West End to New Town and beyond

Leamington Spa Flavours of the World Market

2018 dates to follow

Living North Christmas Fair, York Racecourse

2018 dates to follow

Portsmouth City German themed Christmas Market

2018 dates and details to follow

Brighton Christmas Market, Jubilee Square

2018 dates to follow

Cardiff Christmas Market

2018 dates to follow

Bristol Christmas Market

2018 dates to follow

Knebworth House Christmas Fair, Hertfordshire

2018 dates to follow

Northampton Winter Food Festival

2018 dates to follow

Taste of London, Tobacco Dock, London

2018 dates to follow

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

2018 dates to follow

Cornish Winter Fair, Wadebridge

2018 dates and details to follow

Foodies Festival Christmas, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

2018 dates to follow

Continental Christmas Market, Newcastle

2018 dates to follow

Clovelly Herring Festival, Devon

17 November 2018. Celebrating the tasty, nutritious Silver Darlings and supporting carefully managed fishing

Bath Christmas Market

2018 dates to follow

Weald and Downland Museum Christmas Market, Singleton, Sussex

23 – 25 November 2018. Hot food, stalls, carol singing ad a dash of history

Festive Fair at The Forum, Norwich

2018 dates to follow

Foodies Festival Christmas, Edinburgh

2018 dates to follow. All the fun of Foodies with a festive twist

Pizza and Prosecco Festival, London

2018 dates to follow. What it says – pizza and prosecco

Vegan Christmas Fair, OPENNorwich, Bank Plain, Norwich

2018 dates to follow

Southbank Centre Winter Festival, London

2018 dates to follow

Horsham Christmas Market and Medieval Fair

2018 dates to follow. A Food Rocks South event

Padstow Christmas Festival, Devon

2018 dates to follow

BBC Good Food Festive Fayre, Hampton Court Palace, London

2018 dates to follow

Peterborough Christmas Market, Cathedral Square

2018 dates to follow

Taste Cumbria Christmas Market, Cockermouth

2018 dates to follow. Fancy festive foods for all

Eastbourne Christmas Market

2018 dates to follow

Cambridgeshire Christmas Crafts and Food Fair, Godmanchester

2018 dates to follow

Christmas Food Market, Whitstable Castle, Kent

2018 dates to follow

Pizza and Prosecco Festival, Guildhall, Southampton

2018 dates to follow. All the Ps – a pizza and prosecco pop-up

St Nicholas Christmas Market, The Shambles, York

2018 dates to follow. Soak up the city’s medieval charm and scents of spiced mulled wine

Southampton Gin Festival, Guildhall

2018 dates to follow

Festive Food Fair, Holkham Hall, Norfolk

2018 dates to follow

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