Food Festivals UK 2023

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. 


Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

No event planned for early 2023. May have something later in the year.

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!

Pendle Beer Festival, Muni, Colne, Pendle, Lancashire

February 2024 event postponed until later in the year, date tbc. Award-winning beers from the whole of Lancashire.

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire

The 2024 event is scheduled for Tuesday 13 February. It’s flipping traditional

Winter Festival, Burton-On-Trent

15 – 17 February 2024. CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, inviting festival lovers to enjoy ‘ales of every season’

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival

16 – 18 February 2024. In the heart of England’s Rhubarb Triangle

Rye Bay Scallop Week

17 – 25 February 2024. It’s about shucking time to go mad for molluscs!

The Cognac Show, Glaziers Hall, London

22 & 23 March 2024. Visitors will have the choice of more than 150 cognacs to sample, including 30 houses and more than 40 different brands.

World Pasty Championships, Eden Project, Cornwall

No contest announced for 2024. Not sure if it will return, so watch this space.

Irish Vegan Festival, Europa Hotel, Belfast

21 April 2024. Stalls, talks and demos on the plant-based way of life.

York Chocolate Festival, Parliament Street, York

5 – 9 April 2023. The annual showcase of the city’s long history or chocolate making.

Egham Beer Festival, Surrey

6 – 8 April 2023. Real ales and ciders plus great music

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

7 – 10 April 2023. Chef demos and masterclasses

Chester Food and Drink Festival, Chester Racecourse

8 – 10 April 2023. Foodie festival with a family focus

Porthleven Food Festival

21 – 23 April 2023.Family festival in this Cornish village. Chefs, local food, music and fun.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival, County Durham

22 & 23 April 2023. Street food, celebrity chefs and live music

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

22 April 2023. Making marmalade and money for good causes

London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

20 – 23 April 2023. Barista workshops, live latte art demos, roasteries and an Espresso Martini party

Bakewell Food Festival

Festival returns 29 & 30 April 2023. The best of Derbyshire’s local produce.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Scotland

26 April – 1 May 2023. With over 50 distilleries, Speyside has the most malt whisky producers of any region of Scotland

Brighton Foodies Festival, Preston Park

29 April – 1 May 2023. Plenty of chef demos, tasters and live music.

Cheshire Food Festival, Walton Hall, South Warrington

2024 dates tbc. Free entry, cooking demos, street food and live music.

St Ives Food and Drink Festival, Porthminster Beach

2024 dates tbc. Artisan food and drink, cooking demos and live music.

Pub in the Park, Higginson Park, Marlow

18 – 21 May 2023. 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

2024 dates tbc. Street food, demos and artisan markets.

Bristol Foodies Festival, Durdham Downs

12 – 14 May 2023. A celebration of top chefs, tasty food, delicious drinks and live music

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Christchurch

20 & 21 May 2023. Tastings, testings and family entertainment

Southwick Beer Festival, Barn Theatre, West Sussex

27 & 28 May 2023. Beers, ciders and local music.

London Foodies Festival, Syon Park

27 – 29 May 2023. Celebrating the Jubilee weekend with top chefs, delicious drinks and live music

Sheffield Food Festival

26 – 29 May 2023. Showcasing local produce, talented chefs, mouthwatering street food and outstanding brewers and distillers.

Christchurch Food Festival, Christchurch Quay

27 – 29 May 2023. A non-profit making event with a community feel

Foodies Festival, St Albans

2024 dates to follow. Music, chef demos and lots to eat and drink!

Dogstival, Broadlands Park, Romsey

2024 dates to follow. Fun for four-legged friends as well as all the family, including food and drink from across the region.

Fyne Fest, Cairndow, Argyll 

2024 dates to follow. A three-day celebration of Scottish food, beer and music at the Fyne Ale brewery estate

Pub in the Park, Dulwich

2024 dates to follow.  One of Tom Kerridge’s foodie events.

Towcester Food Festival, Towcester racecourse

2024 dates to follow. Artisan food and drink stalls, chef demos, talks on food and drink, free wine and gin tasting sessions

Taste of London, Regents Park

2024 dates tbc. Celebrate the capital’s culinary scene with five days of feasting

Foodies Festival, Exeter

2024 dates to follow. See Masterchef and Bake Off celebrities cooking live.

Foodies Festival, Chelmsford

2024 dates to follow. Bake-off celebrities, cakes and much, much more

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

2024 dates to follow. Celebrating, promoting and showcasing local food and drink

Pub in the Park, Reigate

2024 dates to folow. Sing, dance and eat!

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens

2024 dates to follow. Food talks, wine tastings and family entertainment.

Pub in the Park, Royal Victoria Park, Bath

2024 dates to follow. Tom Kerridge and his merry band of foodie friends head west.

Bigfoot Festival, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire

2024 event details tbc.

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Swindon

2024 dates to follow. Cooking demos, chilli eating contests and more

Foodies Festival, Chelmsford

2024 dates to follow. Show-stopping cakes, tasty street food, live music and chef demos

Shrewsbury Food Festival, Quarry Park

2024 dates to follow Food, drink, crafts, cookery demos and kids entertainment

Pub in the Park, Leamington Spa

30 June – 2 July 2023. Another Tom Kerridge extravaganza

Tatton Park Foodies Festival, Cheshire

7 – 9 July 2023 Masterchef champions, Bake-off contestants and wine enthusiasts share their expertise. Live music too.

Winchester Foodies Festival, North Walls Recreation Ground

14 – 16 July 2023. Chef demos, drink tastings, live music and street food

Pub in the Park, Tunbridge Wells

7 – 9 July 2023. World-class chefs, Michelin-starred pubs and a selection of other top UK pubs and restaurants serve up their signature dishes

Sussex Gin Festival, Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

8 July 2023. Locally distilled Sussex Gins, hot and cold food, and demonstrations on all things gin-related.

Lymington Seafood Festival, Bath Road Park, Hampshire

14 – 16 July 2023. Three days of fishy fun with live music and street preformers too.

National Geographic Traveller Food Festival, London

15 & 16 July 2023. Taste the world and take part in masterclasses for immersive international experiences.

Cheese and Chilli Festival, Guildford

15 & 16 July 2023. Does exactly what it says!

Great British Food Festival, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

15 & 16 July 2023. Delectable delights and tasty treats in grand surroundings

Edinburgh Food Festival, George Square Gardens

21 – 30 July 2023.  Celebrating the best in Scottish produce from gelato through fish and chips to pickle pie.

Surrey Food Festival, Old Deer Park, Richmond

29 & 30 July 2023. Showcasing a huge array of different cuisines

Foodies Festival, Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

2024 dates tbc. Vintage tea tent, live music and cooking demos

Glasgow Foodies Festival, Rouken Glen Park

2024 dates tbc. 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

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

Pershore Plum Festival, Worcestershire

2024 dates to follow. Celebrating all things plum!

Oxford Foodies Festival, South Parks

2024 dates to follow. On your marks, get set, bake

Burghley Summer Fine Food market, Lincolnshire

2024 dates to follow. 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

31 August – 3 September 2023. 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

2 & 3 September 2023. Quirky, arty, foodie, plantaholic and wildlife fair. One of our personal favourites,  it has a different theme each year.

Stranraer Oyster Festival, Scotland

15 – 17 September 2023. Foodie, fishy and fabulous

Pub in the Park, Chiswick House and Gardens

1 – 3 September 2023. Music, food and festival fun

Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast, North Devon

3 September 2023. Crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay.

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, Dorset

9 & 10 September 2023.  An event with a long history and charitable status.

Norwich Foodies Festival, Earlham Park

8 – 10 September 2023. Cooking demos, top chefs, drinks and live music

Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour

9 & 10 September 2023. The UK’s largest free seafood festival – quite a catch

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

9 & 10 September 2023. 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

8 – 10 September 2023. Inside Ludlow Castle with over 180 makers of local food and drink.

Leamington Food Festival, Royal Pump Gardens, Leamington Spa

9 & 10 September 2023. A weekend of FREE foodie fun

Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Albert Square

22 September – 2 October 2023.  Wine, food and song.

Abergavenny Food Festival, Gwent

16 & 17 September 2023. Product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates

Mold Food and Drink Festival, New Street, Flintshire

16 & 17 September 2023. Local Welsh chefs, live music and cookery demos

Scottish Wild Food Festival, Tir Na Nog

16 & 17 September 2023. The festival encourages you to step outdoors and discover local wild food

Great British Food Festival, Arley Hall, Cheshire

23 & 24 September 2023. Food, drink and music

AbbFest, Newton Abbot, Devon

14 – 17 September 2023. A charity food, beer and music festival

Ginger and Spice Festival, Market Drayton

30 September 2023. 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.

Apple Day, Clovelly

24 September 2023. Apple pressing, farmers’ market, harvest hunt and chef demonstrations

Thame Food Festival

30 September & 1 October 2023. 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

23 & 24 September 2023. A non-profit-making event run by the local community with guest chefs, workshops, entertainment and activities for children.

English Seafood Feast, Devon

29 September – 15 October 2023. Eat some of the best seafood in the world and experience the English Riviera.

Neath Food Festival, Port Talbot, South Wales

6 & 7 October 2023. High quality Welsh produce and award-winning suppliers in the town

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

11 – 14 October 2023. Over 700 beers on sale.

Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall

12 – 15 October 2023. One of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food festivals which celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season. Feasting, cooking demos, live music and food and craft stalls

Wells Food Festival, Somerset

8 October 2023. Free entry to over 150 producers and food stalls in this event run by volunteers.

Llangollen Food and Drink Festival, Wales

14 & 15 October 2023. Cookery workshops featuring local producers.

Vegan Life Live, Alexandra Palace, London

18 – 20 October 2024. Embrace plant-based living

Dartmouth Food Festival, Devon

20 – 22 October 2023. A free festival of food

Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food, Kilkenny, Ireland

27 – 30 October 2023. Take a truly terrific culinary journey.

Teddington Beer Festival, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road

2 – 4 November 2023. Live music and beer.

Bristol Christmas Market

3 November – 23 December 2023. Wooden chalets offering a selection of gifts as well as festive food and drink.

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

17 November – 17 December 2023. Showcasing the best of local and continental food, drinks, gifts, and crafts.

Christmas Fair, York Racecourse

9 – 12 November 2023. Yorkshire’s biggest shopping and social event of the season with artisan food producers, designer-makers and retailers for a fun and festive day out, packed with seasonal inspiration.

Cardiff Christmas Market

9 November – 23 December 2023. Promising original and hand-made products.

York Christmas Fair

18 November – 23 December 2023. Handmade gifts and delicious treats.

Winter Fair, South of England Showground, Sussex

18 & 19 November 2023. Independent local traders offering mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams, cheese, chocolate and wine.

Clovelly Herring Festival, Devon

19 November 2023. Celebrating the tasty, nutritious Silver Darlings and supporting carefully managed fishing

Bath Christmas Market

23 November – 10 December 2023. Stalls, illuminations and attractions spread across the city’s historic streets.

Bristol Christmas Market

Until 23 December 2023. Wooden chalets offering a selection of gifts as well as festive food and drink.

Horsham Christmas Markets

Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in December, plus Friday 22 December 2023.

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

Until 17 December 2023. Showcasing the best of local and continental food, drinks, gifts, and crafts.

St Nicholas Christmas Market, The Shambles, York

Until 22 December 2023. Soak up the city’s medieval charm and scents of spiced mulled wine

Cardiff Christmas Market

Until 23 December 2023, Original and hand-made products.

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