Festival food has come a long way since the days of gristly burgers and soggy kebabs. This summer, true foodies will be spoilt for choice with a huge range of food festivals suitable for every taste.
Which one will you attend?
Taste of London
Date: 19-22 June
Location: Regent’s Park, London
Standard ticket: £24.00
Premium ticket: £43.00
The enduringly popular Taste of London festival attracts a big crowd, so make sure that you book your tickets well in advance!
Formerly held in Covent Garden, the festival has moved to a bigger location in Regent’s Park, where foodies can sample an enormous range of flavours from across the world, as well as attend master classes and Q&A sessions with top chefs such as Raymond Blanc.
Perfect for: Fans of haute cuisine.
Pembrokeshire Fish Week
Date: 28 June – 8 July
Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales
Standard ticket: No fixed price
This week-long event is the perfect family food festival.
Locally sourced fish and shellfish are on every menu at Pembrokeshire Fish Week.
Meet celebrity chefs Bryn Williams and Mitch Tonks, try your hand at a cookery workshop or simply tuck into the food on offer.
What’s more, there’s a huge range of child-friendly activities available, including island rambles, snorkel safaris and boat trips.
Perfect for: Pescatarians
Nantwich Cheese Show
Date: 30 July
Location: Nantwich, England
Standard ticket: £14. £5 extra for every chef demonstration you wish to attend.
The Nantwich Cheese Show is the biggest cheese festival in the world.
Featuring 4,000 different types of cheeses from all over the world, the sprawling festival also features a cattle fair, a livestock section, and stalls dedicated to floral art, honey, horticulture, home produce, arts and crafts.
Celebrity chefs James Martin, Will Holland, Sean Wilson and Jonathan Harrison will be in attendance, sharing their cooking tips and performing numerous demonstrations.
Perfect for: Countryside dwellers
The Big Feastival
Date: 29-31 August
Location: The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire
Standard ticket: From £32.25 (Friday entry only) to £119.25 (for a weekend ticket). Camping tickets £144.25, including festival entry
Launched in 2011, The Big Feastival quickly gained a reputation as the ultimate foodie’s festival.
Created by Jamie Oliver and former Blur bassist turned cheese maker Alex James, the festival is held on the grounds of James’ Cotswolds mansion.
Although the food stalls and tasting events are the main draws at The Big Feastival, live music adds another flavour to the weekend. This year performers include Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula and De La Soul.
Perfect for: Families
Hillsborough International Oyster Festival
Date: 2-7 September
Location: Hillsborough, Northern Ireland
Standard ticket: Varies, depending on the events attended
The famed oyster festival is held in the historic town of Hillsborough in Co. Down.
Brave souls can enter the World Oyster Eating Championships or try their luck in the ‘Wacky Soapbox Race’, whist others can simply enjoy the gourmet food tents and the glamorous banquet and ball.
Perfect for: Couples
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