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The Coolest Food Festivals for 2019

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The Coolest Food Festivals for 2019

Foodies, get your teeth stuck into these festivals...


Festivals are great, but food festivals are better. There’s nothing wrong with planning a meal this far in advance… This is our pick of the coolest food festivals to book for 2019.


Pub in the Park

Pub in the Park Chef Lineup

Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park will be returning to different spots around the country in 2019 from May – September, kicking off in Higgison Park in Marlow and finishing in Verulamium Park in St Albans. Showcasing world-famous chefs, pubs and restaurants as well as a stellar music line-up, it’s no wonder that last year’s event sold out in less than 24 hours! This year the likes of Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs and Gabrielle will be performing alongside a stellar food in up, with more details due to be announced soon… Tickets form £30, £20 for children

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Big Feastival, 24-26 August

Big Feastival Chefs

c. Jenna Foxton

Get in there early and grab yourself some tickets for The Big Feastival 2019, the ultimate feel-good festival located in the Cotswolds. The line up is yet to be announced, but you can guarantee a combination of top class food and smashing music. Last year saw the likes of Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Paloma Faith, James Arthur, Sugarhill Gang & Furious Five perform, as well as food from Mark Hix, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc. Check out our guide to last year’s festival to get a feel for the vibes.

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Ludlow Spring Festival, 11-12 May

Ludlow Food Festival castle

Set in the grounds of the imposing Ludlow Castle, Ludlow’s food festivals are truly unique. Their 2019 Spring Festival will take place on 11-12 May, with the focus on ‘beer, bread, bangers & classic cars’. Brewers from some of the biggest names in the region will be in attendance, including Hobsons, Corvedale, Brecon Brewery, Wye Valley and Ludlow Brewery. Not only will visitors get the chance to sample the beers, you’ll also hear the story behind them: the hints, tips and tricks of the perfect brew. Likely to be the grandest place you’ve enjoyed a pint.

Food Rocks, 7-8 September

Food Rocks

Curated by superstar chef Mark Hix, Food Rocks in Lyme Regis will see the best food and drink producers from around Dorset come together for another year in 2019. The main stage will showcase a diverse mix of interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings –last year saw live demonstrations from top chefs (Michael Caines and Mitch Tonks to name a few) and exciting one-off supper clubs.  Stay tuned for 2019 announcements.

Abergavenny Food Festival, 21-22 September

Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, is a staple on the summer festival calendar. Perhaps the more high-brow festival on our list, it’s known for bringing together chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers who flock to the Welsh town to enjoy talks, demonstrations and, of course, lots of delicious food. From tutored tastings, demos from top chefs, tours and forages as well as big parties, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, 28-29 September

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Stands

Snape Maltings in Suffolk is home to the famous Aldeburgh Music festival, but also the Food & Drink festival which is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. Next September it’s returning for its 14th year, giving guests the opportunity to experience all of Suffolk’s best food and drink under one roof, with a large indoor market, food stalls, masterclasses, events and talks from renowned chefs – this year the line-up features Tommi Miers, Dan Doherty, Melissa Hemsley, Chetna Makan and Maunika Gowardhan. One to put in the diary.

Falmouth Oyster Festival, 10-13 October


Kick off oyster season in style with a visit to Falmouth Oyster Festival, where visitors can enjoy a packed programme of cookery demonstrations, live music and, of course, freshly shucked oysters. Expect cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale to sample, plus children’s shell painting and entertainment. There are also sea shanties, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition, a Falmouth Working Boat race and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.

Fork to Fork, 16 June

Taste of Summer Outdoor Feasting

Bringing together some of the UK’s most talented chefs, Fork to Fork festival was set up in 2015 to raise money for an Open Air classroom project to teach children how to succeed in work and life. Expect to wash down delicious meals with some of London’s finest craft beer, artisan wines and spirits. Find out more at

Taste Of London, 19-23 June

Taste of London Chef Demonstration

Taste of London has established itself as the foodie event of the summer. Held in Regent’s Park, visitors can try exciting street food, discover new products, shop to your heart’s content and learn from the experts. Cocktail and cookery masterclasses will keep you busy, while the Taste Theatre is an absolute must, where you can get hands-on with your culinary heroes. A wonderful summer’s day out – let’s just hope the weather man plays game… Tickets from £13 

Body&Soul, 21-23 June

Body&Soul food festival

Spend the longest day of the year at a food festival in an Irish castle, and thank us later… Dublin’s hidden gem, Ballinlough Castle, will host the three-day event to bring a fantastic culinary line-up from some of the best local innovative gourmet producers – and just to top it off, it will all be paired with champagne. The 2018 line-up included festival favourites Root & Branch coffee roasters, My Goodness, The Market Kitchen, Broughgammon Farm, Sceal Bakery, and Julia’s Lobster Truck getting involved in the celebrations. Spend your Summer Solstice weekend in style… Day tickets start at €70 and weekend for €189.50, available to purchase from ticketbooth.

Smoked & Uncut, 21-23 June

Smoked & Uncut Meat Grilling Demonstration

The annual Smoked & Uncut festival is more glamour than grunge, and you can expect a line-up of handpicked classic and contemporary artists as well as home-made street food, local ales and plenty of cocktails. The glamorous foodie’s festival is famed for its large family-style pop-up restaurant Feasts which see some of the country’s best chefs cook up a storm for sold-out communal Feasting tables. The 2019 music line-up includes The Noisettes, Razorlight and Rae Morris, who will be performing across three locations: Brockenhurst, Bath and New Forest, with the foodie line-up yet to be announced.

Meatopia, 30 August-1 September

Situated in London’s Tobacco Dock, Meatopia is not for the faint-hearted or small stomached. Each day, 25 chefs will create and cook a unique dish in front of your eyes for you to try! Pay using the Festival’s currency, Meatbucks, to experience the meaty madness. The perfect excuse to eat, drink and dance the weekend away.

River Cottage Festival, 25-26 August

Join Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s gang at the iconic River Cottage for two days of cooking masterclasses, street food, demonstrations, live music, yoga and sit-down meals. The line-up has yet to be announced, but last year saw names like Prue Leith, Caroline Lucas – and of course, Hugh himself. Watch this space…

London Brunch Fest, 31 August-1 September

London Brunch Festival

Avo-on-toast brigade, this one’s for you: the first ever festival dedicated to the capital’s most loved brunch dishes. Here you can brunch till your heart is content, sampling some of London’s most popular dishes alongside tea, coffee, Bloody Marys and prosecco. There will also be panel discussions, demonstrations and hands-on workshops from company founders and industry leaders, plus DJ sets to keep things lively.

London Coffee Festival, 28-31 March

London Coffee Festival

From 28-31 March Shoreditch’s Old Truman Brewery will be transformed into a coffee-lovers heaven, with over 250 exhibitors from all over the world, from artisan coffee to industry pioneers to start-ups. Guests can enjoy coffee tastings and workshops, learn how to do latte art alongside world-class baristas and sip espresso martinis till their hearts are content, all to the soundtrack of live music and DJs.

VegFest UK, 23-24 March

Vegfest UK

One of Europe’s leading vegan health food events, VegFest UK, is returning to the Brighton Centre this March to kick off the first of their 2019 UK dates. Guests can expect over 250 stalls, live cookery demonstrations, live music, yoga classes and more. Their food village is vegan heaven: think Southern fried seitan burgers and smoked tofu rinds at Feral Food Store, plantain vegan patties and jerk soya at Brownins, vegan tofish and chips at Simply Vegan and fragrant Indian street food at Simply Veg. There will also be an Art of Compassion Exhibition, showcasing art posters dedicated to veganism and animal rights, as well as talks on animal welfare hosted by prominent campaigners.

VegFest was the brainchild of Yaoh manager Tim Barford, who wanted to mix the seriousness of veganism with the fun atmosphere of festivals. Their first event took place in Bristol in the cosy surroundings of the Watershed on the Harbourside back in 2003, under the name “Bristol Vegan Fayre”. Since then they have expanded and developed, and now host some of the biggest vegan festivals around Europe.

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