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Food Festivals: What To Book For 2021

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Sadly pretty much all festivals were cancelled last year, but we’re crossing our fingers for a better summer in 2021. Get excited with our guide to the best food festivals in the UK.

Food Festivals 2021: What To Book

Taste of London

Taste of London Chef Demonstration

Taste of London has established itself as the foodie event of the summer. Head to Regent’s Park to 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. This year’s line up includes Professor Green and Gizzi Erskine’s culinary venture, Giz ‘n’ Green, plus the festival debut of the Delevingne sisters’ premium prosecco brand, Della Vite. A wonderful summer’s day out – let’s just hope the weather man plays game. 7 – 11 and 14 – 18 July, london.tastesfestivals.com

Paul Ainsworth’s Travelling Feast

Paul Ainsworth's Travelling Feast

A brand-new food festival is coming to Cornwall this summer, created by chef and restaurateur Paul Ainsworth. The travelling event will stop off at a number of idyllic locations, from clifftops to beaches to country estates, each destination with its own unique mix of music, comedy, food and family entertainment. Ainsworth will be joined by other top chefs and their food trucks, including Tom Kerridge, Niall Keating and James Martin. On the music front, Kaiser Chiefs, Gabrielle and Jake Bugg are all set to perform, with more acts due to be announced. 6 – 20 August, travellingfeast.co.uk

Pub in the Park

Pub in the Park Chef Lineup

Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park sees a top line-up of chefs and performers touring round the country, last year drawing in over 250,000 visitors. This year’s festival has been postponed to 2021, and the vast majority of line-ups will hopefully remain the same. Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David and James Blunt are all set to perform, alongside a stellar selection of chefs including Marcus Wareing, Paul Ainsworth and Angela Hartnett. 14 May – 12 September, pubintheparkuk.com

London Craft Beer Festival

London Craft Beer Festival

The capital’s most exciting celebration of craft beer returns to Tobacco Dock this August, featuring a line-up of top breweries from around the UK. Northern Monk, Verdant and North Brewing Co. will all be in residence, alongside street food from the likes of Hoppers, Berber and Q and Club Mexicana. 13 – 15 August, londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

Scottish Wild Food Festival

Scottish Wild Food Festival

Set on the beautiful Cardross Estate, The Scottish Wild Food Festival invites visitors to take part in hands-on foraging, folklore walks, craft workshops and wild food demonstrations. 18 – 19 September, foragingfortnight.co.uk

Bigfoot Festival

Bigfoot Festival

There’s a new food festival on the scene: Bigfoot, making its debut next summer with a three-day celebration of music, entertainment, food and drinks. Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, the festival will see over 60 music acts across five stages, alongside an impressive selection of restaurants, chefs, and drinks producers. Heading up the banqueting tent is Douglas McMaster of Silo, alongside Matt Orlando of Copenhagen’s Amass. Together they’ll host Blackout Dining: a sustainable vegetarian feast cooked using no electricity whatsoever, with spots for 200 guests to dine under the stars at candlelit tables. A number of top London restaurants will also be dishing up the goods, alongside a line-up of popular street vendors including Patty & Bun and Dough & Brew. 18 – 20 June, bigfootfestival.co.uk

Body&Soul

Body&Soul Festival

Body&Soul 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. Pre-register for exclusive access to early bird tickets here. 11 – 20 June, bodyandsoul.ie

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Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Blenheim Palace

A gastronomic weekend set in the grounds of the spectacular Blenheim Palace, this lively food festival returns for its 7th year in August. Expect a whole host of artisan, homemade and unique produce – think buttery baked treats, award-winning cheeses and international street food – plus a dedicated vegan and vegetarian garden offering seasonal fruit and veg, vegan prosecco and ice-cream. 20 – 22 August, fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com

The Big Feastival

Big Feastival Chefs

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Get in there early and grab yourself some tickets for The Big Feastival 2021, the ultimate feel-good festival located on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds. This year’s line-up includes Sigala, Rag’n’Bone Man, Ella Eyre and Nile Rogers & CHIC on the music side, alongside top names from the food world including Nathan Outlaw and Mark Hix. Check out our guide to the 2018 festival to get a feel for the vibes. 27 – 29 August, uk.thebigfeastival.com

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Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival 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. 18 – 19 September, abergavennyfoodfestival.com

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