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Food Festivals: What To Book For 2021

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Sadly most 2020 festivals have been cancelled, but we’re crossing our fingers for a better summer next year. Get excited with our guide to the best food festivals for 2021.

Food Festivals 2020 – 2021: What To Book

London Craft Beer Festival: 27 – 28 November 2020

London Craft Beer Festival

Giving Londoners one last chance for a 2020 festival experience is the city’s Craft Beer Festival, featuring 80 breweries from the UK and around the world. Taking place in Tobacco Dock this November, the event invites ticket-holders to build their own table of six, where they’ll be served rounds of 1/3 pint pours from each of the participating breweries. Alongside this, there’ll be food from the likes of Brigadiers, Bao, Club Mexicana and Luca, plus live music and DJ sets.

Pub in the Park: 14 May – 12 September 2021

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.

Scottish Wild Food Festival: dates not yet announced

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.

Bigfoot Festival: 18 – 20 June 2021

Bigfoot Festival

There’s a new 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.

Body&Soul: dates not yet announced

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.

Smoked & Uncut: 19 June – 24 July 2021

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 – which takes place across three locations – 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 music and food line-up is yet to be announced, so stay tuned.

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Big Feastival, 27 – 29 August 2021

Big Feastival Chefs

c. Jenna Foxton

Get in there early and grab yourself some tickets for The Big Feastival 2021, the ultimate feel-good festival located in the Cotswolds. This year’s line-up includes Sigala, Rag’n’Bone Man and Nile Rogers & CHIC on the music side, alongside top names from the food world. Check out our guide to the 2018 festival to get a feel for the vibes.

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Abergavenny Food Festival: dates not yet announced

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.

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