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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 best food festivals to book for 2019.


Pub in the Park

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. This year music headliners include Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Clean Bandit and Will Young, alongside a stellar food line-up, chef demonstrations, masterclasses and much more. Tickets from £30, £20 for children

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Big Feastival, 24-26 August

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Get in there early and grab yourself some tickets for The Big Feastival 2019, the ultimate feel-good festival located in the Cotswolds. Jess Glynne, Elbow and Rudimental are set to headline on the music front alongside top names from the food world such as Raymond Blanc OBE, Candice Brown and Daniel Clifford. Check out our guide to last year’s festival to get a feel for the vibes.

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Food Rocks, 7-8 September

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, with a line up featuring Mitch Tonks, Angela Hartnett and Richard Bertinet. A meat feast dinner in Glenarm Estate will kick off the two-day festival, hosted by Mark Hix and his beef supplier Peter Hannan, followed by the annual Crab and Mackerel Supper Club the next day – which is always a sell-out event.

Abergavenny Food Festival, 21-22 September

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

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

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 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 till 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 the theme is ‘Wild in the City’, exploring concepts of sustainability and championing craftsmanship in food, with an appearance from South African restaurant Wolfgat, crowned Restaurant of the Year at The World Restaurant Awards 2019, alongside Brigadiers, Indian Accent and many more. A wonderful summer’s day out – let’s just hope the weather man plays game… Tickets from £13 

Body&Soul, 21-23 June

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

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.

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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 Food Fair, 25-26 May and River Cottage Festival, 25-26 August

The iconic River Cottage are putting on two separate foodie festivals this year, both of which take place at River Cottage HQ, the idyllic 100-acre Axminster organic farm on the Dorset and Devon border. The River Cottage Food Fair, running across the late May bank holiday weekend, will feature takes from the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, Chetna Makan and Thom Hunt, alongside craft workshops, live music, wild food tours and artisan food stalls.

The August festival is a similar premise, with two days of cooking masterclasses, street food, demonstrations, live music, yoga and sit-down meals. The full line-up has yet to be announced, but so far names include Steven Lamb, Steph McGovern, Satish Kuar… and of course, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’ himself. Watch this space…

London Brunch Fest, 31 August-1 September

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.

The Food Fest, 1-2 June

Held in the picturesque seeing of Lullingstone Castle, The Food Fest will be showcasing the best of Kent’s foodie offering, from local farmer markets, breweries, vineyards and local producers. Alongside this there will be plenty of activities for children, including a vintage funfair, giant garden games, cake decorating and street art lessons, so it’s perfect for families. The event is supporting two charities: Children in Action and Ellenor.

Bristol Food Connections, 12-23 June

Across a ten-day period in June, over 100 food-related events will be taking place across Bristol – a city known for its creative, independent culinary delights. With everything from foraging walks at Blaise Castle Estate to artisan bread workshops, there’s something for everyone, with plenty of family-friendly activities on offer. In the festival hub, Colston Hall, panel discussions will cover issues surrounding food, alongside cookery demonstrations from the likes of Josh Eggleston, Bryony May and Liz Knight.


Daylesford Summer Festival, 8 June

Don your best 60s’ gear, put some flowers in your hair and head to Daylesford’s Cotswolds farm for their charming festival, Summer Of Love – 1967. Now in its tenth year running, the Daylesford Summer Festival sees revellers from all over the country joining for good food, music and family fun. There will be plenty of organic, seasonal food to try, alongside barbecues, botanical summer cocktails and a food market, selling everything from charcuterie to cheese to bread. Keen chefs can pick up some cooking tips at the cookery school, which will be opening its doors for a series of demonstrations, including how to make the perfect Hollandaise, pop tarts and steak.

London Seafood Festival, 12-16 June

Oh, to be sipping rosé and gorging on fresh fish by the water… If you can’t make it to the Riviera, head to Battersea Power Station and join in the fun at the London Seafood Festival. Taking over for five days only, the event will see masterclasses, chef collaborations and a selection of family-friendly pop-ups appear on the banks of the River Thames this June. Events include a spice and fish masterclass at Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea, a sake tasting with Japanese Seafood Bites, a brewery tour, and a sustainable seafood supper at No. 29 Power Station West. Meanwhile Boom Cycle will be hosting a number of outdoor spin classes against the backdrop of Battersea Power Station, followed by lunch at neighbouring restaurant Tonkotsu.

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