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The Coolest Food Festivals for 2020

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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 2020.

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Northcote

Northcote’s annual gastronomic food festival is back for its 20th year, with a stellar line-up of top chefs from around the world. Across the 17-day event, 24 Michelin-starred chefs will be cooking at Lancashire hotel Northcote’s restaurant, including Rick Stein, James Martin and Angela Hartnett. northcote.com

Christchurch Food Festival, 8-10 May

Christchurch Food Festival

Set within the picturesque harbour town on the beach-lined Dorset coast, Christchurch Food Festival is a celebration of the South West’s vibrant food and drink scene. The likes of Rosemary Schrager, James Golding, Alex Aitken and Cyrus Todiwala OBE will be entertaining festival-goers with a series of interactive demos and tastings, alongside a top line-up of street food stalls, breweries and distilleries. This year’s festival will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of VE Day, with performances from the Red Devils – the official parachute display team of the British Army – as well as the Victory Sisters and the Lindy Hop dance troupe. christchurchfoodfest.co.uk

Scottish Wild Food Festival, 9 May

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. The popular long table lunch will also be returning, offering a culinary banquet focused on wild ingredients. foragingfortnight.co.uk

Pub in the Park, various dates from 15 May-13 September

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 we’ll be seeing appearances from Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David and James Blunt, alongside a stellar selection of chefs including Marcus Wareing, Paul Ainsworth and Angela Hartnett. pubintheparkuk.com

Bigfoot Festival, 19-21 June

Bigfoot Festival

There’s a new festival on the scene: Bigfoot, making its debut this 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. bigfootfestival.co.uk

Body&Soul, 19-21 June

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. bodyandsoul.ie

Smoked & Uncut, 20 June, 11 July, 25 July

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. smokedanduncut.com

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Big Feastival, 28-30 August

Big Feastival Chefs

c. Jenna Foxton

Get in there early and grab yourself some tickets for The Big Feastival 2020, the ultimate feel-good festival located in the Cotswolds. Jess Glynne, Elbow and Rudimental headlined last year alongside top names from the food world such as Raymond Blanc OBE, Candice Brown and Daniel Clifford – and this year will no doubt follow suit. Check out our guide to the 2018 festival to get a feel for the vibes. uk.thebigfeastival.com

London Brunch Fest

London Brunch Festival

Avo-on-toast brigade, this one’s for you: the only 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. 2020 dates are yet to be announced. londonbrunchfest.com

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Food Rocks, 5-6 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 2020. The festival features a diverse mix of interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings, with chefs announced so far including Mitch Tonks, James Golding, Naomi Devlin and Steven Lamb. hixrestaurants.co.uk

Abergavenny Food Festival, 19-20 September

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. abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, 26-27 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 15th 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 including Chetna Makan, Thomasina Miers, Tim Anderson and Rosie Birkett. One to put in the diary. aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

Falmouth Oyster Festival, 8-11 October

Oysters

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. falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk

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