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Food Festivals: What To Book For 2021-2022

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Festival season is in full swing, and the UK’s foodie offering is better than ever. Whet your appetite with our pick of the best food festivals of 2021 – and the ones to book for next year. 

Food Festivals 2021-2022: What To Book

2021

Wells Food Festival

Wells Food Festival

Set in England’s smallest city, Wells, this free, family-friendly food festival is a celebration of Somerset’s rich farming and food heritage. Over 200 producers and sellers will be showcasing their produce – from dim sum to Somerset cheddar, washed down with locally distilled gin and award-winning cider. There will also be an English wine tasting area, plus cookery workshops for children. 10 October 2021, wellsfoodfestival.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 2021, pubintheparkuk.com

Meatopia

Meatopia

Now over 10 years old, Meatopia is a festival dedicated to meat, with a focus on quality and sustainability. The event returns to Tobacco Dock this September, complete with over 60 of the world’s best live-fire chefs who will be cooking up exclusive dishes over sustainably-sourced wood and charcoal. This year’s line-up includes Adriana Cavita, Fallow, Honey & Co. and Richard Corrigan. 3 – 5 September 2021, meatopia.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 2021, foragingfortnight.co.uk

The Big Feastival

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 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 2021, uk.thebigfeastival.com

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 2021, abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Taste of London

Taste of London Chef Demonstration

Taste of London’s summer edition was a roaring success this summer – but if you missed it, fear not: a festive edition is coming this November. Head to Tobacco Dock to try exciting street food, discover new products and learn from the experts. 18 – 21 November 2021, london.tastesfestivals.com

2022

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. 17 – 19 June 2022, 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. Dates TBC, bodyandsoul.ie

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