Throughout the year the UK is awash with food and drink festivals. From Abergavenny to Lyme Regis, there is a festival for everyone. Here are some of our favourites to visit in 2019.
Taste of London, 19-23 June
Over five days immerse yourself in one of the most exciting food festivals of the year. Shop until you drop discovering new produce, street food, and local craft beer. The theme this year is ‘Wild in the City’ so expect the emphasis to be on sustainability and craftsmanship within the food industry. London.tastefestival.com
Abergavenny Food Festival, 21-22 September
This sprawling festival takes over the town of Abergavenny over the course of two days. The festival offers everything a food lover needs – chef demonstrations, farmers, producers, talks. There are also tours around the town, forages in the local hills and woodlands, and talks from chefs and food writers to inspire you. There really is something for everyone at Abergavenny.
Falmouth Oyster Festival, 10-13 October
For seafood lovers then look no further than the Falmouth Oyster Festival. This festival incorporates many aspects of a seaside town, including a town parade, sea shanties, live music, boat races, and much more. There is oyster shucking, cooking demonstrations, talks, local drink stalls, and last but not least, an oyster shucking competition!
River Cottage Food Fair, 25-26 May and River Cottage Festival, 25-26 August
River Cottage has been synonymous with organic, fresh produce and cooking for many years. Expect to see a whole host of big name chefs such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Steph McGovern, and Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall himself. There is a whole host of activities to take part in from wild food tours, live music, food stalls, and craft workshops.
Bristol Food Connections, 12-23 June
Taking place over ten days, this festival aims to educate and inform, as well as inspire. Learn how to bake bread in one of the artisan bread workshops, take part in foraging walks at Blaise Castle or head to Colston Hall for exclusive panel discussions with took chefs.