Did somebody say ‘food festival’? Count me in! Whenever there’s food involved, you’re guaranteed to have fun. The UK is the place you want to be if you’re looking for a summer full of delicious food and exciting culinary discoveries. As an added benefit, you can also explore more of the country by visiting all of these festivals. So prepare your taste buds and embark on a fantastic food adventure with these 8 summer food festivals that you don’t want to miss out on!
1. London Wing Fest
4-5 August, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
What could possibly be better than two days full of amazing chicken wings! This festival was started in 2014 and has since grown into one of the most popular London food festivals. It features some of the best chicken wings from across the UK, as well as a panel of judges that crowns the ultimate chicken wing of them all! Make sure to grab your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
2. Smoked and Uncut
June-July, across the country
The name alone is enough to make your mouth water! A unique combination of food and music, this festival brings some of the best food to the communal tables (quite literally). Their delicious home-made street food, cocktails, and local ales are the perfect addition to a fantastic summer. Stopping off in Bath, Brockenhurst, Devon, and Lime Wood, this is a food festival that you just can’t miss.
3. Fork to Fork
16th June, Kensal Rise
Michelin-star chefs at a food festival? It just keeps getting better! This food festival brings together the UK’s most decorated chefs alongside some of London’s finest artisan wines, craft beers, and spirits. Designed to raise money for the Open Air Classroom project that teaches children about work and life, this festival definitely belongs on your bucket list for this summer!
22-24 June, Dublin
How about spending a food festival in a beautiful Irish castle? Pairing champagne with the best local gourmet chefs, this festival keeps those great summer vibes going. Held in celebration of the Summer Solstice, this incredible event is sure to impress you. This year’s lineup includes popular coffee roasters and a lobster truck – what more could you ask for!
5. Big Feastival
24-26 August, Cotswolds
This food festival is perfect both for a party of friends and a cosy family weekend away. Offering live music, delicious food, and lots of festival fun, you really don’t want to miss out on this event. It features street food, a cheese hub, cookery classes, pop up restaurants, a food market… the list goes on forever! Make sure to find the time this summer to experience this incredible food festival for yourself.
6. The Cheese and Chilli Festival
June-August, across the country
Combining two of the most exciting foods, this festival is an all-round fun event with lost of different things for everyone to enjoy. Featuring loads of free activities such as chilli eating competitions, pig racing, falconry flying, and so much more, the Cheese and Chilli Festival is the perfect opportunity to delve deeper into local traditions and enjoy delicious food. It runs all over the country throughout the entire summer, so there’s no excuse to miss it! This is definitely one of the most popular summer food festivals!
7. Taste of London
13-17 June, Regent’s Park
With tickets starting at as little as £13, Taste of London is the summer food festival you want to be at. They offer exciting culinary classes and the popular Taste Theatre, which allows you to cook alongside your favourite food experts. Their delicious street food and boozy cocktails are the perfect way to spend a summer day.
8. Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
18-19 August, Newchurch
Yes, I know this sounds weird, but hear me out. The Garlic Festival is an incredibly unique food event that takes place in the beautiful green hills of the Isle of Wight. Featuring live music, arts and crafts stalls, archery, and a fun-fair, this food festival is a great opportunity to travel out into the country and explore the scenic corners of the UK. What’s more, you will find some of your favourite foods paired with garlic! Now that’s an exciting prospect for the taste buds. This is one of the most interesting summer food festivals!
Have you been to any of these summer food festivals? Let us know in the comments below!
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