Summer is all about eating al fresco, enjoying a glass of something cold, and making the most of all the gorgeous seasonal produce the UK has to offer. No surprise then that food festivals have become the new summer staple. From foraging weekends to carnivorous carnivals, we’ve brought you the best of the bunch.
Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
The Glastonbury of the food festival world, Wilderness boasts great music, debates and theatre alongside an impressive foodie line-up. Supper club headliners include Deliciously Ella, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Thomasina Miers, all of whom will be hosting a series of feasts for festival-goers.
Want a quick bite to eat between acts? No problem. With a whole host of healthy food trucks to pick from, there are delicious gluten-free and vegan options aplenty. A far cry from those Glasto burger vans, eh?
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, OXZ 3EH
3-6 August 2017
Meatopia does exactly what it says on the tin. Founded by the late great food writer Josh Ozersky, this carnivorous carnival is a celebration of ethically sourced meat, all cooked over wood and charcoal by the world’s leading chefs. A weekend-long love affair of nose to tail eating, Meatopia is a must for anybody who salivates at the thought of quality British meat, cooked to juicy perfection.
Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF, London
1-3 September 2017
Garlic Festival, Isle of Wight
Expect to lose a few friends the day after this garlic fest. Boasting its very own garlic marquee, the island festival offers a taste of all things allium, including fudge, ice cream and scones. But it’s not all about garlic. The picturesque event also hosts cookery demos, a funfair, and hundreds of food producers from across the UK. Sign us up.
Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, PO36 0LU
19-20 August 2017
Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Dorset
Britain dishes up some of the world’s best fish – something that’s certainly worth celebrating. And what better way to do it than with an annual seafood festival? Every year Weymouth invites more than 100 of the country’s best producers to show off British seafood with a huge range of tasty dishes. The festival also hosts cooking demos from top chefs, plenty of entertainment, and fish-themed workshops for kids.
Weymouth Harbour, Dorset
8-9 July 2017
River Cottage Festival, Dorset
Nobody does seasonal produce quite like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s team at River Cottage. And now you can enjoy a whole weekend of their fabulous food. From foraging workshops to wild cocktail masterclasses, this laidback festival is a foodie’s paradise. Top it off with some superb music, and you’ve got the perfect weekend break.
River Cottage, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TB
26-25 August 2017