October food festivals for the gastro-inclined

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October looks like it’s going to be a great month for foodies – which means that my boyfriend will be happy!

Kicking off the festivities is the biggest food festival in the UK, the Celebration of Food. Over the next 30 days, there’s going to be over 240 food and drink events between Bristol and Cornwall where people can try new dishes, discover new culinary experiences and enjoy fine dining like no other.

I’m really looking forward to trying to visit some of these events and trying out some of the treats on offer for myself. Devon’s ‘North Devon Food Fest’ sound particularly tempting, and there’s plenty of other things going on for all sorts of food lovers. The Somerset Cider Festival also sounds particularly appealing, as does the excellently named ‘Feastival’ at Kilver Court.

Food festivals are one of my favourite types of festival. Not only do they get a bunch of food lovers together to take in some delicious new cuisine, but it’s a chance for a town or city to show off its local, cultural dishes that people may otherwise not get much of a chance to try. Cities get to show off just what they’re made of when it comes to the kitchen – and this can include putting on events like fun foodie days for children or the classiest dining opportunities you can imagine.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more artsy, Scotland‘s Whisky & Words festival is currently in full swing and is part of Scotland’s Homecoming year. The programme is really interesting as it goes into depth with regards to the relationship between the country’s favourite tipple and writing. It even has a whisky-themed creative writing workshop. I’m not sure what that entails, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

There’s also the Exmoor Food Festival back down south, which starts today and ends on October 11. You can expect to enjoy farmers’ markets, food fairs, tastings and the chance to purchase some of the local delicacies.

Wow, all of this is making me hungry. I’m off to see if there’s any biscuits left in the office cupboard.

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