Everyone can appreciate fine food and drink, and what better way than to celebrate all things tasty than with a good old festival? Throughout the UK, annual events take place to highlight the best of local, regional and national drinks and dishes for the lucky people of our fair Isles. With so many to choose from it can be hard to know which ones to visit, so we’ve narrowed it down to the Top 5 British Food & Drink Festivals that will definitely tickle your taste buds!
York Food & Drink Festival
20th – 29th September 2013
Celebrating all things Yorkshire, this huge festival takes over the historic city centre twice a year. The city of York is rapidly becoming a hotspot for high quality food and drink, with the best chefs and producers from the area being showcased during the 10 days of gastro-celebration. There’s everything from an Ale-Trail to Young Chefs competition, live music and ‘Dine at My Table’ dinner party areas. It’s definitely a lot of fun.
Falmouth Oyster Festival
10th – 13th October 2013
Marking the start of the iconic oyster-dredging season, the Falmouth Oyster Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. As one of the last remaining regions to offer such traditional experiences, it’s definitely worth a visit! BBC’s MasterChef winner Tim Anderson will open this year’s merriment, plus there’ll even be cookery demonstrations at Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar and several local restaurants.
Ludlow Food Festival
13th – 15th September 2013
From pints of cloudy Hertfordshire cider to shredded pork sandwiches, the Ludlow Food Festival is a truly British affair. You’ll be surrounded by live music and all within the picture-perfect grounds of the medieval castle. Be quick when wanting tickets though, as this event is limited to 2000 guests.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
1st – 5th May 2014
If whisky’s your speciality, you won’t want to miss out on this rather enlightening festival celebrating the hard stuff. Following the salmon-filled River Spey, you’ll discover the best of Scotland’s traditional distilleries offering fruit & honey drams, heather & barley accents and any other flavours you can possibly imagine. There’ll also be some ceilidh dancing to finish off the night with…if you’re still standing!
Grillstock Festival, Bristol
Early May 2014
In essence, this festival does exactly what is says on the tin – 2 days of barbecues, live music, real ale and celebrity guests. Including everything from chilli eating competitions and music festivals until the early hours, it’s a straight-from-the-States affair fuelled with a brilliant party atmosphere. Unsurprisingly tickets are very popular, so keep an eye out for the 2014 Grillstock dates and tickets sales.