From 18-20 September, Abergavenny will welcome one of the best food festivals in Wales. The Monmouthshire festival offers a wide variety of food and drinks from across the country. With approximately 30,000 visitors every year, it also offers a variety of activities like tours, cooking classes and parties at Abergavenny Castle on the nights of Friday 18 and Saturday 19. Advance tickets are now available for purchase for £14 and under 16s are offered free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Read our Editor's guide here.
Run entirely by volunteers, the Narbeth Food Festival is a favourite among foodies in the UK. Held in the small Welsh town of Narbeth during the weekend of 26-27 September, the Rugby World Cup should also make for a more vibrant festival than years before. Along with the usual variety of food and drinks, festivalgoers will be treated to live music, talks and demonstrations as well as free children’s activities. Tickets for the weekend are available for £5, with free entry for under 18s.
If you want to indulge in Merseyside culture, the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival is the perfect opportunity to do so. Held at Sefton Park on the weekend of 19-20 September, the festival has everything that makes Liverpool the place to be. The park will transform into a celebration of food and drinks from the local community. With celebrity chefs, foodie zones, visitor activities and a curry clinic as well as a children’s area, the festival is a perfect day out for the family. Weekend tickets are available for £9, with free entry for under 14s.
From 10-21 September, Manchester will host one of the most prestigious festivals in the country. With event locations spread throughout the city, the festival is also an opportunity to discover Manchester. With a variety of food and drink, Manchester’s renowned music scene, the festival will also include mushroom forages, guided tours and talks. There will be something for everyone.
From 18-27 September, the city of York will welcome the largest food and drink festival in the UK. Its annual theme makes the event a standout for festivalgoers, and 2015's is "food in words and pictures." With popular events like the Schools programme, the Young Chefs Competition and the Ale trail, the York Food and Drink Festival looks set to maintain its place as the top food festival in the country. Entrance to the festival markets, demonstrations, cookery classes and sampling stands are free though some may require a reservation. Tickets to events vary in price.
Set in the glorious setting of Leeds Castle in Kent, surrounded by its moat and 500 acres of stunning parkland, this food festival, held from 11-13 September, will be one of the most scenic events of the year. The festival will host an array of food, drinks, cooking demonstrations and talks from experts. A celebration of local produce, it will also include international cuisine from Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Germany and India. A children’s activity village also gives the younger ones something to look forward to.
The festival held during the weekend of 12-13 September at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire is extremely popular among foodies. A perfect day out for the family, the festival has food and drinks from local producers as well as from all over the world. Fans of popular show The Great British Bake Off will also be spoiled with the presence of Luis Troyano, a finalist in 2014 who will offer a free demonstration. Tickets for the festival are available at £8.50 for adults and £4.50 for kids. Free entry for under 5s.
If spicy food is what you live for, then the Fiery Foods Festival at the Victoria Gardens in Brighton is where you want to be during the weekend of 19-20 September. With a wide range of chillies, hot sauces and spicy food, the festival helps to soothe the pain with a variety of drinks from beers to cocktails. It will also be the host of the now famous chilli eating competition. Tickets for the weekend are available for £8, with free entry for children under 16 accompanying a paying adult.
The Weston Super Food Festival is a large food festival with free admission. Held during the weekend of 26-27 September, the festival includes food markets, green woodworking demonstration, cookery demos, book signings, live music and children’s activities. The festival will also host a Food Knitting Competition, a Bake Off Competition, an Edible Festival Garden Competition as well as a Poetry Competition. An exciting weekend in perspective.
The largest event dedicated to Cornish cuisine, the festival will be held in Truro from 25-27 September. With over a hundred artisan exhibitors, chefs and food experts, the festival is a great way to enjoy Cornish food and drinks. The packed weekend will delight visitors, with admission free of charge. A real treat.
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