10 harvest festivals to visit this autumn

Celebrate the bounties of autumn with these ten foodie harvest festivals picked by Beth Rowland

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1. NEWLYN FISH FESTIVAL, CORNWALL

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31 August 2015

Sample the culinary delights from this Cornish seaside town. Get involved with bidding for your fish supper in a charity auction or watch vintage boats sailing gracefully around the harbour.

2. BURNHAM ON SEA HARVEST FESTIVAL, SOMERSET

31 October 2015

Highly commended by the Prince of Wales Award last year, this one-day festival is in its seventh year and attracts large crowds. The best food and drink from across Somerset is on display with a large number of stalls and vendors. Look out for popular competitions the Great Burnham Bake Off, Brew Off and Burn Off!

3. LUDLOW MARCHES FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL, SHROPSHIRE

11-13 September 2015

Teeming with independent local food and drink producers. Enjoy demonstrations, talks and awards, as well as the famous Ludlow Sausage and Festival loaf trails.

4. MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW, THREE COUNTIES SHOWGROUND

26-27 September 2015

Demonstrations from The Good Life Cookery and Edible Gardens teach you how to grow your own crop. Get close to farm animals and learn about conservation projects at this harvest- orientated triple-county show.

5. TRADITIONAL HARVEST FESTIVAL, CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM, BUCKS

17-18 October 2015

Find out about harvest food from 200 years ago, visit a blacksmith’s forge, thresh corn by hand, press apples or make a corn dolly in celebration of harvest traditions.

6. HOUGHTON FEAST, HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING, SUNDERLAND

2-11 October 2015

With harvest traditions originating in the 1100s, Houghton Feast is now a 10-day festival featuring ox-roasting, church events, a carnival parade, shows, exhibitions, entertainers and fireworks.

7. APPLE FESTIVAL, BROGDALE FARM, KENT

17-18 October 2015

Set in a beautiful orchard, Brogdale Farm is the National Centre for fruit, with more varieties than any other collection in the world. Try different varieties, find new recipes, stroll through orchards, see Kent crafts and watch seasonal cookery demos.

8. CIDER FESTIVAL, BROGDALE FARM, KENT

29-30 August 2015

Hosted by Brogdale Collections, who will also host October’s Apple Festival in Kent, this fantastic two-day festival will combine live music and cider from all over the UK. The festival welcomes children, with specific activities for younger festivalgoers, and dogs, so it is an event for all the family.

9. APPLE AND ALE FESTIVAL, THE FLEECE, WORCESTER

16-18 October 2015

Celebrating all things cider, ale and harvest, this pub festival hosts more than 40 local tipples, plus local produce. Look out for Morris dancing and demonstrations on restored scratters and presses.

10. WICK FETE, WORCESTERSHIRE

5 September 2015

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This is a fine example of small village harvest celebrations. This year the village will mirror the Wild West, a nod to several Wick residents, such as the outlaw Jack O’Driscoll, who were sent to the US in the 1800s for cattle rustling.