Britain's best autumn food and drink festivals

Sample local cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, traditional ales and homemade bread and more at our pick of the best autumn food and drink festivals in Britain for 2018

Published: August 20th, 2018 at 9:49 am
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Tuck into fresh, local produce this autumn at our pick of the best food and drink festivals in the UK

1. North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, Holkham Hall – 1-2 September
Four sorts of beer. Beer tasting. Ale, porter, lager, pilsner
Sample beer at the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival ©Getty

Celebrating harvest early in the autumn season, the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival welcomes hungry visitors to the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall. Wander between the stalls of fresh meat and game, artisan beer, vegetables, bread, juices, chocolates and much more, before sitting back at the popular cookery theatre to watch the masters at work.

2. Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival – 1-2 September
The waterside town of Balloch on Loch Lomond is the prefect spot to while away the hours after day of indulgence ©Getty

Set in Balloch on the southern shores of Loch Lomond, this admission-free waterside food festival is the perfect place to spend the weekend with the family. Enjoy live music, street performances and cookery demonstrations, while sampling mouth-watering meals prepared and cooked by 75 food and drink producers.

Find out more here.

Please note: dates will be confirmed nearer the time

3. Great Big BBQ Fest

This festival is great for meat lovers, but is still guarantees variety, as up to 40 stalls are expected. It is set to be a great family day out as activities include; eating competitions, food from celebrity chefs, live demonstrations, music, fairground rides and more!

Find out more here.

This meat-lover's festival takes places in the lovely county of Kent. Getty
4. Ludlow Food Festival, Shropshire – 7-9 September
The historic market town of Ludlow, Shropshire, England.
Shropshire's market town of Ludlow ©Getty

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

Head to their website for more information.

5. Abergavenny Food Festival – 15-16 September
Nightfall descends upon Abergavenny Food Festival ©Aber Food Fest

Head to Monmouthshire this autumn and celebrate one of Wales’ greatest food festivals. Some 30,000 visitors descend upon the market town of Abergavenny every year, greeted by cooking classes, foraging tours, talks and debates. Take a stroll around the night market, then make your way to the castle for an evening of music and dinner cooked over an open fire.

For more information, including ticket prices, visit

6. Liverpool Food and Drink Festival – 15-16 September
Homemade Fried Indian Samosas with Mint Chutney Sauce
Pick from dozens of food and drink stalls, including Perfect Samosa ©Getty

If you want to indulge in Merseyside culture, the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival is the perfect place for you. Held in the historic parks and gardens of Sefton Park, with celebrity chefs – including Simon Rimmer and the Hairy Bikers – foodie zones, visitor activities and a children’s area, it’s the perfect day out for the family. An advanced adult day pass is £6.00 (£7.50 on the day), a weekend pass is £10 (£12 on the day), and children under 14 get in for free.

Learn more about Sefton Park and the Liverpool Food and Drink festival here.

7. Fiery Food Festival, Brighton – 14-16 September
Red Peppers on the wooden table
Test the strength of your taste buds with the chilli challenge ©Getty

If spicy food is what you live for, then the Fiery Foods Festival at the Victoria Gardens in Brighton is just the thing for you. With an abundance of chillies, hot sauces and spicy foods, those less acclimatised to the taste of spice will be relieved to find a variety of beers and cocktails to soothe the burn. The event also hosts the famous chilli-eating competition for the more hardened spice-lovers. Tickets for the weekend are available at the door.

Find out more here.

8. Narberth Food Festival – 22-23 September
'The friendliest food festival in Wales' ©Gareth Davies Photography

With a reputation as the friendliest food festival in Wales, this event serves up a great mix of chef demos, masterclasses, live music and children’s activities. The finest food from Pembrokeshire and Welsh producers features high on the offerings from over 50 festival stallholders. Tickets for the weekend are available for £5, with free entry for under 18s.

Find out more here

9. Arley Hall Food Festival, Cheshire – 22-23 September
A Large walled garden of Arley hall
Cheshire's Arley Hall gardens ©Getty

Join the experts for a guided foraging walk and a lesson in how to bake the perfect cake. Sing along to live music and explore the impressive Arley Hall for just £1. For the youngsters, there are kids cookery classes, face-painting and a circus workshop. If you are heading to the festival with the family, don't forget to get your hands on the family pass: £25 for two adults and three kids.

Find out more here.

10. Stone Food and Drink Festival – 5-7 October
Hear from passionate producers in the Talks and Tastings Tent ©Charlotte Eglington

In the first week of October, the small Staffordshire town of Stone invites the public to a gastronomic gathering of food, fun and drink. Shop around in the Gourmet Food Marquee, swig local ales in the Beer Tent, take on the festival quiz and watch the kids master the art of cookery with daily workshops. It’s £7 for the day and £15 for three. Under 16s get in for free.

Find out more here.

11. Traditional Harvest Festival, Buckinghamshire – 13-14 October
Variety of fresh organic vegetables in the garden
Most of the vegetables displayed in Henton Chapel are grown in the walled garden ©Getty

Experience the sounds, smells and sights of an age-old food harvest at the Chiltern Open Air Museum. Marvel at the mighty heavy horses used in traditional agriculture and head to the Henton Chapel where the year's harvest will be on display.

Find out more here.

12. Gwledd Food Festival – 26-28 October
"Hands of a women, lacing a basket."
Watch artisans at work between meals ©Getty

This vibrant and tasty event blends chefs, food and cookery demos, the perfect ingredients for family weekend in Wales. The exciting programme includes musicians, farmers and artists – such as basket-makers and potters – along with a host of local food and drink producers.

Head over to the Gwledd Food Festival website for more information.

13. Eat: Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset – 27 October
Young fruit and veg seller ©Eat: Burnham-on-Sea

The organisers of Eat: Burnham-on-Sea pride themselves in their "award-winning free food and drink festival by the seaside". There is lots for the family to explore, from farm animals, tractors and musicians, to face painting, cookery workshops and demos.

Find out more here.

14. Melton Mowbray ChocFest – 17-18 November
Learn the art of chocolate-making ©Melton Mowbray ChocFest

This celebration of cakes, crepes, brownies, tarts, liqueurs, macaroons and biscuits is one of the Britain’s most popular chocolate festivals. Join in with a chocolate-making workshop, creating your own edible masterpieces for the festive season ahead. Alongside the deserts, there is mulled wine and spiced cider, the perfect remedy to keep the cold at bay.

Find out more about the ChocFest here.


Please note: dates will be confirmed nearer the time.


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