Love food? Love cooking? Food festivals are a perfect way to taste cuisine from all over the world and get some great ideas to try out at home, as well as learning about the origins of the food on your plate.
So, for a great family day out, with food, drink, live music and more, read on to find out more about the best food festivals the south of the UK has to offer this summer.
Described as “London’s best restaurants all in one place”, the festival gives you the opportunity to try signature dishes from around 40 of the capital’s best restaurants as well as one-offs they’ve cooked up especially for the event.
Not only that, there are demonstrations from world-class chefs, plenty of hands-on activities and live music running throughout the event. And with such a stunning setting right in the heart of London, you’re sure to have a memorable day out.
Taking place on the farm of Alex James, bassist of 90s band Blur turned cheesemaker, it’s hardly surprising that this food festival is known as much for its musical performances as for the array of delicious goodies on offer. From Jess Glynne to Elbow, there will be plenty of music to keep the family entertained all weekend.
That’s when they’re not sampling the wonderful food of course. And with pop-ups, street food, markets and cookery schools aplenty, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice in between all that dancing.
Seafood lovers head for Weymouth this summer for the largest free seafood festival in the UK. Taking place all around the beautiful harbour, this award-winning festival offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our south coast’s diverse marine species
You can sample delicious food from over 100 pop-up stalls as well as see some of our top national seafood chefs in action. And you’ll even have the chance to join the debate with talks about the future of our oceans.
With the emphasis on responsibly sourced seafood from the region, the Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival helps raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission charity who provide emergency and welfare support to fishermen and their families.
Founded in New York 10 years ago, Meatopia first came to the UK in 2013 thanks to founder Josh Ozersky and team. Described as a weekend of meat, drink, fire and music, Meatopia gives you the chance to see some of the world’s top chefs cooking unique dishes over an open fire, allowing you to try as many as you like using ‘Meatbucks’ as payment.
There’s a valuable focus on the importance of ethically sourcing ingredients and plenty of live music to keep everyone entertained. Kids are welcome too, and even better under 14s go free.
Brighton’s summer vegan festival is back with a bang for 2019 with more than 80 food stalls and cookery demos by caterers from across the world. Not only that, there’s live entertainment by vegan musicians from across the world as well as vegan bodybuilding, workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the weekend.
And there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about veganism, with talks such as ‘So you want to go vegan?’ and ‘Why plant-based nutrition is optimal’, this is a great way to find out more and get some ideas even if you’re just wondering whether veganism is for you.
If you’re interested in the benefits of a vegan diet you might also be interested to learn more about our environmentally friendly approach to kitchen design and manufacture.
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