Great Festivals for Foodies in the UK this Summer

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Loosen your belts, it's the season of outdoor feasting – celebrating the best of British produce up and down the country

Fancy a mouthwatering weekend away enjoying the best of British food? We round up the best gourmet getaways

1. Pembrokeshire Fish Week

25 June 25 – 3 July 

First held in 1999, as well as plenty of opportunity to learn how to cook and prepare every variety of fish, there are family-friendly activities such as crabbing, fishing and surfing, not to mention seashore foraging sessions and picturesque walks along Pembrokeshire’s beautiful Coast Path.

2. Gefiltefest, Finchley, London

26 June

Europe’s largest festival of Jewish food features traditional and contemporary recipes. Take a wander through the festival piazza, which will showcase London’s only contemporary kosher food pop-up market. Plus there’s kosher fare from vegetarian caviar to deluxe kosher condiments, wine and artisanal smoked salmon.

3. Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth

13-14 July

This festival, clustered around Weymouth’s 17th-century harbour, has welcomed the likes of seafood guru Mark Hix in the past, and is perfect for those crazy about crustaceans. With the emphasis on responsibly-sourced seafood from the region where possible, the Dorset Seafood Festival helps raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission charity.

4. CAMRA Beer and Cider Festivals

Nationwide, dates throughout the year

Running throughout the year and in locations nationwide, CAMRA run their beer and cider festivals with hundreds of real ales and traditional ciders & perries up for tasting, plus al fresco drinkin, live music at many events and prizes for the best brewed tipples.

5. Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Newchurch, Isle of Wight 20 – 21 August 2016

The Isle of Wight is reputed to produce some of the UK’s most pungent garlic. But garlic beer...? You’ll also be able sample garlic ice-cream, garlic fudge and garlic popcorn.

Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Garlic Festival is located just outside of Newchurch at the heart of the island.

6. Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival

3-4 September

Could there be a more stunning backdrop for a food festival? Activities include foraging, bushcraft and cooking in the open air, a taste of the past in the Clanscape Kitchen to find out what the locals were eating 300 years ago, and a leap into the future with the Space Food Show. Plus, for the competitive spirits among you, a Haggis eating competition.

7. Ludlow Food Festival

9-11 September

Marquees are erected inside Ludlow Castle, where nearly 200 small local producers of traditional food and drink offer their wares for tastings and for sale. Outside the castle, Ludlow town is taken over by a series of trails which see visitors sampling and voting for breads, ales and sausages. The Sausage Trail is one of the main elements of Ludlow’s food festival and every year Ludlow’s butchers each come up with a new sausage recipe.

8. Guernsey International Food Festival 

23 September  – 2 October 
Food markets and demonstrations, interactive events  and workshops; plenty for children to do as well as grown ups, plus promotions in restaurants and cocktail bars  - the Guernsey Food Festival allows visitors to explore an array of produce from the island, and demos from talented island and guest chefs.

9. Good Food Show Northern Ireland

14-16 October 

The Food and Drink show will make its debut at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast.  A feast of celebrity entertainment, cooking inspiration, sampling and shopping, plus the usual raft of favourite celebrity chefs. More than 10,000 people attended the two day event last year, which sees chefs showcasing their skills and a range of activities for all the family.

10. BBC Good Food Show London

11-13 November

The BBC Good Food Show will have demonstrations, celebrity chefs including Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Michel Roux Jnr and James Martin. What will be the next big culinary trend? You’ve got a chance to find out with an inside peek at the BBC Good Food Show…

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