Forget Abergavenny… how to join the autumn food festival frenzy

September is no longer synonymous with back to school fever alone.

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It’s become the month for the UK to go mad hosting local food festivals and events. Whereas years ago we’d have had summer county fairs with farmers showing off their prize cattle and competitions for best veg, nowadays a local food festival mostly comprising market stalls for small businesses is more likely.

With some decent weather, a local food festival will probably offer a low cost family day out with street food, shopping and live entertainment. Some may even boast celebrity guests and cooking demonstrations.

Here are a few local food festivals you might want to check out:

For your food festival fix throughout the year you could also visit:

  • Foodies Festival (nationwide events throughout the summer including Bristol, Edinburgh, Tatton Park, Oxford, Hampton Court) – best place to bump into chefs, food writers and former reality show contestants plugging their latest books.
  • BBC Good Food Show (Olympia, Birmingham NEC, Glasgow SECC) – well attended (read – unbearably crowded) shopping extravanganza trotting out all your favourite BBC food show presenters i.e. Masterchef, Great British Bake Off.
  • Taste London (summer and Christmas although many say it’s horribly commercial nowadays. Indeed the website shows a global franchise of Taste festivals around the world. Make of that what you will.) I rather like the Christmas event and it’s a good place to buy presents.

Which food festivals would you recommend? Can you add any to my list? Feel free to mention them below.


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My photos from Leamington Spa food festival 2012. See also my Google+ album Royal Leamington Spa Food Festival.


    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Excellent addition – so good to hear these things take place the length and breadth of the country. It’s hard to imagine this even five years ago.

  1. says

    My friend always goes to The Ludlow Food Festival which starts on 15th Sept this year. She loves it. Sad to miss the one in Bourton on the Water – never knew they had one.

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Mmm yes I meant to include Ludlow and forgot to google it before I hit publish. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. says

    Myself and a band of food bloggers are going to the Woking Food Festival which runs 13 – 15 September. We’ll be going on 15 Sept if anyone else wants to join us:-) I did tweet you Sarah but you might have missed it.

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Aw sorry about that Camilla, I am already doing a restaurant review that Saturday but thanks for thinking of me.

  3. says

    Grrr blonde hair day today obviously…just posted this in the wrong place. For those in Cornwall, I always go to Boscastle because the chefs demonstrations are included in the entry fee (£5 a day last year) and they are really excellent (I’ve seen Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth, Paul Harwood etc).

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Thanks Fiona – I picked up your comment in the FB box too :-)

      I love Cornwall, would be great to combine a long over due visit there with a visit to a food fest. There’s such a thriving food scene in the South West nowadays.