The UK food festivals happening this summer 2021

Food festivals are back on the menu for summer 2021 – hurrah! A great way to discover small producers and enjoy a full-flavoured, al fresco day out.

With safety in mind, many events have limited capacity and required advance booking – so it’s time to look up your local festival and get planning. Check out our 2021 UK food festival diary, organised by region. Look our for the stars ★ which highlight some of our top picks for summer.

Don’t forget to check before you travel, as events may be subject to changes and cancellations.

The UK food festivals happening this summer 2021
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. Photograph: Alistair Grant/Bokeh Photographic

Touring festivals

Check the listings per region below to see if these roaming attractions are coming to a town near you.

Pub in the Park, 18 Jun to 19 Sep
Music by Basement Jaxx, Toploader and Beverley Knight meets food by local pubs and chefs at Tom Kerridge’s roaming festival. Music acts and restaurants vary by venue; visit the website for full details. Tickets from £35,  available from pubintheparkuk.com

Pub in the Park, Marlow. Photograph: Will Bailey

 

Foodies Festival, 9 Jul to 3 Oct
Music, shopping and talented chefs including 2021 MasterChef champ Tom Rhodes, 2020 winner Thomas Frake and Professionals winner Alex Webb. Day tickets from £19, available from foodiesfestival.com

The Great British Food Festival, 29 May to 26 Sep
Street food, demos and artisan markets at heritage venues. Book ahead for kids cookery classes, foraging walks and a bake off. Day tickets from £12.50, available from greatbritishfoodfestival.com


Food festivals in London & South East England

Taste of London, 7-11 & 14-18 July
Sample dishes from over 30 of the capital’s most exciting restaurants in grassy Regent’s Park and enjoy cookery classes from the likes of Asma Khan and Ravinder Bhogal. Tickets from £23, available from tasteoflondon.co.uk

Meatopia, Tobacco Dock, London, 3-5 Sep
60+ live-fire chefs from around the world cook top-quality meat over wood and charcoal. Tickets from £22.50, available from meatopia.co.uk


Food festivals in South West England

Paul Ainsworth’s Travelling Feast, Cornwall, 6-21 Aug
Join the chef and friends for one of three adventures along the Cornish coast this summer. Spend 4-5 nights camping at two locations in the north, west or south of Cornwall, enjoying yoga, foraging, boat trips and outdoor film screenings by day and food and music by night. A new event from the creators of Pub in the Park, it’s a road trip, festival and staycation in one!

Two larger festival days on each leg of the tour will feature food by some of Britain’s best known chefs and their food trucks, including The Humble Pie by Tom Kerridge and James Martin’s Ice Cream Airstream, music from the likes of Sister Sledge and Kaiser Chiefs, plus comedy and family entertainment. Day tickets and 3-night festival camping tickets available too. Check out the routes below. Days tickets from £40, camping from £130 for 3 nights, available from travellingfeast.co.uk

  • South Cornwall: 6-10 Aug Boconnoc to Portloe; Festival Nights 6 & 7 Aug, Boconnoc Estate
  • West Cornwall: 12-16 Aug Helford to Scorrier; Festival Nights 15 & 16 Aug, Scorrier House
  • North Cornwall: 17-20 Aug Padstow to Port Isaac; Festival Nights 18 & 19 Aug, Royal Cornwall Showground

Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth, 11-12 Sep
Street food, sparkling wine and expert info on preparing seafood at Weymouth Peninsula, a new festival location for 2021; funds raised for charity Fisherman’s Mission, supporting families reliant on the sea. Tickets from £10, available from dorsetseafood.co.uk


Food festivals in East England

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, Suffolk, 25-26 Sep
An insider’s favourite showcasing food, drink and ingredients made in Suffolk, plus expert talks and family fun. Tickets £10, available from aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. Photograph: Alistair Grant/Bokeh Photographic

 


Food festivals in North West England


Food festivals in Yorkshire

Malton Food Lovers Festival, North Yorkshire, 28-30 Aug
Stalls, talks, street food and demos in the heart of the pretty market town, home to great food shops. Free entry, visitmalton.com


Food festivals in the Midlands

Ludlow Food Festival, Shropshire, 10-12 Sep
Special guests and fine producers from the Welsh Marshes in the ruins of Ludlow Castle. Check out the Ludlow Magnalonga on 8 Aug too – a four-course, 8-mile food walk (from £26). Tickets £12, available from foodfestival.co.uk


Food festivals in Wales

Abergavenny Food Festival, Monmouthshire, 18-19 Sep
Fun and feasting on the Welsh Borders with regional producers, family entertainment and demos and appearances from top culinary movers and shakers. Tickets £10, available from abergavennyfoodfestival.com


Food festivals in Ireland


Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, 24-26 Sep
Festive celebration of Galway native oysters, with opening night gala, world oyster opening championships, Sunday family festival and Bay Coast seafood trail to explore. Ticket prices vary, available from galwayoysterfestival.com


Food festivals in Scotland

Scottish Wild Food Festival, near Loch Lomond, 18-19 Sep
Learn about all about the joys of wild food with foraging walks, cocktail making and bushcraft workshops and enjoy live music, a lively marketplace and long table lunch in the great outdoors. £TBC, available from scottishwildfoodfestival.co.uk


Food festivals in Northern Ireland

Armagh Food & Cider Weekend, dates TBC in September
Cider tastings, tours and talks across the orchards of Armagh, plus special events including artisan markets and pop-up restaurants. Prices vary, visit visitarmagh.com

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