The best UK food festivals happening this summer 2024

Food festivals are firmly on the menu for summer 2024 – hurrah! A visit to a food festival is always a great way to discover small producers and enjoy a full-flavoured, al fresco day out.

Some events require advance booking – so it’s time to look up your local festival and get planning. Check out our 2024 UK food festival diary, organised by region. Look our for the stars ★ that highlight some of our top picks for this summer.

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

The best UK food festivals happening this summer 2024
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, four dates May to September
Music by the likes of Van Morrison, De La Soul and Busted meets food by local pubs and leading chefs at Tom Kerridge’s roaming festival. Each Pub in the Park weekend has its own distinct flavour and line-up of food and music guests, with the calendar including Marlow (16-19 May), Chiswick (28-30 June), Reigate (12-14 July) and St Albans (6-8 September). Tickets from £45,  available from Pub in the Park

Pub in the Park, Marlow. Photograph: Will Bailey


Foodies Festival, 12 dates May to September
Music, shopping and talented chefs including Jeff Galvin, Bake Off champ Matty Edgell and former MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo. Day tickets from £19, available from Foodies Festival

The Great British Food Festival, 10 dates May to September
Street food, demos, live music and artisan markets at heritage venues. Book ahead for extras like kids cooking classes and foraging walks. Enter the Cake Off for free entry. Day tickets from £15, available from Great British Food Festival

Food festivals in London & South East England

Taste of London, 12-16 June 
2024 marks the 20th anniversary of this popular London festival. Sample dishes from some of the capital’s most exciting restaurants in grassy Regent’s Park, including Circolo Popolare, Roka and Roti King. Plus: ejoy tasting sessions and cookery demos by the city’s best chefs. Tickets from £24, available from Taste of London

Meatopia, Tobacco Dock, London, 29 Aug-1 Sep
70+ live-fire chefs from around the world cook top-quality meat over wood and charcoal. Tickets from £32.10, available from Meatopia

Food festivals in South West England

Taste of Scilly, Scilly Isles, 12th-22th Sep
Hop between islands on a supper safari, tour vineyards and enjoy sunset rum bars at this idyllic food festival. Tickets for 2024 events go on sale soon; find out more at Visit Isles of Scilly



Seafeast – The Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth, 7-8 Sep
Street food, live music and expert info on preparing seafood at Weymouth Peninsula; funds are raised for charity Fisherman’s Mission, supporting families reliant on the sea. Tickets from £15, available from Dorset Seafood

Food festivals in East England

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, Suffolk, 28-29 Sep
An insiders’ favourite showcasing food, drink and ingredients made in Suffolk, plus expert talks and family fun. Tickets on sale soon from Aldeburgh Food and Drink

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


Food festivals in North West England

Kendal Calling, Cumbria, 1-4 August
This beloved music festival has a strong food and drink offering. Visit Tim Peaks Diner (brainchild of The Charlatan’s Tim Burgess), dip into the Oktoberfest beer festival or try street food from across the globe (including Tibetian, Creole and Indonesian). Tickets from £45, last few available from Kendal Calling

Food festivals in Yorkshire and North East England

Malton Food Lovers Festival, North Yorkshire, 25-27 May
Stalls, talks, street food and demos in the heart of the pretty market town, home to great food shops. Free entry; for more info see  Visit Malton


Food festivals in the Midlands

Ludlow Food Festival, Shropshire, 13-15 Sep
Special guests and fine producers from the Welsh Marshes in the ruins of Ludlow Castle. Check out the Ludlow Magnalonga on 11 Aug too – a multi-course, 8-mile food walk. Advance tickets from £13.00, available from Food Festival


Food festivals in Wales

Abergavenny Food Festival, Monmouthshire, 21-22 Sep
Fun and feasting on the Welsh Borders with regional producers, family entertainment and demos and appearances from top culinary movers and shakers. Tickets £16, available from Abergavenny Food Festival

Food festivals in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Armagh Food & Cider Weekend, 5-8 Sep
Cider tastings, tours and talks across the orchards of Armagh, plus special events including artisan markets and pop-up restaurants. Prices vary, see Visit Armagh

Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, 27-29 Sep
Festive celebration of Galway native oysters, with opening night party, world oyster opening championships, Sunday family day and seafood trail to explore. Ticket prices vary, available from Galway Oyster Festival

Food festivals in Scotland

Edinburgh Food Festival, Assembly George Square Gardens, 19–28 July
The city’s only free central food festival returns to Edinburgh with stallholders offering everything from gelato to poke bowls. Visit on 20 and 21 July for the Scottish Street Food Awards. Free entry, visit Ed Food Fest

Edinburgh food festival


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