Summer 17′ has finally arrived and with it comes part 1 of our guide on what’s going on right on your doorsteps, ensuring you can make the most of those rare and eagerly anticipated spells of sunshine. Our first instalment is all about the food, bringing you our top 10 picks of food festivals across Britain where you can get your teeth stuck in to some of the finest street food money can buy.
Carnaby Street Eat
images – @carnabylondon (Instagram)
When – June 3rd 12pm – 6pm
Where – Carnaby Street, London W1F7DA
Food – Dine alfresco on the giant picnic table that will stretch down Carnaby Street with a selection of £5 taster dishes served up by some of the very best of Soho’s restaurants, bars and cafes, all of which will be setting up stalls and food trucks on the streets of Carnaby for one afternoon.
Music – in true Soho style you can be sure to expect live music, with a performance from Cahoots to take place on Beak Street officially announced.
How Much? – FREE
Eat and Drink Festival
Images – @eat_drink_festival (Instagram)
When – 8th – 11th June 10am – 5pm
Where – EventCity, Manchester
Food – The UK’s newest food festival comes to Manchester in one of the city’s biggest indoor venues with everything a true foodie could ask for under one roof. Get stuck in to some of the finest food from Manchester’s diverse streets, whilst shopping for those hard to find ingredients from over 75 of the best independent producers. Try your hand at creating your own masterpieces whilst rubbing shoulders with celebrity chefs, then take a well-earned rest at the drinks station.
How Much? – £12.50 (£16 on the door)
Taste of London
Images – @tasteoflondon (Instagram)
When – 14th – 18th June
Where – Regent’s Park, London NWI5HA
Food – If you consider yourself a serious gastronomist and enjoy the finer foods in life, then the Taste of London is for you, sample a variety of taster size signature dishes served up by some of London’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants whilst watching live cooking demonstrations from world class chefs.
How Much? – £17 standard ticket (other options available)
Images – @festaitalianamcr (Instagram)
When – 23rd – 25th June
Where – Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
Food – A brand-new festival that celebrates all things Italian is coming to Manchester this year, brought together by some of the city’s best Italian restaurant groups with a promise of a real, Italian party atmosphere. This new festival will be offering up the very best of Italian food, drink and music, as well as a record breaking 50 metre pizza (yes you heard us right!) to be created by the Italian restaurant and deli Salvi’s who are looking to top their impressive 20 metre pizza showcased at Manchester Food & Drink Festival last year.
How much? – FREE
North East Chilli Festival
Images – chillifest-ne.co.uk
When – 30th June – 2nd July
Where – Seaton Sluice, Northumberland (opposite Gloucester Lodge Farm)
Food – If you like your food with a bit of a kick then you should be pencilling the North East Chilli Fest in to your summer diary. Expect open barbeques and meaty street food with a sprinkling of spice to suit your taste, as well as a chilli eating competition that will take place on each of the three days (enter at your own risk!).
Music – This year’s festival will be headlined by iconic 80’s band Heaven 17 as well as performances from Smoove & Turrell, The Baghdaddies and a variety of DJ’s in the festival’s dance tent.
How Much? – £30 weekend camping ticket (other ticket options available)
Images – @jimmysfarmhq (Instagram)
When – 22nd – 23rd July
Where – Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich IP92AR
Food – If you’re a lover of a beer and sausage combo then this is the one for you, this meat-mad festival is hosted on a real pig farm owned by chef Jimmy Doherty, where sausage-making workshops and sausage eating competitions will take place across both days.
Music – KT Tunstell, Scouting for Girls, Matt Hammond, Albert Man + many more will be performing on the farm this year.
How Much? – £85 day ticket (other ticket options available)
Images – @wildernesshq (instagram)
When – 3rd – 6th August
Where – Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Food – At Wilderness festival you will find the cream of the street food crop dishing up every imaginable type of cuisine, alongside cocktail dens, rum shacks and champagne bars. As well as this you’ll be able to book in for a communal dining experience or candlelit banquet or if you fancy, a food talk, workshop or meal at the chef’s table.
Music – With one of the biggest line-ups on our food festival list, you’ll be able to catch Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones, Bonobo + many, many more as part of this foodie experience.
How Much? – £178 weekend camping ticket (other ticket options available)
Maldon Smoke and Fire Festival
Images – @smokeandfirefestival (facebook)
When – 19th – 20th August
Where – Promenade Park, Essex
Food – Another one for lovers of meat and spice, Maldon Smoke and Fire Festival will be serving up some mouth-watering dishes, all cooked with strictly smoke and fire with some of the best hot sauces in Essex and across the country. As well as having a 2 day meat-on-meat binge, you’ll be able to watch or enter a variety of eating challenges such as the hot wing challenge, chilli curry challenge and chilli pepper eating competition.
Music – Across both days the festival will be giving a stage to rockabilly, rock and roll and blues bands, all in keeping with the American influenced ‘low and slow’ BBQ style.
How Much? – FREE
The Big Feastival
Images – @thebigfeastival (Instagram)
When – 25th – 27th August
Where – Alex James Farm, The Cotswolds
Food – Jamie Oliver and Blur’s Alex James return this summer with a festival full of the finest global street food, as well as playing host to feasts and banquets where festival goers can book themselves in for an alfresco experience like no other. If you’ve ever wondered why cheese parties don’t exist yet then you’re in luck, as everybody’s favourite rockstar turned cheese farmer Alex James will be offering up his award-winning cheeses to sample and buy in the ‘Alex James Cheese Hub’, where himself + guests will be spinning some tunes until the late hours.
Music – Aside from the best (and only) cheese rave you’ll ever go to, there will also be big name performances from Olly Murs, Madness, Hacienda Classical, The Cribs & more…
How Much? – Adult weekend camping £189 (other ticket options available)
Images – @meatopiauk (instagram)
When – 1st – 3rd September
Where – Tobacco Dock, London
Food – initially founded in the US, Meatopia was brought to the UK by chef Richard H Turner, offering us too the chance to get our teeth in to the highest quality, ethically sourced meat cooked over wood and charcoal. World-class chefs with a variety of backgrounds from America, Asia and Europe gather at Meatopia to cook one completely unique dish each to be sampled by lucky ticket holders.
Music – Meatopia’s music line-up is yet to be announced, but live performances and street theatre will be happening right across the weekend.
How Much? – £34 day ticket (other ticket options available)