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Food Festivals: What To Book For 2023

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From fresh seafood in Scotland to sparkling wine in the south, Britain is home to an abundance of excellent food and drink. And what better way to celebrate our bountiful culinary offering than by throwing a big festival? The UK’s food festival scene is stronger than ever, with an eclectic range of events taking place throughout the year. These are an opportunity to discover interesting producers, watch chef demonstrations, take part in workshops and more – often alongside a stellar music line-up. Here are some of the buzziest food festivals to book for 2023.

Food Festivals: What To Book For 2023

Pub in the Park

Pub in the Park Chef Lineup

Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park sees a top line-up of chefs and music artists touring around the country, all with one mission: to celebrate everything there is to love about the glorious British pub. The chef line-up for next year’s festival is yet to be announced, but you can always guarantee a great turnout – last year featured names like James Martin and Michael Roux Jr, plus pop-ups from numerous UK restaurants. Music is a big part of this one too, with performances from Sam Ryder, Clean Bandit, Tinie Tempah and The Jacksons on the cards for 2023.

When? 12 May – 10 September 2023

Where? Various locations across the country including London, Marlow and Bath

BOOK: pubintheparkuk.com

The Big Feastival

Big Feastival Chefs

c. Jenna Foxton

Always a highlight on the summer calendar is The Big Feastival, the ultimate feel-good food extravaganza which takes place on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds. Each year, it brings together top chefs, artists and producers – plus a whole bunch of hungry festival-goers – for a weekend of good food and good music. Last year’s event saw headline performances from Anne-Marie and Stereophonics, plus a brand-new offering called The Smokery, a western-inspired area where you can tuck into BBQ treats and listen to live music. It’s a great option for families too, with plenty of activities for little ones.

When? 25 – 27 August 2023

Where? The Cotswolds

BOOK: thebigfeastival.com

Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny

Perhaps the most high-brow festival on our list, Abergavenny Food Festival is known for bringing together chefs, food businesses, farmers and food producers who flock to the historic Welsh town to enjoy talks, demonstrations and, of course, lots of delicious food. From tutored tastings to demos from top chefs, tours and forages as well as big parties, there’s something to tickle everyone’s tastebuds. 

When? 16 – 17 September 2023

Where? Abergavenny, Wales

BOOK: Tickets available from 1 April 2023, abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Falmouth Oyster Festival

Falmouth Oyster Festival

Oyster lovers, shuck to your heart’s content at the annual Falmouth Oyster Festival, which runs every October to celebrate the start of oyster-dredging season. Taking place on the harbourside location of Church Street, it offers a mix of cookery demonstrations, live music, arts and crafts and more, with plenty of opportunities to sample top Cornish produce. Naturally, oysters are a key focus: there’s a shucking competition and a grand oyster parade, but the festival also celebrates the wider diversity of Cornish seafood, with plenty of champagne to pair it with.

When? 13 – 16 October 2023

Where? Falmouth, Cornwall

BOOK: falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk

Body & Soul Festival

Body&Soul food festival

Spend the longest day of the year at a food festival in an Irish castle, and thank us later. Each year, Dublin’s hidden gem, Ballinlough Castle, hosts a three-day event to bring a fantastic culinary line-up from some of the best local innovative gourmet producers – and just to top it off, it’s all paired with champagne. The castle’s walled gardens are transformed into a feasting arena where you can eat, drink and watch live performances – expect foraged goodies, Victorian tea parties, freshly shaken cocktails and more.

When? 16 – 18 June 2023

Where? Westmeath, Ireland

BOOK: bodyandsoul.ie

Scottish Wild Food Festival

Scottish Wild Food Festival

Set on the beautiful Cardross Estate, The Scottish Wild Food Festival is – as the name suggests – a celebration of wild food. Visitors are invited to take part in hands-on foraging, folklore walks and craft workshops, watch demonstrations from chefs and join daily long table meals packed with seasonal, foraged ingredients.

When? 2023 dates TBC

Where? Tir na nog, near Glasgow, Scotland

BOOK: Ticket release date TBC, scottishwildfoodfestival.co.uk

Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival

Isle of Man Food Festival

The excellent Manx produce is celebrated each year at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival, which returns this September. Over 70 producers join forces on the island, from fizz to sausages and artisan breads, alongside cookery demonstrations and live entertainment. The Manx Cookery Theatre hosts sessions on everything from preparing shellfish to Indian flavours and butchery, alongside cheese tastings and a workshop on sea salt. 

When? 16 & 17 September 2023

Where? Isle of Man 

BOOK: iomfoodanddrink.com

Meatopia

Meatopia festival

Now over 10 years old, Meatopia is a festival dedicated to meat, with a focus on quality and sustainability. Taking place in Tobacco Dock each year, the event sees over 60 of the world’s best live-fire chefs gather to cook up exclusive dishes over sustainably-sourced wood and charcoal, with previous names including Ottolenghi, Niklas Ekstedt and Francis Mallmann. All this is to be enjoyed alongside live music from roaming brass brands and DJs, plus craft beers and cocktails. 

When? 2023 dates TBC

Where? Tobacco Dock, London

BOOK: meatopia.co.uk