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Food Festivals: What To Book For 2022

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Festival season is in full swing, and the UK’s foodie offering is better than ever. Whet your appetite with our pick of the best food festivals to book for 2022. 

Food Festivals 2022: What To Book

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 round the country, all with one mission: to celebrate everything there is to love about the glorious British pub. The 2022 edition features performances from Craig David, Kaiser Chiefs and Professor Green, plus food from James Martin, Andi Oliver and The Hairy Bikers. 12 May – 18 September 2022, pubintheparkuk.com

Meatopia

Meatopia

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. 2 – 4 September 2022, meatopia.co.uk

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. 17 – 18 September 2022, foragingfortnight.co.uk

The Big Feastival

Big Feastival Chefs

c. Jenna Foxton

Foodies, be sure to secure yourself some tickets for The Big Feastival 2022, the ultimate feel-good festival located on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds. This year’s music headliners are The Human League, Anne-Marie and Stereophonics, alongside acts including Sugababes and Jake Bugg. And, of course, the food line-up is unrivalled, with stalls offering everything from Oli Baba’s legendary halloumi fries to gigantic hand-pressed burgers at Burger & Beyond. Check out our guide to the 2018 festival to get a feel for the vibes. 26 – 28 August 2022, uk.thebigfeastival.com

SEAFEST: The Dorset Seafood Festival

Seafood BBQ

This September, seafood fans from across the country will unite at SEAFEST, set within the walls of The Old Fish Market on Weymouth Harbour. Visitors will have the chance to sample seafood from a selection of stalls, plus sample some excellent sparkling wine. There’s a focus on sustainability, with experts on hand to educate guests on how to buy responsibly sourced seafood. Live music will run throughout, and there are plenty of activities for children including cookery workshops. 10 – 11 September 2022, dorsetseafood.co.uk

Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival is a staple on the summer festival calendar. Perhaps the more high-brow festival on our list, it’s known for bringing together chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers who flock to the Welsh town to enjoy talks, demonstrations and, of course, lots of delicious food. From tutored tastings, demos from top chefs, tours and forages as well as big parties, there’s something to tickle everyone’s tastebuds. 17 – 18 September 2022, abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Wells Food Festival

Wells Food Festival

John Law

Returning to England’s smallest city this autumn is the Wells Food Festival, a celebration of Somerset’s rich food culture. Over 200 producers and street food sellers will be offering up culinary delights in the artisan market, with everything from Hawaiian poke bowls to Somerset cheddar on offer, washed down with locally distilled gin and award-winning cider. This year is particularly special as it’s the 10th anniversary of the festival, so there will be special events running including an English wine tasting series. 9 October, wellsfoodfestival.co.uk

Falmouth Oyster Festival

Oysters

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Oyster lovers, head to Falmouth this October for its famed festival, which celebrates 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. 13 – 16 October 2022, falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk

Bigfoot Festival

Bigfoot Festival

There’s a new food festival on the scene: Bigfoot, which made its debut this summer with a three-day celebration of music, entertainment, food and drinks. Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, the festival sees over 60 music acts across five stages, alongside an impressive selection of restaurants, chefs, and drinks producers. Heading up the banqueting tent this year was Douglas McMaster of Silo, alongside Matt Orlando of Copenhagen’s Amass. Together they hosted Blackout Dining: a sustainable vegetarian feast cooked using no electricity whatsoever, with spots for 200 guests to dine under the stars at candlelit tables. The dates and line-up for next year’s festival are yet to be announced. Dates TBC, bigfootfestival.co.uk

Body&Soul

Body&Soul Festival

Body&Soul 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. Dates TBC, bodyandsoul.ie

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