The summer brings with it many delights – the chance to shed a few cumbersome layers of clothing, time to be outdoors, the opportunity to catch up with friends who live just that bit too far away to visit in the blustery depths of winter and of course, food festivals!
If you’re anything like us, the latter will be of great importance as you plan where to head to best line your (not so bikini ready) belly with the best mouth-watering treats around.
Here are the food festivals we dare not miss out on this summer…
Llangollen Food Festival, Wales, 19th-20th October
From Farmhouse made chocolates, to award winning smoked Anglesey wild sea bass, to the finest local honey, you’ll find many expected and surprising nibbles at the Llangollen food festival.
There will also be cooking demonstrations and workshops throughout the day and the chance to pick up a variety of new recipes, to give you some ideas to try out in your own kitchen.
Rock Oyster Festival, Cornwall, 21st- 23rd June
Taking place over the long midsummer weekend in Rock, north Cornwall, is this fabulous celebration of all things delicious that come from the sea, and more – from the best oysters you’ll taste all year, to pulled pork sandwiches still hot off the spit, to Peruvian cuisine the festival is a true celebration of tasty delights.
Set in the grounds of the wonderful 17th century Dinham estate, you also get a view of the Camel Estuary, which in our view can’t be equalled…
NB – just as an aside – if you’re tempted by the lure of Oysters – The BBC Good Food Guide are offering the chance to win entry to the festival PLUS a 3 night stay in a luxury cottage with Latitude 50 – find the full details here on the BBC site.
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, 17th – 18th August
As the name suggests, you will find rather a lot of garlic at this friendly and informal food festival. This is not all though; as the festival also boasts mixed food stalls, baskets of wonderful produce to take home, a generously sized beer tent and more besides.
Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall – 10th-13th October
Don’t let the name deceive you, as this thriving festival set in the pretty harbour town of Falmouth is a feast for all the senses and there’s more to this one than oysters.
Try oodles of shell fish, lobster and crab fresh from the boats, to the sound of sea shanty singing, warm chatter and boats races. There are also marquees brimming with crafts and edible produce to take away with you.
This is a jolly affair: we recommend bringing the whole family or plenty of friends to getting involved in the party.
Nantwich Cheese Show, Cheshire, 31st July
If you’re a fan of the cheese then this festival will send you be right up your avenue.
From Wensleydale, to Cheshire and Stilton, and even some more experimental cheeses, such as chocolate chip cheese(!), you’ll be impressed and delighted by the quality and range of produce on show here.
Many celebrity chefs attend and besides the main event there will be plenty of other produce such as honey, horticulture, floral art and livestock to see, with everything else from shire horses to stunt men! A truly English day out.
Let’s hope to Great British summer provides the weather! Though we’re sure you’ll enjoy these fabulous festival come rain or shine.