The food festivals circuit is booming in Britain. Whether you’re a fish fanatic, a greedy carnivore or simply love all things spicy, you’ll be well catered for thanks to Spectator Life’s guide to best of the fests…
Port Eliot Festival, July 27-30
Food plays a major role at this multi-faceted festival in St Germans, Cornwall. Street food specialities will be provided by Cheese Truck, Cheeky Burger, Manic Organic. There’s also handmade pasta from the Cooking Cooks, delicious pizza from Woody’s and much more besides. Drinks will be served at the Sipsmith’s Gin Shop, the Bloody Mary Ambulance and Le Vignoble wine stall, and chefs including Nathan Outlaw and Thomasina Myers will also be making appearances. For more information, go here.
London Food Month, throughout June
This is a month-long celebration of great grub with events taking place across the capital. Highlights include a night market in Perk’s Field, near Kensington Gardens, a midnight feast in Fortnum & Mason’s food hall and a food truck festival at Westfield, Hammersmith. Elsewhere, Refettorio Felix, a community kitchen at St Cuthbert’s Centre in Earl’s Court, will be set up to serve lunch to guests from underprivileged backgrounds – star chefs including Monica Galetti, Alain Ducasse, Michel Roux Jr and Massimo Bottura have all offered to do shifts in the kitchen. For more information, go here.
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, September 23-24
This well-established festival, which first got cooking back in 2006, is dedicated to extolling the virtues of fresh, local produce. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced, but chefs who have previously appeared at the festival include Galton Blackiston, José Pizarro and Angela Hartnett. For more information, go here.
The Great Dorset Chilli Festival, August 5-6
Guaranteed to be the hottest day of the year, this annual celebration of all things chilli at St Giles House, Wimborne, provides everything a spice-lover could wish for. Experts will be on hand to offer cooking and growing advice, flamin’ hot food, from burgers to curries, will be served up and the heat will really be cranked up with the annual chilli sauce competition. For more information, go here.
The Big Feastival, August 25-27
This festival at the Cotswolds farm owned by Blur guitarist Alex James attracts some of the biggest names in the industry. This year’s line-up includes Rick Stein, Antonio Carluccio and Mark Hix, while the music at this family-friendly bash will be provided by the likes of De La Soul, Olly Murs and Madness. For more information, go here.
Meatopia, September 1-3
As the title suggests, this festival is all about meat – it’s simply a carnivore’s paradise. Over the course of three days at east London’s Tobacco Dock, cuts from nose to tail will be cooked over proper charcoal grills and chefs including Yottam Ottolenghi, Hamish Brown and Francesco Mazzei will be on hand to show how it should be done. There will also be butchery demonstrations, live music and an eclectic selection of booze to wash all that meat down with. For more information, go here.