It’s the peak of summer and the height of festival season – food festival season, that is! Across the country, aspiring bakers are coming together over the next two months for live demonstrations, the finest local produce, activities and cooking inspiration – wrapped into a day or weekend of food frolics.
Some of the country’s most recognisable TV chefs, sought after Michelin-starred talent and expert cooks are in attendance, revealing their tips and tricks to bakers like you. July and August are jam-packed with a number of amazing food festivals; in fact, we’re not sure how you’ll choose between them all! Here’s five of the very best!
1. Great British Food Festival – Northamptonshire
Saturday 23rd July & Sunday 24th July 2016
From £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for seniors, £3.50 for children
Bakers, why not enter your cake creations at The Great British Food Festival? A cake-off will see home bakers go head to head in this exciting competition. Taking place in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall, this food festival also offers foraging walks, live demonstrations and workshops each day, plus free entertainment for children, including kids’ cookery classes for the little bakers in your life! Expect live music, stalls and man vs food challenges!
2. Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival
Saturday 30th July & Sunday 31st July
From £10 for adults, £6 for children (aged 7-18)
With special guests The Hairy Bikers (Saturday) and James Martin (Sunday), Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival is an unmissable event for aspiring bakers! These iconic TV chefs will be providing intimate cooking demonstrations in the Country Kitchen Theatre, while a street food arena will be providing exceptional home-cooked favourites, gourmet dishes and accompanying live music.
In its first year, Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival is taking place in Skipton, a popular market town in the Peak District, with over 300 stalls selling local produce, artisan bread, the finest meats and more of your favourite fresh foods.
Experience some of TV’s most popular chefs up close at this highly anticipated festival.
3. Great Dorset Chilli Festival
Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2016
Adults from £6.00, children from £2.50
For a food carnival that’s a little bit different, why not visit Great Dorset Chilli Festival 2016? This red hot ingredient is becoming increasing popular in cakes and sweet treats! Cooking demonstrations will showcase the vast possibilities with this popular food, and stalls selling condiments, plants and all things chilli will mean you’re sure to go home with something spicy!
A must for food enthusiasts, this jam-packed event offers two days of activities, workshops, spicy street food (including Moroccan specials, Mexican dishes and world-inspired curries), a ‘chilli fiesta’ and a sauce competition in the beautiful St Giles Park, Dorset.
4. Clitheroe Food Festival
Saturday 13th August 2016
In the heart of the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Food Festival attracts thousands of food lovers each year, while celebrating Lancashire’s finest food makers. Located in the traditional market town, with views of Clitheroe’s iconic castle, this popular event will be featuring over 100 stalls selling mouthwatering street food, local produce and delightful artisan cuisine from the area’s top chefs. Its Castle Street stage will be a platform for local performers, adding to the atmosphere with soothing melodies and entertaining song covers. For aspiring chefs and bakers, workshops are taking place throughout the day, with fun cookery sessions for children.
In its sixth year, Clitheroe Food Festival is a popular day out for bakers, food lovers and families alike to enjoy Lancashire’s very best food and drink.
5. Newstead Abbey Food and Drink Festival
Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August 2016
£8 in advance, £10 on the door
The Great Food and Drink Festival will be pitching up at Newstead Abbey, with three days of celebrity chef demos, stalls of fresh food, on-site bars and amazing entertainment for children. Simon Rimmer, from Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, will be in action cooking on Saturday, alongside Michael Caines – Executive Head Chef at Gidleigh Park – on Sunday, and Nancy Birtwhistle, winner of 2014’s Great British Bake Off, on Bank Holiday Monday. You can expect crafts, Punch and Judy, fine ales and beautiful grounds to explore.
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