Every year at BAKO NW, we select our must-visit food and drink festivals taking place in the UK and overseas. Not only do these offer great insight into the next big cooking trend, but while you’re consuming the local cuisine and discovering what delightful food combinations have been thrown together, you’ll also be able to take inspiration for your very own dishes.
Whatever type of professional cook you are, visiting one of these events provides plenty of opportunities to diversify your offering and learn something new, with hands-on workshops, taste testing, and even celebrity demonstrations. In fact, if there’s any particular food you fancy learning more about, there will almost certainly be a festival for you to explore. From the Isle of Wight’s Garlic Festival to the Great Dorset Chilli Festival, events dedicated to one food aren’t hard to come by and will open your eyes up to the cooking possibilities.
Food events that have become hugely popular over recent years, thanks to The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) and viral cake social media accounts, are baking festivals. These events showcase some of the country’s most talented bakers and highlight the latest techniques and equipment at your disposal. If you’re looking to expand your baking talents, or perhaps discover what others are doing, we’ve chosen some of our favourite baking events taking place over summer for you to enjoy.
Foodies Festival, various locations
Tickets are priced from £16 for adults, and £13 for concessions
Travelling around the UK, the Foodies Festival is a lively 3-day fete, providing a haven for professional and amateur cake creators. Each one has a plethora of recognisable bakers, Michelin star chefs, and television personalities: Newcastle’s Foodies Festival welcomes Candice Brown, winner of this year’s GBBO, while Edinburgh’s event features 2016 MasterChef winner, Jane Devonshire. You can expect a creative summer workshop, teaching you how to make some of this season’s most delightful desserts, and a dedicated cake theatre where you can show off your own baking talents!
The Great British Food Festival, various locations
Tickets are priced from £5
From Northamptonshire to York, The Great British Food Festival has been attracting professional bakers from around the country, with a weekend jam-packed with activities, live demonstrations, and even a foraging food walk! This year’s festival brings together local restaurants and celebrity bakers for a fun few days of all things food! Harewood House’s event features Howard Middleton from GBBO whipping up amazing gluten-free goodies, and you’ll also have the opportunity to learn baking tricks from talented Bake Off contestants, Val and Luis, at several classes over the weekend. Don’t forget to enter the Cake Off too!
Bakewell Baking Festival 2017, Derbyshire – 12th & 13th August
Tickets are priced from £7
In its 4th year, Bakewell Baking Festival brings together a wealth of cooking activities and great-tasting food in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. You’ll have a chance to learn from Molly Robbins, an award-winning sugarcraft tutor, and artist, Edd Kimber from GBBO, and master chocolatier, David Greenwood Haigh. Plus, you can try out mouth-watering local cuisine while wandering around a bustling baking and food village and whip up your own cake masterpiece to compete against other bakers. This really is one not to be missed!
With several baking events taking place over the next few months, you’ll have no reason to come back next season without a flurry of new menu additions, including a selection innovative, scrumptious desserts.
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