Top Food & Drink Events for February

It’s February, the month of pancakes, Valentine’s Day and often some cold winter weather. But whilst Mother Nature is beyond our control, what is within it is how us foodies spend the next 29 days; the best answer is filling our bellies with local larder, our glasses to the brim and listening to great live music. Make the most of your month by visiting some of these cracking food festivals that offer all of the above and more! 

Wakefield Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival, Yorkshire: 19th – 21st February.

You won’t find another festival quite like this one. The unique tradition of growing Rhubarb is celebrated with gusto at the Wakefield festival. There are Rhubarb farmers, Rhubarb recipes, Rhubarb cooking demonstrations, Rhubarb tasting sessions, Rhubarb bunting and by the end of the day, Rhubarb coming out of your ears. It’s a great thing to experience.

CAMRA’S National Winter Ales Festival, Derby: 17th – 20th February.

After a £48 million renovation, Derby’s Roundhouse is more than well equipped to hold the hundreds of barrels of lovely beer and drinkers (hopefully not in barrels) that CAMRA’s events bring with them. With over 400 different ales, perries and some live bands, this festival will be one long party which could end with some very merry dancing.

Rye Bay Scallop Week, East Sussex : 20th – 28th February.

This celebration of scallops is not to be missed – there’s so much going on, that the festival is a weeklong just to pack it all in! Seafood lovers should pop this in the diary and join the Fisherman’s trail straight away. Just find a scallop shell in one of Rye’s shops, restaurants or cafes and , once you have twenty, claim your deliciously fishy prize. With an exciting line-up of events including ghostly seafood storytelling, live music and the annual ‘Load of Scallops’ wheelbarrow race, this festival is your oyster (or scallop).

Bridgwater Food and Drink Festival, Somerset: 20th February.

This festival is all about Somerset food, Somerset folks and, inevitably, a few pints of the regions’ refreshingly crisp Somerset cider. With lots of family entertainment and more than enough food to fill your boots for a year- it’s a fine festival to visit this month.

Alton Beer Festival, Hampshire: 19th – 20th February.

Bring your own pint glass to this “glass green” friendly festival and have a whale of a time swimming in the beery ocean. There will be over 100 ciders and beers to try and buy and there’s an emphasis on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free beverages this winter! And when you part with your money, you can feel satisfied with the fact that a good portion of it is being donated to local charities.

Cardiff Tasting Tours: 12th, 19th, 25th February.

This event is a cornucopia of international and local food, mixed in with some Welsh culture and served with a side plate of sightseeing. Your hosts from Loving Welsh Food are guaranteed to put a smile on your face as they wonderfully whisk you around the capital city. You’ll leave feeling like a local!

Shaftesbury Snowdrops Festival, Dorset: 21st February.

If being a galanthophile sounds like a good idea to you – this event has your name written all over it. At this time of year we might bemoan the cold winter winds but without them we wouldn’t get the beautiful snowdrops that are planted, grown and all-out celebrated in the lovely little Dorset town of Shaftesbury. And of course there will be a throng of food, drink and craft stalls lining the town centre too –delicious!

Spanish Ham Workshop and Lunch, Cardiff, Bar 44: 21st February.

Food Adventure organise some fantastic days full of food and fun, ideal for a group of friends or done solo. This time Bar 44 in Cardiff will welcome you in with a drink, for a day that is dedicated to the wonderful world of Spanish jamón! Culinary experts will be your guides to a wealth of charcuterie history, culture, styles and flavours. You’ll get to taste everything from Serrano to 100% Iberico jamón, often considered to be the finest ham in the world!

Cornwall Street Food Festival, Truro: 26th February.

This festival really tickled Cornwall’s tastebuds last year, so much so that it ran out of food! For a piece of the tasty action yourself make sure you visit Truro Piazza where you can find fresh Cornish seafood, South American delicacies and Moroccan wraps all in one place. The live music line-up will start at 6pm both nights, keeping the exciting buzz going through the evening.

Vegfest UK Brighton, Brighton Centre: 27th February.

Welcome to vegan and vegetarian heaven! You can watch cookery demonstrations, browse over 160 stalls of food and drink, listen to experts share their health and lifestyle knowledge and you can even join some animal rights campaigns. Best of all you’ll be in a place where you won’t have to check all the ingredients of a product or find out where a company’s ethics lie before you try or buy some goodies.

Hotelympia, ExCel, London: 29th February.

Ok, you’ve rumbled us it’s actually the top 11 best food festivals in February because we just have to include Hotelympia. This event is bringing something a little different to our culinary calendars and is aimed at those running a business in the hospitality industry. Impressively the likes of Nathan Outlaw, Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Jason Atherton and the head of Hospitality at Google UK will be there.

If you want even more, here’s a list of delicious markets you can attend this February :

South Somerset Trade Food Show: 29th February

Aylesford Farmers Market: 21st February


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