Top Events in April
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The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining; it’s official – spring is here! With the gloriously warmer weather comes a whole host of fabulous festivals, showcasing all of the tasty treats that are in season. To help you out of your hibernation, we’ve collected together all of the April events we’re most looking forward to in one handy place. Let the frolicking begin.
Cheltenham Wine Festival, April 1st, Pitville Pump Room
Sipping a sensational selection of world wines is a fantastic way to spend the day. For one Saturday in April, there will be no better place to do this than at the Cheltenham Wine Festival!
With over 300 wines from countries far and wide, produced in vineyards old and new there will be a chance to explore some unique wines as well as your familiar favourites.
Bishop Auckland Food Festival, April 1st-2nd, Durham
Now in its 12th year, Bishop Auckland Food Festival (BAFF) is a two day celebration of local food, producers and chefs and set in a historical and scenic market town, it’s a favourite in the foodie’s calendar. Stalls offering local, regional and seasonal produce, cookery demonstrations from professional chefs and food-related fun for young foodies too.
This festival is the perfet place to espresso yourself, and you'll be in great company with some 22,500 other coffee fans expected to attend. There'll be around 250 types of coffee to try and buy, along with some delectable food too. This year's festival will also see the first ever coffee masters competition, to find the best multi-disciplined barista in the country.
Framlingham Country Festival/Suffolk Food, Drink & Music Festival, April 8th-9th, Suffolk
There will be plenty of activities for all the family as there will also be a seperate festival - the Festival of Dogs. There will be rural crafters on site showing you tips and tricks to craft your own products and also offering you the chance to purchase some truly unique gifts. There will be music and entertainment throughout the day and the opportunity to sit and take it all in. From popular contestants from The Voice, to great local bands there will be some really great music on offer.
Great Missenden Food Festival, April 14-17th, Chilterns
The organisers have every base covered from absolutely delicious foods, music, interactive master classes and children’s activities. If you’d rather learn how to fillet fish make sure you pop along to the master class theatre or if you fancy honing your knife skills there’s a special skills theatre too!
After all this learning you’re likely to get peckish and then it’s time to rock down to street food avenue where an array of cuisines will be waiting to entice you. You can find a cosy spot in the picnic area with a view of the stage and relax with some great live music. Take some food home with you too from the local produce market!
Taste Chocolate Festival, 15-16th April, Bristol
This Easter weekend, some of the country’s best chocolate producers will be bringing their amazing chocolate to Bristol’s biggest celebration of chocolate. Taking over the Sansovino Hall, in Bristol’s new Harbour Hotel on the 15th and 16th April, Taste Chocolate is a two day event, featuring over 30 exhibitors, chocolate demonstrations, a Prosecco bar, a history of chocolate exhibition and new for this year, a multi-sensory experience, inviting you to experience chocolate like never before.
Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival, 15-17th April, Chester Racecourse
The Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival takes place every Easter, and is the place to be if you’re looking to experience the very best in food and drink from Cheshire and beyond. It will be held at Chester Racecourse and therefore offers visitors free on-site parking.
Festival-goers will be treated to the aromas, tastes and wonderful views of high-quality food and drink. More than 150 exhibitors will be in attendance over the three days, serving up delectable treats, made using local ingredients and produce from further afield.
Liverpool Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival, 15-16th April, Sefton Park
Refreshingly, you’ll find the festival is all about celebrating spring and the new opportunities it brings. This year, the organisers will expand the festival to include home and garden stalls and demonstrations. Here you’ll discover an abundance of producers and suppliers from whom you can buy lovely new items to fill your house following that Spring-clean! Gardening demos and a fresh flower market will ensure that your little patch of earth will flourish in the coming summer. Family-friendly, there will be a children’s enchanted garden too, where your own little fairies can explore.
Porthleven Food & Music Festival, 21-23rd April, Cornwall
This annual event in the picturesque little harbour town of Porthleven attracted over 30,000 visitors last year and is set to draw similar crowds in 2017. And no wonder it’s popular: a weekend in the middle of spring filled with Cornish food, beer and bands … what’s not to like?
Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats from over 150 exhibitors. Last year’s included Cornish chocolatiers Chocolarder, Cornish Meadow Preserves, The Cornish Black Bee Company, The Cornish Food Box Company, and Skinners Brewery with their ever-so-local Porthleven pale ale, as well as delicious street food to enjoy while you browse. The chef’s theatre will host cookery demonstrations from the best local chefs, and you might even spot the odd celebrity too.
Artisan Cheese Fair, 29-30th April, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
With around 70 artisan cheesemakers and 300 cheeses expected from Britain and Ireland, the Artisan Cheese Fair is the UK’s largest dedicated cheese fair. All undercover, talks and tastings as well as pies, cider, cakes etc compliment the cheese.
And what better place for a cheese fair than at a cattle market? You won’t find any live milkings or churnings but around 70 cheesemakers who, between them, can boast of producing over 300 delicious cheeses.
Foodies Festival, 29th-April - 1st May, Brighton
There’s something for everyone at Foodies Festivals – whether you want to relax, enjoy fabulous food and drink and watch the live entertainment or whether you want to get involved in the demonstrations and chilli eating contests. This year you can watch demonstrations from Candice Brown from The Great British Bake Off, Matt Gillan from The Great British Menu and Adam Simmonds.
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 29th April - 1st May, Exeter, Devon
There’s something about the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink that makes you want to indulge the repressed Blue Peter badge holder inside you and get involved. Not only is Exeter known for its creative individuals but also there will be a crazy amount of uber fresh, unbelievably tasty food to get stuck into. Boasting cookery demonstrations from no less than 6 Michelin starred chefs this year, make sure you pop it in your calendar.