Top Food and Drink Festivals in July
Festival season is finally in full force but with so many festivals springing up around the country this summer, it can be challenging finding the perfect event to spend your precious summer weekends with family and friends. Perhaps you want a food festival where you can sample exciting international foods or you want one offering simple, classic, and comforting British BBQ classics? Maybe you’re looking for a nice boozy celebration or you’re more bothered about keeping the kids happy while you chill out in the sun with your partner?
Whatever foodie festival you’re searching for, you can find it here at Food Festival Finder. To make your search that much easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite foodie festivals taking place this July that we think are more than worthy of your consideration.
After a massive success last year, this July Newcastle will be holding its fifth-ever Vegan Festival, expected to attract thousands of people from across the UK. Held in Newcastle’s Assembly Rooms in the heart of the city, visitors will be treated to a host of exciting speakers, film screenings, and a long list of market stalls with vegan hot and cold foods, drinks, makeup, pet food and handicrafts.
Tynesides’ answer to the Edinburgh Fringe, The Mouth of the Tyne Festival is a three-day celebration of culture, music, the arts, and some truly glorious food. Now in its 14th year, it’s no surprise that this well-established event will play host to some truly amazing musicians this year. After all the singing and dancing there will also be some great street food on offer and some fantastic street performers on hand to entertain too, as well as lots of events perfect to keep the whole family entertained.
A truly unique event offering so much more than your regular foodie event, The Allergy & Free From Festival is a truly inclusive festival that needs to be experienced. Cooking demonstration, recipes, and tips and tricks to take home are all here, along with doctors and nutritionists on hand to recommend the very best foods for your dietary requirements. This festival is a great opportunity to hear from the UK’s leading experts on conditions that affect eating habits and information learned here could make a big difference in the lives of visitors who have food allergies, celiac disease, eczema, asthma or IBS.
The Elveden Country Show returns over the weekend of the 7th July and 8th July, bringing with it plenty of activities for all the family. From rural crafters showing you the best tips and tricks to craft your own products to independent trade stands offering you the chance to purchase some truly unique gifts and homeware products. Cookery demonstrations will be running throughout the weekend too, including a baking demo and an opportunity to meet Julia Chernogorova from The Great British Bake Off 2017. Some of the best chefs from the region will also be showing you how to make their favourite meals. There will also be additional talks from craft alcohol producers, foragers and so much more.
The UK Rum Festival – Bristol’s best boozy event – returns to The Passenger Shed this July 7th for its 6th consecutive year bringing with it a diverse and dynamic range of rums for you to sample and savour. Showcasing over 50 sensational spirits, this event is your opportunity to truly celebrate this often overlooked spirit. Giving an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their best and most flavoursome beverages, Bristol’s UK Rum Festival brings Caribbean flair to this cultural capital and is an event not to be missed. With live music and dedicated chill-out zones all over The Passenger Shed, this is the perfect social event for you and your friends.
The party of the year hidden in the heart of Derbyshire, Blok Out Festival began life as just a few hundred people gathered together every month for the “Blok In” and has now become a huge party. Taking place at the beautiful Locko Park, there will be plenty of booze, entertainment, kid’s activities, grown-up entertainment, and live bands.
The Formby Festival of Food, Drink and Music is the perfect family day out and features more activities for your little ones than almost any other festival around. With a focus on getting kids into the kitchen and helping them understand the basics of food and flavour, Formby Festival blends the fun and the factual, teaching the next generation all about where our food comes from.
With cooking sessions, magic shows, circus skills, balloon modelling, face painting, bracelet making, hook-a-duck, tag rugby, and all kinds of arts and crafts, your kids will just love the range of activities here just for them. For adults, there will be chef demonstrations, live music, and an extensive farmers market with great deals on locally produced food and drink. Also, make sure you stick around for the fantastic musical firework display on Saturday night.
Popular amongst country folk since it began in 1958, each year CLA Game Fair has been bigger and better than the last and this year it’s expected to draw in over 145,000 visitors. Dedicated British producers will be out in full force selling their wonderful wares at the fair’s fantastic Totally Food Show, supported by British Food Fair, Local Food Market and Cotswold Life magazine. There will also be cookery demonstrations with a focus on the cooking of game meats. Chefs will also be competing across the three days for the title of Game Chef of the Year.
There will be plenty going on across the three days to keep visitors of all ages amused. The highlight of the fair for many is the Saturday evening, when there will be the opportunity to sample fine foods in a party-like atmosphere, perhaps while enjoying a pint of beer brewed by Lancaster Brewery just for the fair.
Taking place in Melton Mowbray, the UK Capital of Pies, is PieFest, a national celebration of pasties and pies including sweet and savoury and hot and cold options in the hundreds. Piemakers from all across the country will be sampling their wares in the hope of tempting you to buy their delicious dishes, including many who were Supreme Champions or Class Winners at the British Pie Awards. Not only will there be pies, but there will also be cheese, cider, cakes, beers, and everything else to compliment the perfect pie.
The Bristol Thai Festival returns for its seventh year, bringing with it more culture than ever before. Not only will Thai culture be celebrated, but other cultures such as Brazilian and Filipino too. From fantastic Thai food to traditional dance and a whole host of exciting activities, this festival promises great fun for all the family. Your chance to experience Thailand and its heritage (along with other countries across the world) without having to travel the globe, come along at the end of July and enjoy beers alongside world cuisine in the festival beer garden, a range of stalls selling authentic herbs and spices to liven up your home cooking, as well as an international costume parade, live music, a catwalk show, Thai dance and boxing demonstrations, and your chance to observe a Buddhist ceremony.