Top Food and Drink Festivals in August
With the kids off on their summer holidays nagging you to make sure their weekends with you are event filled and exciting, you’ll be looking for an inexpensive, hassle-free, and thrilling way to both keep them entertained whilst being able to sit back and relax with great food, boozy beverages, and the very best live entertainment the country has to offer – or alternatively, dump the kids off with the grandparents (if you have any kids that is) and enjoy a much-needed break of your very own with a wonderful and relaxing weekend of food and drink.
The last official month of summer, now is your final chance to really make the most of the season before autumn rolls around and you wish you had done more with your time when the weather was still good. To ensure you don’t have to spend all summer long endlessly searching for something that will suit you and your entire family, here at Food Festival Finder, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favourite food festivals hitting the country this August.
Set in the rolling hills of the beautiful Mendips, from August 3rd to the August 5th, The Community Farms plays host to a weekend of festivities for all the family. Returning to the shores of Chew Valley Lake for three days, Valley Fest is brimming with delicious food and the best local produce.
Brought to you by Luke Hasell, BBC Farmer of the Year and organic champion, Valley Fest promises to be a not-to-be-missed event this summer season. With great music, fantastic food and tons for the kids to do including the odd tractor ride, make sure you purchase your tickets now.
One of the most exciting alcoholic events on the calendar, this adult-only festival is a celebration of the best-quality craft beers and real ales available not only in London or the UK but throughout the world.
London Craft Beer Festival this year will play host to a number of brewing houses including London favourites The Kernel, Beavertown, and Redemption, alongside representations from the wider UK area like Magic Rock, Thornbridge, and BrewDog. If European beer is more to your tastes, keep an eye out for Omnipollo and a Belgian takeover of the neighbouring building, The Pickle Factor. There will also be American beers with breweries including Sierra Nevada, Founders and Evil Twin making an appearance.
Well known to beer aficionados across the country for its never-ending commitment to promoting real ales and pubs, you know that when CAMRA throws together a party, it’s going to be an event to remember.
The largest of its kind in Britain attracting over 50,000 visitors, The Great British Beer Festival, returning for its 41st year, is revered for bringing together so many quality brews all under one roof and will feature over 900 ales from microbreweries and beloved British brands, including limited edition brews and one-off specials. Expect hundreds of bottles and foreign beers along with a range of real ciders and perries.
The UK’s biggest Chilli Festival, attracting 25,000 visitors a year, is back with a blast! With fiery cookery demonstrations and more of the hottest plants, seeds, and live bands than ever before, whether you’re a gardener, a chilli fanatic, or you just want to make the most of your summer this year, there’s something here for everyone.
Featuring over 140 stalls offering a selection of spicy dishes to eat throughout the day and selling the very best ingredients for your home-cooked meals, if you’re a chilli fanatic, this is one festival to mark on your calendar. Top chefs from all across the Sussex region will be demonstrating how to make some mouth-watering recipes for you to recreate in your kitchen and make sure you also visit the glasshouse located in the walled gardens, brimming with an amazing array of over 250 varieties of chilli.
Attracting over 15,000 people for its inaugural event last year, Lymington Seafood Festival will be back in full force this August, aiming to draw even more seafood lovers to this spectacular event. Set against the backdrop of the Lymington Marina and estuary, the festival is a celebration of Lymington and the New Forest’s rich cultural heritage, local produce and links to the sea.
With live music, two demonstration kitchens featuring top Hampshire chefs, and fun activities for the kids, this event is set to be a winner.
Each year the event aims to raise money and awareness for a new charity, and this year that charity will be Sail 4 Cancer. Sail 4 Cancer is a specialist respite provider that funds day trips and short breaks on the water for families affected by cancer.
The Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival is a celebration of the art of cooking with fire and smoke. Coming to Promenade Park this year, this BBQ festival aims to prove that the BBQ spirit is alive and well in Essex and last year they did exactly that, attracting well over 12,000 visitors across the two days.
This family weekend event and charity fundraiser, raising money for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust and held in collaboration with Maldon District Council, is just £2 and this year features a range of exciting activities, guests and the best food and drink in the country including the Smoke and Fire Pit Master Challenge, a chilli eating and hot wing eating contest, two stages of live music, and more demos, traders and stalls than they’ve ever had before.
A boutique food and drink festival held in the historic venue of Shire Hall in the county town of Monmouth, Taste of Monmouthshire features a full programme of demonstrations, talks and tastings and children’s workshops. Set in the scenic Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty and considered to be the Food Capital of Wales, the county of Monmouthshire boasts many award-winning hotels and restaurants together with top-quality food and drink producers.
The Chef’s Theatre hosts demonstrations by a number of award-winning chefs including chefs with Michelin stars and AA Rosettes. Also hosting a demonstration is an accredited Master Butcher, one of only fourteen across the whole of the UK and the only one in Wales and the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, along with the principal of a local cookery school and a semi-finalist of Professional Master Chef.
Children are also well catered for in the Kid’s Kitchen with loads of hands-on cookery workshops including bread making and pasta.
Combining the nation’s love of great food and drink with nine of the country’s most treasured locations, The Great British Food Festival is far more than just another food festival, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to explore new flavours and beautiful venues all at the same time.
On the 25th August to the 27th August, The Great British Food Festival will be held at Stonyhurst College, a Grade I listed building in the beautiful Forest of Bowland dating all the way back to the 16th century.
There will be over 60 artisan stalls, food vendors offering delicious hot and cold food and real ales, chef demos, challenge stages and cake offs, along with live music and plenty of activities for the kids to take part in including kids cookery classes. All set within the beautiful grounds of the college, there will also be a chance to go on a guided tour around the college.
Ticket price includes free parking, free chef demonstrations, free access to artisan talks and food challenges, and free clown workshops and children’s entertainment.
The Herts Town & Country Show returns to the wonderful Cassiobury Park over the weekend of the 26th and the 27th August with something for everyone to enjoy. Incorporating the ever-popular Festival of Dogs, there will be plenty of activities for all the family. From rural crafters on site showing you 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. There will also be free entertainment throughout the day with Main Ring and Countryside Ring acts with stunt bikes and horse displays and great local bands and community groups providing the musical – and dancing – entertainment.
Cookery demonstrations will also be running throughout the weekend with some of the region’s best chefs showing you how to make their favourite meals and offering you tips and advice for when you hold your own dinner parties. There will also be additional talks from craft alcohol producers, foragers, and so much more.
An annual celebration of beer and food, Berwick-upon-Tweed Food & Beer Festival at the end of August is an event not to be missed. Situated opposite Berwick’s Georgian barracks, a marquee set up on the green distributes the finest ales to the hundreds of visitors that travel to this festival from near and far. Celebrating the town’s malting history, there with be plenty of local ales on display. Friday is dedicated to all things ales, kicking off the weekend with a day of beer leading on to the beer and food-filled weekend.
With a vibrant and thriving food scene, Berwick Food & Beer Festival demonstrates the area’s wonderful local produce with a plethora of stalls, cooking demons, an animal farm, foodie films, kid’s activities and live music. Perfect for the kids at the end of their summer holidays, the festival aims to sneakily teach them about their food whilst also encouraging them to become interested in the history of the area. The entrance fee is also less than a cup of coffee. It’s a win-win for all the family.