Top Food and Drink Festivals this October


Summer is officially over, the kids are back to school, and the slow, cold march towards Christmas has begun, but there’s no reason to despair - there’s a lot to love about the first full month of autumn. Whether it’s the leaves changing their colours, the excuse to wrap up in scarves and blankets and enjoy a relaxing and cosy night in front of the fire, or the cool, brisk walks through the countryside, crunching leaves beneath your feet, your cheeks and fingertips glowing in the freezing winds – October really isn’t all that bad. And that’s not to mention the delicious foods that are finally coming into season.

Although festival season may have been and gone, there are still a ton of terrific food and drink festivals to get involved in happening across the country this month. From cocktail and wine celebrations to cake and bake shows, no matter what kind of food or drink festival you are searching for, October won’t disappoint. Why not take the family to an exciting event this October half term or treat your loved one to a boozy weekend to break up the days until your next holiday?

To make your life easier this October, we’ve listed 10 of our favourite food and drink festivals happening across the UK this month, but for a more comprehensive list, be sure to use our handy website to search for a food festival happening near you.


1) The Cake & Bake Show – Friday October 5th – Sunday October 7th

Returning to London at the beginning of October, the UK’s biggest baking event is sure to please all the family, particularly if you’ve been engrossed in the latest season of The Great British Bake Off. This year, The Cake & Bake Show has teamed up with past contestants from The Great British Bake to bring you a fantastic range of baking demonstrations, talks, displays, tastings, competitions and hand-on workshops.

If you’d love to impress your dinner guests with a show-stopping rhubarb and apple pie or a blueberry and caramel layer cake for a special celebration, you can learn it all at The Cake & Bake Show in London.


2) The Stone Food & Drink Festival – Friday October 5th – Sunday October 7th

One of the finest foodie events in Staffordshire, the Stone Food & Drink Festival will be opening its doors once again in early October, bringing with it an impressive range of exciting exhibitors who come from far and wide to impress with a fantastic selection of food and drink. Delight in the highest quality and freshest produce, indulge in some hot international food on the go, or check out one of the many pop-up gourmet restaurants making an appearance at the festival. Staffordshire brewers and artisan cider producers will also be on hand to help bring the merriment.

There will also be interactive cookery classrooms and demonstrations from top Staffordshire chefs and a packed programme of talks and tastings.


3) East Midlands Food Festival – Saturday October 6th – Sunday October 7th

The East Midland’s biggest and best food festival returns to Leicestershire this October 6th to October 7th for its 15th year, where foodies will be flocking to Melton Mowbray in their thousands to breathe in the sensational smells and savouring the tempting tastes from the many food and drink stalls making an appearance.

Featuring over 200 exhibitors, this well-established event offers something for everyone to enjoy, from live demonstrations from local professional chefs to live music and lots of entertainment and activities to keep the kids entertained.


4) Cocktails in the City – Liverpool – Friday October 12th – Saturday October 13th

The UK’s leading cocktail festival returns to Liverpool this October, bringing cocktail creativity to one of the world’s finest neoclassical buildings, St George’s Hall. With 16 bars, one landmark venue, and two nights to sample and savour some of the most sensational cocktails you’ll ever have tasted, this truly is a cocktail-lover’s dream.

Featuring secret speakeasies and members’ and party bars, visitors will get to celebrate the quality and diversity of Liverpool’s world-class cocktail scene. Get shoulder-to-shoulder with the city’s leading bartenders and be taken on a journey through the golden ages of cocktails under the expert guidance of bars including Berry and Rye, 81 LTD, Filter and Fox and The Alchemist.


5) London Festival of Wine – Saturday October 13th

A winning event for all wine enthusiasts, this October, Tom Cannavan, the award-winning wine writer, broadcaster and publisher of brings Londoners and visitors alike the London Festival of Wine.

From the Grand Hall of One Great Street in the heart of Westminster, this unmissable event features over 40 incredible exhibitors and 350 of the finest wines just waiting to be tasted – all included in the price of your ticket.

The perfect opportunity to try new wines, hone your palate, and get fantastic discounts on the best wines to bring home with you, if you’re a wine fan, what are you waiting for?


6 )Monmouthshire Food Festival – Saturday October 13th – Sunday October 14th

Coming to you from the stunning surroundings of Caldicot Castle, the Monmouthshire Food Festival plays host to a range of demonstrations, talks, tastings, and a ton of tasty food and drink to try.

Many of Monmouthshire’s award-winning chefs will also be present at The Chef’s Theatre, giving you a taste of the country’s very best hotel and restaurant offerings. There’s also plenty of activities for kids at The Children’s Quarter, hosted by a team from Monmouthshire Youth Service.


7) Bowhouse Food Weekend – Sunday October 14th

Bowhouse Food Weekend is set to be a brilliant foodie event, celebrating the best food and drink from Fife and beyond. A whole host of food and drink producers will be present, offering you the opportunity to try an impressive and scrumptious selection of the country’s best street food.

Whether you want to buy the finest fresh produce to take home with you from the marketplace or want something to eat or drink from the many food stalls and bars, bring the family and be bowled over by the impressive selection on offer here.


8) Dartmouth Food Festival  - Friday October 19th – Sunday October 21st

Chosen by The Guardian as one of the top ten food festivals in the UK, Dartmouth Food Festival rightfully has the reputation for being one of the biggest and best British foodie celebrations.

Showcasing the best of the South West, from Devonshire Scones and South Devon Chillies to Cornish Seasalt  Ashridge Cider, this fantastic foodie festival supports the region’s finest award-winning restaurants and their amazing chefs, including The Seahorse, The Elephant in Torquay, and the Millbrook Inn, South Pool, to name but a few.

This first-class food festival features workshops, seminars, tastings, competition, demonstrations and over 120 hand-picked exhibitors – 70% of which are from Devon. This truly is a landmark event on the culinary calendar and absolutely should not be missed.


9) Kirkcudbright Food Festival – Saturday October 27th – Sunday October 28th

The Kirkcudbright Food Festival brings Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria’s finest food producers together for what promises to be their biggest and best food festival yet this year. Set on the breathtakingly beautiful Dumfries and Galloway coast, this food festival features a mix of entertainment and fantastic foodie events for all the family. From chef demonstrations and masterclasses to enough street food options to keep even the fussiest eaters fed, Kirkcudbright Food Festival can’t be missed.

There will also be a ton of children’s entertainment, a fun fair, and kids classes to keep the little ones from complaining, along with beer tents, foraging, and live music for the adults to enjoy.


10) VegfestUK London 2018 – Saturday October 27th – Sunday October 28th

For the 6th year running, Britain’s biggest vegan event returns to Olympia London on October 27th to 28th, but this year with an extra 3,200 sqm’s worth of exhibition space to make this festival the best one yet.

With a wide range of activities including a Vegan Food Village with 25 global caterers, the chance to shop from around 300 exhibitors, as well as talks on health, environment, fitness, wellness, permaculture, justice, radical veganism, activism, alongside yoga and Qi Gong, this is the ultimate vegan celebration.

There will also be a cinema, a living raw zone, cookery demos, comedy, an art exhibition, a kids area, and a 450-seater auditorium hosting panels, entertainment, live music and more.


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