The style guide to food festivals 2019

Food lovers are spoilt for choice this year when it comes to feasts, talks and tastings with many of the UK’s best chefs, not to mention lots of great live music. Here’s our guide to summer’s coolest festivals

PUB IN THE PARK
Various dates/venues May-September
Now a highlight in every foodie and music lovers calendar, Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park will be returning to different spots around the country from May – September, kicking off in Marlow and finishing in St Albans. This year music headliners include Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Clean Bandit and Will Young, alongside a stellar food line-up, chef demonstrations, masterclasses and more. Tickets from £30 pubintheparkuk.com

SMOKED & UNCUT
Hampshire/various dates June and July
Expect a line-up of handpicked classic and contemporary artists as well as home-made street food, local ales and plenty of cocktails. The glamorous foodie’s festival from the team behind The Pig and Lime Wood is famed for its family-style pop-up restaurant feasts which see some of the country’s best chefs cook up a storm for sold-out communal tables. The music line-up includes The Noisettes, Razorlight and Rae Morris, who will be performing across three locations: Brockenhurst, Bath and New Forest. smokedanduncut.com

THE BIG FEASTIVAL
Cotswolds, 24-26 August
Get in there early, this one is very popular! The ultimate feel-good festival located in the Cotswolds with on-site glamping. Jess Glynne, Elbow and Rudimental are set to headline on the music front alongside top names such as Raymond Blanc OBE, Candice Brown and Daniel Clifford. uk.thebigfeastival.com

TASTE OF LONDON
Regents Park, 19-23 June
Now established as the foodie event of the summer, held in Regent’s Park, visitors can taste a sample of what many of their favourite restaurants have to offer, there’s also the chance to shop innovative kitchen products and learn from the experts. Cocktail and cookery masterclasses will keep you busy, while the Taste Theatre has hands-on sessions with culinary heroes. Tickets from £13 london.tastefestivals.com 

MEATOPIA
Tobacco Dock, 30 August/1 September
Founded in the US and brought to the UK by chef Richard H Turner, Meatopia is a festival of high quality, ethically sourced meat, all cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s leading chefs. A weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music, Meatopia UK has become a legendary event for food lovers. meatopia.co.uk

FOOD ROCKS
Lyme Regis, 7-8 September
Curated by chef Mark Hix, Food Rocks in Lyme Regis sees the best food and drink producers from around Dorset come together. The main stage will showcase a diverse mix of cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings, with a line up featuring Mitch Tonks, Angela Hartnett and Richard Bertinet. hixrestaurants.co.uk

ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL
Suffolk, 19-21 September
Snape Maltings is home to the famous Aldeburgh Music festival and also the Food & Drink festival which is widely regarded as one of the best in the country giving guests the chance to experience Suffolk’s best food and drink under one roof, with food stalls, masterclasses, events and talks from renowned chefs – this year the line-up features Tommi Miers, Dan Doherty, Melissa Hemsley and Maunika Gowardhan. aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

ABERGAVVENY FOOD FESTIVAL
Wales, 21-22 September
Celebrating their 21stanniversary this is a staple on the festival calendar known for bringing together chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and producers who enjoy talks, demonstrations and, of course, lots of delicious food. From tastings, demos from top chefs and forages as well as parties, there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. abergavennyfoodfestival.com

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