Ludlow Food Festival | 8-10 September 2017
Ludlow has been described as the UK’s second gourmet capital, and for its annual food festival more than 160 exhibitors set up camp in the grounds of Ludlow Castle. Foodies can sample (and score) their favourite local produce, or embark on activities like the Real Ale Trail, which involves tasting 12 of the local pubs’ best beers.
For more information, visit foodfestival.co.uk
Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival | 16-17 September 2017
Hastings’ historic Old Town plays host to this annual culinary celebration, for which locals turn out in droves: last year, the combination of sunny weather, seafood and wine attracted more than 50,000 visitors. This year, those stopping by can expect more than 30 food stalls, guided walks, interactive talks, demonstrations and a special Jazz Breakfast.
For more information, visit visit1066country.com/seafood
Meatopia, London | 1-3 September 2017
This is the ultimate meat-lover’s fest. Brought here by Hawksmoor honcho Richard H Turner – who originally teamed up with the late Josh Ozersky, founder of the American version of the festival – Meatopia is all about snout-to-tail cooking using local, ethically sourced meat, barbecued to perfection over wood and charcoal. Prolific chefs from around the world dream up original recipes specifically for the festival, so the dishes can’t be tried anywhere else. With more than 40 prolific chefs manning the grills, the line-up includes NOPI’s Yotam Ottolenghi and Berber & Q’s Josh Katz. New for the festival’s fourth year is an over-18s Friday night ‘late shift’ – a smoky evening session of meat, fire and dancing – and a family-friendly ‘carnival Sunday’ of street theatre and fun acts entertaining kids and grown-ups alike. Back for its second year is Craftopia, an area offering lessons in flame-cooked meat and ice-cold beer pairings – surely the best bedfellows around. And if you need more reasons to go, there will be Turner & George butchery masterclasses, unusual demonstrations at The Cutting Room stage and live summer sounds from DJ sets and brass bands.
For more information, visit www.meatopia.co.uk
Galway Oyster Festival | Dates TBC
Compete in the Bollinger World Oyster Opening Championship or simply soak up the (Guiness-soaked) atmosphere at Ireland’s best-known food festival.
For more information, visit www.galwayoysterfest.com
Great Cornish Food Festival | Dates TBC
Taste dishes by 30 chefs including Nathan Outlaw, Jack Stein (son of Rick) and Andy Appleton from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at this year’s Cornish foodie extravaganza, taking place in the centre of pretty cathedral city Truro. You can get involved yourself in a number of masterclasses, spanning the arts of Cornish pasty crimping, fruit painting and Cornish Gin cocktail mixing, while kids can drop into the Discover Zone to learn more about where their food comes from. Best of all, there will be 60 producers on-hand offering such local delights as clotted cream, ice cream, freshly-caught lobster, hand-picked crab sandwiches and new brews (of both the beer and tea variety).
For more information, visit www.greatcornishfood.co.uk/festival
Adleburgh Food & Drink Festival, Suffolk | 23-24 September 2017
Taking place next to the River Alde in Snape Maltings, this festival celebrates the quality of local food, with activities and demonstrations for adults and children. Angela Hartnett of Michelin-starred Murano in Chelsea and Shoreditch’s Merchants Tavern will be giving hands-on masterclasses, and new for this year is pop-up restaurant The Suffolk Punch, where the county’s young producers (The Cake Shop Bakery, Fen Farm Dairy, Truly Traceable) will be dishing up a locally sourced three-course meal. More newness includes face-painting, arts-and-crafts sessions and cooking classes for the whole family at Hillfarm Meadow.
For more information, visit www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk