Here’s your definitive guide to the best food and drink festivals taking place in August 2018.
Posted: Friday 27th July 2018 By: The Foodie Travel Guide
Take your taste buds on a delicious day out by visiting one of these summer food and drink festivals. We’ve cherry-picked the best events taking place this August from family-friendly food festivals to street food pop-ups, supper clubs and wine tasting days out.
You’ll be spoilt for choice over the August Bank Holiday weekend with food festivals and events at Hampton Court Palace, Bowood House in Wiltshire, River Cottage in Devon, Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds and Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex. So don’t spend it catching up on box-sets, venture out and discover #GreatTastingBritain.
The Big Feastival
Kingham, Gloucestershire (24th – 26th August)
Presented by Alex James, The Big Feastival is a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family. The food festival is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend and is set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. There’s a big music line-up including Paloma Faith, Craig David, Tom Odell and Melanie C. Top name celebrity chefs making an appearance this year are Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc, Pierre Koffman and Mark Hix. Don’t miss the Cheese Hub – an all-day cocktail bar with music and a fantastic selection of Alex’s artisan cheese.
The Wilderness Festival
Cornbury, Oxfordshire (2nd – 5th August)
A hip and happening family music, arts and culture festival with a big appetite and a packed programme of events. Expect field restaurants from the likes of Petersham Nurseries Cafe and Angela Harnett’s Café Murano; long table banquets; The Chef’s Table restaurant featuring hugely respected chefs of the moment such as James Lowe and Sam Buckley; and food stalls galore. In between all the action, relax outdoors with a gong bath in the lakeside spa, try paddleboard yoga or go for a wild swim.
BBC CountryFile Live Show at Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (2nd – 5th August)
Now in its third year, BBC CountryFile Live goes from strength to strength attracting visitors from all over the country. Held in the grounds of the magnificent Blenheim Palace, this is a fantastic day out for all the family. Meet the animals from Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, cycle through the grounds, picnic on the village green while listening to a brass band or play a game of croquet. Food events include cooking demonstrations from chef, Brian Turner, and his celebrity friends. Plus, there’s a British charcuterie tent, the Countryfile Kitchen Marquee, pizza making classes and the perfect place for a pitstop – the village pub. Don’t leave your dog at home. This is one of the most dog-friendly festivals in the country.
Foodies Festival Oxford
South Park, Oxford, (25th- 27th August)
Watch Great British Bake Off Winner 2017, Sophie Faldo, baking live at the Foodies Festival in Oxford. Held in Oxford South Parks, this food and drinks festival is one of the popular things to do in Oxford over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Meet local author and celebrity chef, Sophie Grigson. Restauranteur and chef, Giancarlo Caldesi, owner of La Cucina Caldesi cookery school in London is also taking part.
The Great British Beer Festival
Olympia, London (7th-11th August)
Organised by CAMRA, the Great British Beer Festival is the ultimate beer tasting event for real ale and craft beer lovers across the country. The drinks festival, now in its 41st year, will host over 900 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. Don’t like beer? Don’t worry, there are wine and gin tastings, a specialist coffee stall plus street food, music and entertainment. Breweries hosting bars at this year’s festival include Fuller’s Brewery in Chiswick and Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell.
The Great British Food Festival
Chiswick House, London (10th-12th August)
The Great British Food Festival is coming to West London in mid August. Chiswick House and Gardens will host an array of artisan producers, food and drink stalls and festival bars. Mini food events include cheese-offs, gin-offs and blind tasting challenges along with chef demos. With live music and a packed programme of events for kids, this is a summer day out for all the family
Carnaby Street Eat Food Festival
Carnaby Street, London (11th August)
If you’re planning to visit London on the 11th August, stop for a spot of lunch on London’s famous Carnaby Street. For one day only, long picnic tables will line the entire length of Carnaby Street. Now in its fifth year, Carnaby Street Eat is one of London’s best street food festivals. In between sightseeing and shopping, taste signature dishes and sip cocktail’s from Carnaby Street’s diverse range of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey (25th-27th August)
Food lovers and history buffs flock to the grounds of historic Hampton Court Palace over the August Bank Holiday weekend for a tasting extravaganza. This year’s chef line-up at the food and drink festival includes appearances from big name chefs such as Michel Roux Jr, Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein, and Kenny Tutt, MasterChef winner 2018. Enjoy a glass of fizz at the pop-up Prosecco bar, shop for artisan food products including stalls from the Isle of Wight Garlic Farm and Adnams Distillery. Kids can take part in the drop-in Circus School, face painting workshops and watch Tudor cooking demonstrations.
Tobacco Dock, London (31 August-2 September)
Taking place at the end of August in London’s Tobacco Dock is Meatopia. This food festival is all about high-quality, ethically sourced meat, cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s best top chefs. Each day, 25 chefs create a unique dish and cook it right in front of you. This year cookery writer and chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, will be taking part in the festival. Eat as many dishes as you like using “Meatbucks”.
The Jam Shed Supper Club
Southbank Centre, London (24th July – 8th September)
If you’re visiting the capital in August, why not dine at London’s New Rooftop Supper Club on the South Bank? Popping up for summer is The Jam Shed Supper Club. Feast on food cooked by MasterChef finalists, admire the view of the River Thames and the London skyline while sipping fruity shiraz from Australia.
Maldon Smoke and Fire Festival
Essex (18-19 August)
The UK’s biggest BBQ festival is dedicated to slow cooking and is sure to be a hit with lovers of the American-style barbecue. Teams from across the UK and Europe will compete to win the title of pitmaster, while festival attendees can feast on their 24-hour smoking efforts. You get cooking competitions, tips on BBQ techniques and demos from the winner of ITV’s BBQ Champ, Simon Dyer. This family-friendly charity fundraiser also includes live music and a real ale and cider festival.
Brogdale Cider Festival
Faversham, Kent, 25th & 26th August
As a venue for a food and drinks festival, Brogdale Farm in Kent is pretty special. Its vast orchards house the nation’s fruit collection and the world’s largest collection of fruit trees. The setting is perfect for a summer cider festival where you can taste over 60 different varieties. If you’re staying in nearby Whistable for the August Bank Holiday weekend, why not pop over for some cider appreciation?
Photo: Julia Claxton
RidgeFest at Ridgeview Wine Estate
Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling, Sussex (25th August)
Ridgeview Wine Estate in Ditchling produces outstanding English sparkling wine. On Saturday 25th August, it’s hosting a mini food and drink festival. Set amongst the vines and with panoramic views of the beautiful Sussex countryside and South Downs, this is a wonderful day out for wine lovers. Sip a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival before taking a tour of Ridgeview vineyard and winery.
Dartmouth Crab Festival
Dartmouth, Devon (12th August)
A delicious food event in the one of the UK’s top seafood destinations. Dartmouth is home to chef, Mitch Tonks’ two eateries – Rockfish and his renowned restaurant -The Seahorse. The Crab Festival, now in its 7th year, is one of highlights of Dartmouth food calendar. Tickets to the pop-up Seahorse restaurant, hosted by Mitch Tonks and Angela Hartnett, were snapped up quickly. However, there’s still much to enjoy – music, crabbing competitions, an oyster shack and food stalls selling delicious crab dishes and seafood creations. Can’t make it? Put a date in your diary now to visit the Dartmouth Food Festival in October, one of Britain’s best food and drink festivals.
River Cottage Festival
Axminster, Devon (25th & 26th August)
Hugh and his team know how to put on a show that will appeal to the whole family. This year’s River Cottage Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend, promises music, masterclasses and a range of different experiences including foraging walks and star gazing. Foodies can take a class in wood-fired meat, wild cocktails or try your hand at making natural wine.
Bristol, Somerset (3rd – 5th August)
Valley Fest is a small, family-friendly festival that celebrates organic food, sustainability and provenance. It’s held on a working farm in the Somerset countryside overlooking a beautiful lake in Chew Magna. Listen to great music (with highlights this year from Sam Outlaw and Rae Morris), take your kids to meet the farm animals and learn new skills such as fermenting. Food lovers will love the fancy-dress banquet on Friday night with food prepared by chef, Paul Collins, and his team from one of our favourite farm restaurants – Yeo Valley Canteen in Blagdon. On Saturday, there’s a giant midnight feast and on Sunday, a picnic involving Michelin-starred chefs such as Josh Eggleton.
Great British Food Festival Bowood House
Bowood House, Wiltshire (25th – 27th August)
Visit magnificent Bowood House and Gardens over the August Bank Holiday weekend and you’ll be in for a tasty treat. The Great British Food Festival returns for a 3rd year with plenty of foodie family fun. Watch chef demos, take part in the Cake Off competition, meet artisan producers and tuck-in to scrummy street food. Kids activities and cooking classes are also on the menu.
Ludlow’s Magnalonga Walk
Ludlow, Shropshire (12th August)
Magnalonga is an annual mouthwatering walk for foodies in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. It’s held as part of the early programme of activities leading up to Ludlow Food Festival in September. The walk is inspired by the annual Magnalonga walk which takes place each April in the Italian wine region of Valpolicella. There are stops along the walk where you can taste some of Shropshire’s finest food and drink.
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
Newchurch, The Isle of Wight (18th &19th August)
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is the Island’s biggest summer show. With food, music, a funfair, entertainment, animals and all-things garlicky, it’s a wonderful day out for all the family.
Nottingham Food and Drink Festival
Wollaton Park, Nottingham (11-12 August)
Have a tasty day out at Nottingham food and drink festival. Drink a pint in the real ale marquee, have a seafood feast in the Fruits de Mer restaurant or challenge yourself by taking part in the Bushtucker challenge. Celebrity chefs making an appearance include Levi Roots, Jackie Kearney, Johnny Pusztai, Peter Sidwell, Cyrus Todiwala OBE and Paul Rankin.
Thornbridge Peakender Beer Festival
Bakewell, Peak District (17th-19th August)
Beer explorers can spend the weekend chilling out and tasting beer at this annual beer festival in the Peak District. Organised by the Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell, it’s your chance to drink beers from some of the country’s best breweries all accompanied by delicious food.
Yum! Festival of Food and Drink
The Rose Bowl and Queen’s Gardens, Hull, (10-12 August)
This food and drinks festival in Hull celebrates both the city and the region’s artisan producers. Taste craft beer brewed in Trinity Market, ice cream from Roe’s Farm Dairy and sausage rolls and pies from The Hull Pie. Entertain the kids with cookery workshops, cupcake decorating and face painting. With street food stalls, music and a bar, Yum! is a fun way to enjoy the city.
Cardigan River & Food Festival
Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, Wales (18 August)
Cardigan’s River & Food Festival has grown to attract thousands of people to the town every year. Now in its twentieth year, the ethos of this one-day food and drink festival remains the same – to celebrate the quality and diversity of the superb local independent food producers that abound in Wales. Taste award-winning cheeses and Welsh specialities, and watch cooking demonstrations. The programme of river events includes skiff races and RNLI demonstrations.
Bowhouse Food Weekend
Anstruther, Fife, Scotland (11-12 August)
Bowhouse is an innovative foodie space and destination on the Balcaskie Estate in Fife. It holds regular food weekends throughout the summer. If you’re visiting St Andrews or the local area, pop in over 11-12 August and shop for fantastic local produce. Choose your pick of seasonal vegetables, shellfish, meat from artisan butchers, craft drinks and sweet treats. It’s an opportunity to see, discuss, taste and buy food and drink made in the East Neuk of Fife and beyond.
Photo: Foodies Festival
Foodies Festival Edinburgh
Inverleith Park, Edinburgh, Scotland (3rd-5th August)
Watch MasterChef Winner 2018, Kenny Tutt, cook live in The Chefs’ Theatre at the Foodies Festival in Edinburgh over the weekend of the 3rd, 4th and 5th August. Take part in chocolate-making workshops, Prosecco and Parmesan masterclasses and chilli-eating competitions. With street-food stalls, music from headline acts Top Loader and The Hossiers, it’s a mouth-watering day out for all the family.
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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures.