From September to November, the UK houses some of the best and interactive food festivals, including the Ludlow Food Festival, the Cardiff Country Fair, and the Taste of London.
Ludlow Food Festival
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ludlow Food Festival held the weekend of September 12th through 14th. The festival features more than 160 independent restaurant and drink companies from the England and Wales area. Throughout the weekend, your entire family can attend cooking demonstrations from cooking demonstrations for kids to Cooking like Cleopatra for you to cheese and beer tastings for your husband. On Sunday, the festival adds an extra 40 displays. The festivals takes place at Ludlow Castle and costs £8.50 for one day or £15.00 for two days.
The Abergavenny Food Festival
Known as the “Best Event in Wales,” by the National Tourism Awards for Wales, this festival allows you to access five different market areas with one wristband ticket. Your ticket allows you to see the Victorian Market Hall, where you can sample artisan chocolates and farmhouse cheeses, as well as seeing demonstrations about how farmers and restaurateurs make their food go from farm to table. Besides sampling treats, get involved in games and activities within the Norman Castle, such as the Donut Games or Foodie Scrabble. For the first time this year, on Saturday night, street vendors will line the festival and sell treats like Apple County cider, Spanish donuts, German frankfurters, and cheese platters. This festival runs September 20th through 21st and costs £12.00 for the weekend.
Cardiff Country Fair
Located at Cardiff Castle on September 27th and 28th, this festival epitomizes the heart of farming, produce, and countryside, You’ll find so much to from exploring the best of Britain’s produce to looking at cheese displays to spending time with the farm animals that your entire family will want to spend the day there. The festival also offers cooking competitions, including pizza and decorated cupcake challenges for children and quiche, Welsh cakes, and a Victoria sandwich, complete with the raspberry jam filling. Besides food, you’ll experience live entertainment and old-fashioned games like tug-of-war. Advance tickets cost £4.50 for children and £7.50 for adults.
Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival
This festival draws over 50,000 visitors to the old historic town of Hastings. Combinations of fresh seafood, street vendors, live entertainment, and sunshine bring out both locals and tourists. This year, over 30 exhibits with seafood, produce, and wine will be taking part. The festival is also hosting an additional jazz breakfast in the morning on both Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. Tickets are only £2 on the day of the festival.
Taste of London
Taste of London occurs twice a year, once in the summer and once in November for their winter festival. The Tobacco Deck in East London will be transformed as you sample signature dishes and try artisan wine, cheese, and chocolate platters. You’ll experience some of the very best chefs giving cooking demonstrations using gadgets like the Electrolux or other chefs grilling everything from deer to a Sunday roast over a fire pit. For this festival, you need to purchase “Crown” currency to buy dishes at each restaurant. They average around four to six a piece.
I’m planning to attend as many of these as possible in September and then my friends and I are travelling on to Newcastle, Australia to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We’ve heard there are many stylish party venues in Newcastle and this holiday is all about the food for us.