It’s that time of year again; food festivals are upon us, exciting many foodies across the UK. Food festivals range from a show of different foods, while other festivals focus on one type of food or ingredient. In the UK, there’s Ludlow food festival and Abergavenny food festival (nicknamed the Glastonbury of food festivals) which are both being held in September. Another interesting food festival is solely based around watercress. The centre of Alresford holds a huge street party in honour of this local “superfood”.
Food festivals occur in Europe throughout the year. Local fairs in Sicily celebrate couscous to cannoli, while Germany has been celebrating onions since 1653, complete with an onion queen!
Here are a few other tasty food festivals:
The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival – 27th – 29th April – Enjoy food and wine tastings along with a firework display by Howth Harbour – There’s also a prawn shelling competition!
Nordic Championships in Oyster Opening – 27th- 29th April – In Tanumstrand on the west coast of Sweden, enjoy seafood safaris with local fishermen and learn how to shuck an oyster!
Spanish Cheese Festival – 28th April – 1st May – Taste hundreds of mouth watering cheeses in Trujillo!
Fête de la Gastronomie – 22nd September – With around 3,000 events, the whole of France becomes a giant food festival. We know that the French love their food, so this is one event not to miss!
The Great British Food Festival – 4th-5th June – If you don’t fancy travelling abroad, Walton Hall near Warrington, will be holding the Great British Food Festival, in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Pop up food festivals are supported by everyone in the food industry including restaurateurs, commercial restaurant insurance providers, suppliers, farmers and manufacturers. It’s something that everyone can enjoy!
Will you be visiting any food festivals this summer? Have you visited any unusual food festivals in the past?