Here is a run-down of six exciting food festivals taking place across the UK this September.
1. Real Food Market at Southbank, London
Three days a week, London’s Southbank Centre becomes the backdrop to London’s rising star in the food scene. Featuring around 40 carefully selected F&B stalls, including small producers and independent traders, this market is fast becoming one of London’s most popular. Come to do your weekly shop and select the freshest of seasonal fruit and veg, quality meats and seafood and artisan cheeses and breads. Or, stop by for a bite to eat-a hearty meal here won’t break the bank, prices are exceptionally affordable for a market of this kind and there is an incredible variety of foods, from Ghanian stews and Moroccan chicken to Spanish churros and freshly-stuffed French baguettes.
Don’t miss: fruity Caribbean curry from The Curry Shack, award-winning bread and cakes from The Flour Station and the most amazing cured sustainable salmon from artisan smoke house, House of Sverre.
Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
T: +44 844 847 9910
Runs every Fri, Sat & Sun until March 22, 2015
Open 12:00 onwards Fri & Sun, 11:00 onwards Sat
2. Urban Food Fest at Shoreditch, London
Every Saturday night, the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch become the essential food truck pit-stop. Beautified trucks and tented food stalls sell a formidable variety of world food, from Thai noodles, Italian wood-fired oven pizza, Japanese sushi, New York hot dogs and Mexican burritos, plus plenty of sugary desserts. There is even a special area for Vegans, ‘V Corner’. The line-up changes weekly so there is always a reason to head back for round two.
Don’t miss: deep-fried frogs’ legs at Geaux Cajun (yes, frogs legs.. trust us!)
Euro Car Parks, 163-175 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU
Runs every Sat until Oct 11, 2014
Open 17:00 onwards
3. Abergavenny Food Festival at Monmouthshire, Abergavenny, Wales
Dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of food festivals, the Abergavenny Food Festival runs for an entire weekend at the end of the month and showcases some of Wales’ top culinary talents across six stunning venues. Visitors can fine-tune their kitchen skills in a variety of masterclasses, experience new cuisine in the tutored tastings and meet some big names from the food world – be sure to book tickets now before events fill-up. Saturday night will be dedicated to a spectacular night market, featuring food traders and non-catering produce stalls.
Don’t miss: The Chase Distillery Tasting Tour, Simply Italian: Cooking at Home workshop with the Chiappa sisters and a talk by infamous restaurant critic Jay Rayner, plus at the market, The Chocolate Brownie Company and The Cheese Truck.
Festival takes over several locations in Abergavenny – see website for details
T: +44 1873 851643
Runs Sept 20 & 21, 2014
Open 9:30-22:00 (*box office opens 9:00, car parks close 20:00)
Entrance free for under 16s, Sat ‘Stroller’ £10, Sun ‘Stroller’ £8, weekend pass £15
Additional costs apply for Special Events – see website for details and booking
4. Thame Food Festival, Chinnor, South Oxfordshire
Thame Food Festival has been running since 2008 in the charming market town of Thame and boasts a wealth of well-known chefs, food producers and retailers and drinks experts. This year, expect the likes of Great British Bake Off’s John Whaite, Chef and TV personality Edd Kimber, the Frenchman who needs no introduction; Raymond Blanc, Adam Simmonds; tipped as one of the top ten chefs to watch by the Good Food Guide and the legendary and loveable Tom Kerridge.
Don’t miss: the Children’s workshop, wine tasting and ‘A Day at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School’.
Park & Ride service available from Thame Showground, further location details available nearer to the event – see website for more details
T: +44 7944 175633
Open Sept 27, 2014, 9:00-17:00, or until stock runs out
5. The Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, Brighton
Host to over 300 F&B businesses, this is the largest food festival in the south of England. The festival focuses on Sussex’s local talent, from the growers and producers to the areas most popular restaurants, bars and food retailers. The incredible line-up of stalls and exciting events pull in huge crowds each year. ‘Restaurant Week’ is one of the highlights – discounts can be found in some of the area’s top restaurants and diners are treated to special dishes for a memorable meal.
Don’t miss: the Wine and Chocolate Adventure tasting evening on Sept 13th during which experts with perfectly match the finest handmade chocolate with premium wines, the Big Sussex Market that runs all day on Sept 14th, showcasing the very best of Sussex food and drink and the 50s Tea Dance on Sept 14th where you can jitterbug on the beach to live music while sipping classic cocktails and nibbling on canapés.
Festival takes place in and around Brighton and Hove – see website for events and locations
T: +44 1273 770044
Run until Sept 14, 2014
Prices vary for each of the events – see website for details
6. The Ludlow Food Festival, Ludlow, South Shropshire
Ludlow, situated on the river Tame, amongst the Welsh marshed was once called “the perfect historic town” by Mr John Betjeman and has been names ‘England’s Finest Market Town’ by Country Life Magazine. Its food culture is thriving and each year this vibrant town hosts mass of marquees that promote local delights, such as fine sausages and local beers and traditional food and drink to taste and buy. The festival began way back in 1995; longevity proves its worth.
Don’t miss: the Slow Food Breakfast workshop, Coffee Masterclasses, hand-pressed apple juice at Appleteme and handmade ice cream at The Little Shropshire Ice Cream Company.
Runs Sept 12-14, 2014