July is shaping up to be a tasty month, no matter what the weather may be, with a number of food and drink festivals and events occurring. Here are a few for the foodie calendar.
The Dorset Seafood Festival also begins this weekend, highlighting fantastic local produce on Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th, along Waterfront Weymouth. There are a number of demonstrations from local chefs, and the festival boasts over 100 stalls selling food and related items. The Dorset Seafood Festival is free admission.
The Hampshire Food Festival is going on throughout the entire month of July, with over 70 events happening throughout Hampshire. View the festival programme online and search events where you can meet food producers, attend tastings, visit farmers’ markets and attend cookery demonstrations. Festival Palace will be hosting a festival weekend in Basingstoke on the 20th through the 22nd, hosted by Olly Smith.
Today marks the start of the Nottingham Food & Drink Festival, which will be happening from the 4th until the 8th of July. There will be chef and butchery demonstrations, real ale sampling, film screenings, wine tastings, brewer meet-ups, dinner specials and even a cocktail masterclass, along with a food and drink market showcasing regional produce. Many events are free, but there are some events which do require purchasing tickets. Find out more on their website.
Taste of Edinburgh will be on this coming weekend from the 6th through the 8th of July. A number of fantastic chefs will be featured at the event, including our very own Geoffrey Smeddle. There are a number of cooking classes and masterclasses, as well as several producers exhibiting Scottish and worldwide fare. Standard adult tickets are £12, with children under 12 attending for free, while Premium and VIP tickets are £30 and £45 respectively. You can purchase your tickets here.
Cheshire’s Tatton Park will be the scene for the Foodies Festival from the 6th through the 8th this weekend. With a fantastic line-up of cheese-tastings, pie making, tagine masterclasses, wine tastings, sausage making, gin demonstrations with Hendrick’s Gin and beer sampling with author Melissa Cole, there’s something for every food and drink interest at this festival. Tickets are £10/£8 concessions per day, with children under 16 able to attend for free, or £18/15 concessions for a three-day ticket. Book your tickets here.
EAT! NewcastleGateshead 2012 is a huge festival celebrating food and drink in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, spanning over two weeks from the 23th of July through the 29th. With a massive programme of a number of events, parties, interactive projects, plays, film ‘eat-alongs’ and masterclasses, there will be something to enjoy for everyone at this truly epic food festival. View the website to browse the extensive activities and to book the events you wish to attend.
Beautiful Bristol shall be hosting its own Foodies Festival from the 13th through the 15th. There will be food and drink masterclasses, as well as a Chef’s Theatre where top chefs in the area will be holding demonstrations, including The Pony & Trap’s Josh Eggleton. Tickets are £10 or £8 concessions per day, with children under 16 attending free, or £18/15 concessions for a three-day ticket. Purchase your tickets here.
The Glynde Food & English Wine Festival will be on the weekend of the 14th and 15th this month, spotlighting English wine, vineyards and traders. Several chefs will be making appearances at the festival, including a chef previously featured on our blog, Tim Anderson. Several fantastic food and wine traders will be selling their produce at the event, so it will be hard to leave empty-handed. Standard tickets are currently £10 per day, with £5 tickets for children 13-16, while under-13s attend free. Concession tickets are £8, and a weekend ticket is £15. There will be tutored wine tastings beginning at £10, and masterclass tickets at £25, which are in addition to the festival tickets. There is also a Children’s Kitchen, teaching cookery skills to kids, which is £5.
The Great Shoreham Chilli Fest is a free festival also happening on the 14th and 15th on Coronation Green. There will be a chilli-eating contest, along with a spice-tastic array of curries, sauces, dips, snacks and even chilli beer and chilli cocktails to set your tongue aflame.
Gloucester Quays will be holding their Food Festival from the 20th of July through the 22nd, featuring a cookery theatre, a food and craft market, live music and free masterclass sessions throughout the weekend. The event is free, and the cookery theatre is £7.
Saturday, the 21st, will see the Oundle Food Festival, with a food market, cookery demonstrations and . There will also be an interesting food debate led by BBC Presenter Sue MacGregor, given Question Time style, featuring speakers involved with food and food issues. The festival is free, but tickets for the cookery demonstrations and food debate are available online.
The 21st will also be the day for the Leigh Village Food Festival in Dorset, featuring several area food and drink producers. There will be cookery demonstrations and children’s activities. Adult tickets are just £2, with children under 15 attending free.
The Essex Food Festival is on the 21st and 22nd of July in Cressing Temple Barns. The festival will feature several producers in the East Anglia area, as well as other British produce and selections from abroad. Celebrity chef demonstrations will be shown at the Cookery Theatre. Tickets are available online for £5.50/£4.50 concessions, with different prices if you are purchasing at the gate. Children under 12 attend for free, and admission includes free parking and entrance to all demonstrations.
The Whitstable Oyster Festival will be going on for an entire week, from the 21st through the 27th of July. Celebrating glorious local food and drink along Whitstable Harbour and at various locations, the festival’s main food centre will be on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd, and admission is free.
On Wednesday, the 25th, The International Cheese Awards in Nantwich will be offering the chance to taste over 3,500 cheeses in the Cheshire East Council Pavillion, as well as a cheese and wine bar, and education centre and cookery demonstration theatre. Adult tickets are £14, seniors £10, children £5 and family tickets are £35 for advanced booking online, with additional prices for seats in the Celebrity Chefs Theatre.
If you’re still craving a cheese fix, Caerphilly will be having its Big Cheese Festival from the 27th through the 29th of July. Friday, the 27th, will be the day of the Great Cheese Race, a fancy dress on castle ground with prizes awarded to the best fancy dressed team. The rest of the weekend will feature a food hall, craft stalls, educational activities and a funfair. This is a free event.