Summer is well on its way, and we can’t think of a better way to spend it other than eating, dancing and drinking in the great outdoors. There are so many outdoor events in the UK, despite our slightly unreliable weather, but we’d never let a bit of rain dampen our enthusiasm. We’ve put together a list of our top picks for festivals that every foodie should have in their 2019 summer diaries.
Pub in the Park
With incredible food, fantastic music and Michelin-starred chefs imparting their wisdom, this is one not to be missed! Alongside the music of Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, David Gray and Clean Bandit, there’ll be plenty of bars, chef demonstrations, masterclasses, tastings and plenty of shopping from artisans and lifestyle brands, too.
May-September at multiple venues: http://pubintheparkuk.com/
The festival incarnation of the BBC’s flagship television programme returns to the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace this August. The Countryfile presenters and a host of guests will be relishing the Oxfordshire countryside; sharing quality food; learning about wildlife and agriculture; and much, much more! We’ll be serving up our delicious soups (as well as soaking up the festival atmosphere) at Blenheim Palace this year, make sure you pop by and say ,‘hello!’
1-4 August (Blenheim Palace): https://www.countryfilelive.com/
This is another festival that offers up amazing musical acts and adds in some of the biggest names in food. With a moveable feast of festivities and a feel-good atmosphere this will be an unforgettable event! With acts like Jess Glynne, Elbow and Rudimental headlining the music and top names from the food world such as Raymond Blanc OBE, Candice Brown and Daniel Clifford there’s no going wrong with this one!
24-26 August: https://thebigfeastival.com/
Great Yorkshire Show
Make sure you get the Great Yorkshire Show in your diary this summer! From 1st – 4th August all manner of great events to make up the biggest and best county fair around. With all sorts of fun from motorbike displays to cattle shows it’s a celebration of the best farming and foodstuff Britain has to offer. We’ll be there every day thoroughly enjoying the Yorkshire fare and serving up delicious soup – don’t miss out!
9th– 11th July Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate: https://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk
Taste of London
Taste of London is one of the biggest foodie events of the summer (as much as us Yorkshire folk hate to admit it). In Regent’s Park, you can try some exceptional food, do large amounts of shopping and learn directly from culinary experts. This year the theme is ‘Wild in the City’, which looks to explore sustainability practices and champion craftmanship in food. Some of the big names this year are the likes of Yotem Ottolenghi, Genevieve Taylor, Melissa Hemsley as well as an appearance from South African restaurant Wolfgat, who were won Restaurant of the Year at this year’s World Restaurant Awards. It’s bound to be spectacular!
19-23 June, Regent’s Park: https://london.tastefestivals.com/
River Cottage Food Fair
Set at River Cottage HQ, the glorious 100-acre Axminster organic farm on the Dorset and Devon border, this is going to be two days of cooking masterclasses, street food, demonstrations, live music, yoga and sit-down meals.
The line-up includes Steven Lamb, Steph McGovern, Satish Kuar, Giles Yeo and, as you would expect, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall himself. It’s as wholesome a foodie festival as you can get!
24-25 August, River Cottage HQ, Axminster: https://www.rivercottage.net/festival/2019