With the cooler days and nights drawing in, we are already starting to crave delicious, hearty food and comforting stews and pies.
If you’re in the mood for a spot of foodie heaven this autumn, then why not visit one of the country’s top food festivals this season to celebrate harvest season? If you’re about to take a few days off for a timeshare break close to home, it’s worth checking ahead to see what’ll be happening near you as we get into the swing of foodie season.
Meanwhile, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites including Dartmouth’s fantastic food festival which featuring some of Britain’s best chefs and best seafood (more details below!)
Ludlow remains one of the best food festivals in the country. Renowned for its sausage and ale trails, there is also scores of other food-related events taking place over the festival weekend. This year, take your pick from the Secret Restaurant – a five-course banquet at an undisclosed location – hands-on cookery workshops, and an interactive event exploring how we use our five senses when eating.
• 13-15 September, £8.50 for a one-day pass, foodfestival.co.uk
Boasting 250 exhibitors, five venues and 50 ticketed events, this is easily Wales’ best foodie event. This year, learn from the experts with a Blood-themed masterclass, which focuses on black pudding and other blood products. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a chat with renowned chef Magnus Nilsson, who runs Faviken, a tiny restaurant in Sweden.
21-22 September, wristbands from £6.50, abergavennyfoodfestival.com
Halal food, London
This is the world’s biggest halal food show, with all food suitable for Muslims and all drinks alcohol-free. A professional mixologist will be on-hand to make halal mocktails, whereas celebrity chefs, including MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo, will cook up live demos.
27-29 September, £20, halalfoodfestival.com
This festival at Balloch on Loch Lomond is part of Scottish Food Fortnight. Guests will be treated to cookery lessons on local and Punjabi food, as well as sausage, ale and pie tasting sessions.
14-15 September, free, lochlomondfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk
Independent Beer Convention, Manchester
This festival is aimed at young, trendy beer drinkers and is held at Manchester’s Victoria Baths (victoriabaths.org.uk). Featuring dozens of craft breweries from across the UK, as well as street food from Guerrilla Eats (guerrillaeats.co.uk), this is a must-visit for beer lovers everywhere.
10-13 October, from £6, indymanbeercon.co.uk
Big-name chefs will be polishing their knives and showing off their talents at this festival. Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix and Thomasina Miers are among those cooking up their favourite seafood recipes. There will also be seafood lunches, tips on filleting, smoking and crab picking, as well as a lesson in food photography. Drink events will include a Plymouth Gin masterclass and a mixology session
25-27 October, main festival free, some events are ticketed, dartmouthfoodfestival.com
Arundel, West Sussex
The picturesque Arundel, is hosting a weekend of foodie events including apple pressing, street cookery, bread-making and bake-off competitions. Visitors will also be able to sample food cooked to ancient Roman recipes at the Arundel Museum (arundelmuseum.org)
19-20 October, free, arundelfoodfestival.org.uk