If you're looking for a little day trip out this summer may we wholeheartedly suggest a food festival? It might be mid-July but there are still loads to choose from taking place around the country. Here's our pick of the best...
1. CARNABY STREET EAT, LONDON
Sunday 20th July 2014
Best for: Hipster spotting
The vibe: Taking place in Carnaby's vibrant new food hub Kingly Court, this super chilled day promises delicious tasters from over 40 international cuisines, plus live music, free workshops, face painting and the best part: entry is FREE!
The food: There will be live cooking demos from Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli cooking up dishes with The Rum Kitchen, Whyte & Brown, The Detox Kitchen, The Life Goddess, Pizza Pilgrims and Cinnamon Soho.
The details: This event will be taking place for one day only between 11am and 6pm. For more information, visit here.
2. THE BIG FEASTIVAL, OXFORDSHIRE
29th -31st August
Best for: Cheeky chappies (and chapettes)
The vibe: Jamie Oliver and Alex James have teamed up together for this fantastic event. Set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm, there is music from top acts, celeb chef demos, grub from the cream of the UK’s street food crop, as well as a vintage funfair and cookery classes.
The food: The celebrity chef list is gold, with legends like Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw, Rachel Khoo, Levi Roots, Gizzi Erskine and Jamie himself!
The details: Adult weekend tickets start at £119.25 but you can just pop in for the day if time is tight. For more information, visit here.
3. GALWAY OYSTER AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, IRELAND
25th - 28th September
Best for: Slurping shellfish
The vibe: This is the oldest oyster festival in the world held in the idyllic Galway Bay. Guiness on tap and some of the tastiest crustaceans on the planet makes this a perfect foodie festival.
The food: The opening night kicks off with a food village of local restaurants, there is a world oyster opening championship (oh, shucks!), a family food fun day as well as a masquerade Mardi Gras ball.
The details: Tickets start from €15. For more information, visit here.
4. FOODIES FESTIVAL 2014, NATIONWIDE
May 3rd - August 25th
Best for: Family fun
The vibe: This is now the UK’s biggest food and drink festival with events in Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Edinburgh, Tatton Park, Hampton Court Palace and London. An estimated 250,000 people will visit this year to try out the very best in food and drink.
The food: Highlights include chefs-of-the-moment Angela Hartnett, Martin Blunos, Gennaro Contaldo, Lloyd Grossman and Masterchef winner Shelina Permaloo.
The details: Adult day tickets start at £10. For more information, visit here.
5. FEAST, LONDON
31st July - 3rd August
Best for: Sensory Overload
The vibe: Based in Tobacco Dock in London, a 19th century quayside warehouse. This foodie haven promises wine and perfume pairing, butchery and cocktail-making master classes. With the offer of taxidermy demonstrations and a drink at the only absinthe bar in London, we reckon this one is unmissable!
The food: Fancy duck confit for lunch, northern Chinese street food for seconds and rainbow-tastic meringues for dessert? Highlights include The Breakfast Club, Aqua Shard, Notting Hill Kitchen and Selfridges very own 'meet the makers' Meringue girls.
The details: Adult tickets a bargain at £10. For more information, visit here.
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