10 of the best spring and summer food festivals in the UK for 2022 | Food and drink
Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux, Merseyside
Over the Jubilee weekend, Liverpool will celebrate the local food scene and French wine. Three streets – Hope Street, Bold Street and Castle Street – host immersive dining experiences, with performances by chefs and producers, cooking demonstrations, cultural activities and festival menus in restaurants. At the same time, the city hosts the British outpost of the Bordeaux Wine Festival, the highlight of which is a wine experience at the town hall, with six tastings, masterclasses and DJs.
June 2-5 some events free, wine experience from £18visitliverpool.com
Normandy Food Tour, South East England
The Normans are invading again this May bank holiday weekend, but this time they come in peace – and with gifts. A free food tour stopping in Hastings, Windsor, Norwich and Canterbury will showcase food, drink and music from the region. French chefs will show you how to cook classic dishes, from Norman cutlet (with cream and cider) at teurgoule milk rice. Visitors can sign up for tasting masterclasses: cider, calvados, cheeses (camembert, neufchâtel and mimolette) and cakes and biscuits (madeleines, Dieppois apple caramel). Food trucks will sell seafood, camembert burgers and Norman cheesecake, while live music will be offered by the Carpanorama musical bus.
April 29 (Hastings), April 30 (Windsor), May 1 (Norwich) and May 2 (Canterbury)free, fr.normandie-tourisme.fr
Food Forever, Kew, London
The Kew Gardens summer season focuses on the fragile future of food, exploring the impact our eating habits have on the world. A new route of food-related art installations runs through the garden, from giant wooden trolls highlighting food waste to a mirrored artwork referencing the danger of monocultures. Immersive exhibits include a maze of cornfields and a fantastical feast. After-hours events in June and July feature film screenings, food tastings, live performances, and talks from food innovators, scientists, and chefs. The Pavilion restaurant, which offers a view of the pagoda and the temperate house, will also remain open late.
Weekends from From May 21 to September 18, included with admission to the gardens. Evening events on June 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and July 1, 2, from £15www.kew.org
Local Sauce Festival, West Sussex
This festival at Haywards Heath aims to promote sustainable Sussex produce, trendy food and drink. A culinary center will sell street food like wagyu burgers; there will also be a pop-up Egyptian restaurant; demonstrations of fish, pastry and Italian cuisine; and a craft market selling treats including cannoli. The bars will offer local beers, wines, ciders and gin, as well as alcoholic cocktail sorbets. The lifestyle zone will include independent homeware and clothing stores – with personal shoppers – and a kids’ zone with baby facilities, soft play and craft workshops. Up-and-coming local bands play during the day, with Toploader headlining on Sunday evenings.
July 23-24, adult £19.50, child £8.50 festivaldesaucelocale.com
Fire Festival, Pembrokeshire
This sizzling street food festival on Milford Haven’s waterfront will focus on fire cooking. During the day, stalls will serve flame-grilled steaks, Afghan wraps, grilled shrimp and roasted marshmallows. The chef at Dulse, the restaurant of the new Hotel Tŷ, will present fiery dishes, and the Freedom Brewery will quench the thirst. In the evening there will be a “fire show” with live performances, flaming sculptures and an immersive fire garden. This is the first of Milford Waterfront’s spring/summer festivals; future events include a beer festival in May, another street food festival in August and a fish festival (date to be confirmed).
April 29-May 1free during the day (reservation required), evening £5milfordwaterfront.co.uk
Shropshire Day at Quarry Park
This drinks festival in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park celebrates local breweries and small producers, with around 20 pop-up bars serving beer, cider, wine, gin, Pimm’s, cocktails and liqueurs. To soak up the booze, there will be twenty other food stalls of global influence, from paella to pierogi and Afro-Caribbean to Indian street food. Besides food and drink, entertainment will include a live music stage with local bands, a silent disco, a comedy tent and a studio teaching belly dancing, hula hooping and line dancing.
May 20-21, from £12.50 (child £10)shropshirepartyatthepark.co.uk
Picnic Social, Lincolnshire
Norman Lincoln Castle is the atmospheric setting for a free summer gathering in July and August, celebrating ‘food, culture and community’. Visitors can picnic in the park after stocking up on stalls selling bread, cheese, charcuterie, cakes and street food, as well as beer and spirits. On weekends, the castle doors will be open until 11 p.m., with DJs spinning a summery soundtrack. Dogs are welcome on July 23 and 24, and visitors can book a ticket for the Medieval Castle Walk on July 29 (£10.50), for nighttime views of the city.
July 23 to August 7, FREE ENTRANCEwww.lincolncastle.com
Heaton Park Food Festival, Manchester
The team behind the award-winning North Leeds food festival is launching a new event in Manchester this summer. The Heaton Park Food Festival will be a two-day extravaganza featuring international street food, eight independent bars (including a champagne bar), a live cooking theater and a market with over 80 local producers. The eclectic musical lineup includes singer-songwriters, choirs and bands, ranging from jazz, soul and swing to indie and pop. There is also an entertainment arena with magicians and comedians, plenty of activities for children, a funfair and a wellness area.
20 and August 21of £4.95 (child £2.95)heatonparkfoodfestival.com
Great British Food Festival, East Yorkshire
The Great British food festival has a new venue for 2022: Burton Constable, an Elizabethan country house near Hull. In addition to street food, market traders, bars and chef demonstrations, there will be some unusual features. The challenge stage will host Man v Food-style contests – making fun of sausage or chili, for example – and a Cake Off. There will also be a barbecue scene, cooking classes for children and foraging walks in the park. A different show will happen every hour, and for the kids there will be a mini zoo, a bouncy castle, circus workshops and wacky races.
May 14 and 15, from £10.80other venues throughout the summer, greatbritishfoodfestival.com
Food Festival, England and Scotland
The UK’s largest traveling food festival has four new venues this year – Maidstone, Exeter, Norwich and Glasgow – bringing the total to 12. A Foodies festival is the place to see stars of TV cooking, with appearances from MasterChef champions and Bake Off winners, as well as star chefs like Atul Kochhar. There will be Ready Steady Chef cooking contests, celebrity signings in the Cook Bookstore, a baking theatre, cocktail-making masterclasses, a street food avenue, a party tent, a shopping village and more. Performers will include Natalie Imbruglia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Scouting for Girls.
Date of April 30 to September 18, of £18 years (child from £6), foodiesfestival.com