Gourmet festivals 2022: Our top 10

After two years of social distancing, the summer of 2022 seems like the first time we can properly — and safely — embrace big events again. In the world of food and drink, this can only mean one thing: the return of food festivals.

In Britain, we love a food festival. There are festivals that take over entire cities, go around the country and last more than a week; and there are others popping up in weird places with even weirder themes…rolling cheese, anyone? Whatever the size, whatever the serving and whatever the weather, hungry Brits are sure to arrive in droves.

While this is by no means a definitive list, it does feature some big names, some lesser underdogs you may not have heard of but definitely should consider, and some newcomers who , we are sure, will become big favorites.

Taste of London, June 15-19, Regent’s Park

Every summer, Taste takes over central London for a next-level gourmet garden party featuring London’s hottest restaurants, up-and-coming kitchen heroes and a few chefs about to launch their next big event. Alongside this lineup, Daily Specials give you the chance to sample some of the tastiest new concepts in town, which only appear for one or two days. This year there will be eight delicious sessions spread over five days, with afternoon and evening sessions available.

Limited tickets are still available here.

Pub in the Park, June 17-September 18, various locations

Tom Kerridge’s brainchild, Pub in the Park celebrates everything there is to love… you guessed it, the glorious British pub. That means delicious food, award-winning chefs, chart-topping music, great drinks, but most of all, a fantastic time with friends and family. The traveling festival kicked off in May, with dates planned across the country through September.

Lots of tickets available here.

National Geographic Traveler Food Festival, 16-17 July, Business Design Centre, Islington

The Nat Geo food festival is back, bigger and better than ever. Expand your palate booth by booth on a foodie world tour, experience some of the world’s most exciting dishes in a Masterclass, or catch your favorite food writers performing at Speakers’ Corner. Plus, on the main stage, there are interviews with exciting culinary personalities and demonstrations by top chefs.

Book in your time slot here.

Birch Arising, 17-19 June, Hertfordshire

Birch is hosting its first-ever organized three-day outdoor adventure, complete with live music and DJs, chefs and producers, and restorative wellness experiences. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Robin Gill has curated an incredible selection of chefs, drinks and feasts, from seasonal Herb Kitchen banquets to oysters and Bloody Marys courtesy of Rock Oysters, complete with cream sandwiches ice cream from Happy Endings.

Find out more and buy a ticket here.

WingFest, July 16-September 25, various locations

It’s hard to choose between the many wing festivals in the UK, but WingFest is undoubtedly one of the biggest and one of the best. At each location in the UK, the festival launches over 200,000 wings from 40 different street vendors, restaurants and barbecue teams. Thousands of lucky ticket holders and a judging panel will also be able to vote for the Best Buffalo Wings, aka Spitiest, and Best Wild Wings, featuring some of the most flavors imaginable. There’s also plenty of boozy pit stops, live music, and ax throwing (yeah).

Buy a ticket for your local event here.

Bite to the Beat, August 26-29, York Racecourse

Designed to be a culinary extravaganza topped with a delicious helping of live music, this four-day festival will feature Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs from the north of England and Scotland, bringing some of the best restaurant cuisine to York for the first time. There will also be demonstrations and talks from culinary experts – a grazing paradise for those who love good food. There’s also a lineup of musical acts with something for everyone, and a backing band every night featuring great local talent.

Get all the information here.

Meatopia, September 2-4, Shadwell, London

The mythical meeting place for lovers of gastronomy and fire cooking is back. Over the weekend, 70 of the world’s top chefs will cook signature dishes using only sustainable wood and charcoal and quality ingredients from responsible sources. All that smoky, flavorful food is thirsty work, so thank goodness there’s a mind-boggling range of drinks on offer, from craft brewers to all sorts of spirits, cocktails and liquid delights. Add to that traveling marching bands, DJs and soul singers, and you have a festival to remember.

Unleash your inner caveman here.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week, October 7-16

After a sold-out festival in 2021, Edinburgh Cocktail Week will return in October for a further three days. A £5 wristband will get you £5 signature cocktails at 120 of the city’s best cocktail bars plus the Cocktail Village in Festival Square, which will be packed with 20 pop-up bars, live music, spaces DJ and delicious street food.

Get yours here.

Gatherings Festival, 20-21 August, Gisburne Park Estate, Lancashire

After a successful run of summer pop-ups last year, Gatherings Festival will launch this year in August at the historic Gisburne Park estate in Lancashire. It will be a weekend of cultural indulgence, with music, art, fabulous parties and wellness workshops.

Book yourself a stay here.

Summer Camp, The Good Life Society, 1-25 July, Hawarden Estate, North Wales

Presented as a series of micro-festivals over four long weekends in July, the Good Life Society Summer Camp is a chance to escape, reset, recharge, slow down, meet new people and learn new things. There are plenty of outdoor activities, but on the food front there’s a stellar lineup including Thomsina Miers, Max La Manna and Pippa Middlehurst. All this – and more – in a stunning North Wales setting.

Get a reservation here.

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