UK food and drink festivals to visit in 2021
Eat, drink and be merry at these culinary-centric fiestas
Sundown Spectacular at Warwick Castle
Mark the end of summer at Warwick Castle’s five-night Sundown Spectacular. Each evening, the castle will be illuminated with start-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting, while the grounds will be taken over by live bands, DJs, unique bars and street food. A fireworks display will round off each nightly celebration.
The Big Feastival, the Cotswolds
The Big Feastival returns to the Cotswolds for its tenth anniversary with an incredible line-up that will delight culinary and music lovers alike. Big names in the food world, including Romy Gill, Nathan Outlaw and Professor Green and Gizzi Erskine’s Giz N Greens, will be taking to the culinary stage - while Nile Rogers and Chic, Rag’n’Bone Man, Zara Larsson and All Saints are among the star-studded musical line-up.
Kent Coffee Festival
One for the caffeine connoisseurs: a new coffee festival is being held at the Gulbenkian Theatre at the University of Kent in Canterbury this August. The festival will feature a “show-stopping” latte art zone, a coffee roaster zone, a speaker stage featuring kings and queens of the coffee world, an Espresso Martini bar and more.
5 on the Farm Festival, Yorkshire
Channel 5 is bringing one of the biggest festivals of rural life in the UK to Yorkshire this summer. The first-ever “5 on the Farm Festival” is taking place over the August bank holiday at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, south Yorkshire, where Channel 5’s This Week on the Farm is filmed. Visitors can take part in a range of activities including floristry, pottery, baking and bee-keeping.
Meat lovers, unite! Meatopia London - the legendary summit for carnivores - is returning to Tobacco Dock for the eighth time. The festival, described as “a weekend-long love affair with food, drink, fire and music” will celebrate incredible culinary talent from across the UK with demos, talks and exclusive dishes cooked over sustainably sourced wood and charcoal.
North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival
This September, the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival is returning to the Walled Garden at Holkham Hall after a year’s break due to the pandemic. The dog-friendly, two-day event, now in its 12th year, regularly attracts up to 11,000 people and is a great opportunity to experience Norfolk’s exciting food scene.
Denbies Food Festival
Enjoy picturesque views alongside mouthwatering meals at this food festival held at Denbie’s Wine Estate, nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Visitors can take part in a wine tasting, enjoy a demonstration by MasterChef champion Thomas Frake and browse stalls stocked with local produce.
Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth
The award-winning Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival is taking place in mid-September on the Weymouth Peninsula, the very end of Weymouth’s beautiful sandy beach. As well as seafood and English sparkling wine, there will be demonstration chefs on stage, live music, street food and even a pop-up lobster and Nyetimber experience.
Taste East Devon Festival
The nine-day Taste East Devon Festival will be hosted by venues across East Devon, an initiative to celebrate the incredible food and drink on offer in the region. The festival will be a true “field to fork” experience, with featured foodies including Darts Farm, The Pig at Combe, River Cottage and Mazzard Farm.