Food Festivals Worth Visiting in 2018

Although we’re now half way through the year, there are still plenty of unmissable food festivals left to explore. Whether you’re a meat eater, fan of fish or want to discover some new vegetarian or vegan dishes, there’s a festival for everyone. There are also some great family friendly food festivals, so if you fancy taking the whole family away for the weekend to enjoy something a little different. Below are a select few that are worth visiting, so why not pick one and make a weekend of it!

Food cooking in a wok
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Plymouth Seafood Festival:
Now in its 7th year, this food festival celebrates locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood. This festival is fun for the whole family, with activities including children’s cookery fun, where they can touch and taste the local produce, it’s a festival for everyone to enjoy! Some of the most well known regional chefs will be making an appearance and showing off their culinary skills in the special Cookery Theatre. If this sounds like the festival for you, then why not book the Friday off work and make a long weekend of it and explore some more of the area.

Meatopia Festival:
A London based festival which takes place from the 31st August to the 2nd of September, Meatopia is the perfect food festival for the meat lovers. All the dishes are taster sized, so you’ll be able to sample a few, which is perfect for discovering something new. You also purchase Meatbucks, as you don’t pay with cash on the food stalls, which can be handy as these can be purchased with your ticket ahead of time. As this is a London based festival, it provides the perfect excuse to spend the weekend exploring the city and taking in some of the sights. There are some affordable London hostels nearby, which make for the perfect place to recover after all that food tasting!

The Big Feastival:
A great family friendly festival, The Big Feastival is a music and food festival, the perfect combination! Located in the idyllic settings of the Cotswolds, this is a rural festival with a lot to offer. With some impressive headline acts, there is also an extensive food line up too! With Alex James’ cheese hub, a street food line up, a collaboration kitchen with Tabasco (perfect for spicing up your day) and there’s also a food and drink market for you to shop some of your favourites. With so much going on food wise, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do! There’s a camping option available, which includes some a glamping option should you feel like upgrading your stay!

The Lincoln Sausage Festival:
One of the city’s most popular events, the Lincoln sausage festival draws in a big crowd, with over 30,000 sausages on offer and set within the grounds of Lincoln Castle, it’s not much of a surprise! Entry to this festival is also impressively cheap, so it makes for an affordable day out. There’s entertainment, cookery demonstrations and children’s performers to help keep your younger ones entertained too! If you fancy buying some of the produce, you’ll have plenty of opportunity as there’s a lot of award winning produce available from the local butchers showcasing their products. This food festival takes place in October, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan in a visit to this historic city!

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