Here at Eat Marketing, we love everything to do with food and our annual visits to food festivals are a great way to see what’s new in the food industry, meet new people, and, of course, the perfect excuse to try delicious food and drink!
With so many fab food festivals to choose from, it can be difficult to select which ones to visit. Our handy guide to our top five favourite UK food festivals for 2017 will help. Now, all you have to do is add the dates to your diary…
Dubbed ‘the ultimate day out for food lovers, the BBC Good Food Show is one of the biggest food festivals in the UK and there are a selection of dates and locations to choose from including Birmingham, Harrogate, Glasgow and Belfast.
With so much to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice between attending masterclasses, watching famous chefs doing live cooking demos (including our favourites Joe Wickes, Tom Kerridge and Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain) shopping for all the delectable delights on offer, and of course, sampling the various tempting food and drink samples!
We’ll be attending their April festival at the NEC so look out for us!
We’ll also be in Birmingham during April (it’s a busy month for food festivals!) for the Farm Shop and Deli Show that showcases from 24-26 April 2017. As a trade event, the Farm Shop and Deli show is perfect for businesses that want to discover new products and services in this market sector, as well as delving further into understanding key industry trends.
We love this food festival as there are always so many fantastic suppliers with delicious products that you can see, touch and taste.
Now, here’s a festival to keep the vampires at bay! As you may have gathered, this food festival is about garlic, but there are also lots of other local producers showing their food wares that include meats, cheeses and ciders.
This highly fragrant food festival is certainly one of the most unusual we have seen, but it’s really popular and draws crowds not just locally, but from across the shores too. In fact, did you know that The Isle of Wight is home to The Garlic Farm, a place that prides itself on producing extremely pungent garlic bulbs?
With plenty of garlic induced produce on offer including garlic-flavoured fudge or popcorn, garlic beer, cookery demos, live music and lots of kid-friendly activities, this is a fun day out for all the family. Don’t forget the breath mints though!
If you’re planning a trip to Scotland this year, we recommend you plan it around the dates of 3-4 September for the free Loch Lomond Food Festival. Set up at the edge of the Loch itself, it’s extremely popular amongst foodies – with around 30,000 visitors each year – and there is a strong focus on Scottish produce. You’ll find stalls selling Scotland’s finest local venison, ribeye sandwiches, smoked mussels, traditionally made oatcakes, and, of course, refreshing Scottish ciders to wash it all down.
Oh and let’s not forget other festival activities and fun such as McIntosh Foods’ famous haggis-eating competition, whiskey tastings and Clanscape Kitchen’s ‘A Taste of the Past’ which lets visitors experience a ‘taste’ of how 17th century highlanders cooked and fed their families. There are also foraging and bush craft sessions, cookery classes, food shows and demos.
Calling all meat lovers! We have just the food festival for you… Meatopia. Head down to Tobacco Dock in east London between 2-4 September and the first thing you’ll notice is the strong smoky smell of meat wafting your way.
Chef Richard H Turner discovered Meatopia in New York City where it was founded by the late US food writer Josh Ozersky. Nowadays, it’s official home is here in the UK. With butchery demos, juicy ribs galore and the very best in artisan ales, fine wines and delicious spirits, as well as informal workshops, street theatre and art installations, this meaty food festival packs a lot in so make a note of the date and we’ll see you there!
Another firm favourite here in the Eat Marketing office is The Casual Dining Show which returns to the Business Design Centre, London in 2018. We’ve exhibited with Casual Dining in the past and we’re looking forward to exhibiting again next year as it’s a fantastic hub of activity and discovery for the eating out sector. In the meantime, we’ll be visiting as many food festivals as we can so if you see us, don’t be shy, come up and say hello!