Junipalooza Gin Festival, London
Not sure how to celebrate World Gin Day, on 10 June? Make your way to London’s Tobacco Dock and you can join in this annual festival, celebrating all things juniper. Tastings-wise UK distillers (from Scotland’s Caorunn to Cornwall’s Tarquin and the East London Liquor Company, here are our favourite British gins) will join producers from Europe and beyond (look out for Finland’s Helsinki, Sweden’s Hernö and Spain’s Santamanía).
If it’s knowhow you’re after, polish your gin knowledge with one of the festival’s 20-minute masterclasses. Or simply kick back with a gin-based cocktail and listen to dozens of gin makers and enthusiasts sharing their love for the spirit.
If you don’t get chance to visit the festival, read our expert gin guide here to spruce up on your gin knowledge.
10 – 11 June, London, ginfoundry.com/junipalooza-london
Open Farm Sunday, nationwide
Hundreds of farms across the UK are set to open their gates to the public on the second Sunday of the month for this annual celebration of the links between farming and food.
Now in its 11th year, the event promises a range of activities to get stuck in on, most of them offering the chance to really get behind the scenes and see how our food is grown, from country walks to trailer rides and milking demos.
Check out the website to find an event near you; we’re looking forward to finding out how Our Cow Molly Dairy Farm make their ice cream in Sheffield, watching cookery demonstrations at Little Markfield Farm in Leicestershire and finding out where Arla gets their milk at New Holbeck Farm in Nottinghamshire.
11 June, across the UK, farmsunday.org
Spring Feasts at Nancarrow
Join the feast on a working farm in Cornwall this spring at Nancarrow. Arrive early to explore the tranquil 100-acre farm before heading to a barn filled with fresh flowers and long banqueting tables. Start with cocktails and canapés followed by a three-course feast of fresh, seasonal produce from the farm, showcasing organic spring lamb cooked over wood on an open fire.
The guys at the well-stocked bar will whip up cocktails using local spirits (try Black Cow vodka and lemon verbena martinis, and Tarquin’s gin with homemade lemon and thyme syrup), serve wines
that have been individually paired with the meal, and even let you try Nancarrow’s own Barn Ale, brewed by local brewery Black Flag. If you don’t fancy going home you can stay over and enjoy a communal breakfast at The Old Mill in the morning.
We’ve pulled together our favourite foodie places in Cornwall here, take a look.
21 June, Nancarrow Farm, Truro, nancarrowfarm.co.uk
Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet
This iconic agricultural show has been getting increasingly foodie and the 2017 event sees that trend continue. With over 125 food producers taking part, there’s plenty to try and buy, from sterling street food to high quality produce to take home and cook.
Setting itself apart from more food market-based events, the Royal Bath and West Show also offers the chance to watch the judging of The British Cheese Awards and The British Cider Championships – two food categories the West Country has a lot to boast about. And there will, of course, be plenty of cider, ale and agricultural fun in true farm-to-table style.
If you’re looking to support local producers and businesses, check out our guide to independent foodie spots in Bath here.
31 May – 3 June, Somerset, bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show
Shrewsbury Food Festival
Artisan producers from Shropshire and beyond will descend upon Shrewsbury’s riverside Quarry Park at the end of the month to attend the award-winning annual Shrewsbury Food Festival. Stock up on sticky puddings from Burtree Puddings, rustic breads from Hindleys Bakery and meringue tarts from Flower and White. Local drinks producers will be represented by the likes of Gun Dog Gin, Ludlow Brewing Company and Mahorall Farm Cider.
New developments for this year’s festival include the addition of a craft area (buy from local potters, glass blowers, artists and photographers) while entertainment ranges from English and Welsh chefs going head-to-head on a demonstration stage to simply picking the perfect patch of grass to enjoy a picnic, listening to live music and soaking up the festival vibe.
Here’s where to stay while you’re there, plus our favourite restaurants in the Shropshire Hills.
24 – 25 June, Shrewsbury, shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk
Crail Food Festival
One of Scotland’s biggest food festivals returns to the coastal village of Crail this year – and promises a weekend packed with local produce, drink and live entertainment. Now in its seventh year and set in six different venues across the picturesque village in the East Neuk of Fife, the festival offers a great variety of cookery demonstrations, children’s activities, food and drink markets and plenty of sampling.
Visit the Indoor Food & Drink Market to meet the producers behind some of Scotland’s best artisanal food and drink (including Pittenweem Chocolate Company, Barnetts Bakery and Balgove Larder). Stop by the Cookery Theatre to pick up some tips and tricks from Michelin-starred chefs and foodie experts. And don’t miss out on the popular Sunday Lunch at the Harbour where traditional fish and chips and locally produced ice cream are among the many treats on offer.
10 and 11 June 2017, Fife, crailfoodfest.co.uk
Soho Food Feast
Experience over 50 of London’s top restaurants cooking their signature dishes, with all proceeds going to the local Soho Parish primary school. Enjoy a wide range of dishes at just £2 each – from the likes of Barrafina, Quo Vadis, HIX, The Palomar, Hoppers, and many more – together with food demos from top chefs, live music, cocktails galore and activities for children and adults alike.
10 and 11 June 2017, Soho, sohofoodfeast.com. Tickets available online from £15, children under 16 free
Wright Brothers oysters with mignonette (shallots in red wine vinegar). Image credit: Iona Wolff
Cider and cheese festival
Brighton bar, restaurant and music venue, Patterns, is teaming up with artisan cider supplier, The Cider Box, to run a pop-up cider and cheese festival this month. General entrance is free so you can pay as you go to try a range of artisan cheeses and some of the finest fermented ciders in the country (there will be 30 different types on offer, including Somerset Cider Brandy and mead as well as bottles from local cider producer SeaCider, which is launching its latest variety at the event).
Alternatively, pay £15 and you can enjoy a special cider tasting (four different types) paired with four different cheeses. Cheers!
If you’re looking for a weekend based around beer, head on over to Glasgow. For the second year in a row, North Hop is returning with craft beers, street food, live music, and conversations about everything brewery related. Out of Town, Brewgooder and Tempest Brew Co. will all be appearing, along with food from Reekie’s Smokehouse and Wild Fig to name a couple. Nothing tastes better with a beer than a juicy burger, so head on over to Street Food Putter Club. Spend the night dancing away with a beer in one hand and a burger in the other.
16 and 17 June, northhop.co.uk