The best UK festivals and events: July 2016

Check out our round-up of the best UK food festivals and events in May 2016, from a seafood festival in Dorset to a foodie celebration in the Yorkshire Dales

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Aberaeron, Wales

Established by a group of local fishermen in 1997, this annual festival is a true local affair showcasing the best of Wales’ seafood. Try dishes from Big Fish Little Fish, Swansea Fish and Selwyn’s Penclawdd Seaffod, and leave room for Proffertjes (pillowy mini Dutch pancakes). Preseli Coffee Roasters, Ralph’s Cider and Caws Teifi and Da Mihle Distillery will be there to ensure there’s lots of Welsh coffee and booze flowing. Chefs from some of our favourite Welsh restaurants will be exhibiting, so you can get a taste of the best food from across the region, including Gareth Ward from Ynyshir Hall, Stephen Terry from The Hardwick and Ludo Dieumegard from Harbourmaster.


3 July 2016


Foodies Festival, Blackheath Common

The festival is a must for street food fans, as The British Street Food Awards will be judged and announced over the weekend. Aldo Zilli will launch his Italian burritos and you can get a taste of Lahmacun’s Turkish lamb flatbreads. Brazilian street food vendors will be offering traditional Brazilian BBQ, refreshing Caipirinha’s and Brazilian coffees to get festivalgoers in the carnival vibe ahead of the Olympics. Local producers will satisfy your sweet tooth ­­– try cakes by Estelle, Crispy Candy and Dum Dum Doughnuts. If you want to stay healthy, chefs will be cooking dishes using super foods and feel good food. Plenty of fun including giant Pimms teapot and a chilli-eating challenge make this an interactive festival for foodies.

8 – 10 July


Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, Skipton

Join 270 Yorkshire producers from the Dales and beyond in the idyllic market town of Skipton. Buy treats from Amos & Toms Gourmet Popcorn, Riz’s Cakes and Stateside Treat Emporium. The Hairy Bikers will also be attending, bring their hilarious northern charm to useful cooking demonstrations, along with James Martin who began his career in Yorkshire at Castle Howard. Grab a bit to eat from street food stalls – we’re heading for burgers at KerbEdge, spring rolls at Tikks Thai Kitchen and steak, and mac ‘n’ cheese from Shoot The Bull. Knock back a few local beers at the Timothy Brewery bar, and taste locally produced drinks from Thistly Cross Cider, Cranes ad The Little Red Berry Co.

30 – 31 July


Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour

Sip on champagne at one of the pop-up bars on Dorset‘s picturesque Weymouth Harbour and peruse 100 stalls for new seafood street food dishes ­­– smoked haddock scotch eggs, Lyme Bay scallops and smoke salmon pancakes. Not a fan of champagne? Try one of Dorset’s own Piddle beers and ciders. Join one of the chef demos and brush up your seafood skills at a BBQ master class with Billingsgate Seafood Training School or learn how to properly fillet a fish. There will be plenty of activities for children including crabbing and visiting the National Lobster Hatchery. All profit will go to the Fisherman’s Mission charity.

9 – 10 July

Cardiff Food & Drink Festival

Foodies will descend upon Cardiff Bay in July for a weekend of cooking demos, chef talks and a celebration of Welsh food and drink. Get hold of the freshest local produce (think traditional cider and Welshcakes, Welsh lamb and locally made liqueurs)  at the famer’s market within the Producer’s Fayre. If you can’t wait to get your produce home to cook, try something from the street food piazza. We are heading for Taste of Persia for charcoal BBQ kebabs, Meat and Greek for souvlaki and Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co. lobster.

8-10 July


Written by Alex Crossley


First published April 2016

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