Looking for food festivals to visit in March? Here’s our round-up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from a Nordic supper in the South West, to an ale festival in London. Check out all of the events, here…
Bristol Food Connections
Head to Bristol in June to celebrate everything that’s great about the local food scene. This year’s theme is time, and events throughout the week will look at food both from a futuristic and historic angle. How time affects our eating patterns will also be hotly debated.
On the Thursday night, an anniversary surplus feast will be held to celebrate 10 years of FareShare South West, while the Friday evening will see London-based Moro & Morito hosting a three-course Cretan meal drawing on inspiration from head chef Marianna Leivaditaki’s childhood. Other events include Chinese dumpling making, pizza parties and a food and film night. There will be plenty for families too, including apple pressing with the Cider Box and harvesting and cooking fresh food at The Community Farm.
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 12th year, the event promises a range of activities to get stuck in to, 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 bee keeping displays at Bardsley Farms in Kent, watching cookery demonstrations at Little Markfield Farm in Leicestershire and meeting goat kids at Forge Mill Farm in West Bromwich.
If you’re in Dorset, be sure to visit Lower Hewood Farm for a lunch cooked by Cass Titcombe of Brassica restaurant using farm produce.
Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park this June bringing together some of the best chefs from across the world. Head to the Taste Residence for a fine dining dinner of small plates paired with wines; seated at the chef’s table, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a four-course tasting menu cooked by the likes of Swedish chefs Magnus Nilsson, Niklas Ekstedt and Sean Gray, Manoella Buffara from Brazil or French chef Gregory Marchand.
New for this year is the Fire Pit stage where Niklas Ekstedt, Josh Katz of Berber & Q, David Carter of Smokestak, Andy Oliver of Som Saa and Pip Lacey of Hicce will be cooking with fire and smoke. There’ll also be an artisan food market, and a House of Hops where you can try craft beer and cider from the UK’s best brewers.
Bruton-based homewears shop and events space, Caro, is hosting a Nordic supper. The dinner, inspired by a windswept walk through the forest will focus on Northern European ingredients and aims to bring a unique Nordic experience to the table.
Artisan producers from Shropshire and beyond will descend on 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 nut butters from Butterbelle. Local drinks producers will be represented by the likes of Wood’s Brewery, Gun Dog Gin and Mahorall Farm Cider.
Other attractions include English and Welsh chefs going head-to-head on a demonstration stage and the team from local Battlefield Brewery showing people how to brew beer.
One of Scotland’s biggest food festivals returns to the coastal village of Crail this year, promising a weekend packed with local produce, drink and live entertainment. Now in its eighth year and spread across three different venues in the picturesque Fife village, the festival offers everything from cookery demonstrations and children’s activities to food and drink markets (and, of course, plenty of sampling).
The food market is the place to meet some of Scotland’s best artisanal food and drink producers (this year’s stallholders include the Pittenweem Chocolate Company, Barnetts Bakery and Strathearn Cider Company). Stop by the Cookery Theatre to pick up some tips and tricks from visiting chefs. And don’t miss out on a Sunday lunch at the harbor, where Langoustine the Box will be doing a shellfish talk and tasting.
British beer-lovers will have the chance to try some of Belgium’s best offerings on the first weekend of June when this craft beer festival takes over East London’s Oval Space. With 20 brewers on hand, this is the place to sip your way around bottles from Brussels-based Brasserie De La Senne, Hof Ten Dormaal and Alvinne – or to try one of the country’s famous Flemish sours.
Sound like hungry work? There’ll be plenty of Belgian cheese and deliciously skinny chips to indulge in, alongside all that beer.