5 great food festivals over the august bank holiday weekend, 2015

Our round-up of the very best food festivals happening at the end of August 2015, including Dalemain, the Big Feastival, Bury St Edmunds, Newstead Abbey and Good Food at Hampton Court.

great food & drink festival

Touching down at Newstead Abbey, Lord Byron’s one-time home, in Nottinghamshire from 29 to 31 August, this gathering of gourmands includes a large street food element, gourmet ice cream from Lottie’s (pictured) and stalls packed with produce from across the East Midlands. Demo-fans won’t be disappointed, with star turns from Marcus Bean and Dean Edwards, Sean Wilson talking about cheese, butchery skills workshops with Johnny Pusztai and Chetna Makan focusing on baking.


dalemain estate food festival

Outside Penrith, in the far eastern fringes of the Lake District, this elegant Cumbrian estate is known to many as the home of the World Marmalade Awards. This year, however, it’s spreading out the culinary festivities with a more all-encompassing food festival from 29-31 August. Details are yet to be announced but, alongside live music, cake-offs, men vs food challenges, foraging walks and chef demos there will be a large market of local food and drink producers.

the big feastival

The Glastonbury of the food festival world (pictured top), Jamie Oliver’s and Alex James’ mammoth culinary shindig takes place from 28-30 August on Alex’ farm in the Costwolds. Like all the big summer festivals there’s music from big-name acts (Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Flash and Ella Eyre among them) but also cooking from star chefs (everyone from Raymond Blanc, Mark Hix and Nathan Outlaw to clean eating gurus Hemsley + Hemsley, Ella Woodward and Natasha Corrett), food and lifestyle markets, family-focused entertainment and a funfair.

bury st edmunds food festival

A hive of culinary talent from the south and east of England will be descending on this Suffolk town for a celebration of the region’s food and food producers on 30 & 31 August. Galton Blackiston (of Michelin-starred Morston Hall on the Norfolk coast) and Ed Baines (of London’s Randall & Aubin restaurant) will each headline on one day of the event, supporting demos form other local chefs, while local produce and farmers’ markets also help pull in the crowds.

bbc good food festival

From 29-31 August, Hampton Court will play host to the second BBC Good Food Festival. With a line-up of chefs that ranges from Paul Hollywood and Michel Roux Jr to Lawrence Keogh and previous Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley, tours of Hampton Court’s kitchen garden, food producer and street food stalls and a raft of activities for children, it promises all the ingredients for a great day out.

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