The start of the autumn means one thing here at olive towers: time to hunker down and get stuck in to a whole new season of food-related gatherings. Out go the dinky little cups of strawberries and cream and in come hearty artisan sausage rolls and piping hot wood-fired pizzas. Here are five of our favourites taking place across the UK in September.
abergavenny food festival
Taking over the town from 18 to 20 September this annual gathering of all things food-related is the grande dame of Welsh food festivals having grown from small but firmly-planted roots in 1999. Expect 200 food producers, chef demos (Tom Kerridge and Hemsley + Hemsley among them) and workshops. A celebration of meat, craft brew festival and evening street food market are part of this year’s event, as is a new Feast With A Chef event cooked by Matt Gillan of The Pass.
york food & drink festival
Chef demos (including Joshua Overington from Le Cochon Aveugle and Rob Porter from The Green Room), food stalls (think Food For Thought bread and Masons craft gin) and street food are an obvious part of the mix at this year’s York Food & Drink Festival, which runs from 18 to 27 September across the city. But less obvious is an evening of cultural events and tastings themed around coffee. Many of the city’s restaurants and bars are also getting into the festive swing with special festival menus and offers.
bude for food
One of several culinary tributes to the county’s larder taking place this autumn (down in Truro, the Great Cornish Food Festival rolls into town from 25 to 27 September), Bude for Food, from 18 to 20 September will arguably be the most comic. That’s not an insult. Putting a neat twist on the region’s passion for great grub, alongside a range of talks and demos by the stars of Cornwall’s kitchens and a medley of local produce the event is set to include live music and a roster of comedy acts.
aldeburgh food & drink festival
Over the weekend of 26 & 27 September, this gathering of food-minded folk (guest speakers include olive contributor Rosie Birkett, Anna Hansen, Jose Pizarro and Thomasina Miers) on the Suffolk coast celebrates its 10th anniversary. From a pop-up patisserie to a raft of local food producers and the Festival Feast, an evening of music and street food, this event has plenty of artisanal substance beneath the sheen.
loch Lomond food & drink festival
Tapping into the Year of Food & Drink in Scotland, the 10th anniversary of this vast food festival in central Scotland (it attracts around 20,000 people each year) runs over 5 & 6 September, celebrating some of Scotland’s best-known food producers. From local venison to micro-distilled gin, gourmet popcorn, smoked mussels and the brilliantly named Scozzese wood-fired pizzas, it’s definitely best approached on an empty stomach.
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