Looking for food festivals to visit in June? Here’s our round-up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from open farms across the country to chef demonstrations in London. Check out all of the events, here…
Open Farm Sunday
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 14th 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 tasting the food they produce at Godney Farm in Somerset and meeting goats at Manor Organic Farm in Loughborough. If you’re in West Yorkshire, be sure to visit Delph House Farm for a field-to-fork BBQ and artisan ice-cream.
9 June, farmsunday.org
Bristol Food Connections
Head to Bristol in June to celebrate everything that’s great about the local food scene and field to fork journey. Over the twelve days there’ll be cookery demonstrations from local chefs, with Genevieve Taylor teaching you veggie BBQ recipes and Elly Pear rustling up no-fuss vegan meals.
Join Zoe Adjonyoh on the Saturday for a 2-course brunch of oto cakes with baobab aioli, applewood smoked bacon and a fried egg followed by puff pastry, strawberry chilli jam and clotted cream for dessert. Guests will get recipe cards and spice mixes to take home, too.
Other events include campfire cooking using foraged finds, coffee cupping and a food and film night. There will be plenty for families too, including a two-hour samosa masterclass where you’ll learn to spice, fold and fry the street-food snack.
12 – 23 June, bristolfoodconnections.com
Credit: Adam Gasson
BBC Good Food Show
For a snapshot of the British food scene, head to Birmingham’s NEC to catch one of two BBC Good Food Shows taking place this year (28 Nov – 1 Dec being the next event). Cooking demos from some of the UK’s best-known chefs and food writers (among them Tommy Banks, Nadiya Hussain and Brad Carter), shopping from artisan brands such as Gower Cottage Brownies and liquid deli Demijohn, and the chance to gather your own picnic from a range of bars, restaurants and street food stalls all adds up to a recipe for a food-filled day out.
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13 – 16 June, bbcgoodfoodshow.com
Taste of London
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; seated at the chef’s table, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a tasting menu cooked by Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat, winner of Restaurant of the Year at 2019’s World Restaurant Awards.
Hunker down by the Fire Pit stage where the likes of Rovi, Berber and Q, Quality Chop House and Som Saa will be cooking with fire and smoke. There’ll also be an artisan food market, and a Craft Beer Tent where you can try craft beer and cider from the UK’s best brewers.
19 – 23 June, london.tastefestivals.com
Shrewsbury Food Festival
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 cherry flapjacks from Baked for You, rustic breads from Hindleys Bakery and pickled chilli sauce from The Ludlow Pickle Company. Local drinks producers will be represented by the likes of Wrexham Larger Co. and Tiger Gin.
Other attractions include Food through the Ages, a talk covering food and farming.
29 – 30 June, shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk