Black Swan Oldstead- Garden and Tommy for Obsession festival

Foodie things to do in January 2018: the best food events and festivals

Check out the best foodie events and festivals in January 2018 – from Burns Night suppers to marmalade making courses and a show dedicated to French food

Looking for food festivals to visit in January? Here’s our round up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from Michelin starred chefs cooking at Northcote Hotel, to a wassail dinner in Somerset. Check out all of the events, here


Obsession festival

This year’s Obsession festival sees a galaxy of 21 chefs with 17 Michelin stars between them join Lisa Goodwin-Allen at Lancashire’s Northcote Hotel to show their skill. Across 18 days, the chefs will be cooking up a feast. Book now for dinners cooked by Scotland’s Tom Kitchin, Yorkshire’s Tommy Banks, Hong Kong’s Daniel Calvert and Mexico’s Three Amigos.

18 – 4 February,

Black Swan Oldstead- Garden and Tommy for Obsession festival

Seville marmalade making course

Only Seville oranges go into traditional marmalades and the season is short, running from the end of December to mid-February. Catch it while you can – but enjoy the fruits of your efforts all year round by signing up for a specialist Seville Marmalade Making course at Demuths, in Bath. You’ll get the chance to four different types of marmalade with different flavours, whether you fancy thick cut or a bright golden jelly.


Jars of Seville marmalade at Demuths


The first of the year’s big travel shows kicks off this month in Manchester (18 – 21 Jan) and next month in London (1 – 4 Feb), offering visitors the chance to meet tour operators and tourist boards from around the world – and get a bit of inspiration for their next trip – all under one roof. This year’s Destinations shows also have a strong food focus, with a street food market (pictured below) selling everything from South African bunny chow to Cantonese char siu bao. In addition three different Experience The World stages (The Americas, Europe and Asia) will be offering free food and drink samples from those regions, to be enjoyed while listening to performances by international musicians.

Tickets £11pp,

Burgers at the Destinations food and travel show

Wassail supper

Apple-growing regions will be wassailing this month, drinking mulled cider and warding off evil spirits to ensure a good harvest later in the year. One of the most elegant incarnations of this ancient rite takes place at The Ethicurean, outside Bristol, on 12 and 13 January, when the restaurant holds its annual Wassail Suppers. Expect good food, mulled cider and apple juice, and storytelling in the gardens (wrap up warm!).

12 – 13,

Wassail Friday supper at The Ethicurean

Gnocchi and risotto with Valentina Harris

January is a time to hunker down with comfort food, and on this one day course at The School of Artisan Food, you’ll learn how to make authentic Italian dishes, taught by Valentia Harris. From silky risottos to fluffy gnocchi, the hands-on course will teach you about Italian flavours and techniques. Over the course of the day you’ll make eight dishes, including pumpkin gnocchi with sage and a classic Milanese risotto. The dishes will be enjoyed as a late lunch and to take home with you afterwards.


Risotto at The School of Artisan Food

The France Show

Cheese-, wine- and saucisson-lovers of the UK will be uniting at this annual celebration of all things French. Taking place at London’s Olympia this month, stalls and presentations will cover a vast range of subjects, from French holidays to buying a home in France.

For us it’s all about the food, though, with tutored wine tastings to learn all about the Bordeaux region and grape varieties, cooking demos to watch and a market of over 40 French food producers to shop from.

26 – 28,

The France Show