Looking for food festivals to visit in July? 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 July’s foodie events, here…
Taking place over five days in the middle of July, Henley Festival brings together practitioners of music, art and food in the waterside Oxfordshire town. Pop-up restaurants will be serving handmade pasta from The Cooking Cooks, bavette steaks with charred nectarine salads from The BBQ Club and sweet chilli and chorizo squid from Audacious Crispy Squid.
There’ll be plenty of bars, too, including Black Cab Coffee who will be serving espresso martinis from a London taxi.
If you love reading about food as much as eating about it this cult Cornish festival is firmly based around literature but has now diversified to encompass much more than books. Not least where food is concerned. A selection of street food chefs will be setting up stalls on the lawn (choose between crab rolls from London’s CLAW, indulgent grilled cheese toasties from the Cheese Truck and monkfish curries from Katie’s Cornish hotpots). There will also be live demonstrations from Anna Jones, Zoe Adjonyoh and Genevieve Taylor, as well as a series of evening supper clubs hosted by Freddy Bird.
Between meals, there will be outdoor adventures to take part in, live music to listen to and workshops to take part in.
A line-up of live music, lake swimming, late night DJs and street feasts mean this year’s Latitude Festival should definitely be on your radar.
Over 80 street food stalls will set up home in Henham Park, Suffolk; think boa buns filled with pork belly from Yum Bun, Portuguese prego sandwiches from Growlers, vegan sushi rolls from Happy Maki and he Peckish Peacock’s meat-free feasts of spinach curry, cumin rice, pakoras and chutneys.
More a call to arms than a festival, Hampshire’s annual food festival celebrates local producers and food businesses with a whole month of culinary activities. Over 60 events will take place over the 31 days including a pork pie and cider festival, veg masterclasses at Riverford Farm and wine tastings at Hattingley Valley. Pop-up restaurants will be appearing across the county’s towns, starting with a fish supper at JS Fresh Fish in Shamrock Quay.
For one weekend in July, Manchester’s Heaton Park comes alive with a flurry of food and drink-related activity. The Urban Eats area will see street food traders serving up falafel wraps, philly cheese steak sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas, while the Marketplace will give you a chance to buy products from local producers, including bottles of rhubarb liqueur from Rose Cottage Liqueurs and chilli oils from Yorkshire Drizzle.
An ice cream festival in July? Sounds right up our street! Ice cream lovers rejoice; Bompass and Parr have created a three-month ice cream exhibition featuring the world’s largest collection of historic ice cream paraphernalia. Along with displays of Victorian ice cream moulds and Andy Warhol ice cream prints, there’ll be a programme of talks, events and demonstrations all based around our favourite summer treat.
The National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus have joined forces to create Timber Festival, a three-day event that looks to explore what woodlands can mean to us. Live music, spoken word workshops and storytelling will all take place as well and guided runs and the chance to relax in an eco-spa.
Food-wise, a feasting area will see farmers’ market stalls selling local produce, street food trucks and foraging workshops. Head to Goody Gujarati for veggie chaats, chickpea curries and fritters, or stop at the Doughology truck for Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas.
Dorset Seafood Festival is celebrating its 11th year in style, with champagne and seafood. Enjoy a glass of fizz overlooking Weymouth’s picturesque harbour then browse the festival’s 100 or so stalls to find your pick of the best seafood street food dishes.
Head to the Pavilion stage to see chef Neil Rankin and Sophie Mitchell in action. Every day there will also be BBQ masterclasses where you can learn how to cook fish burgers, seafood skewer tacos and dry spiced grilled fish over open flames. All profit will go to the Fisherman’s Mission charity.
Shoreditch’s plant-based restaurant Plates and skin care brand Aesop have come together to create a series of seasonal dinners. Inspired by nature and the ingredients it offers, the five-course vegan tasting menu uses vegetables in creative and intriguing ways.