A feast at Nancarrow near Truro, Cornwall

Food Festivals and Foodie Events in April

Food festivals are great places to discover new products, chefs and foodies. Here are our top UK food festivals and foodie events in April

Cheltenham Wine Festival

The Regency surroundings of Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room provide a suitably elegant backdrop in which to increase your knowledge about different wine styles, organic wines, new grape varieties and niche producers.

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These are all part of the programme of this year’s Cheltenham Wine Festival, a gathering of the region’s most discerning vinophiles that includes wine merchants, wine tutors and wine event companies.

Operating like a marathon tasting event, sip your way through anything from the Three Choirs English wines to blends from Austria, Portugal, Italy and beyond.

6 April, cheltenhamwinefestival.com

Cheltenham Wine Festival

Nancarrow Farm Spring Gathering

To celebrate the end of the winter months, Nancarrow Farm in Cornwall is putting on a spring feast for one weekend. The daytime fête-style event will be family friendly with market stalls, wild trails and demonstrations from crafters. Woodman’s Wild Ales and Tinkture Gin will be selling their produce, while jars of preserves and meat will be on offer from the farm itself. Stay for the evening when a grazing feast will take place on Saturday night in the barn.

6 – 7 April, nancarrowfarm.co.uk

A feast at Nancarrow near Truro, Cornwall
Credit: Adam Sargent

Paisley Food and Drink Festival

Paisley plays host to a weekend of cookery demonstrations and live music this month. Teaming up with PLATFORM, the festival will showcase the country’s best street-food with more than 40 traders setting up home.

Along with Babu Bombay Street Kitchen and Scozzese woodfired pizzas, they’ll be artisan hot dogs served with smoked paprika and garlic aioli chips from Brigston & Co. Artisan Hot Dogs, and indulgent crème brûlées from The Crema Caravan.

New for 2019 sees the veggie and vegan zone, with The Sly Fox serving seitan burgers and mezzo platters and pakoras from Hygge Foods.

26 – 27 April, paisley.is

Paisley food and drink festival

Porthleven Food Festival   

A seaside food festival at its most unpretentious, Porthleven will showcase over 150 food producers and chefs from the local area with a series of demos and workshops. Many of the best-known local chefs (Josh Eagleton, Mick Smith and Stephane Delourme among them) will be participating, kicking off with a cook-off between Antony Worrall Thompson and local food hero Jude Kereama (of Porthleven’s own Kota Restaurant).

The weekend will also see the village harbour come alive with craft food and street food stalls. And local food and drink traders will be showcasing their produce, including ciders from Cornish Orchards, sourdough pizzas from Chanbury’s Woodfired Italian and floral flat whites from Origin Coffee Roasters.

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26 – 28 April, porthlevenfoodfestival.com      

Porthleven Food Festival