Looking for food festivals to visit in August? Here’s our round-up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from one of the hottest food events in Oxfordshire, to a craft beer festival in London. Check out all of August’s foodie events, here…
One of the hottest food events of the year, Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire combines the off-beat fun of the modern British music festival (woodland walks, feasts around the campfire, wild swimming and, of course, a top-notch music line-up) with seriously good food: join one of the long table banquets to enjoy fine wines and bespoke menus from Michelin starred chefs James Knappett and Tom Aikens.
Sit in one of the festival’s field restaurant tents and try Italian dishes from Café Murano or a seasonal menu from Petersham Nurseries.
With appearances from many other restaurants – including Patty & Bun, Pizza Pilgrims and Smokestak – this festival is a one-stop trip around some of Britain’s finest culinary hotspots.
1 – 4 August, wildernessfestival.com
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Espresso Martini Festival
Now in its third year, London’s Espresso Martini Festival gives you the chance to try the cocktail (made with Mr. Black liqueur) at many of the city’s best bars for just £6. Visit a number of London’s top cocktail bars over the five days to celebrate the tipple and download your free digital pass for first-look access to pop-ups and parties across the capital.
7 – 11 August, drinkup.london
London Craft Beer Festival
London’s Tobacco Dock will come alive for three days of beer, breweries, food and music this August. Over 65 craft breweries will be showcasing their beers, from big names like Brewdog to the lesser known Affinity Brew Co. and Ireland’s Whiplash.
With over 300 unique beers available for you to sample, it’s good to know that London’s finest restaurants will be serving food to soak up the ale, so stop by Club Mexicana for tacos, Berber & Q for Middle Eastern plates or Brigadiers for an Indian feast.
9 – 11 August, londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk
Lymington Seafood Festival
Seafood lovers rejoice: Lymington festival is back for two days of fish-based culinary wizardry in the New Forest. Luke Matthew, executive head chef of Chewton Glen, 2016 Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire and The Jetty’s chef patron Alex Aitken are among the line-up of chefs showing off their skills in the demonstration kitchen.
Over 90 food and drink stalls will be offering up produce to graze on, and there’ll be live music from the likes of The FB Pocket Orchestra and local musician Carley Varley.
10 – 11 August, lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk
From bakers and farmers to grain breeders and sommeliers, PX+ is a festival focused around collaboration, celebration and change. Across the three days there’ll be discussions, dining experiences and hands-on workshops from the likes of Pump Street Chocolate, Alchemilla’s Alex Bond and Sarah Lemanski of Noisette Bakehouse (and olive Chef Awards 2018 winner).
New for 2019 sees the ‘Let’s Have A Drink With…’ series, where a range of drink experts will be having honest conversations with Sula Richardson and Clara Rubin.
17 – 19 August, pxplusfestival.com
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The Big Feastival
A star-studded line up in both music and food sees the likes of Rudimental and Jess Glynne sharing the spotlight with Raymond Blanc, Chantelle Nicholson and Tom Brown at this ever-popular Cotswolds festival.
Well-loved street food trucks will be there to offer sustenance after dancing the night away – try Farang, Sub Cult or Million Pound Menu’s BBQ Dreamz – and don’t miss the chance to watch two-Michelin starred Daniel Clifford and national treasure Prue Leith demonstrate some impressive tips and tricks in the NEFF Big Kitchen.
A Friday night supper club, Alex James’ cheese hub and a vintage funfair will also be part of the festivities.
23 – 25 August, thebigfeastival.com
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Chinese Food Festival
The Chinese Food Festival returns to Potters Field Park for its 5th anniversary on the last weekend in August. Multiple vendors will be showcasing the very best dishes and ingredients including, for the first time, sushi restaurant Mei Ume, and Crosstown Doughnuts who will be creating something special exclusively for the festival.
There will also be cooking classes run jointly by Le Cordon Bleu and School of Wok teaching people how to create authentic Chinese dishes with ingredients they can find locally in the capital.
30 August – 1 September, chinesefoodfestival.com
A must for carnivores in the capital, Meatopia’s big focus is on cooking various meats over an open flame, with many of the demo dishes being showcased here created exclusively for the event, plus, there’ll be the chance to get the lowdown on craft beers at Melissa Cole’s Craftopia.
Try barbecued delights from one of olive’s favourite nose to tail, seasonally British restaurants, Flank, or taste some of the best Persian charcoal grilled kebabs from hot newcomer, Berenjak. This year also sees Blacklock, Rovi and Cornerstone joining in on the fun so you’re guaranteed to leave full, happy and fragrant with barbecue.
30 August – 1 September, meatopia.co.uk
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