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

Published: November 8, 2018 at 9:28 am
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Check out our round-up of the best UK food festivals and events in November, from London to Devon. You'll find Christmas gift ideas, chocolate making workshops, a celebration of Japanese culture and expert talks from local producers

Looking for food festivals to visit in November? Here’s our round-up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from a wine festival in Winchester, to a craft beer festival in London. Check out all of November's foodie events, here…



What was once just a clever way to entice customers into the islands’ restaurants in the winter months (in return, they could choose from special, three-course menus for just £10), Tennerfest on Guernsey and Jersey has slowly developed into a celebration of the best of the islands’ food.

Hop your way around the shoreline on Guernsey, for instance, trying versions of the local speciality Bean Jar, a traditional cassoulet-style bean dish. Go for classics like fish and chips or feast on pork rendang and spring rolls. Check the website for details of all participating restaurants, cafes and bars – and the special menus they will be offering (each priced between £10 and £20).

1 October – 11 November, tennerfest.com

Craft Beer Experience

Calling all craft beer lovers: this three-day festival, taking place at Edinburgh’s Assembly Roxy, will be the chance to sample Scotland’s best beers. Five sessions will run over the weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to try beers from over 20 breweries. Try a stout from Leith’s Pilot brewery or an extra pale ale from Fallen Brewing in Stirling.

There’ll be plenty of food to keep you fuelled as well as Scottish craft spirits to sample at the Botanical Garden.

31 October – 2 November, craftbeerexperience.co.uk

Glass of beer for Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Credit: Chris Watt


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Northampton Winter Food Festival

Head along to this seasonal food festival and keep warm with a mulled wine and some piping hot street food. Outdoor food stalls range from Burger Meister’s gourmet Aberdeen Angus burgers to tacos at Baja Cantina. If you want to shop there will be artisan food stalls, or just kick back and catch a food workshop or demonstration.

A Foodies Lounge will be hosting talks from artisan chocolatier Nenette Scrivener about how to temper chocolate, Warner Edwards will be offering gin tastings and local bakery, The Good Loaf will be talking all things bread, from what to look for in a good loaf to why real bread is better.

9 – 10 November, winterfood.co.uk

Clovelly Herring Festival

The ancient fishing village of Clovelly, in North Devon, is the backdrop to an annual festival dedicated to celebrating the village’s ‘silver darlings’ heritage (that would be herrings). There will be plenty of herring dishes to try as well as beer tastings, and information about sustainable fishing. It’s a fun, family-friendly day out.

17 November, clovelly.co.uk

Taste of London: The Festive Edition

The festive version of sister event Taste of London (held every summer in Regents Park), this one takes place at London’s Tobacco Dock, transforming the space into a foodie’s winter wonderland and showcasing the best chefs the capital has to offer.

Expect innovative dishes and cooking demos plus interactive masterclasses to get involved in between shopping, eating and drinking. A delicious way to kick off the Christmas season.

21 – 24 November, london.tastefestivals.com

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Wine Festival Winchester

Get merry with a visit to this annual festival dedicated to the humble grape (and take a trip to Winchester to visit our favourite foodie spots here). Whether you’re an amateur or a connoisseur, this two-day event, set in the grand surroundings of Winchester’s Guildhall, is set to be jam-packed with stalls offering tastings and advice, including London’s Berry, Bros. & Rudd and Hampshire’s Exton Park Vineyard.

There will, of course, be food to go alongside the booze, from Parsonage Farm charcuterie to Chococo chocolates. End the day with a cheese and wine masterclass, or a tasting of Winchester’s finest sparkling wines.

29 – 30 November, thewinefestival.co.uk

Winchester Wine Festival, man holding glass of white wine and his phone. There's an app open on his phone with different categories of wines on. Bottles of wine are on the table around him

Hay Food Festival

Taking place during Hay Winter Weekend, Hay Food Festival will see some of the best Welsh food producers setting up stall in an al-fresco marketplace.

Get your Christmas shopping started early with jars of honey from Bee Dazzled Honey and ales from Rhymney Brewery or get your daily bread fix with sunflower and honey loaves from Caroline’s Real Bread Company.

Once you’ve filled up on local produce, listen to talks from writers, thinkers and comedians or get involved with some of the festival's hands-on events (these include Indian cookery workshops for children led by the Flying Pig Cookery School).


30 November, hayfestival.com

Winter Weekend - walking at Hay festival

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