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…
HYPER JAPAN returns this month for its winter edition over three days at London’s Olympia. A huge twice-yearly celebration of Japanese culture, the exhibition covers everything from fashion to food, and crafts to cosplay. This year the food and drink offering is bigger than ever as independent traders will showcase an amazing range of Japanese street snacks under one roof. Dishes include Buta No Kakuni (braised pork topped with spring onions) from Peko Peko, fluffy Smoky Sesame Cream Dorayaki from Wagashi Bakery and perfect Katsu from Don Panko Katsu House.
Visitors will also be able to take part in The Ramen Experience where ticket holders are given the three classic broths to try Shoyu (Soy), Tonkotsu (Pork) and Paitan (Chicken), decide on their favourite and then enjoy a bowl of their preferred combination of stock with classic toppings.
The Sake Experience offers visitors an opportunity to sample the variations in flavours across an incredible selection of over 100 Japanese rice wines as well as liqueurs, craft beers and Chu-Hi (the hugely popular Japanese “alcopop” drink). There will also be a range of Namazake, unpasteurised “live” sake, flown in specially (and kept chilled during transport) from over 30 different brewers in Japan. These sakes are extremely scarce and a collection of this size is rare to see even in Japan, providing another unique opportunity for visitors.
16 November – 18 November, hyperjapan.co.uk
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
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.
10 – 11 November, winterfood.co.uk
The Pump Street Pop Up Shop
Suffolk chocolatier and baker, Pump Street Bakery, is known for its award-winning bean-to-bar chocolates (flavoured with sourdough bread and eccles cakes to name a few flavours) and jam doughnuts. If you’re not one of its local regulars, make a note to catch the bakery’s pop-up in east London this month when, for one week only, it will be serving new chocolates, loaves of bread, pastries and panettone on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street.
The pop-up is also a celebration of the launch of the company’s tinned baking range so it’s a good chance to stock up on foodie stocking fillers too.
13 – 16 November, @pumpstbakery
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.
15 – 17 November, craftbeerexperience.co.uk
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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.
15 – 18 November, london.tastefestivals.com
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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.
18 November, clovelly.co.uk
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.
23 – 24 November, thewinefestival.co.uk
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).
24 November, hayfestival.com