Looking for food festivals to visit in September? Here’s our round-up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from a cider festival in Northern Ireland, to a food festival in Wales. Check out all of September’s foodie events, here…
North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival
Taking place at Holkham Hall, the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival will see over 60 local food producers come together for a weekend of feasting, talks and workshops. This year’s line-up includes Bon Bakery offering their artisan biscotti, local honey from Leigh’s Bees and fermented sauerkraut from Le Digestif.
Festival No. 6 has one of the most striking settings of all this month’s events. Taking place over the second weekend in September in Portmeirion, a small costal village in Snowdonia that looks like something transplanted from the Amalfi Coast – and was famously the backdrop to cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner (hence that No.6) – the whole village will come alive with music, food, drink and performances. It prides itself on being a festival like no other and with a music line up including The The, Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires, it may well live up to the hype. The food line-up is just as impressive. Check out Claw for lobster rolls, indulge in toasties from The Cheese Truck, or head to Dinner at Clough’s for a feast from Calum Franklin, Aiden Byrne and Gareth Ward.
Good music, good chat, good craft and, most importantly, good food. Founded by four friends in 2014 – one of them Cerys Matthews – The Good Life Experience takes place on the Hawarden Estate, in North Wales. Sign up and go stargazing or cocktail crafting, dance to the likes of Jeff Buckley or the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, listen to talks by Unbound editors and Beginners Guide to Veganism author Edward Daniel and enjoy campfire cook-ups by Gill Mellor, Trine Hahnemann and Matthew and Iain Pennington.
Head to the small Welsh town of Abergavenny for a weekend of feasting, foraging and cooking over fire. The festival, now in its 20th year, will see Cabrito founder, James Whetlor, cooking goat meat over fire, Zoe Adjonyoh showing the crowd how to make simple vegan summer food and Nargisse Benkabbou rustling up a Moroccan supper.
On the Sunday, make a beeline for chef Matt Powell, who will be serving a hyper-seasonal menu of Cardigan bay crab, lamb hot pot and Welsh rarebit bite. Or head to the town’s market hall to feast on British charcuterie from Trealy Farm and real ales from Tudor Brewery.
If you want to get more hands-on, head to the festival’s cookery school where Honey & Co. will be demonstrating how to whip up a Middle Eastern feast at home, and Skye Mcalpine will be showing how to make the perfect pasta dough.
Liverpool’s Sefton Park will turn into a foodie playground in the middle of the month, with a weekend of chef demonstrations, masterclasses and pop-up versions of some of Liverpool’s best bars and restaurants. Buy from local food producers in The Market (look out for The Cumbrian Pie Company), watch Raymond Blanc demonstrating his skills or get your street-food fix by indulging in falafel wraps and tandoori naans.
Now in its 13th year, the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival brings together local restaurants and vineyards across the area to celebrate the best local produce. Pig and Porter will be serving craft beers (brewed in Kent), Olly’s Fish Shack will be dishing up baja fish tacos and grilled prawn rolls while Carr Taylor will be offering English wines from its local vineyard. There’ll also be live music and cooking demonstrations.
Look out too for the Hastings Fish brand, a new initiative launching at this year’s festival. A stamp of approval, if you spot the branding you can be sure your fish has been locally, sustainably caught by the Hastings fleet.
For the second year, the Yorkshire Dales is hosting a festival dedicated to dairy. The main event – a medley of cheese-making, pairing demonstrations and tastings – will be taking place at Wensleydale Creamery, in Hawes, while smaller gatherings will be happening across the whole county throughout the festival’s two-week run. Head to Redmire for a Lancashire vs Yorkshire cheese tasting competition or pop back to Hawes for a morning of cheese scone-making.
Celebrate all things cider at this four-day festival in Northern Ireland. There’ll be the chance to wander around orchards to learn about apple growing as well as taking part in a cidery tour in Portadown. On the Friday evening, enjoy a harvest supper, cooked by chef Mervyn Steenson, where each course will be paired with a cider.
Join chefs such as Tim Anderson, Thomasina Miers, Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer as they descend upon the riverside shops and galleries of Snape Maltings, just west of Aldeburgh, for this produce-rich food festival. Over 90 Suffolk food and drink producers will gather to showcase organic vegetables, sourdough breads, ciders and more. If you want to get hands-on join on of many masterclasses, from chocolate tasting with local Pump Street Bakery to Indian street food with Chetna Makan.
If you’re passing Manchester’s Albert Square at the end of the month don’t be surprised to find an array of street-food stalls, supper clubs and live cookery demonstrations under way. This year’s Manchester food & Drink Festival will also play host to a cookery theatre where Jack Monroe will be preparing a vegan feast, and Mary Ellen-McTague will show you how to bake bread with. On the Monday night, 20 Stories will be offering a three-course menu with wine flight, while new food pop-up Hatch will be staging a supper club on the Thursday. The festivities will include cider tents, G&T bars and a dedicated wine festival, too.