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…
The first Scotland-wide foraging festival launches in five regions across the country this September: Fife, Moray, Lanarkshire, Orkney and the Forth Valley and Lomond area. Ranging from wild food feasts to coastal foraging and topical talks, the event offers a great chance to connect your cooking with the local larder.
Highlights include Eva Gunnare, from Swedish Lapland, talking about foraging for Arctic herbs during the Visit Orkney International Science Festival, and ‘wild’ bread-making courses and folklore walks on the Cardross Estate, easily reached from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
31 August – 15 September, foragingfortnight.co.uk
Taste of Scilly Festival
An archipelago-wide culinary celebration of the Isles of Scillies, this month-long festival (now in its fourth year) showcases everything from artisan gin and small-batch ice cream to Scillonian duck.
The event kicks off with the Low Tide experience, a mini food festival held on a sandbank where visitors roll up their trouser legs to reach a feast that includes garlic mussels, seafood paella (the seafood straight from a fishing boat) and mackerel baps. Other one-off events taking place over the 30-day festival include pop-up crab shacks, beach barbecues, pastie-crimping workshops and island-hopping supper safaris.
1 – 30 September, visitislesofscilly.com
The Good Life Experience
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 for star gazing or lino printing, dance to the likes of Norman Jay and Guy Chambers, listen to talks by Tom Hunt, and enjoy campfire cook-ups by Olia Hercules, Honey & Co and Anja Dunk.
12 – 15 September, thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk
Credit: Paul Johnson
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival
For the third 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 Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre for butter making and cheese tasting, or pop to The Courtyard Dairy for a cheese making course.
14 – 22 September, yorkshiredales.org.uk
Armagh Food and Cider Festival
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 cookery classes, rustling up a Bramley apple crumble cake. On the Friday evening, enjoy a cider discovery dinner (set amongst apple orchards) with cider enthusiast Bill Bradshaw and chef Mervyn Steenson.
19 – 22 September, visitarmagh.com
Abergavenny Food Festival
Head to the small Welsh town of Abergavenny for a weekend of feasting, foraging and cooking over fire. The festival, founded in 1999, will see Genevieve Taylor cooking veg over fire, Tom Hunt showing the crowd how to cook zero waste and pasta classes with Emiko Davies.
On the Saturday night, make a beeline for Three Pools farm, where they’ll be showcasing what is grown and raised on the farm (expect everything from foraged finds to home pickles). If you want to get more hands-on, sign up for masterclasses where Belazu will be demonstrating the beauty of balsamic vinegar, and Sue Quinn will be exploring chocolate.
21 – 22 September, abergavennyfoodfestival.com
Credit: Abergavenny Food Festival 2017
Manchester Food and Drink Festival
If you’re passing Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens 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. On the Friday night, the curry collective will see Bundobust, Dishoom, Lily’s and Sanskruti joining forces to cook up a feast, while Aiden Byrne will be creating a one-off immersive dining experience on the Saturday.
26 September – 7 October, foodanddrinkfestival.com
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Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
Join chefs such as Tim Anderson, Thomasina Miers, Georgina Hayden and Chetna Makan 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 one of many masterclasses, from chocolate tasting with local Pump Street Bakery to Greek stuffed flatbread making with Georgina Hayden.
28 – 29 September, aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk