Camp Bestival, Dorset
Camp Bestival takes place this July at Lulworth Castle in Dorset and, for us at least, the highlight is set to be the food! Feast Collective ‘ambassadors’ include DJ BBQ, who knows just as much about meat griddling as he does about decent tunes, and curing specialist Steven Lamb, who has been a River Cottage mainstay for more than a decade. Our editor, Laura Rowe, says
“I’m particularly excited about trying Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. We featured Zoe’s brilliant recipes in our May issue and are now addicted to the vibrant, fiery flavours of Ghanaian food!”
27 – 30 July
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Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Aberaeron, Wales
Established by a group of local fishermen in 1997, this annual festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It’s a true local affair showcasing the best of Wales’ seafood. Last year’s event had producers Big Fish Little Fish, Swansea Fish and Selwyn’s Penclawdd Seafood showcasing their products. Chefs from some of our favourite Welsh restaurants will be exhibiting, so you can get a taste of the best food from across the region, including Gareth Ward from Ynyshir Hall, Stephen Terry from The Hardwick and Ludo Dieumegard from the Harbourmaster.
Our/Summer at Our/London Vodka Distillery
Every Saturday afternoon this summer the Our/London Vodka distillery in Hackney will be putting on an afternoon of trailer park fun with a foodie twist. A sparkling food truck will play host to London’s top chefs and foodies, with Robin Gill of The Dairy kicking off July’s line-up. We’re heading over on 22 July to try modern Nigerian and West African dishes such as hibiscus chicken, Nigerian roast veg and grapefruit and guava cheesecake from chef-of-the-moment Lopè Ariyo. The distillery will whip up £5 vodka cocktails, inspired by the chefs’ menus, while DJs and table tennis tables will complete the summer vibe.
Foodie’s Festival, Blackheath Common
For the first year since it started, Blackheath Common foodie festival will feature a feasting tent with banqueting tables. You can mingle with the chefs and enjoy the food in joyous company. Put your dancing shoes on for a trip to the vintage tea tent to take part in daily dances and browse the vintage kitchen market. There’ll be food stalls set up for you to indulge in street food and sweet treats. At the end of the day, grab a hay bale and enjoy a pint of cider at the Real Ale & Cider Farm.
7 – 9 July
Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, Skipton
Join producers from all over Yorkshire and the Dales in the idyllic market town of Skipton. John Torode and James Martin (who began his career in Yorkshire at Castle Howard) will be demonstrating at the event along with local chefs Steph Moon and Gareth Bottomly, who previously worked at The Ritz. If the sun’s shining, pick up a tub of JustJenny’s ice cream who offer not just your average flavours – think blackcurrant and liquorice, rhubarb crumble and ginger. If you’re feeling thirsty, try locally produced drinks from Thistly Cross Cider, Timothy Taylor’s and Whittaker’s Gin.
22 – 23 July
Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour
Dorset seafood festival is celebrating its 10th year in style, with champagne and seafood! Sip on champagne overlooking the picturesque Weymouth Harbour and peruse 100 stalls for new seafood street food dishes. Head to the Fisher & Paykel stage to see the Duck & Waffle’s Dan Doherty, food writer Gizzi Erskine and chef Peter Gordon in action. For the first year, Fishy Tales will be taking place – a live celebrity seafood discussiom, where guests will chat about everything from catching and cooking seafood delights. All profit will go to the Fisherman’s Mission charity.
8 – 9 July
Cardiff Food & Drink Festival
Foodies will descend upon Cardiff Bay in July for a weekend of cooking demos, chef talks and a celebration of Welsh food and drink. Get hold of the freshest local produce (think traditional cider and Welshcakes, Welsh lamb and locally made liqueurs) at the famer’s market within the Producer’s Fayre. If you want to enjoy the festivities for longer, get some artisan bread and organic cheese to take home with you.
14 – 16 July
British Street Food Awards
The pressure is on at this year’s British Street Food Awards with the winners heading to Berlin in September to compete in the inaugural European Street Food Awards. Head to Brighton Beach to catch the London and South East heat and vote for who you think deserves to be crowned Best of the Best. Last year’s South and East winner was Cheeky Burger, serving up their slider menu with a side of homemade bacon and Jack Daniels jam.