Food Festivals to Visit in 2023: Our Best Picks
Calling all foodies! Clear your schedule and plan a day out doing nothing but sampling mouth-watering dishes, sipping locally brewed beer and enjoying live entertainment and food competitions, all at a food festival near you.
Check out our list of 2023 food festivals all around the UK.
Loch Lomond Shores Free Food and Drink Festival
When: 1 – 2 April 2023
The free to attend food and drink festival on the scenic shores of Loch Lomond is back for 2023. Loch Lomond Springfest brings whiskey tastings, live music, kids’ entertainment, cooking demos and, of course, plenty of tasty food.
Nearest campsite: Milarrochy Bay Club Site (30 minutes away).
Scottish Vegan Festival
When: April May 2023
An event run by the Farplace Animal Rescue charity, the Scottish Vegan Festival in Edinburgh celebrates not just food but all things vegan. Expect stalls selling delicious world foods, drinks, bags, cosmetics and much more.
Nearest campsite: Lauder Club Site (35 minutes away).
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VegfestUK Brighton, London
When: 29 – 30 April 2023
VegfestUK is one of the most anticipated vegan food festivals of the year. With so many plant-based alternatives cropping up, Vegfest has brought the best plant-based caterers all to one place.
Nearest campsite: Slindon Club Site (45 minutes away).
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Foodies Festival 2023, Nationwide
When: April – September 2023
Popping up in various locations, Foodies Festival, is jam-packed with live entertainment, world-class chefs and plenty of food to choose from. Cake decoration, chocolate making and a chilli-eating competition are some of the events to look forward to. Some popular locations and nearby campsites include:
- Brighton | 29 April - 1 May | Normans Bay Club Site (45 minutes away)
- Oxford | 26 - 28 August | Oxford Club Site (10 minutes away)
- London | 27 - 29 May | Walton on Thames Club Site (30 minutes away)
- Norwich | 8 - 10 September | Norwich Club Site (14 minutes away)
- Edinburgh | 4 - 6 August | Lauder Club Site (40 minutes away)
Sausage and Cider Festival 2023, Nationwide
When: April – September 2023
As the UK’s only touring sausage and cider festival, they’ve branched out and are visiting over 30 locations across the UK. Not only can you try some sizzling sausages, but you can get grooving to live music and a DJ or challenge yourself and your friends to an eating competition. Some popular locations and nearby campsites include:
- Stoke on Trent | 8 April | Alton, The Star Club Site (30 minutes away)
- Nottingham | 27 May | Conkers Club Site (35 minutes away)
- Derby | 3 June | Conkers Club Site (35 minutes away)
- Dundee | 11 August | Scone Club Site (30 minutes away)
- Telford | 9 September | Ebury Hill Club Site (20 minutes away)
Pub in the Park 2023, Nationwide
When: May - September 2023
A carefully curated line-up of award-winning and Michelin-starred eateries may be coming to a park near you in 2023! Pub in the Park was launched by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge. Hosting its first event in 2017, these food festivals have become some of the best culinary events of the summer. Alongside mouth-watering food and masterclasses, you can expect a line-up of chart-topping acts to party to. Some popular locations and nearby campsites include:
- Wimbledon | 12 - 14 May | Walton on Thames Club Site (30 minutes away)
- Marlow | 18 - 21 May | Chertsey Club Site (35 minutes away)
- Bath | 16 - 18 June | Devizes Club Site (30 minutes away)
The Great British Food Festival 2023, Nationwide
When: May – September 2023
Stopping at 11 stately homes across England, Scotland and Wales, The Great British Food Festival makes a fantastic family-friendly day out. Sample meals from street food vendors, watch cooking demonstrations and compete with others in a food-eating competition. Alongside all the tasty food, there’s also live music, foraging walks, a mini zoo, a Viking village and more. Some popular locations and nearby campsites include:
- Staffordshire | 29 - 1 May | Alton, The Star (30 minutes away)
- West Sussex | 9 - 10 September | Crowborough Club Site (35 minutes away)
- Cheshire | 23 - 24 September | Delamere Forest Club Site (30 minutes away)
BBC Good Food Festival, West Sussex
When: 18 – 20 August 2023
Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy steak or you fancy indulging in a variety of desserts, the BBC Good Food Festival has something for everyone. Becky Excell, Chris Bavin, Marcus Bean, Chris Baber, Dominique Woolf, Kenny Tutt and Aaron Middleton are just a few of the chefs to look out for over the weekend.
Alongside tasting all the great food, you can also watch live cooking demos, ask the experts questions, participate in the drinks masterclass, listen to live music and meet the wonderful chefs.
Nearest campsite: Chichester Club Site (20 minutes away).
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Clitheroe Food Festival 2023, Lancashire
When: 12 August 2023
Set in a charming Lancashire town, Clitheroe Food Festival 2023 features quality food and drink from over 100 exhibitors. This family-friendly event is not one to miss, as the streets are flooded with food stalls, live music, kid's entertainment and more.
Nearest campsite: Clitheroe Club Site (4 minutes away).
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2023
When: 19 – 20 August 2023
Are you a garlic lover? Picture garlic-flavoured popcorn, fudge, vodka, ice cream and much more! The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is the biggest summer show. You can expect live music, children’s entertainment and a fun fair.
Nearest campsite: Adgestone Club Site (10 minutes away).
The Big Feastival 2023, Cotswolds
When: 25 – 27 August 2023
The Big Feastival is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. If you're visiting, you’ll get the chance to dance and sing with some of the UK’s biggest artists, watch Michelin star chefs create food masterpieces, try award-winning street food and take part in family-friendly activities.
Nearest campsite: Chipping Norton Club Site (8 minutes away).
Hampton Court Palace Food Festival, London
When: 26 – 28 August 2023
The annual food festival at Hampton Court Palace is a great day out for the whole family, located in the beautiful gardens. Explore the grounds, enjoy great street food, artisan drinks, kids’ entertainment, music and much more.
Nearest campsite: Walton on Thames (9 minutes away).
Meatopia was brought to East London’s Tobacco Dock in 2013 after its success in New York City. As the name suggests, this London food festival is all about high quality, ethically sourced meat cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s top chefs. Combining barbecued meat, cool drinks and live music, Meatopia is one of London’s biggest food events of the summer.
Nearest campsite: Walton on Thames (35 minutes away).
Ludlow Food Festival, Shropshire
When: 8 – 10th September 2023
Enter the grounds of the medieval Ludlow Castle to see cooking demonstrations and enjoy tastings across the 3-day event. Ludlow Food Festival has local producers attending, as well as those from further afield, it’s a great way to support the UK food scene.
Nearest campsite: Wolverley Club Site (45 minutes away).
Abergavenny Food Festival, Wales
When: 16 – 17 September 2023
Back-dropped by the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Abergavenny Food Festival is known as the “Cannes of Food Festivals”. This year marks a memorable milestone as they turn 25, so the festivities will be bigger and better than before. You’ll be able to watch cooking demonstrations, sample local food and roll your sleeves up and get stuck in at the cookery school.
Nearest campsite: Hereford Club Site (40 minutes away).
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, Suffolk
When: 23 – 24 September 2023
Starting in 2006, the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of Suffolk’s food and drink scene. Set in the stunning scenery of Snape Maltings, close to the East Anglian coastline, this festival is a great day out for the whole family. Sample food and drink from over 100 local producers, watch a mesmeric cooking demonstration or book a masterclass with one of the talented chefs.
Nearest campsite: Kessingland Club Site (40 minutes away).
Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall
When: 12 – 15 October 2023
The Falmouth Oyster Festival is one of Cornwall’s most popular food events. Set beside Falmouth Harbour, the Oyster Festival boasts cookery demonstrations, live music, local food stalls, an arts and crafts marquee, real ale, wine and champagne bars, boat races and more.
Nearest campsite: Veryan Club Site (40 minutes away).
Dartmouth Food Festival, Devon
When: 20 – 22 October 2023
Celebrating the famous food and drink culture of the South West, Dartmouth Food Festival boasts workshops, tastings, competitions, over 120 hand-picked exhibitors and much more. Set in the pretty Devon port town of Dartmouth, the festival makes for the perfect day out for the whole family.
Nearest campsite: Dartmouth Club Site (20 minutes away).
Padstow Christmas Festival, Cornwall
When: December 2023
Hosted annually since 2008, the Padstow Christmas Festival is perhaps Cornwall’s most popular festive event – and with good reason! Attracting over 40,000 visitors each year, the festival brings together top chefs and local food producers, creating a unique Christmas atmosphere.
Nearest campsite: Tregurrian Club Site (25 minutes away).
Vegan Life Live, London
When: 9 – 10 March 2024
Book your tickets to Vegan Life Live, held in Alexandra Palace by the team behind Vegan Life magazine. A great one to attend if you’re vegan or just curious and want to learn more. With Q&A sessions, cooking demonstrations and exhibitors showcasing a range of goods from food to skincare, there’s something for everyone.
Nearest campsite: Theobalds Park Club Site (25 minutes away).
Vegan Camp Out, Oxfordshire
When: 28 – 31 July 2023
Voted the UK’s best vegan festival, the Vegan Camp Out is everything you could want and more. A huge lineup of music acts, workshops, fitness classes, and delicious food options are on offer. The food on offer is always extensive, expect everything from kebabs to ice cream and juices.
Nearest campsite: Oxford Club Site (20 minutes away).
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