Bon appetit, it’s food festival season!
This spring and summer we’re going to make some special time for our taste buds by getting all outdoor and gastro. The UK’s food festival scene is amazing right now, pairing street food, Michelin starred chefs, local food producers and restaurants with happy crowds, live music, fairground rides and tee pees. There are hundreds to choose from, so we’ve been checking out what’s looking great both near us here in Harrogate and further afield. Here’s our shortlist…
Leeds Indie Food Festival – 10-28 May
Where to find it: Across Leeds
Almost on our doorstep, the Leeds Indie Food Festival is offering nearly three weeks of celebrating independent food and drink across the city. There’s something for everyone #EATNORTH – a weekly food fair at North Brewing Co in Leeds, a Persian Supper Club, or you could help the city rebel against food waste, get in and book now as some events are already sold out.
More Info: leedsindiefood.co.uk
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StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival – 26-28 May
Where to find it: Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate
More than 50 food and drink traders are getting together in Harrogate for a third year of celebrating street food culture, including Fat Hippo (burgers), Hun Street Kitchen (Hungarian food), The Hungry Llama (Peruvian) and the Belgian Waffle Tuk (you know, for pudding). Moving from its original home in the Valley Gardens to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground for 2018, there’s not just a world of food, craft beer and pimms to enjoy, there’s a vintage Fun Fair with a helter skelter, carousel, acrobats and stilt walkers to bring a summertime vibe.
More info: streatpr.co.uk
Image credit: The StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival
North Leeds Food Festival – 30th June – 1st July
Where to find it: Roundhay Park, Leeds
This family-friendly festival is offering up two days of internationally inspired street food, local and artisan produce, crafts, performance, local art collaborations and live music in Leeds’ historic Roundhay Park. Vegan food and products are on offer throughout the festival and if you can’t wait to tuck in, the website includes some delicious recipes to try out.
More Info: northleedsfoodfestival.co.uk
Image: North Leeds Food Festival
The Great British Food Festival – 5th May – 23rd September
Where to find it: Various locations across the country
For a delicious day our with an aristocratic vibe, try The great British Food Festival which is visiting stately homes across England all summer long from 5th May – 23rd September. This includes Harewood House (26-28 May), Knebworth House (21-22nd July) and Chiswick House and Gardens (10-12 August).
More Info: greatbritishfoodfestival.com
Image: The Great British Food Festival, Harewood House
Big Feastival – 24-26 August
Where to find it: Churchill Heath Farm, Kingham, Oxfordshire
This is the big one, a weekend of camping and glamping, where the music is as big as the food. Set at the farm of Alex James, of 90’s band Blur, you’ll get top chefs like Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White, and acts including Craig David, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith and Professor Green. This is one for an indulgent weekend with your besties or the whole family.
Tag us in your pics this summer, especially if you’re with your Harrogate Spring Water, we’d love to be part of your festival fabulousness! And remember to recycle your #incredibleshrinkingbottle
More Info: thebigfeastival.com
Images: The Big Feastival