If you're anything like me, your taste buds are always craving a new adventure, and what better place to embark on a culinary journey than right here in the United Kingdom? Our little island has become a hub of gastronomic innovation, with flavours from around the world coming together to create something truly special.

Now, let's talk about why you should clear your calendars and make room for these incredible UK food festivals.  These food festivals are a celebration of creativity and community, where you can watch live cooking demonstrations, pick up unique gifts, get inspired and connect with fellow foodies who share your passion.

So without further ado, let's dive into the delicious details of some of the best UK food festivals happening across Britain in 2024.

The 12 Best UK Food Festivals for 2024

1. London Food Month

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Date: 12 - 16 June
Address: Regent's Park
Ticket Price: From £24 per person
London Food Month is a gastronomic extravaganza that spans the entire month of May, transforming the capital into a culinary paradise. From tantalising street food markets to exclusive dining experiences curated by top chefs, there's something for every palate. One highlight is the Night Market, where you can sample dishes from over 50 of London's best street food vendors, accompanied by live music and entertainment. For those seeking a more intimate experience, there are chef collaborations and themed dining events happening throughout the month.

2. Edinburgh Food Festival

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Date: 19 - 28 July
Address: George Square Gardens
Ticket Price: Free!
Nestled in the heart of Scotland's capital, the Edinburgh Food Festival is a celebration of the country's finest produce and culinary talent. Held over ten days in late July and early August, this top UK food festival features a bustling market showcasing everything from artisan cheeses, waffles, funnel cakes, and gelato to freshly caught seafood. Visitors can indulge in tasting sessions led by local experts, enjoy live music performances, and explore family-friendly activities. Best of all, entry to the food festival is completely free, making it accessible to everyone.

3. Taste Cheshire Food & Drink Festival

Date: 30 March - 1 April
Address: Chester Racecourse
Ticket Price: From £12 per person (Children under 5 go free)
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Chester, the Taste Cheshire Food & Drink Festival is a gastronomic delight that attracts food lovers from across the region. Held annually during the springtime, this vibrant festival celebrates the best of Cheshire's culinary scene with an eclectic mix of food stalls, cooking demonstrations, and interactive experiences. Visitors can sample artisanal cheeses, gourmet chocolates, and locally brewed beers while soaking up the lively atmosphere of the festival. Live music, street performers, and kids cooking workshops add to the festive ambiance, making it a delightful day out for foodies of all ages. With a diverse lineup of vendors and attractions, the Taste Cheshire Food & Drink Festival promises a memorable experience that will tantalise the taste buds and leave you craving more.

4. Taste of the Caribbean: Food & Drink Festival Brighton

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Date: 8 June - 14 September
Address: Multiple locations in Brighton
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Transport yourself to the sun-kissed shores of the Caribbean right in the heart of Brighton with the Taste of the Caribbean Food & Drink Festival. This vibrant event, held annually during the summer months, celebrates the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean islands. From jerk chicken to rum punch, visitors can indulge in an array of mouthwatering dishes and exotic flavours that capture the essence of Caribbean cuisine. The festival's bustling market showcases a variety of Caribbean-inspired food stalls, offering everything from traditional dishes to modern twists on classic favourites. Live music, dance performances, and cultural demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere, creating a lively and immersive experience for attendees. Whether you're a seasoned fan of Caribbean cuisine or simply looking to spice up your summer, the Taste of the Caribbean Food & Drink Festival in Brighton promises a tantalizing journey for the taste buds and a memorable celebration of Caribbean culture. Plus dogs are allowed on leads making it a dog-friendly UK food festival.

5. Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

Date: 5 July - 7 July
Address: Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay
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The Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival is a culinary extravaganza that showcases the best of Welsh produce. Held over a weekend in July, the festival features over 100 stalls offering everything from traditional Welsh cakes to artisan cheeses. Visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations, live music, and family-friendly activities throughout the event. Best of all, entry is completely free, making it the perfect day out for foodies of all ages.

6. Glasgow Vegan Festival

Date: 12 October
Address: Pollock Park
Ticket Price: From £5
Embracing the plant-based lifestyle, the Glasgow Vegan Festival is a celebration of all things vegan. Held in August, the festival features a diverse lineup of food stalls, cooking demos, and talks from industry experts. Visitors can sample delicious vegan dishes, learn new recipes, and discover the latest vegan products on the market.

7. York Food and Drink Festival

Date: 20 - 29 September
Address: Parliament Street
Ticket Price: From £7.50
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Held over ten days in September, the York Food and Drink Festival offers an array of culinary delights in one of England's most historic cities. From artisanal chocolates to Yorkshire puddings, visitors can sample a wide range of locally sourced produce at the festival's bustling food market. Cooking demonstrations by top chefs provide inspiration for home cooks, while live music and entertainment add to the festive atmosphere. Best of all, entry is free, making it the perfect opportunity to indulge in some delicious treats while exploring the charming streets of York.

8. Oxford Foodies Festival

Date: 24 - 26 August
Address: South Parks
Ticket Price: TBC
Get ready to tantalise your taste buds at the Oxford Foodies Festival, held over a weekend in August. This vibrant event brings together foodies from across the region to celebrate the best of Oxfordshire's culinary scene. With over 100 stalls offering everything from gourmet burgers to artisanal cheeses, there's something to satisfy every craving. Visitors can also enjoy live music from none other than Blue, cooking demonstrations, and interactive workshops throughout the festival. Dogs are allowed on leads and carers get free entry.

9. Eat Cambridge Festival

Date: 23 May
Address: The Corn Exchange
Ticket Price: £2 per adult and kids go free
Cambridge's thriving food scene takes centre stage during the Eat Cambridge Festival, held throughout the month of May. This month-long celebration showcases the city's diverse culinary offerings, from traditional British fare to international cuisine. Highlights include food tastings, cooking workshops, and supper clubs hosted by local chefs and producers. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or just looking to explore Cambridge's gastronomic delights, this festival offers something for everyone.

10. Newcastle Restaurant Week

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Date: TBC
Address: Multiple locations
Ticket Price: From £15
Foodies rejoice – Newcastle's annual Restaurant Week is back, offering the perfect opportunity to dine out at some of the city's best eateries without breaking the bank. Held over seven days, this Uk food festival features fixed-price menus at participating restaurants, allowing diners to sample a variety of dishes at discounted prices. From fine dining establishments to cosy bistros, there's something to suit every taste and budget. So gather your friends and family and prepare to indulge in a week of culinary delights in the heart of Newcastle.

11. Leeds Indie Food Festival

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Date: TBC
Address: Multiple locations
Ticket Price: Varies per event
Celebrating the vibrant independent food and drink scene in Leeds, this month-long UK food festival is a must-visit for foodies. Throughout May, the city comes alive with pop-up events, supper clubs, and tastings showcasing the best of local produce and culinary talent. Highlights include street food markets, cocktail masterclasses, and collaborations between independent restaurants and breweries. With events happening across the city, there's plenty to explore and discover during Leeds Indie Food Festival. Ticket prices vary depending on the event, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

12. Abergavenny Food Festival

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Date: 21 - 22 September
Address: Raglan Chambers
Ticket Price: TBC
Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of Monmouthshire, the Abergavenny Food Festival is a celebration of all things gastronomic. Held over a weekend in September, this renowned event attracts foodies from far and wide to explore the rich culinary heritage of Wales. The festival's bustling market is a feast for the senses, with over 200 stalls offering a diverse array of local produce, artisanal delicacies, and international flavours. Visitors can also enjoy cooking demonstrations by top chefs, talks and debates on food-related topics, and hands-on workshops for all ages. With live music, street food vendors, and a vibrant atmosphere, the Abergavenny Food Festival promises a memorable experience for food lovers of all persuasions. Ticket prices vary per event and package chosen, so be sure to check the official website for details and to secure your spot at this deliciously delightful event.

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Now that we've explored some of the best UK food festivals for 2024, you might be wondering how you can share the joy of these delicious experiences with your loved ones. Well, look no further than experience gift cards! Whether it's a Hotelgift for a cosy staycation next to the festival, a Flightgift for an exciting UK getaway, or an Activitygift for a memorable foodie experience, our experience gift cards offer the perfect way to treat someone special to a culinary adventure they'll never forget.

Thanks to the abundance of things going on in the UK in 2024, there's really no need to go abroad this summer!