UK – Best Food Festivals

We are rather keen on good food and wine her at House parties so we thought a guide to food festivals around the UK for the next 12 months might be a good idea.

The York Chocolate Festival has yet to confirm dates for 2014 but last year it was held around Easter. The festival spans 4 days and there are workshops to create your own Easter egg, making chocolate desserts. There are coffee and chocolate tastings or you can just visit the chocolate market and where you can buy chocolates made from local artisan producers. All just a short walk from our house, Clifton.

The Crab & Lobster Festival in Cromer plays host to local chefs giving demonstrations on what to do with crab and lobster. There is also a children’s activity corner and street entertainment. Only a short drive from Wells next the Sea, a traditional seaside town.

The Loch Fynn Food Festival is not far from three of our houses, Stuckgowan, High Wards and Blaven. The festival runs from 17 – 18th May. Located next to the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, admission is free and the fair offers a feast of west coast food and wine as well as entertainment.

The Crail Food Festival in Fife runs from 14 – 15th June. Participants include the Andross farm Shop, Barnetts Bakery, who have won the 2012 Scottish Baker of the Year Award, The Coco Tree Café and Chocolate Company in Pittenweem, Days G one By (homemade jams) as well as The St Andrews Brewing Company. All just a short drive away from West House in Elie, sleeping 14 – 16.

Portmerion, the famous village by the sea in North Wales, made famous by the 1960’s hit TV series The Prisoner is host to an annual food and craft festival in December. As well as food stalls, there are cookery and craft demonstrations, seasonal entertainment and Father Christmas. Portmeirion is well worth a visit and not far from both St Beuno and Plas Mount Hazel.

The Dartmouth Food Festival started in 2002 in the market square and it is now a major food event held every October. The festival offers lots of demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Mitch Tonks and Mark Hill. There are also plenty of wine, beer and cider tastings available.
Workshops include How to Dress a Crab, Cooking a Perfect Steak, Decorating Cupcakes and even Filleting Fish. Special Menus are being offered at many local restaurants and hotels as well as a selection of pop-up restaurants at the festival itself.
Beach End is located, as the name suggests, on the beach in Dittisham. It is currently being completely renovated and extended to provide a modern, stylish, holiday home for around 12 -1 4 guests. It is only a short drive from the Dartmouth Food Festival. We expect to have photographs on our site by January 2014 and the house will be ready for its first guests from March 2014 onwards.

Oban hosts a winter festival from 22 November until 1st December. The food and drink market is held on Saturday 23rd November and offers a selection of food and drink from local producers, including, confectionery, meat, bread, fish, pies and preserves. There are also cookery demonstrations throughout the day. The festival is just a short distance from Blaven, a lovely family holiday house sleeping up to 13 people.

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