Food Festival Season

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Food Festival Season

It’s the season of festivals, and food is no exception. With the good weather finally here, there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy some of the best Great British festivals. It’s always worth checking in your local newspaper and searching online for local events near you.

Here at Ovenclean we just love all things foody, so this time of year is heavenly! We’ve put together a list of our must-see festivals and upcoming food events across the nation so you can join in the fun!

Essex Festival of Food and Drink – 20-21 July 2013
Cressington Temple Barns, Essex

The Essex festival of food has over 120 exhibitors with live music and workshops. This year Paul Hollywood of Great British Bake Off fame will be in attendance doing a demonstration and book signing. Children will be happily entertained as there are kids cookery classes available, but you will need to register on arrival.

The Big Cheese Festival – 26-29 July 2013
Caerphilly, South Wales

This free event features folk dancing, re-enactment displays, music and (most importantly) food tasting! The festival celebrates the town’s history and there are over 50 stands, a firework display on Friday evening to open the event and the famous ‘Great Cheese Race’.

The Great Dorset Chilli Festival – 3-4 August 2013
St Giles Park, Dorset

Chilli themed festival with ‘cook offs’, a variety of food stands from around the world and chilli eating competitions. There is mild food available for children and the less adventurous. This year will feature stalls and demonstrations, along with falconry display.

Clitheroe Food Festival 2013 – 10 August 2013
Clitheroe, Lancashire

Featuring over 100 producers, an array of local chefs and even a town crier – the Clitheroe Food Festival prides itself on being packed with local Lancashire produce and talent.

Banbury Food Fair 2013 – 18 August 2013
Banbury Market Place, Oxfordshire

The fair exhibits local food and drink from in and around Banbury with the opportunity to sample various delights. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day with a chance to ask chefs any burning questions.

Norfolk Food & Drink Festival 2013 – 31 August – 6 October 2013
Variety of locations across Norfolk

A six week festival of food with main events taking place over the weekends. The festival aims to showcase food from across the county of Norfolk and includes a variety of chefs, stalls and the ‘Battle of the Bangers’.

With so many food festivals to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one to enjoy. Regardless of whether you’re visiting The Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly or The Great Dorset Chilli Festival, here are our top tips on getting the most out of them!

  1. Check out the parking situation before you go as there may be no allocated car park for the event. If the event is in a town, all usual car parks may be full so make sure you get there in plenty of time.
  2. Take it in your stride – wear comfy shoes! Quite often these events stretch for miles and it’s important to be wearing the right footwear.
  3. Bring empty stomachs and shopping bags! With so many stalls offering delicious treats, you want to make sure you are in a position to eat as much and carry as much as possible.
  4. Schedule your day so you have enough time to do the things you want to do. Make sure you don’t miss out on the demonstrations and stalls you’re most interested in.
  5. Make a day of it, go early and enjoy the celebrations wherever you are. And don’t forget your sun tan lotion!