Seven UK food festivals to visit this autumn

Summer may be fading fast but don’t retreat indoors just yet – there are plenty of food festivals to check out this autumn. Here are seven of the best so you can start planning your next roadtrip.

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Manchester Food & Drink Festival – 10-21st September

With events happening all over the city, Manchester foodies can look forward to street food, supperclubs, Gaucho masterclasses, a Hawksmoor feast, live music and more. Head to the Albert Square Festival Hub for Fever-Tree cocktails and chef demos from Simon Rogan, Aiden Byrne and Iberica’s César Garcia.

Ludlow Food Festival – 11-13th September

The historic town of Ludlow celebrates local food and drink with three days of tasting trails, hands-on workshops, a young chefs competition, and a market showcasing over 180 independent producers.

Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival – 25-27th September

The world’s oldest oyster festival celebrates its 61st birthday this year with the famous oyster opening contest, a masquerade ball, and a family-friendly day of live music, cookery demos and kids’ entertainment.

The Festival of Heat: London’s Chilli Festival – 27th September

Can you handle the heat? Find out at London’s annual chilli festival in Shoreditch where locals can take part in cooking demos and shop at over 30 stalls selling spicy world foods and chilli sauces, jams and more.

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The Great Cornish Food Festival – 25-27th September

Head south at the end of the month for three days of foodie fun in Truro. Celeb chef Nathan Outlaw will be in attendance, alongside some fantastic local chefs and producers like Sharp’s Brewery, Rodda’s and the Cornish Cheese Co. Drop in to a masterclass to sample local wines or learn how to shuck an oyster.

The Great Bath Feast – 1-31st October

If you fancy a food-focused city break, then October is the perfect time to visit beautiful Bath. This year, the Great Bath Feast includes food tours, pop-ups and supperclubs, afternoon teas, and talks and demos from Nigella, Tom Kerridge and Gennaro Contaldo. Check out the event program – it’s epic!

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival – 8-18th October

Enjoy ten days of delicious set menus at top restaurants, plus events like the Edinburgh Street Feastival, the Grassmarket Fun Foodie Day, and ‘Movies & Shakers’ film-and-food nights at Harvey Nichols Forth Floor.

Looking for a food festival near you? Search for your local area on Food Festival Finder.