8 of the best UK food festivals to visit in June

There are some fantastic food festivals to visit this month, so get your tickets sorted and cross your fingers for sunshine! We’ve rounded up eight of the best but you can find lots more using this handy Food Festival Finder.

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival – 9-11th June

Held in the beautiful Montpelier Gardens, this three-day festival showcases some fantastic local and national food and drink producers. This year’s highlights include wine tastings, food talks, and a cooking demo from Theo Randall.

Soho Food Feast – 10-11th June

This annual food festival brings together some of London’s top restaurants to raise money for Soho Parish primary school. Last year they raised an incredible £49,000! Swap your cash for tokens and try dishes from restaurants like Blacklock, Wright Brothers, Som Saa and Patty & Bun. Once you’ve eaten your fill, you can kick back and enjoy wine and cocktails, live music, cooking demos, and a raffle with some amazing foodie prizes.

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Taste of Dublin – 15-18th June

Ok, we know Dublin’s not part of the UK but we couldn’t leave this fab food fest off the list. Taste of Dublin is back with a bang this month with over 150 live cooking demonstrations, craft beer tastings, food talks, and a huge producer’s market to look forward to. Taste also gives you a chance to try signature dishes from top local restaurants – choose from dishes like Saba’s Thai-style sea bream, San Lorenzo’s jerk chicken tacos, or Suesey Street’s braised daube of beef.

Taste of London – 14-19th June

Taste returns to Regent’s Park for five days of eating, drinking and live entertainment, plus brand new Taste Residence dinners from world famous chefs Alex AtalaAna Roš, and Ollie Dabbous. There’s an incredible restaurant line-up this year, including M Restaurants, Bubbledogs, Oldroyd and Jamavar. We’re particularly excited about Action Against Hunger’s 5 Star Taco Restaurant which will be serving tacos created by Rick Stein, Breddos Tacos and more. Book your tickets now using our discount code, OPEN.

BBC Good Food Show Summer, Birmingham – 15-18th June

At the biggest summer food festival to hit the Midlands, you can look forward to gin tastings, book signings, sushi masterclasses, and so much more. There’s an all-star line-up of food experts and celebrity chefs this year, including Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr and fitness coach Joe Wicks. You can dine in style at the Tom’s Kitchen pop-up restaurant or check out street food heroes Pietanic and Habaneros.

Reading Chilli Festival – 17th June

At Reading’s annual celebration of spice, you can stock up on chilli-packed products from around the world, from sauces and chutneys to seeds, plants and even beer. There’s a strong street food and music line-up this year, plus a chilli con carne cook-off that will be judged by the UK Chilli Cook-off Association. If you think you can handle the heat, you can sign up for the chilli eating contest – it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Festa Italiana, Manchester – 23-25th June

Hosted by Manchester’s Italian community, this free festival celebrates the food of Italy with live cookery demos, pasta making workshops, and an authentic Italian produce market. Come hungry and try fresh pasta dishes, porchetta, gelato, and a 50-metre pizza made by the team from Salvi’s. As the sun sets, you can embrace la dolce vita with a few drinks at the dedicated Aperol spritz, Prosecco and limoncello bars.

Northampton Sausage & Cider Festival – 24-25th June

There’s no better way to spend a summer day than soaking up the sun, listening to live music, and sampling over 30 ice-cold  ciders. Food stalls will be selling a variety of delicious sausages, from artisan hot dogs to Polish kielbasa, Boerewors, and cheese and chorizo griddled toasties. There’s plenty for kids to enjoy too, including a giant slide, inflatable obstacle course, and a free circus.