Part of my work is visiting food shows and festivals, and I would like to share my experiences of the very best ones here. I have listed A-Z and included the most important details and some of my highlights. Do get in touch if you would like to know more or want to suggest somewhere I should visit…
Where? NEC, Birmingham
When? 12th – 16th June 2013
Why go there? Co-located with BBC Gardeners World Live, its a great mix of seasonal, speciality food, celebrity chefs (Hairy Bikers recently confirmed!), big brands and beautiful show gardens. Check out my highlights from the 2011 show here.
Where? SECC, Glasgow
When? 18th – 20th October 2013
Where? Olympia, London
When? 15th – 17th November 2013
Where? NEC, Birmingham
When? 27th November – 1st December 2013
Where? London Bridge/ Borough, London. Nearest station = London Bridge.
When? Every Thursday – Saturday with Friday having the best number of producers and being less busy. Check the website for regular updates, or follow them on twitter @boroughmarket
Why go there? Any foodie should know about the brilliance of Borough Market, but it has recently gone through some changes and has some great new producers including Cannon and Cannon (British Charcuterie) Juma (amazing Swiss cheeses) and old favourites like De Calabria (highest quality Italian salami, cheeses, wild herbs etc) and Flavours of Spain (outstanding range of Spanish produce).
Last Visit – 10th February 2012 (unfortunately it was flipping freezing so I didn’t manage to get my camera out for pictures)
Where? Hackney, London. Nearest station = Bethnal Green (tube), London Fields (rail).
When? Saturdays, 9am – 5pm
Why go there? A great mix of stalls, cool shops, nice cafes and restaurants and a really great atmosphere. I visited last year and blogged my highlights here.
Last Visit – March 2o11
Where? Ludlow, Shropshire
When? 13th – 15th September 2013
Why go there? It is probably the biggest and best regional food festival there is – full of amazing local produce, great entertainment and in one of the prettiest market towns there is. I try to go every year, take a look at my blogs from the last festival…
Where? Southbank, London. Nearest station = Waterloo.
When? Every Friday – Sun with themed events popping up every now and then. Check their website for regular updates, or follow them on twitter @realfoodfest
Why go there? Great selection of street food including one of the best burgers ever from Jacobs Ladder, great small producers and even food busking!
Last Visit – 10th February 2012