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Food Festivals 2009

 
FEBRUARY

15, The World's Original Marmalade Day, Dalemain House & Gardens, Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0HB
A marmalade competition, workshops and tastings are part of this citrus-themed day out.

20-28, Rye Bay Scallop Festival, Rye, East Sussex
Learn how to cut a scallop at this festival of in-season shellfish, as well as tasting and cookery demonstrations.

27-28, Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, Yorkshire
Lots of local Yorkshire produce and a chance visit the magical rhubarb-forcing sheds and hear about the heritage of this wonderful vegetable.



MARCH

10-13, Chester Food & Drink Festival( 01244 350233 )
The festival at the racecourse will include a large producers' market, showcasing the district's impressive variety of top quality produce, and will host events such as wine, beer, champagne and cheese tastings, cookery demonstrations and competitions.

March - dates tbc, Saundersfoot St David Food and Craft Festival, Pembrokeshire
Events such as the Cawl Cooking Trail and the Biggest Leek Competition attract crowds from miles around, who can also enjoy products from Pembrokeshire and Wales.

APRIL

4-5, Lancashire Food Festival, Street music and dancing will create the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy a host of traditional Lancashire foodstuffs.

17-19, Exeter Festival of South West England Food and Drink, Devon
The first big one of the year. As well as a vast array of food producers the festival will have a range of healthy eating activities to inspire young food lovers.

18, Wear Valley Food Festival, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham
There will be more than 40 food stalls selling locally-produced goods at this festival, held in the historic grounds of Auckland Castle.

23 April � 21 June, British Asparagus Festival, Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire
This two-month festival takes place at various venues around the Vale of Evesham, making the most of the asparagus season with asparagus tours, auctions and "The Great Asparagus Run".

25-26, Mid Wales Mouthful Food Festival, Powys
The Royal Welsh showground hosts more than 50 stalls of local and sustainable produce, featuring artisan and speciality food and drink from Powys, as well as celebrity and local chef demonstrations.

MAY

2-17, Eat! Newcastle & Gateshead Food & Drink Festival
A celebration of the finest food in the North-East, this event includes a pop-up secret restaurant for five days only, and dining in the dark to increase sensory awareness and help understanding of certain disabilities.

8-10, Real Food Festival, Earls Court, London
The event will have the principles of slow food at its core and showcase carefully selected food and drink that is good, clean and fairly sourced.

16-17, Henley Food Festival, Henley
Antony Worrall Thompson and Theo Randall will give free cookery demonstrations and the head-to-head final of the "cook in" competition for amateur chefs.

17, Watercress Festival, Alresford, Hampshire
Watercress-orientated activity including celebrity cookery demonstrations, children's workshops and a food market ripe with the county's produce.

17-18, Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, S44 6PR
Celebrity chef Brian Turner will be on hand to demonstrate his skills at this two-day event, showcasing the best of local produce.

17-25, Festival of Food and Wine, Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle
A smart festival championing the North East�s produce, with Michelin-starred guest chefs, and tutored wine tastings.

23-31, English Wine Week, From Cornwall to Kent
Scores of English wine producers offer tastings, food matching and vineyard visits.

30-31, Bristol Vegan Fayre, The Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Bristol BS1 5LL
Vegan food demonstrations, nutrition talks and more than 160 stalls form part of the world�s largest vegan event, with music and entertainment for all the family

May - dates tbc, Ryedale Food Festival, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
Held in the grounds of the historic house, events include a cookery theatre, tours of the ornamental vegetable garden and the chance to buy from more than 60 local producers.

May - dates tbc, Taste of Edinburgh, Taste the best that Edinburgh's restaurants have to offer, plus gourmet shopping in the first of this year's taste festivals.

May - dates tbc, Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival, Loch Lomond, Balloch, Scotland
Billed as a celebration of great Scottish cooking and produce, the festival is in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Lomond. There will be cookery demonstrations from some of the area's best chefs and cookery workshops for kids as well as a real ale and whisky tent.

JUNE

10-14, BBC Good Food Summer Show, The NEC, Birmingham NEC
A fun-filled foodie extravaganza featuring the best in food and drink, and entertainment from top chefs.

19-21, Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1SD ( 01242 227 979 )
Features a line-up of the most tantalising food and beverage producers in the county.

27th June - 5th July, Pembrokeshire Fish Week, ( 01437 776 168 )
The 10th anniversary of this festival week, events include gourmet seafood evenings, fresh mackerel barbecues, lobster lunches and even the chance to cook your own catch.

June - dates tbc, Taste of Leeds, Taste the best that Leeds' restaurants have to offer, plus gourmet shopping.

June - dates tbc, Taste of Dublin, Taste the best that Dublin's restaurants have to offer, plus gourmet shopping.

June - dates tbc, Taste of London, Regent's Park
Taste the best that London's restaurants have to offer, plus gourmet shopping.

June - dates tbc, Flavour of Shetland, Lerwick ( 01595 744 944 )
A major event showcasing the best of Shetland�s crafts and culture, where local purveyors demonstrate the versatility of
Britain�s northernmost produce.

JULY

1-31, Hampshire Food Festival, Highlights will include celebrity food writer events, cookery demonstrations, workshops, farm walks, talks and picnics.

7-10, The Royal Show, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
The Royal Show is an agricultural fair, so expect a farmers� market, and a Food and Drink Hall packed with British specialities such as meat, ice cream, and conserves as well as traditional British ciders and beers.

11, Mortimer Country Food Fair, Manor Farm Barn, Brampton Bryan, Shropshire SY7 0DH
Celebrate the best of Hereford and Shropshire�s local produce by buying British cherries by the basketful or visiting the local food stalls.

11-12, Dorset Seafood Festival,Hope Square, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TR ( 01305 785 747 )
Catch a piece of the action with cookery demonstrations, filleting demonstrations, wine-matching, a fresh fish auction and tasting opportunities for a large range of local fish.

17-19, Cherry and Soft Fruit Show, The County Agricultural Showground, Maidstone, Kent
Held in conjunction with the Kent County Agricultural Show - some of the best homegrown fruit in the country comes from this area, including rare heritage varieties.

18-26, Annual Whitstable Oyster Fair, Whitstable
Highlights of the festival will include the Landing of the Oyster ceremony and the oyster parade, as well as walks and talks around Old Whitstable and the harbour.

25-27 Nantwich International Cheese Show, Dorfold Hall Park, Nantwich CW5 8LD
This show has been running for more than 100 years and is now the biggest cheese show in the world, with exhibitors from all over the world. Make sure you choose the correct day to visit � one is for trade, one is open to the public.

July - dates tbc, Taste of Bath, Taste the best that Bath's restaurants have to offer, plus gourmet shopping.

July - dates tbc, Taste of Birmingham, Taste the best that Birmingham's restaurants have to offer, now that the city has three Michelin stars, plus gourmet shopping.

July - dates tbc, Tavistock Food and Drink Festival
An opportunity to try and buy quality food and drink from producers based in the South West.

July - dates tbc, Black Cherry Fair, Abbey Field, Staines Lane, Chertsey, Surrey KT16
First held in the 15th Century, this is a popular local event with cherry pies, food stalls, music and traditional entertainment.

July - dates tbc, Pontefract Liquorice Festival, Pontefract Town Centre, Yorkshire WF8 1PG ( 0845 601 8353 )
The liquorice capital of England with all things made from the black root available to sample, as well as family-themed events and a town centre parade.

AUGUST

4, The Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show, Yorkshire ( 01947 810 332 )
First established in 1800, this is one of the few remaining gooseberry shows. Growers from all over the country compete for the honour of growing the heaviest gooseberry over four categories. Open to the public from 2pm.

4-8, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London
A showcase for well-known brands as well as a chance for small, local brewers to promote their beer. The Champion Beer of Britain competition will also be judged.

15-16, The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, The Fighting Cocks Crossroad, Isle of Wight, PO30 3AR
The island�s garlic is at the heart of this event, flavouring prawns, ice cream and coffee, but the festival also showcases the best of local produce, with Dunsbury Lamb making its debut in 2009.

15-16, Chilli Fest, Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 0PD
Chilli-lovers will get the chance to try the hottest jams, jellies, chocolate, sauces, seeds, powders, against the backdrop of Elizabethan Levens Hall. There will also be cookery demonstrations and salsa dancing.

1-31, Pershore Plum Festival, Pershore, Worcestershire
The Pershore Plum Fair runs throughout the whole of the month of August, culminating in a grand finale on August Bank Holiday.

August - dates tbc, Foodies at the Festival, The Sheraton Hotel and Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR
Adding a foodie dimension to the Edinburgh Festival, this is an opportunity for out-of-towners to sample the best of Scottish food and drink.

SEPTEMBER

5-6, Totally Tomato Show, West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ ( 01243 818 210 )
More than 150 varieties of tomato will be on display in West Dean�s walled kitchen garden. Competitors will compete for the spot of tastiest tomato, and everyone can learn from the tomato-growing tips and tomato recipe demonstrations available.

5-20, Scottish Food Fortnight, Where: Across Scotland
A harvest-time celebration of all that is delicious about Scottish food and drink, with shops, hotels, restaurants, schools and farmers' markets taking part in the national celebration.

11-13, Ludlow Food Festival, Ludlow, Shropshire
One of the best food festivals on the calendar, this annual event features more than 130 small producers from the Marches, with demonstrations, talks and much more.

12, Fishstock Brixham, Fish Quay, Brixham, Devon
Combining seafood and music, and coinciding with National Seafood Fortnight, this is a fundraising event for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea with seafood recipes cooked by expert and celebrity chefs.

12-13, Soil Association Organic Food Festival, Bristol
Enjoy all that's organic at the food plaza, organic food markets and gardens, plus the Soil Association marquee and caf� at Europe's biggest organic food jamboree.

18-27, York Festival of Food and Drink, York
Highlights include a Yorkshire produce market, with foodie treats ranging from rare-breed meats to local clotted cream, as well as beer and whisky festivals. Celebrity chefs will give cookery demonstrations and there will be a young chefs� competition.

19-20, Mold Food & Drink Festival, Mold, Wales
With Welsh, Asian, Mediterranean and vegetarian cookery demonstrations there should be something for most tastes.

19-20 Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival, The Stade Fishing Beach, Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex
The festival hosts a range of food and wine themed activities with live music and street entertainment.

19 - 4 October, British Food Fortnight, Thousands of events are taking place around the country in celebration of British food. There are also initiatives for chefs to give cooking demonstrations in schools.

25-27, Stratford Food Festival, Recreation Ground, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire Stratford-upon-Avon's Festival of Food event returns in 2009, with representation from both local and national producers.

26-27, Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk The festival warms up a week earlier with tastings in farm shops and delicatessens, farm walks, local food dinners and mushroom foraging. The two-day event showcases more than 65 local food producers from East Suffolk, and has cookery demonstrations and discussion forums.

26-27, Great British Cheese Festival, Cardiff Cheese-making demonstrations and lessons in the art of cheese-making.

Every weekend in September Highland Feast Various venues across the Highlands will offer a series of unique culinary events with a range of celebrity chefs and masterclasses.

September - dates tbc, Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival, The food market showcases the best food and drink in East Sussex, with more than 50 of Brighton's restaurants, bars and venues and 70 plus Sussex producers.

September - dates tbc, Abergavenny Food Festival, Feast the senses with produce by artisan food-makers from Wales, The Marches and further afield. Special events will include masterclasses, tutored tastings, children's events, walks and talks.

September - dates tbc, Nantwich Food Festival, Billed as "Britain's Tastiest Festival", it is the largest festival of its kind with more than 2,000 products to taste during the three-day event, offering the chance to sample the best regionally produced food against the backdrop of the historic market town.

September - dates tbc, Cornwall Food & Drink Festival,Truro, Cornwall This annual event highlights the best food producers in the county, and has an extensive programme of events, including cookery demonstrations and children�s events.

OCTOBER

2-11 The Bidwells Norwich & Norfolk Food Festival, A full week of celebrations this year, featuring local restaurants, produce, and talent and with an emphasis on healthy eating.

10-11, Waterperry Apple Weekend, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, Oxfordshire Orchard tours and growing advice form part of the weekend�s agenda, as well as offering the opportunity to get mystery apples identified if you have an unknown crop growing in your garden.

21-25 Dartmouth Food Festival, Market Square, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9QE The historic Market Square plays host to a series of cooking demonstrations, a farmers� market, wine tastings and much more, showcasing local produce and culinary skills.

30 - 1 Nov, BBC Good Food Show Scotland, Glasgow Celebrity chefs and wine connoisseurs will make sure you make the most of the food, fine wines, beers and spirits on offer.

October - dates tbc, Manchester Food & Drink Festival, Manchester, has offers in hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes as well as outdoor events across the City and region.

October - dates tbc, Llangollen Food Festival, Llangollen, Wales One of the leading food festivals in Wales, the festival features over 100 exhibitors, a large demonstration and a beer festival.

October - dates tbc Aberfoyle International Mushroom Festival, The Trossachs, Scotland The annual mushroom festival in Aberfoyle features mushroom walks, as well as wine tastings and cookery demonstrations.

October - dates tbc, The Big Apple, around Much Marcle, Herefordshire Each year small rural communities put together a series of tours round villages west of Ledbury, to enable visitors to participate in cider tastings, apple trails and orchard walks.

October - dates tbc, Wimborne Food Festival, Wimborne Minster Green and The Cornmarket, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1HT This Dorset festival hosts more than 50 events, including tastings, a local food market and farm tours.

NOVEMBER

13 - 15, BBC Good Food Show London, Olympia, London A fun-filled foodie extravaganza featuring the best in food and drink, and entertainment from top chefs.

15, Clovelly Herring Festival, Bideford, North Devon Aiming to help safeguard the livelihood of fishermen by highlighting neglected but tasty herrings, the festival will offer herring dishes, freshly-smoked kippers and bloaters, local cider and wine, as well as entertainment from traditional shanty singers and an educational exhibition from a local maritime historian

26 - 29, St Nicholas Fayre, York Carol singers, mulled wine and costumed traders specialising in crafts, and the very best in local farm produce.

DECEMBER

December - dates tbc, Slow Food Market, at Southbank Southbank Centre Square, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, SE1 The Slow Food Movement is running this Christmas market, selling food from all over Europe, including raw milk cheeses and biodynamic wine to artisan breads and rare breed meats.


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