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Whether you’re a professional cook and on the hunt for a job, love culinary genius or are looking for a little inspiration in the kitchen, we’ve got just the thing. We’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite British food festivals to give you a little food for thought in the kitchen.


#1 Isle of White Garlic Festival

The Isle of White garlic festival is located just outside of New church and is set in the beautiful green hills and surrounding farm land. Don’t be put off by the name of the festival, garlic isn’t all that’s on offer here although it is a big part of it; with huge ‘garlic marquees’ set up, showing cookery demonstrations throughout the day. The Garlic Festival is a perfect family day out with stalls offering tasters of the local foods, animal shows, arts and crafts, and children’s entertainment, including archery and a fun fair. They haven’t forgotten about the adults either with plenty of food stalls and a beer tent.

#2 Nantwich Cheese Show

The Nantwich Cheese Show is a taste of a real life country fate, with plenty of cheese and livestock to boot. The day consists of plenty of cheese tasting and judging of the best live animals such as; cows, sheep, poultry and pigeons. There are also plenty of arts and crafts to keep you entertain in between cheese tasting.

#3 Taste of London

Whether you live in London or are a tourist for the day this food festival allows you take all that’s amazing about London cuisine in in one day. The festival runs over four days in Regents Park and crammed with over 40 of the best restaurants in the city. Not only that there are live bands on and ‘artisans’ throughout the day, weather permitting, this can be one pretty spectacular picnic.

#4 Galway Oyster Festival

Galway International Oyster Festival, set in Galway City, is the most celebrated Irish festival after St. Patrick’s Day. The city centre comes to life with oysters and seafood for everyone to enjoy; there’s food tasting and talks, historic tours, and restaurants. There’s plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertain as well; the seafood trail, oyster opening, oyster ‘Olympics’, and even an oyster feast off. As if that wasn’t enough there’s live music, cooking demonstrations and even an oyster award show, and don’t think the Irish would leave you high and dry, you get to wash it all down with champagne and stout.

#5 Great British Beer Festival

Okay, so this isn’t quite food but we wouldn’t be British if we didn’t include a good old fashioned knees up at a beer festival. The Beer Festival consists of ‘800 real ales, ciders, parries and foreign beers’, this is definitely one for the adults. As well as the beers there’s plenty of food and entertainment to enjoy, although we’re pretty sure with that much ale you’ll be able to make your own entertainment.

Whether you interest in food is business or pleasure you’re bound to find something to tickle your taste buds at one of these great British food festivals.


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