Top July Food Festivals

Looking for food-filled and fun-packed events this July? Well, as summer is finally peaking and festival season is upon us, you’ve come to the right place to find out when the best food and drink celebrations will be taking place. These delicious events are the perfect way to spend a day in the sunshine and they also give you a reason to visit somewhere new for foodie weekend away! 

Eat Drink Ealing - Ealing, London - Saturday 1st - 2nd July

This is the second year for Ealing Summer Festivals already wonderful line-up of comedy, beer and music events. Art meets food this July on Ealing Common where the best of West London's food and drink will be all in one place alongside entertainment and various dining experiences. With over 40 carefully chosen traders & exhibitors plus lots of entertainment for all the family. It's only £3 on the door for adults so well worth a visit. 

Grillstock Festival - Bristol Harbourside - Saturday 1st - 2nd July

This is a flagship festival for American BBQ in the UK and Europe. The best BBQ teams from Plymouth to Dundee will be cooking up a delicious storm of slow cooked juicy brisket, pit-raised ribs and other delights for a chance to gain entry to the 2016 World Food Championships in Alabama. Add to this, stalls brimming with craft beer, whisky and the best meaty treats you've ever tasted - throw in some legendary musical acts including The Darkness & Craig Charles and what you've got is a weekend of Meat, Music and Mayhem - enjoy!

The Cotswolds Food & Drink Festival - Cirencester - 1st - 2nd July

As line-ups go, The Cotswold Show & Food Festival is pretty unique – you’d be hard-pushed to find a more varied selection of goings-on. For me, though, the main event has to be the food, and they’ve really pulled out all the stops there, too, with a fantastic food festival spread across two marquees, all full to bursting with 50 stalls showcasing the finest Cotswold produce. The cookery theatre will have some live cooking performances too by top local chefs.

Mouth of the Tyne Festival - Tynemouth - Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th July
As Tyneside's answer to the Edinburgh Fringe, you can expect big things from this festival. For one, the musical line-up is brilliant with Elbow, Laura Marling & Tom Odell, just some of the notable performers who will be taking to the stage. There will be food galore everywhere especially fresh and tasty seafood from local fish bar and grill, Riley's Fish Shack.You must see at least one of the quirky and bizzare theatre, dance and street performances from stilt walkers dressed as dragons to circus acts and Canadian hoolah hooper, Andreanne Thiboutot. She will present a romantic comedy of "dizzying movement" - well that's piqued our interest!

Rock Oyster Festival - 7-8th July, Cornwall

A foodie event that is a step above the rest, The Rock Oyster Festival provides all the trimmings, from stalls laden with artisan foods, stages graced by international musicians and kitchen demonstrations galore from the UK’s established chefs. A truly authentic Cornish affair, the Rock Oyster Festival even has hot tubs to make the most of the warm summer weather (hopefully)!

Just V Show - Olympia, London - Friday 7th July - Sunday 9th July

This event is the holy grail for vegetarians, vegans and veggies. It's a collossal celebration of ethical products with simple ingredients whether it's cosmetics, clothes, food or drink there are hundreds upon hundreds to choose from.Your ticket also gives you access to the sister festivals Love Natural, Love Organic and The Allergy & Free From Show. essentially spanning across the whole Olympia centre! Foodies will find everything from nutritional talks to cooking demonstrations and recipe swaps.

Foodies Festival, Blackheath Common, 7-9th July

At this year’s Blackheath Common Foodies Festival, they’ve got an all-star line up of top chefs eager to delight you with their cookery demonstrations and masterclasses. 

At Foodies festivals you can expect to have a busy day as they’ve got plenty scheduled for your enjoyment – there’s even a Children’s Cookery School that you can enroll your little cherubs in to keep them out of mischief.

Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival, 14-16th July

In the summer months, Cardiff Bay is a lovely spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the sea. However, for one weekend in July, the soft swish of the waves won’t be the only thing you’ll hear – instead, the sound of 60,000 food fans chatting away while they try and buy top local grub will fill the bay, as the annual Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival arrives for a weekend of eating, drinking, live music and entertainment.

St. Albans Town & Country Show, 15-16th July

The Country Show with something for everybody in beautiful St. Alban's. You can even bring your four legged friends and enter them into the Festival of Dogs. There's something for everyone with plenty of demonstrations of arts and crafts, unique gifts to buy for your loved ones, food and drink to enjoy at the event and take home for your larder and of course, the children will have lots of activities going on.

Whitstable Oyster Festival - Whistable, Kent - Friday 21st - Sunday 31st July

As Kentish residents will know this is a keynote event in the calendar - a 10 day celebration of the sea and it's delicacies which attracts festivals go-ers from far and wide; from your average Joe and Jane to celebrities and public figures.Since Norman Times, Whitstable Oyster Festival has been held on the beach-side and so today it maintains some unique traditions such as building Grotter's - think sandcastles but with oyster shells. Thanks to the 21st century, this year's festival will also have an amazing firework display, oyster eating competitions, a beer festival, food fairs and over 80 exciting events around the coastal town.

Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival - Skipton - 22nd-23rd July

The Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival will return with a warm welcome this year. You only have to read the local newspapers or have a glance at their social media pages to realise how much this festival means to the community and those further afield. It will be, as always, a very special weekend.

This popular festival will relocate in July to Skipton, which will see the Auction Mart transformed into a “foodies haven”.  With over a whopping 270 traders showcasing delicious Yorkshire produce and celebrity chef performances galore, it’s going to be a brilliant event that is bigger and better than ever. With Malton- born James Martin as the festival’s patron and alongside him John Torode.

The Big Cheese - Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan - Friday 28th July - Sunday 30th July

As a cheese enthusiast and mild addict, this is one of the best events I can imagine. Steeped in history, Caerphilly castle will be the centre of the cheese rolling and racing action for a whole weekend of silliness, fancy dress, history and cheese worship. You're never sure what you might find in the castle grounds from street entertainers to falconry, battle re-enactments, music, troubadors and of course some wonderful local and international food and drink. The highlight is the annual relay race where teams dressed up in whatever they fancy, compete to see who can carry and pass a big block of Caerphilly cheese the quickest around a course - just brie-lliant!

Essex Food and Drink Festival – Braintree, Essex – Saturday 15th July & Sunday 16th July

Poised to once again be an incredible showcasing of the region’s highest quality produce and host of many celebrity chefs, Essex Food and Drink Festival in 2016 is bound to impress. With The Only Way is Local Tent, wine tastings, live music, celebrity chefs and cooking competitions, it's hard to see how it can't. Indeed, we’re particularly looking forward to seeing Nadiya Hussain and James Martin there.

Jimmy's Farm Sausage and Beer Festival - Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich - Saturday 22nd July & Sunday 23rd July

Sausage hunters and beer guzzlers all go down to the farm in July. Jimmy’s Farm that is –Jimmy from the telly; you know the guy who likes to pick food fights with Jamie Oliver! This Suffolk farmer and TV celebrity opens his farm up to public every summer for a tribute to all things sausage and beer.

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