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With the darker evenings and the crisp autumnal air reminding us all that summer has come to an end, it's time to celebrate all the exciting food and drink events this October. We've compiled the best foodie offerings across the country to keep your weekends busy, make the most of the fantastic harvest season and to start stocking up your cupboards for Christmas.

SOUTH WEST:

  • Great Bath Feast: 23rd September - 8th October. As a UNESCO World Heritage City, Bath is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. This month explore it's natural beauty and architecture alongisde its its top quality food scene. The Great Feast will provide you with a plethora activities and treats for the whole family. Expect cookery demos, fine cheeses, incredible restaurant deals and a Japanese Sake tasting evening! 
  • Dartmouth Food Festival: 20th - 22nd October. Hailed by The Guardian as one of the top ten food festivals in the UK, awaiting you beside the picturesque River Dart will be a wealth of celebrity chefs, tasting tents and local Devonshire delights – how can you resist?

LONDON:

  • Vegfest: 21st – 22nd October. Only at this festival will you find as much food for thought as you will to eat. With leading nutritional experts, hundreds of stalls selling vegan and vegetarian products and entertainment for all the family, you’ll gain invaluable insight into a healthier lifestyle and have a great time doing it.
  • The Chocolate Show: 13th - 15th October. A chocolate festival? YES. It's everything you've ever wanted, right? Independant brands and big names need YOUR help to sample everything from indulgent hot chocolates to fudgy brownies. But that's just the tip of the chocolatey iceberg. Get to London Olympia to see it all.

CORNWALL:

  • Falmouth Oyster Festival: 12th - 15th October.  This very niche festival is in prime oyster dredging location and you’ll see them available to eat in ways you could only dream of! You can even try your hand at the famous oyster-shucking competition! A lovely day by the sea. 

WALES:

  • Monmouthshire Food Festival – Autumn: 14th - 15th October. Set in the stunning Caldicot Castle this festival has a vast variety of food marquees from fine dining pop-up restaurants to Indian street food. With a children’s quarter, chef demonstration area and a local producers market there’s something for all ages.
  • Gwledd Conwy Feast: Get to the stunning North coast of Wales to Conwy, where you'll find stunning views, a historic castle and traditional seafood aplenty. Expect fireworks, chef demonstrations, and well-stocked bars.
  • Llangollen Food and Drink Festival: 14th - 15th October. How many truffles can a top choclatier make in 120 seconds? Well, you don’t have to ponder on that for too long because you can see  Jo Edwards take on Gino D'Acampo's World Record of 47 handmade truffles here at Llangollen Food and drink festival! (Obviously there’ll be loads more to see, eat and do but I’m just going for the World Record attempt!)

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EAST  MIDLANDS:

  • Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival: 11th - 14th October. Held in (you guessed it) Nottingham, this festival will take you back to a simpler time. Inspired by the many fetes of Robin Hood and his merry men, there’ll be a load of drinking, dining and dancing! Enjoy.
     
  • Swadlincote Festival of International Food, Drink & Crafts: 13th – 15th October. This will be an exciting new festival to hit South Derbyshire. A celebration of different cuisines, cultures and crafts it will offer a weird and wonderful selection of all things food, drink and art too. 

WEST MIDLANDS:

  • Birmingham Beer and Cider Festival: 26th -28th October. From one booze-filled bash to another! Except this time we’re in Birmingham and there’s a large range of delicious foreign drinks on offer; for anyone hoping to have a taste of the unknown there’s a huge foreign variety too.              
     
  • Birmingham Oktoberfest: 18th – 22nd October. Don a lederhosen, chow down on a Bratwurst and fill your stein to the brim with beer for an experience you can tick off the bucket list. I don’t know of any better way to celebrate Bavarian culture.

NORTH WEST:

  • Manchester Oktoberfest: 18th- 22rd October. Five days in Albert Square savouring schnitzel, indulging in some dancing and cradling a Bavarian beverage – sounds like the life to me. 
  • Manchester Food & Drink Festival: If you live in Manchester, it'll be hard to miss this one. It covers much of the city centre, and spans over 11 days. It features a huge programme of events, including live music in Albert square and celebrity chefs.

NORTH EAST:

  • Filey Food and Drink Festival: 12th - 13th October. Located near the Yorkshire Moors the farmer’s markets at this festival are some of the best. Top regional chefs will be cooking up a storm and demonstrating how you can do the same in your kitchen too. 

SCOTLAND:

  • Oktoberfest meets Scotland – A Brewdog Brunch: Oktoberfest meets Scotland, beer meets brunch! Every independent craft beer on offer at this festival will be paired with an exciting German-Scottish fusion dish. All against the backdrop of the lovely boutique hotel Malmaison in Glasgow!
  • BBC Good Food Show Scotland: Returning to the SECC in Glasgow for its 11th year, expect to see foodie personalities such as the Hairy Bikers, Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain, Tom Kerridge, John Torode and more!             
  • Scottish Vegan Festival: Come to the Corn exchange this month to check out over 100 amazing stalls including the experienced Bute Island Foods who have been making vegan and dairy free cheese for over 20 years. Expect a whole host of lifestyle tips, brought to you by the Hectic Vegan Magazine, and guest speakers to inspire you.
  • Meats & Beats: Love meat? Love classic tunes? Meats & Beats is a ground-breaking combination of BBQ goodies and throwback singalongs. If this hasn't sold you already, there'll be bars stuffed with craft beer and more, eating competitions and dance-offs! (Though maybe not one after the other.)

NORTHERN IRELAND:

  • Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food: 28th – 31st October. This medieval city will come alive with the sound of foodies, debating, discussing, dining and demonstrating their passion for glorious food and drink over the bank Holiday weekend. 

 

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