The Best Food Festivals this August Bank Holiday Weekend

What better way to celebrate the end of a wonderful summer and enjoy a long weekend off work than with your friends and family at one of the country’s best food and drink festivals taking place this August bank holiday weekend!?

As summer is drawing to a close and the kids are getting anxious that their summer holidays are almost over, pestering you to make their final weeks memorable, a food festival full of great music, activities, and experiences makes an affordable and unforgettable way to spend a couple of days this August.

If you have no plans this bank holiday weekend, why not check out one of these great festivals taking places across Britain. It’s not too late to make sure this bank holiday weekend is one of the best ones yet.


River Cottage Festival – 25th to 26th August

This bank holiday weekend, make your way to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s picturesque River Cottage for an unforgettable family festival jam-packed with events including fantastic feasts, memorable masterclasses, the very best of the country’s live music, and tons of other experiences that all the family can enjoy.

Hugh will be joined by loads of memorable faces including Prue Leith from Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off, Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party, and Satish Kumar, a former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist.

Tickets can also be purchased separately for The Festival Gig Nights. With a brilliant line up of bands and musicians, if you’re too busy in the day but would love a festival feeling in the evening, head down to River Cottage and enjoy some great music from rock and gypsy band Mad Dog Mcrea, singer/songwriter Lauren Bannon from The Voice, along with a dozen other talented musicians. Children under the age of 16 go free.

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The Great British Food Festival – 25th to 27th August

Combining the nation’s love of great food and drink with nine of the country’s most treasured locations, The Great British Food Festival heads to Stonyhurst College this August bank holiday weekend with heaps of family-friendly festival fun. So much more than just another food festival, the festival gives you a unique opportunity to explore some fantastic new flavours all within a beautiful venue.

With over 60 artisan stalls and food vendors selling delicious food, wine, and real ales, along with kid’s cookery lessons, eating and cookery competitions (think Man vs Food and cake baking contests), and plenty of live music, The Great British Food Festival makes for the perfect few days this August bank holiday weekend.

Ticket price includes free parking, free chef demos, free access to artisan talks and food challenges, and a free clown workshop and children’s entertainment.

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Hampton Court Palace Food Festival – 25th to 27th August

Returning to the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace for its 5th year, Hampton Court Palace Food Festival promises to be the perfect place to relax with friends and family at the end of your summer holidays as you enjoy great food and drink. Join well-known names like Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain, Lisa Faulkner, Melissa Hemlsey, and Dr Rupy Aujla as you discover speciality foods from over 100 producers, feast on delicious street food, sip on champagne and cocktails in the many pop-up bars, and experience some of the best live music. There will also be tons of activities for the kids, along with masterclasses, cookery demos, talks, book signings, and so much more.

All tickets also include free entry into the beautiful Hampton Court Palace.

Tickets can be purchased here –


Great Missenden Food Festival – August 25th to August 27th

Situated in the stunning rolling hills of the Chilterns, Great Missenden Food Festival returns for its second year this bank holiday weekend and promises a fantastic festival all the family will love featuring a whole host of new and exciting foodie attractions including celebrity chef demonstrations.

Whether you’ve come for the delicious food, live music, and interactive masterclasses, or the tons of children’s activities at the festival, you won’t be disappointed. Learn how to properly fillet a fish at the masterclass theatre, hone your knife skills at the special skills theatre, then rock down to street food avenue where an array of enticing cuisines await you. After you’ve purchased your food and drink, head down to the cosy picnic area with your friends and family and relax with some live music. If the kids get bored, there will be rides, slides, cookery lessons, food science experiences, storytelling corner, and a lamb petting area.

Tickets can be purchased here –


Cassiobury Town and Country Show – 26th to 27th August

Headed back to Cassiobury Park this 26th to 27th August, Herts Cassiobury Town and Country Show, incorporating the ever-popular Festival of Dogs, is truly a festival for everyone – two legs or four. With free entertainment throughout the day including stunt bikes, horse displays, great local bands and community groups providing the musical entertainment, you and all your family and friends are sure to have a great time. There will also be rural crafters on site giving you tips and tricks to craft your own products, independent trade stands offering you the chance to purchase some unique gifts and homeware products, and cookery demonstrations including a masterclass and opportunity to meet Sarah Bellerby from Masterchef 2018. For the kids, there will be a separate area with face painting and a petting zoo.

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For a comprehensive list of upcoming food festivals taking place across the country this year, be sure to check out Food Festival Finder’s website or follow them on their social media pages for all the latest food festival news. 





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