Top September Food and Drink Events
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August may be famous in the UK for hosting an abundance of events, including Reading Festival, The V Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many, many more. In September however, food festivals take to the main stage and invite all to chow down on some of the nation’s tastiest treats. Here at FFF, we couldn’t create our usual top 10 list of food festivals for the month as there really are too many to choose from. Instead, we’ve collected together a list of some of the best events of the month and organized them by region, meaning that no matter where you are in the UK, you can join in with the festival fun.
- Leeds Castle Food Festival, Kent, 8th-10th September
Set in the confusingly named Leeds Castle, which is actually in Maidstone, Kent, attendees will be treated to gourmet food and beverages in a magically medieval environment.
- Thame Food Festival, Oxfordshire, 30th September - 1st October
Making yet another appearance, Raymond Blanc is just a taste of the fantastic line-up of chefs who will be sharing their knowledge of how to cook up a storm in your own kitchen. There’ll also be live cookery demo's and Thames very own Bake Off, all for the amazing price of £5.
- Bucks County Show, Aylesbury, 1st September
Whether it’s great food and drink you’re into, or watching some skilled show-jumpers do their thing, everyone’ll find something to get excited about!
- Steyning Food & Drink Festival, West Sussex, 2nd September - 8th October
Once again this year the beautiful market town of Steyning has organised its own ‘Festival within a Festival’. The Steyning and District Food and Drink Festival dovetails neatly with the District wide Festival and this year it is bigger than ever.
- Woking Food and Drink Festival 1st-3rd September
Woking's award-winning shindig returns for its 5th consecutive year. Expect prestigious celebrity and local chefs at this festival, the winner of the 2015 AND 2016 Surrey Life 'Best Local Food Event'. Over 80 food and drink exhibitors will be making your mouths water, amid children's workshops and much more!
- Horsham District Food and Drink Festival, 2nd September - 7th October
Spanning more than four whole weeks and an entire district, this festival will be a magnificent celebration of the district’s cuisine. Organisers have thankfully produced a program, complete with a map, to make sure you won’t be missing anything. The event runs for pretty much the whole of September so you should find some time in your schedule to attend, surely.
- Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink, Ewhurst, 3rd September
Gardens, lakes and a celebration of local produce – Surrey Hills is bursting onto the scene this year with its inaugural foodie fest in the wholesome setting of Coverwood Farm in Peaslake.
- Shemomedjamo: Maidstone International Festival, 1-3rd September
Shemomedjamo is a Georgian word which describes something we can all relate to: eating past the point of fullness because the food is so fantastic. So get to this celebration of international food and drink to do just that!
- Westmorland County Show, Milnthorpe, 14th September
Running since 1799, Westmorland holds one of the largest one day shows in the country. There’ll be largest food-hall in the northwest packed with livestock, free samples, local produce, and artisan stalls all prepared to receive the 29,000 strong attendees expected to attend.
- Manchester Food & Drink Festival, 28th September - 9th October
Set in the hub of the city there’ll be lots of live music and scrumptious street food in celebration of Manchester’s cookery prowess. The festival will be a fantastic fusion of the modern and traditional food culture of the city.
- Liverpool Food & Drink Festival, 16-17th September
From fine dining to pub grub, this festival promises something for everyone. In attendance will be local produces selling more mouth-watering meals than you can shake a stick at. Enter our competition for free tickets!
- BBC Good Food East London, 22-24th September
The BBC Good Food Show needs no introduction to a foodie. This year, for the first time taking place in the dry moat of the Tower of London, expect big names as always and a whole host of activities to get involved in. You'll pick up new skills to impress your mates, hear all about the latest food trends, and most importantly have a laugh.
- Conflict Cafe Syria, 21st-23rd September
Back for another year, London's pop-up Conflict Cafe will once again be taking over the tunnels at the House of VANS underneath Waterloo Station for a month. With 'serving peace through food' in mind, Conflict Cafe Syria will be a mind-opening event where you'll learn new things and meet new friends.
- Tooting Foodival, 16th September
Tooting Foodival always come up with an inventive activity, in fact they hold the world record for feeding the most people, locally sourced food cooked by local people, in one day! This September they will have a Soup Disco which will be an epic mass cook-up to the sounds of local DJ's and lots and lots of dancing!
- Street Food Live, 26-27th September
A mixing pot of fantastic foodstuffs from around the globe, this event will host numerous vendors, intent on testing out their new dishes. Everyone in the business will be there; retailers, traders, producers, farmers, food lovers, you should be there too!
- Craft Academy Microbrewery, 8th September
Ever fancied yourself as a brewer? Now's your chance! The Craft Academy is opening in London in September and the launch party is set to be a right knees-up. Expect craft beer, BBQ, and DJ sets.
- Berwick-on-Tweed Food & Beer Festival, 2nd-3rd September
Berwick-upon-Tweed’s annual celebration of beer and food is something that we look forward to with relish. Opposite Berwick’s Georgian barracks, on the green, a marquee is erected to distribute fine ales to the hundreds of visitors who come from near and far.
- North East Vegan Festival, 3rd September
Everything from fashion shows to talks to film screenings will be taking place at the North East Vegan Festival, on top of over 100 stalls selling delicious food and drink, healthcare and beauty products, all from a guaranteed natural, harm-free source. Best of all, all proceeds go to the Farplace Animal Rescue charity!
- Nourish Festival, Devon, 2nd September
Fairly new to the game and intent on showcasing South Devon’s artistic talents, food and crafts alike, there’s bound to be something that’ll tickle your fancy at this one day festival.
- Wellington Town Food Festival, Somerset, 2nd September
For ten years the Wellington Food Town Festival has been drawing visitors from around the West Country to celebrate the diversity and quality of the regions’ fabulous food. Every year the festival grows bigger and better.
- Plymouth Seafood Festival, 16-17th September
No matter where you are, the last weekend of September promises festival fun. Those in Plymouth are also in for a treat, with a sea-themed festival in honour of delicious coastal cuisine. Local restaurants will also be joining the fun and providing special menus and offers over the weekend.
- Newquay Fish Festival, 8-10th September
In homage to the town’s bustling seafood industry, Newquay will be dusting off their welcome mats and inviting all to learn about scrumptious seafood dishes and how they are created. You could learn how to fly fish, be enthralled by some local fishermen’s tales, or even join the sand castle competition. Whatever you choose, you’re going to be glad to be beside the sea.
- Little Orchard Cider & Music Fest, 8-10th September
Following the roaring success of 2015, the Little Apple food festival has expanded into an event which promises to be bigger, better, and bursting with things to see and do. In addition to paying respect to the delicious ciders of the region, the festival will also boast an impressive musical line-up.
- Taste of Scilly Festival, 1-30th September
A short ferry ride from the mainland lays the beautiful Scilly Isles. Spanning five inhabited islands, there will be special island hopping food trails, foraging walks and the opportunity to experience the edible wonders unique to the British archipelago.
East of England
- Foodies Festival, Oxford, 1-3th September
You can enroll your little ones in a Cookery Class whilst you join top pastry chefs in the Chocolate, Cake, Bake & Preserves Theatre, or dine with the chefs in the all new feasting tent. Long tables will be arranged in the marquee in a medieval banquet style so you can rub shoulders with the top chefs and make some new friends.
- Leamington Food and Drink Festival, 9-10th September
The city’s biggest event, Leamington Food and Drink Festival is back for the seventh year to showcase those capable of cooking up a storm in the kitchen. The festival will also be running in partnership with the Home Cook of the Year competition.
- Ludlow Food Festival, 8-10th September
Having launched food festivals into the mainstream in the UK, Ludlow will be proving why they’re still a powerhouse of festival fun 20 years later. An oasis of food events, the whole town will be joining this weekend of celebration.
- Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival 2-3rd September
With scenery which looks like it belongs in New Zealand, Loch Lomond will prove a stunning backdrop to cookery demonstrations, an abundance of food and drinks to try and buy, and a fantastic line-up of activities for the kids.
- Bowhouse Food Weekend Fife, 22-23rd September
Back by popular demand, this festival is a sustainable haven full of great food and fun. The focus is on the producers - providing a space for them to operate in which replaces the missing link between farmers and consumers. Best of all, the location is stunning! Take a walk along a coastal path while you're there.
- Conwy Honey Fair, 13th September
An idyllic countryside town, Conwy is home to numerous busy beekeepers. Estimated to have been running for around 700 years, this fair will celebrate the time long tradition of maintaining the honey eco-system.
- Abergavenny Food Festival, 16-17th September
Crawling with things to see and do, Abergavenny Food Festival is an award winning celebration of all things edible. Numerous celebrity chefs, local food producers and entertainers will all be in attendance, and you should be too.
- Mold Food & Drink Festival, 16-17th September
Showcasing over 100 stalls for you to peruse at your own leisure in addition to top-chefs and a medley of music performances, this weekend will be a festival filled with fun.
- Narberth Food Festival, 23-24th September
The organisers of the Narberth Food Festival and the residents of the town are proud of their independent shops and friendly local community. It is a lovely place to explore, and when the food festival is on it transforms into a bustling market town.
- The Good Life Experience, 15-17th September
Now in its fourth year, this festival is well and truly unique. Founded by four friends including Cerys Matthews MBE. The aim is a weekend full of fun and discovery for the curious-minded, leaving festival-goers inspired and energised rather than knackered and empty-pocketed.
- Festival of Food & Drink Clumber Park, Worksop, 16-17th September
A star studded line-up of chefs will be cooking up a storm in the idyllic setting of Sherwood Forest this September. In attendance will also be local producers and traders intent on tempting you with their tasty treats in the food marquee.
- York Beer & Cider Festival, 20-23rd September
With over 400 beers, 100 ciders and a foreign beer bar, it’s evident that this festival deserves the title of being the biggest beer festival in the North. There’ll also be gift stalls, tombola and live music to check out while you’re there.
- York Food & Drink Festival, 22rd September - 1st October
An amazing 11 days long, this festival will provide ample opportunity for everyone to join the jubilee. The festival will host several star-studded celebrities and the end of the festival will coincide with CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival; you really have no excuse not to go.
Phew! And there you have some of the food and drink events that’ll be going on this September all across the UK. Believe it or not, there are more still, which can all be found here.