Festival season is in full swing – where will you be heading this month for your foodie fix?
Date 1st-30th June 2013
Location Waltham Forest
Arts development organisation Artillery’s new festival, running throughout the month of June, will showcase some superb culinary creations during its month-long celebrations. Events include a gourmet food fair, a Tudor feast at Waltham Forest’s ancient house, food trails with free tasters, guided food walks, pop-up events and 10 different supper events, as well as an edible art installation, exhibitions and workshops, a local ale festival, fairy tale tea parties and community food events. Another interesting event planned is the ‘sensorium’ – a scented talk about edible fragrances with a guest lecture by candlelight, and sounds from ‘other times’ drifting through the air.
Soho Food Feast
Date 8th & 9th June 2013
2013 will see Soho Food Feast’s third year – a two-day extravaganza featuring some of London’s most high-profile and highly-respected chefs, restaurateurs and producers. It’s all in aid of Soho Parish Primary School and last year, the family-friendly festival raised £35,000 for the cause. It looks like this year’s event is set to be even bigger and better, thanks to organiser Margot Henderson. Expect demonstrations, tastings, cooking contests and appearances from restaurants such as Tuscanic; The Ivy; The Union; Natoora; Heaton, Butler and Bayne; Pizza Pilgrims; Cinnamon Soho; Dean Street Townhouse; Cabana and Quo Vadis.
Date 8th & 9th June 2013
Location Albert Square
Grillstock graces Manchester for the first time this year, bringing with it a whole host of barbecue and music-related treats. On the music front, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis will be in attendance, headlining on the Saturday, as well as The Congo Faith Healers, Dr Tid & The Triple Eights and The James Hunter Six. The chefs from the ‘BBQ Academy’ will also be sharing their skills, and hot-wing-eating competitions should keep visitors more than entertained.
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
Date 14th-16th June 2013
Location Montpellier Gardens
Live music, street theatre, the Chef’s Kitchen (featuring Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo), tutored tastings, talks on everything from real ale to nutrition and an international wine theatre are just some of this festival’s offerings. Delicious regional food, cider and Champagne make for a very satisfying day out in charming Cheltenham, with cuisine ranging from Thai, Indian and Moroccan, to the Cotswolds’ finest, along with ales from over 15 breweries.
Taste of London
Date 20th-23rd June 2013
Location Regent’s Park
Atul Kochhar, Theo Randall and Michel Roux Jnr are amongst the special guests at this year’s Taste of London shindig. Others include Taste of Thailand, Barbecoa, Le Gavroche, Club Gascon, and all will be pulling out the stops to provide a veritable bounty of food and beverages. Visit the boutique food market, get involved with wine tasting or watch a cookery demo. Taste of London aims to produce a delicious snapshot of London’s restaurant scene in Regent’s Park, with 40 of London’s best restaurants, world-class chefs and top artisan producers. Regent’s Park will transform into a foodie wonderland for four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment – an alfresco feast.
Pembrokeshire Fish Festival
Date 22nd-30th June 2013
Location Milford Haven
Celebrating the iconic Welsh coastline with family fun days, marine-themed activities, seafood tastings and cookery workshops, the Pembrokeshire Fish Festival is set to be a stonker. One of the main events of the week will be ‘Fillies, Fellas and Fish’ – a master class demo night held at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven, where four top chefs will battle it out to create the best meal from their very own catch of the day, after spending the day fly fishing on Pembrokeshire’s rivers and sea fishing off the spectacular coast.
Bloomsbury Cooks Festival
Date Saturday 29th June 2013
Location Little Chalfont
This food festival is a one-day affair, so be sure to catch it! Held in association with Chorleywood Bookshop, Bloomsbury Cooks Festival aims to celebrate the nation’s favourite cookbooks along with their creators, and of course all things foodie! There will be talks and exhibitions from culinary idols such as master baker Paul Hollywood, breakfast guru Seb Emina and food anthropologist Dr Kaori O’Connor. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day, led by Michelin starred chef Atul Kochar, TV presenter Alex McKay and ‘Ice Cream Kid’ Ben Vear. All of this will be chaired by actress and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Wendi Peters.