Perhaps it’s our love of fast food, or just making the most of the great British summer by being outside, but there’s no shortage of food festivals taking place across the UK. Since we know summer has to come to an end sometime, I’ve whittled it down to the most notable food festivals happening near Bristol – most within a one to two-hour drive.
Whilst researching the many foodie events taking place, I was really surprised just how incredible some of them sound. Why limit yourself to just one musical festival, when you can visit a food AND music festival! There’s a few down below I’ll be noting down for next year…
May Food Festivals
Bristol Foodie’s Festival
Durdham Downs, 15 – 17 May 2020
The UK’s biggest food festival takes place on Bristol’s Durdham Down. For an affordable £30 for a weekend ticket (to all 3 days) you can expect live music, workshops, masterclasses and top chefs.
June Food Festivals
Bristol Food Connections
Various Locations in Bristol, Date TBC
This event shines a light on the people, businesses and organisations that make Bristol’s food culture so unique. You’ll need to purchase tickets to individual events.
Good Food Show Summer
Birmingham NEC, 18th – 21st June 2020
Distance from Bristol: 93 miles
One of the biggest food festivals to hit the UK, the BBC Good Food Show takes over the NEC Birmingham with seasonal produce, bargains, and kitchen gadgets and the chance to hear from the UK’s top chefs. Even better, your ticket is actually a combined ticket to the BBC Gardeners’ World Live that takes place at the same time. Less than £30 for a ticket, the train costs from Bristol come in just under £60 so it’s worth considering that driving may be cheaper when car sharing.
Smoked & Uncut: The Pig – Near Bath
Mendip Hills, 11th June 2020
Distance from Bristol: 9 miles
Unknown to me, this is one of three events in the country, but with epic headliners against a backdrop of the rolling Mendip Hills, it’s not one to be overlooked.
Bath’s Pub in the Park
Royal Victoria Park, 19th – 21st June 2020
Distance from Bristol: 12 miles
With special appearances by Michelin-starred chefs from the likes of Tom Kerridge your tastebuds will be tantalised all weekend. Former live music acts have included Kaiser Chiefs, Clean Bandit and more.
August Food Festivals
The Big Feastival
Alex James’ Farm, 28th – 30th August 2020
Distance from Bristol: 66 miles
Good music, good food, good times. Featuring pop up restaurants, a collaboration kitchen, food and drink market, a Friday night supper club and a street food line up, this Cotswold feast sounds like a ’feastival’ indeed. For the £152.50 adult weekend ticket (day tickets £62), you can also expect cookery schools, table sessions, skills workshops and of course live music from Jess Glynne and Rudimental.
River Cottage Festival
River Cottage, 24 – 25 August 2020
Distance from Bristol: 70 miles
Partnering with Pukka Herbs, River Cottage founder Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be in attendance at this event. At £25 for an adult day ticket, you can expect a number of experiences such as yoga classes, foraging, star gazing, a calm corner, plus the usual masterclasses, music and more.
September Food Festivals
Abergavenny Food Festival
19th – 20th September 2020
Distance from Bristol: 50 miles
Attracting more than 30,000 visitors to the small welsh town, it’s clear the exceptional reputation is justified with talks and masterclasses from the UK’s best-known chefs. Tickets cost £10 for the day, and £15 for the weekend. Train tickets cost £15.10 for an off-peak day return from Bristol Templemeads to Abergavenny, changing at Newport.