Festivals & Events

Enjoy an action packed day out at the Great Taste Festivals of Food and Drink coming to Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire on 21 and 22 September, and Donington Park, Derbyshire on 7 and 8 December.

There will be lots of interesting food and drink to sample and take home, as well as the opportunity to meet the award winning producers behind the brands, plus special guests, demonstrations and exciting dishes to try from a selection of bars, pop –up cafés, and more!

Visit the live Cookery Theatre offering expert advice with appearances by celebrity chefs and personalities such as Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, Celebrity MasterChef winner Lisa Faulkner, Food Glorious Food judge Stacie Stewart, the Fabulous Baker Brothers. 

NB: Foody Traveller readers will receive 20% off ticket prices plus free entrance into Clumber Park by quoting the following codes when booking tickets. For Clumber Park in Sept, quote FTCP13, and for Donington Park in December, quote FTDP13. Both codes are valid on advanced online booking only and the code will expire on 30 August 2013. Book tickets via www.festivaloffoodanddrink.co.uk

The 12th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant Programme includes exciting culinary events and a record number of participating restaurants. Taking place 1 August – 30 September this year’s highly-anticipated culinary celebration is expected to feature close to 200 participating luxury and fine diningrestaurants in Greater Miami and the Beaches. For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, menus, promotions and scheduled events visit www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com

Virginia boasts over 200 wineries and vineyards, plus several breweries, and is recognised as one of the top wine destinations in the United States. The Red, White & Brew Trail travels through Nelson County, showcasing the very best of Virginia’s craft beers and even wines and ciders. The trail includes four fine craft beer breweries, 10 of Virginia’s top wineries, a hard apple cidery and an array of quality restaurants offering local cuisine. Highlights along the trail include the Blue Mountain Brewery, known for its flagship Full Nelson craft beer, Blue Mountain Barrel House, which offers tastings of a variety of Virginian beers and features complimentary tours, andDevils Backbone Brewery, where travellers can enjoy local cuisine alongside a tasting. Other highlights include Afton Mountain Vineyards, which showcases an ancient wine making technology using a unique gravity processing system and a wine storage cave, and Virginia's oldest continuously operating winery, the beautiful Mountain Cove Vineyards.

August festivities during Virginia Craft Beer Month include Virginia Craft Brewers Fest - 24 August, which celebrates Virginia’s fine craft beer at the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company with live music, local food, tastings, yard games and even overnight camping. Alternatively, discover the 16thMircofestivus Festival in Elmwood Park, Roanoke on 24 August , a celebration of Virginia craft beer featuring live music and bands, local cuisine and over 120 beer vendors. Other exciting events includeThirstday Thursday’son 8 August in Waynesboro, a special tasting event pairing delicious appetisers with Virginia beers and beers from around the world, as well as tastings in breweries across Nelson County.Visit www.CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk

On Sunday 8 September Saas-Fee will host the eighth Nostalgic Culinary Mile, when the valley’s hotels and restaurants invite guests to dine at what must be the longest table in the Valais bringing the traditions and customs of the Saas Valley to life.

The Culinary Mile offers food fans over 30 different menus, some of which feature traditional dishes with rather odd names, like “Greibe”, “Cholera” and “Saaser z’Vieri”. Those who can’t choose can opt for a pass that enables them to sample small portions of five different dishes. This “Genusspass” is available to buy onsite at the Culinary Mile. Visit www.saas-fee.ch

Sardine Festival - 6 to 11 August. This festival offers the chance to enjoy the tasty grilled sardines for which Portimão is renowned. Visitors can also take organised boat trips and fishing excursions, sample all types of local food and wine at market stalls, or simply relax in one of the many sardine restaurants in the picturesque square. In the evenings, there’s live music and firework displays across the town, and even sardine-eating competitions! www.visitalgarve.pt / www.algarvepromotion.pt

Every year the Salzburg Festival, running until 1 September, transforms the city into a cultural Mecca. This year’s Festival will see an amazing 220 events at 14 venues!

For a gastronomic complement visit the St Peter Stiftskeller for a Mozart dinner concert in the Baroque Hall. The Amadeus Consort Salzburg performs popular selections from The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni in historic costumes during which the guests enjoy a three-course meal that offers a contemporary interpretation of 17th and 18th century dishes.


Celebrity chefs Mitch Tonks and Anton Piotrowski, winner of MasterChef Professional 2012, will be holding master cookery demonstrations during the 10th anniversary celebrations at Plymouth’s Flavour Fest. The event, the South West’s largest food and drink festival, returns to the City Centre’s Piazza from 16 - 18 August. 

This year Flavour Fest will feature additional trading stalls which will stretch through the heart of Plymouth’s city centre from the Kitchen Theatre on the Piazza, to Place de Brest where the Real Ales and Wines area will be located. Visit: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on

Brogdale Cider Festival, Faversham

The annual BrogdaleCider Festival taking place 24 -25 August is the opportunity to learn about different artisan ciders. Visitors can enjoy cider making demonstrations and talks, local foods, a hog-roast, orchard tours and festive entertainment. A shuttle bus will be operating to and from Faversham Station during the festival. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Adults - £8, Child - £4, Family ticket - £20. www.ciderfestivalkent.co.uk

Shepherd Neame Brewery Tour and tutored tasting, Faversham
(Variety of dates and times in August)

Take a guided tour of Shepherd Neame – Britain’s oldest brewer. See the traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley; smell locally-grown Kentish hops; see bygone delivery vehicles and step into a recreated cooper’s workshop. Finally there’s a fascinating tutored tasting of Kentish ales and speciality lagers. Tours run most days but advance booking is strongly recommended. Allow 2 hours for the visit.

Adult - £11.50, Child (12 to 17 years) - £7.50. Please note minimum age is 12. www.shepherdneame.co.uk

Free guided Biddenden Vineyard Tours
(Selected Saturdays and Wednesdays)

Biddenden Vineyard is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, having been established by the Barnes family in 1969 to produce wines and ciders. Arrive at the vineyard at 9.45 for a free cup of coffee, the tour begins at 10am. There’s also an opportunity to taste wines, ciders and juices in the vineyard shop afterwards. Pre-booking is essential - 01580 291726. www.biddendenvineyards.com

Newcastle Gateshead is celebrating another festival of adventures in food, championing the best produce and cooking in the North East – against a backdrop of one of the region’s most iconic views – from 23 August – 8 September.

Visit the Speakeasy & Salon with its food and drink and four day programme of master classes, talks, tastings, experiments, demonstrations, workshops and screenings; Get hooked on fishing; take the children along to the Eat! Cook School for Kids @ Fenwick; see the giant edible map of NewcastleGateshead; experience some of Roald Dahl’s deliciously Revolting Recipes; meet tomorrow’s young chefs; watch foody movies; go foraging plus lots, lots more; truly something for all the family to enjoy. Visit www.EATNewcastleGateshead.com

This year’s celebration of all things chilli held in the lovely grounds of West Dean, near Chichester takes place 9 -11 August. New for this year is the facility for on-site camping and an eclectic mix of late night entertainment.

Along with the food, stalls, cookery demonstrations and children’s entertainment will be chilli growing demonstrations – the glasshouses in the Walled Gardens grow over 150 varieties. Tickets and full details from www.westdean.org.uk

Salute sweet Key Lime pie and the tiny fruit that inspired it with events ranging from a pie-eating contest to a wacky world record attempt at the inaugural Key Lime Festival to be held 4-6 July 2013.

Believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Its primary ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and the juice of the tiny yellow Key lime, with the creamy filling typically nestled in a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream or meringue.

Festival highlights include an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for baking the largest Key lime pie in history. It is planned to debut the creation, expected to exceed 15' in diameter, during the Key Lime Piestravaganza on 4 July. The pie will be unveiled at 2 pm; slices of the gigantic creation will be served to attendees who donate $1 to the historic Key West Firehouse Museum.
Visit www.keylimefestival.com and www.fla-keys.co.uk

To make your own Key Lime Pie check out Irene's Key Lime Pie recipe.

The 36th annual Derby Beer Festival will take place this year between 10 and 14 July.

Dubbed one of the Beer Capitals of Britain, Derby is able to boast the largest number of real ales per head of population: more than 120 real ale pubs, several micro-breweries, two annual CAMRA Beer Festivals, Britain's first and only "Beer King", and a Real Ale Break.

Amongst the many participating pubs is the Exeter Arms (www.exeterarms.co.uk) arguably the first pub to offer its guests a full "British Tapas" alongside its carefully kept rack of real ales. The British Tapas itself consists of a slice of award-winning pork & Stilton pie, homemade crackling, hand cut chips, pickled onions, black pudding, and homemade scotch eggs, sausage rolls and piccalilli.

The Derby Real Ale Break, allows visitors to take their pick from a wide range of beer-themed activities. Full details of the Beer Break are featured at www.visitderby.co.uk/realale, with more general information at www.visitderby.co.uk


The annual celebration of Whitstable's most famous export; the mouth-watering Ostrea Edulis (native Whitstable Oyster) takes place Saturday 27 July - Friday 2 August. Also included in the celebration are a whole host of activities based around heritage and community, food and drinks, family and art. www.whitstableoysterfestival.com

Kvarner is a region of Croatia noted for producing fine ingredients and as well as fine food.


Lovran is a pretty, small coastal town which between 8 – 16 June celebrates its delicious, sweet cherries. Restaurants and cake shops sell dishes and goods featuring cherries, and on 8 June a 20 metre long cherry strudel is cooked by a local pastry chef, displayed on the seafront and cut into slices for people to try.


Festival Kvarner is a classical concert festival featuring orchestras, musicians and players from both Croatia and abroad. The concerts usually take place in the historical Cristal Hall of the Hotel Kvarner where the famed Crystal Night Viennese balls too place when this region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

This year the Festival Kvarner takes place 18 -26 June and includes music by Vivaldi and Beethoven plus a special Glagolitic Concert celebrating Croatia's entry into the European Union on 1 July. Ticket prices start from about £20. Visit www.festivalkvarner.com

Visit the Madeira Islands between 9 - 15 May when the Madeira Flower Festival takes place. A parade of floats take over the streets of Funchal and flowers can be found everywhere, from shop windows to ornate flower carpets on the streets. Traditional music and dancing take place throughout the island showcasing the traditions and customs of Madeira. www.visitmadeira.pt

Already enjoying a reputation as a gastro-hub with a tempting variety of restaurants, cafés and pubs, Brighton will also see pop up restaurants in back gardens, food festivals and even a gin tent, in addition to the four major May festivals (known collectively as 'Festivals in Brighton') consisting of Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, Artists Open Houses and House.

Brighton Fringe (4 May – 2 June) Fringe food highlights include The 'Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge', a travelling gin parlour of enlightenment 24 – 27 May. 'Faulty Towers the Dining Experience' returns to the Thistle Hotel, along with Basil and Sybil for another serving of madcap mayhem throughout May and June. Plus the 'Foodies Festival Brighton' on Hove Lawns, for all that's new and exciting in gourmet cuisine and gastronomy. Watch Michelin-starred and top chefs cooking live and visit the food & drink master classes. Dine out at pop-up restaurants - or take the kids along to the Children's Cookery Theatre and sample tasty treats from artisan producers 4 – 6 May. www.brightonfringe.org

Artists Open Houses (4-26 May) features and sells contemporary and original work by 1,300 artists and makers, in over 200 venues citywide along 13 different trails. Many pubs, cafés and restaurants will be turning into Open Houses for the month. New this year 'The Ceramic House' (Five Ways Trail) is opening a pop up restaurant 'The Ceramic Kitchen', headed by Michelin starred chef Lisa Walker. The Ceramic Kitchen will serve a mix of tapas, barbeque and modern British food on weekends in May. www.aoh.org.uk

Brighton Festival (4-26 May) announces a new partnership with Peyton & Byrne to operate the Brighton Dome's Café-bar, 10am until post-show each night, offering a selection of drinks, snacks and more substantial dishes. In addition the Studio Bar on New Road, open each day from 11am until late, serves craft lagers, wines from local producers and new cocktail blends. The Studio Bar's menu features charcuterie and local cheese boards plus snacks. www.brightonfestival.org

House (5-27 May) is Brighton's curated and programmed visual arts festival. www.housefestival.org

For festival information visit: www.festivalsinbrighton.com

At the Hay Festival (23 May – 2 June) visitors will find a rather unusual food emporium nestled amongst the books and crowds – in the form of a pop up tapas bar hosted by José Pizarro and created by the Spanish Tourist Office. 'Tapas España by José Pizarro' will offer a range of dishes designed to highlight the diversity of Spain's many twists on traditional tapas. Dishes will change on a daily basis depending on what looks good at market that morning, but typical dishes include Gazpacho with Apples & Cockles, Empanadas, Gordal olives stuffed with orange, Estofado (a sort of rustic stew), Grilled Squid and José's popular Lamb Chops. The pop up will also be used for book signings and tasting events. www.socialnewsroom.spain.info; www.hayfestival.com; www.spain.info

Vinopolis, London's famous destination for food and wine tasting, is holding an exclusive evening with Nyetimber, England's premier sparkling wine producer to celebrate St George's Day, 25 April at 6.45pm. Specialising in traditional method premium sparkling wine and winner of multiple awards, Nyetimber is one of only a handful of English producers taking on the historic champagne Houses. Sophie Eccles from Nyetimber will co-host alongside Vinopolis' resident wine expert Tom Forrest, with a handpicked selection of vintage Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines. Guests will sample five different vintages and a Demi-Sec. Cost: £50pp.

Join Oz Clarke on 27 April at Vinopolis when he will be guiding guests through five of his top wines for 2013. Following Oz's wine master class, guests will be free to explore the Vinopolis Self-Guided Wine Tasting Experience at their own leisure with seven tokens to use on a huge array choice of wines, spirits and champagne. Cost: £59 Regular session; £99 VIP Session (includes a signed copy of Oz's latest book and an exclusive Q&A session).

Visit www.vinopolis.co.uk Tickets for both events available by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 020 7940 8300.

Fourth Annual Gefiltefest Celebrates Jewish Food Revival

Gefiltefest, the UK's only Jewish food festival, takes place Sunday 19 May at Ivy House - the former home of the ballerina Anna Pavlova and now the home of the London Jewish Cultural Centre. The festival will feature live cooking demonstrations, lectures, tastings, workshops and stalls. For those with a strong stomach, there will even be a discussion on whether or not locusts are Kosher and a sampling of chocolate-covered locusts. www.gefiltefest.org

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