Not all is lost as we wave farewell to the long summer nights and warmer days. The harvest has been collected and we can’t help the urge to fill up on hearty dishes. 
 
Luckily for us, the British Food Fortnight promises a collective of great food festivals up and down the country. We’ve handpicked a selection of 9 suburb-looking festivals taking place during this time. So if you’re up for a cheeky weekend getaway, filled with fine foods, then you’ve come to the right place.

Tiny Rebel Newport Food Festival

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When is it? October 2018

There’s no doubt this quaint food festival packs a serious punch. On the first Saturday in October the Welsh city of Newport sees an explosion of food. The town’s High Street and market hall are filled to the brim with food stalls serving a variety of meats, cheeses, breads and pastries as well as a whole lot more.

This year the food festival will host over 70 stalls, with a wide range of cuisines to satisfy any pallet. Along with the delicious food, take some the time to watch the popular Teen Chef Competition or the ‘Battle of the Pie’ contest.

With over 14,000 visitors last year, the Tiny Rebel Food Festival should be top of your list for this years British Food Fortnight.

Abergavenny Food Festival Wales

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When is it? September 2018

If you’re looking for a food festival with an incredible range of activities and a diverse food selection then head to Abergavenny.

Wales’ largest and longest food festival is a celebration of British produce. The festival prides itself on providing an extensive range of activities which take place over the weekend. Delve into the master classes taking place, from British Gin, Italian cuisine to food-smartphone-photography.

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Cheese and wine, fish and fizz and four different producer’s market, the Abergavenny food festival is the perfect spot to fill up on local delights. If that’s not enough, take to the village street for a wide range of street food. Here you can tuck into food from all over the UK and the world. All in all, if you’re looking for an eat as much as you can experience you won’t be disappointed.

Luckily, the town doesn’t make for a difficult trip. Abergavenny has good train connections from all over the UK. So if you don’t want to take the car you don’t have to miss out.

The Great Bath Feast

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When is it? September 2018

Bath’s gorgeous Georgian architecture, natural spas and leafy streets make for a great UK autumn break. Throw The Great Bath Feast food festival into the mix and you have a guaranteed great trip.

For two weeks every year, the city boils over with sensational cookery events. Foodies looking for a truly tasty experience should hop on Bath’s Edibles Adventures. This guided tour takes place each night throughout the food festival and sees itself as a mobile supper club. Indulge in the sights, sounds and tastes of the West Country with the four-course dinner and two free drinks included in the price!

Photo credit: http://greatbathfeast.co.uk/

Photo credit: http://greatbathfeast.co.uk/

Why not witness the annual shakedown at the Bath Bartender of the Year Competition? Taking place on October 8th at Sub 13 Cocktail Bar, watch the best bartenders in town shake and stir it out for the championship title. The event is free to attend, and it’s safe to say the cocktails are divine.

Manchester Food & Drink Festival

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When is it? September 2018

Taste foods from each corner of the globe right in the centre of Manchester. The Mancunian food festival sees the city’s best restaurants transformed into pop-up tents.

Although the event is city-wide, the centre of the festival takes place in Albert Square Hub. Here you can sample anything from South African curry to fresh vegan dishes. Keep an eye out for live cooking demos, concerts and DJ sets too!

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It’s not all about grub – beverage lovers will find some delights in this fortnight festival too. The 1st of October sees the MFDR Cup North Coffee Festival taking place. The day long festival within a festival will hold tastings from local coffee brewers and free talks. Perfect for a lazy Sunday if you ask us.

The Great Framlingham Sausagefest, Suffolk

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When is it? October 2018

For meat-eaters, there’s nothing better than the smell of sizzling sausages on a Sunday morning. The Great Framlingham Sausage Fest perfectly matches that ‘scent-sation’.

For just one-day Charcuteries gather from all over the UK take over the town of Framlingham. Once you purchase your ticket (£5) you’ll be given a Sausage Trail Map. You can then go to each sausage stand and show them your trail map for a free sample!

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The hard part comes next when you’ll be asked to cast your vote on your favourite sausage. Stick around for the awards and celebrations at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy the festival into the late evening.

 

Melton Mowbray Food Festival

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When is it? October 2018

This year sees the 14th anniversary of the Melton Mowbray Food Festival and they’re celebrating with all the trimmings! Enjoy up to 200 food and drinks stalls. Showcasing renowned local dishes such as English Hog Roast and Roast Beef.

But it’s not all British food. You’ll be able to try grub from Sri Lanka, Spain, India, France, South Africa and more. The festival is also kid-friendly – children get to go free, plus there is a Kids Zone dedicated to teaching your little ones about nutritious food.

 

Vegfest, London

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When is it? October 2018

Vegfest may be one of the UK’s largest vegan festivals, but it’s not just for vegans. With over 250 stalls, you’re bound to find inspirational dishes to add to your mental recipe book.

Celebrating their 5th annual event at Olympia London, the vegan festival has strung up a promising line of events. For those who are vegan-curious why not check out the Easy Veganism area? The zone specialises in teaching attendees on how to eat vegan without the hassle of doing all research yourself.

Are you in it to stuff your face? Well, then you’re in for a treat. Veg Fest regulars Happy Maki offer an exciting menu of sushi burritos. Choose from a range of ingredients including sweet potatoes, deep-fried tofu, avocado, mock “duck” and much more!

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If sushi isn’t your thing, then why not tuck into vegan mac’n’cheese from Lazyboy kitchen? For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to check out the Vegan Sweet Tooth stall. All in all, there’s something for everyone at this years’ Veg Fest.

 

Lincoln Sausage Festival

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When is it? October 2018

Consider yourself a total carnivore? Then head down to Lincoln Sausage Festival. Taking place at Lincoln Castle, the meat-centred local food festival celebrates the best of its local produce. Including the delicious Lincoln sausage.

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Don’t forget to indulge in the entertainment too. Learn from local chef Rachel Green at her cooking demonstration. Enjoy performances from the appropriately titled The Cosmic Sausages. Or simply sit back and take in the impressive skills of Juggling Jim. Whatever tickles your fancy, the Lincoln Sausage Festival is a great day out for all ages.

 

Dartmouth Food Festival

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When is it? October 2018

The crisp sea air and rolling green hills of Devon at this time of year are enough reasons to make a visit. The annual Dartmouth Food Festival is simply the cherry on top.

Enjoy three days of fantastic food, wine and entertainment. The festival boasts a diverse range of great British dishes, from porky pies to local fish and drinks. There’s also plenty to do and see, with cooking demonstrations from some of the UK’s best chefs.

The biggest food festival in Devon is free for all to attend. Dartmouth is well connected by bus and train so why not leave the car (and the hassle) at home!

Ready to start eating your way through autumn? Us too! Start planning your travel and enjoy your festival of choice. If you want some more travel inspiration check out the best nature and city autumn breaks in the UK.

Catherine Munnelly

Catherine Munnelly

Born and bred in Dublin, Catherine left the Emerald Isle in pursuit of exploration. Her hobbies include spending countless hours planning her next trip, travel blogging and Google deep diving.
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