As the evenings get darker and an autumnal chill fills the air there is still plenty going on to tickle your taste buds in the lead up to winter. Here are some highlights coming up in October that will definitely be worth checking out.
30 September – 1 October, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Entry: Adults £8; under 10’s free
A whole host of great food and drink stands will line the grounds, allowing your senses to run wild as you walk around the venue taking in all the delightful aromas from cuisines from all around the world. There will be a great variety of bars on offer at the event from a bus bar, providing a range of drinks and Greene King will be providing a real ale bar. Former GBBO contestant Selasi Gbormittah will be performing three cooking demonstrations on the main stage.
6-8 October, Stone, Staffordshire
Entry: Adults £7; under 16’s free
Visitors can browse over 100 stalls in the gourmet marquee, while foodies looking to hone their skills during their visit will not be disappointed. Top local chefs will be sharing recipes and tips on the hour, every hour, in the demonstration kitchen. Those who fancy getting ‘hands on’ with food can take part in Cookery Masterclasses, which are bookable online in advance to avoid disappointment, while in the Talks and Tastings Tent exhibitors will wax lyrical about products ranging from wine and beer to cheese and butchery demonstrations and much, much more.
20-22 October, Dartmouth, Devon
Described by The Guardian as “one of the Top Ten food festivals in the UK”, The Dartmouth Food Festival is now in its 15th year and over 20,000 people flock to see chefs in action in the beautiful town. It takes place over three days and there’ll be a wide array of market stalls, celebrity Chef Demonstrations and other activities going on. Dartmouth is the perfect setting for what has been described as a feast for the senses!
6-8 October, West Horsley Place, Surrey
Entry: Adults £6; Child £3
Billy & Jack, Masterchef finalists, Jack Sturgess from ‘Bake with Jack’, Rob Kennedy and Stephane Reynaud are among the food stars at the first ever West Horsley Place Food Festival. The grounds of this Grade I listed estate form the perfect setting for the Food Festival which will offer a fun day out for all the family. There will be a rare chance to see the house which isn’t generally open to the public as guided tours will be available. The Festival will feature up to 50 food and drink stalls including local producers such as Mews Gin, produced in East Horsley, Surrey, and Silent Pool Gin, from Albury, Surrey.
7-8 October, Hilton Hotel Metropole, Brighton
The festival is held in the city centre, enticing both vegans and non-vegans with an exciting line-up of food, entertainment, vendors and speakers. Brighton Viva! Vegan Festival provides everything you need to know about going, being or staying vegan. A whole range of delicious food samples, free health advice and cookery demonstrations are all included in the entry fee. This year’s event includes a free yoga class too!
14-15 October, Caldicot Castle, Monmouthshire
Entry: Adults £5; under 12’s free
Monmouthshire Food Festival comes from the glorious surroundings of Caldicot Castle at a time of autumn plenty and features a packed programme of chef’s demonstrations, tutored tastings, talks and lots of artisan foods to try and buy. The Producers Market has a wide range of things for foodie visitors to try and buy. Artisan food producers will have everything from locally made preserves made with fruit foraged from the hedgerows to handmade sausage rolls made just six miles from Caldicot Castle.