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National Food Days, Food Festivals and Gastro Events in the UK

Food festivals have become incredibly popular and are held in a wide variety of venues. Many of Britain’s stately homes have annual food festivals in their grounds such as at Harewood House in Leeds. Or may be a food festival such as the Dales Festival of Food and Drink held in Leyburn in Wensleydale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

In the UK there are so many days or weeks that are dedicated to celebrating  a particular food type. It could be the Chinese New Year, Great British Sandwich Week or  a  day such as National Popcorn Day! 

Ilkley Food & Drink Festival 2019

Taking place from 29th to 30th June 2019 in East Holmes Field, Ilkley the Ilkley Food & Drink Festival is gearing up to create a fantastic couple of days for food lovers.  Go along for a day of artisan food, over 31 cuisines and more than 100 exhibitors and performers.  Here is the link to the website for the Ilkley Food & Drink Festival including online tickets to purchase. An adult day ticket costs just £4.98.

North Leeds Food Festival

North Leeds Food Festival will be on from 22nd to 23rd June 2019 in the beautiful Roundhay Park in Leeds.  It will be a great day out with lots to enjoy including international street food, artisan markets, entertainment, live music and more. 

Country & Townhouse Guide to the Coolest Food Festivals in 2019

A great article here published in Country & Townhouse with a lowdown on what they consider to be the Coolest Food Festivals to book for 2019.    

World Pasta Day is on 25th October. 2018  So many of the Italian chain restaurants like Prezzo, Zizzi, Ask and Pizza Express offer a range of money off deals throughout the year so why not check out Menu Grill’s website to help find a good deal near you and head out for the evening to celebrate with a pasta dish.  

National Curry Week 2018

National Curry Week runs from 22nd until 28th October and 2018 marks the 20th National Curry Week in The UK and is a celebration of us having Indian restaurants in the UK for more than 200 years now! There is an incredible amount of choice of places to go for a good curry, be those restaurants or your favourite takeaway. Here are some of the best on offer in the Manchester area to get your taste buds going. Why not head out and celebrate this ever popular cuisine? 

Ludlow Food Festival

The 24th Ludlow Food Festival takes place between 7th-9th September 2018 in the castle and around the town. Details of the event and how to purchase tickets can be found in the link.

Festival of Food and Drink

The Festival of Food and Drink takes place between the 15th-16th September 2018 at the National Trust’s beautiful Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. This vibrant Festival of Food & Drink offers a range of fabulous artisan food producers , award winning food and drink , special guest TV chefs , gorgeous gifts , crafts and homewares, delicious dishes with cuisine from around the world served by fantastic Street Food ‘Pop Up’ cafes and bars!

Eat & Drink Festival 

Eat & Drink Festival will be taking place at three locations during 2018.

Enjoy Street Food, Gourmet Delights, Cocktails, Live Music and so much more as well as the chance to see some of Britain’s top chefs. 

The first is at Olympia, London and is already underway having started on 17th March and running through until 2nd April. If you haven’t already been why not go along this Easter weekend? You can even get up to 50% off tickets for two with Groupon. 

Then Eat & Drink Festival Glasgow takes place between 31st May to 3rd June at SEC.

Finally it is Christmas Olympia from 21st -25th November. 

Vegan Camp Out 2018

Vegan Camp Out 2018 is the world’s largest vegan camping festival is taking place at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire between 17th-19th August. With a great line-up of live music, talks,  activism workshops, yoga and fitness and of course lots of tasty vegan food available there is something for everyone. You can even enjoy a great end to each evening with an after party  with DJ’s. Click here to see how you can save up to 55% off the cost of tickets to Vegan Camp with Groupon. 

Great British Beef Week

Great British Beef Week 2018 starts today, Monday 23rd April and runs through to 30th April.  Great British Beef Week highlights the nutritious value of beef and the vital role livestock production plays in the management of the countryside. To read more about Great British Beef Week and how to get involved click here.

If you love a good burger and want to celebrate British Beef here is an article that lists 10 of the best burger joints in Yorkshire. 


The London Coffee Festival – 12th – 15th April 2018 

The London Coffee Festival is a celebration of London’s coffee culture. The festival is the flagship event of UK Coffee week.  It takes place from 12th – 15th April at The Old Truman Brewery, London.  Continue to read about the London Coffee Festival, including a programme of events here. 

You can get up to 33% off admission to The London Coffee Festival with Groupon.

The Surrey Food Festival -21st April 2018

The Surrey Food Festival is taking place at Old Deer Park, Richmond-upon-Thames on Saturday 21st April, 2018. There will be a wide variety of food and drink stalls a Market Place and a Kids Zone.  Check out this link with Groupon to save up to 43% on the cost of general admission. 

Paisley Food and Drink Festival – 27th-28th April 2018

Taking place over two days Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April in Abbey Close,  The Paisley Food and Drink Festival will feature producers from across Scotland as well as a selection of street food vendors, interactive workshops and live music. 

StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival – 26th-28th May 2018

The StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival is the UK’s only National Street Food Festival and is taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate over the Bank Holiday weekend 26th to 28th May, 2018.

Free From Festival- 28th May 2018

Free From Festival is The UK’s first gluten, dairy and refined sugar free food festival. Taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May at Old Spitalfields Market, London. You can get up to 25% off admission  to Free From Festival with Groupon.


From 19th – 25th February 2018

Over 100 eateries are offering great dining out deals so that you can enjoy two courses for £10 or three courses for £15.

For full details of list of participating venues, menus on offer and how to download your voucher visit Eat Leeds  


17th February 2018

To be held at The Oval.

A day packed with a programme of  talks to inspire and support vegans, stalls and food.

Runs from 10.30 to 17.00 with tickets costing £3 on the door or you can purchase VIP tickets in advance. 

Read further details about the Greater London Vegan Festival here


From January 30th to Sunday 4th February 2018

The Exmoor Food Fest gives customers the chance to sample great food across Exmoor at participating restaurants offering the Food Fest deal from £10 a meal.
During the festival there are a number of food related events taking place which you can continue to read more about here.

West Yorkshire Vegan Festival

27th January 2018

To be held at Huddersfield Town Hall, HD1 2TA
Approximately 100 stalls mainly featuring food though there will be charity, beauty, clothing and wellness stalls with various talks taking place throughout the day. Visit the West Yorkshire Vegan Festival website for full details of the event.