It’s summer time in the UK, the prefect time to get out and discover something new. With great weather and wonderful outdoor culinary treats, food festivals in the UK are now the places to chill and relax on a summer afternoon. The Telegraph states that in the past five years we have seen “an explosion in popularity” in terms of British food festivals.
The recent rise of food festivals is linked to our love of good quality affordable food. No longer do we seek out a cheeseburger from a van, instead we want a burger made with high quality beef put together by an enthusiastic food lover like ourselves.
Most towns and villages now put on a food festival during the summer months and they are a great way to learn about the local food culture. As a country the UK has grown more enthusiastic about food as shown through our love of food programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and Master Chef.
Celebrity chefs are a common feature at food festivals and offer guests a chance to see their favourite chefs live and taste their dishes. The Stylist has a list of the best food festivals this year, including one set up by acclaimed celebrity chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver.
Food festivals are also being used to support a good cause. The [Evening Standard reports that in 2015 Fork to Fork food festival raised £30,000] for an Open Air Classroom project. The project is raising money to create the UK’s first outdoor classroom. Like many food festivals Fork to Fork also features live bands and various other forms of entertainment.
Of course there is only one place to be at the centre of British food culture and that is London. Every kind of foodie passion is indulged in the city from coffee festivals to, beer, to the seasonal Christmas chocolate festivals. It is easy to see why London is considered the gastronomic centre of the world and attracts travellers and foodies from around the globe.
Eating out isn’t cheap in the UK, but there is a new way to try different cuisines, and meet celebrity and upcoming chefs. Food festivals are the most exciting development in the British food industry and each year they are getting bigger and better. So if you are looking for a new adventure be sure to check them out.
Travel information for foodies
Many of these food festivals are located in the UK’s main cities. Transport to and from these cities is easy with the British Rail network. Alternatively travellers who want to move around the country quickly can use one of the UK’s many airports. If you’re already based in the UK, budget airlines have made travelling considerably less stressful, affordable and airport parking amenities mean that vehicles can be left secure in facilities patrolled by security staff around the clock.
Instead of driving halfway across the country, the option of dropping your vehicle off at a busy airport such as Heathrow is sometimes the best option. For people in a rush, Parking4Less advises that the closest facilities to the terminals are the short stay parking or valet options. The longer stay parking options are generally located further away from the terminals and travellers will have to get a shuttle bus to their respective terminal.