Your guide to the best UK Food Festivals 2017


Your guide to the best UK Food Festivals 2017

There’s liking food, and then there’s loving food. I fall into the latter category, despite possibly being the fussiest eater on this planet! When you like music, you go to music festivals. Luckily, food festivals are now equally as cool, and you can score a fair few free samples, and maybe purchase some treats to take on your way. Who knows? You might even learn something! Here are just a few of the food festivals taking place in and around our cities over the summer months…

The Great British Food Festival at Harewood House

This is meant to be one of the best food festivals in the country, and it takes place just outside Leeds, so it’s perfect for our students living there! The 36 bus towards Ripon will get you there, where you’ll enjoy an amazing day (or few days) over the bank holiday, experiencing the best food that Britain has to offer. Set in beautiful grounds (perfect for picnics with your samples), you’ll find challenges like Men Vs Food, lots of acts and artists, cookery classes, demos, a bake stage, tastings, a market, and even walks where you will be shown how to forage for food!


  • May 27th – May 29th, 2017; Harewood House, Leeds

Vegan Festivals

Veganism is on the rise in the UK, and it’s not surprising that people are opting for this diet in their droves, whether it’s for health or ethical reasons.

Students living in our Aberdeen student accommodation will be able to enjoy the first vegan festival to come to Aberdeen. If you can’t get to Scotland, there’s Newcastle Vegan Festival, which is perfect for our students living there. There’s also another in Bradford, so if you’re staying in Leeds, you should pop along! Finally, if you can wait until September, there’s one in Sheffield as well. You can go even if you’re not a vegan or vegetarian –there’s something for everyone!

Normal tickets are just £2, or go VIP for £16.99 where you’ll get a goody bag filled with lots of samples, discounts, early entry and even skip the queue!


  • June 3rd, 2017; Aberdeen Football Club
  • June 10th, 2017; Newcastle Assembly Rooms
  • June 24th, 2017; Bradford Football Club
  • September 10th, 2017; Sheffield Cutlers’ Hall

Colmore Food Festival

If you’re living in Birmingham, you’re in for a treat – or several of them! The Colmore Food Festival is back for its 7th year, and it’s free entry! Treat portions of local restaurants, bakeries, cafes and bars will be available for just £4, so you can sample a few different things that you want! You can even watch demos, street theatre and music; so it’s not just food, you’ll find entertainment, too.


  • June 30th – July 1st; Victoria Square, Birmingham B1.

Nottingham Food & Drink Festival

Nottingham students, here’s one for you! Food and drink enthusiasts will love the 4th year of this extra-special festival. There’s a ‘Super Theatre’, which will hold tons of food demos, presented by celeb chefs. Go to Nottingham Food & Drink festival for the food, but leave with new skills to wow your flatmates with! They’ve even got the Craft Beer Boys for a cheeky tipple…


  • August 12th – 13th; Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

Eat Clean Fair

The Eat Clean Festival in Gloucestershire, near Bristol, is the largest of its kind, dedicated to healthy eating and healthy living as a whole. In addition to tasty treats that will keep both your body and your mind happy, you’ll be able to indulge in everything from massages to skincare, too.


  • 10th September, 2017; Gloucestershire BS37

Street Food Live

Street food has blown up over the past few years so here’s your chance to get a slice of the action (and maybe a slice of pizza or cake, too). Whilst the free event in London, Street Food Live, is aimed at people wanting to start their own street food business, there will be plenty of exhibitors showing off the good stuff on the day!


  • September 26th, 2017; London’s ExCel Centre

Manchester Food & Drink Festival

Living in our Manchester student accommodation, or perhaps just a short train ride away in Liverpool? The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is the perfect way to spend a day before the new term starts again! The event, which lasts over a week, is the largest urban one of its kind, and you will find diverse range of celeb chefs as well as lots of delicious delectables!


  • September 28th – October 9th, 2017; Manchester Albert Square

There are lots more food festivals around the UK, but we’ve put together some of the ones that are easiest to get to from our cities up until the end of September! If you’re going home to your parents and have access to a car, you can find a full list here. We’ve also got another post about drink festivals; so why not have a read?