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The last couple of decades has seen an explosion in the number of food festivals both in the UK and around the world.

World Foodie Festivals

Around the world, foodies are celebrating the plenitude that nature has on offer, from Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, and Japan’s Sapporo Summer Festival to the Gentse Feesten in Belgium. Part of the rising popularity is in vegan food, but be careful about your choice or you could end up with more than you bargained for, such as at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

Foodie Festivals in UK

Perhaps, nowhere has embraced the concept of festivals of food more than the UK, the nation of foodies; especially if they turn out to be food and drink festivals. One of the oldest and most established is the Ludlow Food Festival, but foodie festivals are appearing all over the places from Abergavenny Food Festival in Wales to Devon’s Food Rocks and Yorkshire’s Malton Food Festival.

Niche Foodie Festivals

Indeed, so popular is the celebration of the culinary art in the UK that there are numerous festivals paying homage to just one type of food. From the Lincoln Sausage Festival to the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival and the Alresford Watercress Festival, Brits have taken the concept so much to heart that they even have an Pancake Race in Olney.

Food Festivals in London

The capital is no exception to this rule. While bucking the vegan trend, carnivores can head to Meatopia London, or if you like your cuisine with a Caribbean twist then the Notting Hill Carnival is for you. In addition to being the biggest party in the capital, there is a wonderful array of West Indian cuisine.

Indian Food Festivals

Finally, if you want to attend culinary cultural festivals, then India is the place to be. From Onam Festival to Holi Festival, and Diwali Festival to Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, there are so many festivals in India, all of which have a healthy helping of nosh thrown in.

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January 2021

Burns Night, Scotland, UK, 2021

January 25
Dumfries Dumfries,ScotlandUnited Kingdom
Burns Night Burns Supper

Held in January, long with Hogmanay and St Andrew's Day, Burns Night is the leading festival in Scotland. However, Burns Night is more widely celebrated across the country than the…

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Gran Festa de la Calçotada, Valls 2021

January 31
Valls Valls,Catalonia41°17′18″N 1°15′7″ESpain
Free
calçots in the Gran festa de la Calçotada

Catalonia is a region renowned for its gastronomy, each January the Gran festa de la Calçotada sees the streets and squares of the town of Valls filled with calçots (a type of…

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February 2021

Tsagaan Sar 2021 in Mongolia

February 12 - February 14
Various
Tsagaan Sar, Mongolia

Tsagaan Sar or Mongolia’s lunar new year is the most important festival for ethnic Mongols and the people of the Arctic where age-old rituals combine with eating local delicacies such…

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Chinese New Year 2021, Global

February 12
Various
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is undoubtedly China’s pre-eminent and most intense festive period characterised by sumptuous family meals, the colour red, paper lanterns and lots...

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March 2021

Holi Festival 2021 India and Worldwide

March 28 - March 29
Multiple Venues
Holi Festival

Holi festival India 2021 is a riotous two-day Hindu celebration where crowds douse each other with colour and water – and is probably India’s most vibrant and fun festival.  With…

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April 2021

A Taste of Donegal 2021, Ireland

April 30 - May 2
The Pier, Quay Street
Donegal,DonegalIreland
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A Taste of Donegal

Billed as the biggest food festival in North West Ireland, A Taste of Donegal will feature more than 130 food exhibitors from across Ireland and the UK, as well as…

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Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 30 - May 3
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
festivals in the uk Jack of the Green Hastings

The Jack in the Green Festival takes place in the Sussex coastal town of Hastings – 1066 and all that – traditionally over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. A…

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May 2021

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, 2021

May 15 - May 16
Whitby Whitby,United Kingdom + Google Map
Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

The North Yorkshire town of Whitby is famed for its fabulous fish and chips, that and a nautical traditional that includes Captain Cook. So, why not combine the two together…

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Alresford Watercress Festival 2021, UK

May 23
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£5
Alresford Watercress Festival

If you are a fan of cress then Hampshire is the place to head for this May. Held on 23 May, the 2021 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

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July 2021

Henley Festival 2021, Henley-on-Thames, UK

July 1 - July 31
Henley Bridge Henley-on-Thames,OxfordshireRG9 2LYUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Henley Festival

Rustle out your DJ as the UK’s most glamorous festival, the Henley Festival returns to the banks of the River Thames in July 2021. The exact date is unknown as…

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Lymington Seafood Festival 2021, New Forest

July 16 - July 18
Bath Road Park Lymington,HampshireUnited Kingdom
Lymington Seafood Festival

One of the foody highlights of the South Coast, the Lymington Seafood Festival occurs each summer, and this year it is going ahead in line with the government's relaxation of…

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Gilroy Garlic Festival 2021, California

July 23 - July 25
Gilroy Hill Park, 7959 Miller Avenue
Gilroy,CA95020United States
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Garlic lovers get your diaries out now and book in July 23 to 25 for the forty-first Gilroy Garlic Festival. This weekend is full of fun and great garlicky food,…

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August 2021

Onam Festival 2021, Kerala, India

August 12 - August 23
Kerala KeralaIndia
Onam Festival Kerala, India

During the days of the Onam Festival, the biggest and most spectacular festival of Kerala, the entire Indian state goes on a spree of celebrations, music and dance performances...

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Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2021

August 21 - August 22
Fighting Cocks, Bathingbourne Lane
Newchurch,Isle of WightPO36OLUUnited Kingdom
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£12.50 – £20
Festivals in UK Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (2)

Newchurch, in the centre of the picturesque Isle of Wight, nestling amidst sloping hills, is the perfect location for a festival. It is here that every year in August the…

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Brussels Beer Festival: BXL Beer Fest 2021

August 21 - August 22
Tour et Taxis, Havenlaan 86c
Brussels,1000Belgium
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€5 – €15
BXL Beer Fest, Brussels, Belgium

At the Brussels beer festival “BXL Beer Fest”, over 60 independent brewers from a dozen countries show off their artisanal beers. With strictly no room for industrial products at the…

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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2021, UK

August 28 - August 30
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival returns bigger and better this year over the August bank holiday weekend as usual. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family…

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Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

August 29 - August 30
Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, + Google Map
Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival © Rob Holding

Bury St Edmunds’ food festival is returning to the medieval Suffolk market town in August. Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival 2021 will be held over the August…

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September 2021

Meatopia 2021, London

September 3 - September 5
Tobacco Dock, Junction of Wapping Lane and Pennington Street,
London,E1United Kingdom
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Meatopia

Meat lovers should head to London’s Tobacco Dock from 30 August to 1 September for Meatopia, the celebration of sustainable, quality meat, alternatively take the trip...

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Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest 2021, UK

September 4 - September 5
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest

The Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest promises to be the hottest event of the summer. The manor house built for the Baron de Rothschild in the 1870s to entertain guests and…

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The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival

September 11 - September 12
Settle Settle,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2017 Shepherds Purse tasting

Now into its third year, the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival held in September is a celebration of Yorkshire cheese and its recent revival. This year two artisan cheese producers will…

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