Eat and drink your way through these foodie festivals
Consider yourself a foodie? Partial to a glass of gin? Then check out this year's top-notch local food and drink festivals. There's plenty to choose from over the next few months.
Uppingham Feast Day, Sun 16 June
Arrriba Arrriba! This year’s theme is a Mexican Fiesta so get into the swing of things with your sombrero and maracas! Okay well you don’t have to come in fancy dress but it would be fun! Enjoy the day as the small town comes to life with family entertainment, street entertainers, live music, food, children’s fun and a street market in the main market square. From midday – 9pm.
Rutland Food, Drink & Craft Festival, 6 – 7 July
Lots going on over this two day event including working craft demonstrations and celebrity chef cookery demonstrations. Ticket entry for one day only and advanced tickets can be used on any one day.
Piefest, Melton Mowbray Sat 27 – 28 July
The UK’s largest pie festival takes place in Melton Mowbray, home of the famous Pork Pie and celebrates golden, flaky pasties and pies in all their glory. Pie makers from across the country will be tempting you with their delicious pies and visitors will also get the chance to enjoy a hot pie or two with mash, veg and lashings of tasty gravy over at the Pie Kitchen.
The Gin and Rum Festival, Leicester, Sat 20 Jul
A perfect one for gin and rum enthusiasts featuring over 60 different gins and rums from around the world for you to sample in Athena. On arrival, you’ll receive a satchel with a Copa glass, there will be seven different themed bars which will each serve different gin or rum for you to drink throughout your time at the festival. Plenty of food will also be avail to keep your stomachs full too including gourmet burgers, pizza, vegan dishes as well as live music and cocktails.
Market Harborough Food & Drink Festival, Sat 3 – 4 Aug
Back at Welland Park in Market Harborough there will be a whole host of great food and drink stalls, a demo kitchen and children’s rides as well as mouth watering hot food, cider, beer, local meat, award-winning pies, fudge, chutney, cheese and so much more.
Hinckley Sausage and Cider Festival, Sat 24 Aug
Meaty, juicy and more-ish gourmet sausages will be on show in an array of flavours and tasty varieties on offer, including vegetarian and gluten-free options too. Grab a bite and wash it down with a choice of ciders while listening to some live music. Around 30 real ciders will be on offer, plus a bottled craft cider bar oh and bring the kids too – there’s plenty to keep them entertained from storytelling to giant bubble blowing.
Syston Food Gusto Festival Sun 25 Aug
What’s for lunch? Wood fired pizza, organic beef burgers, venison and bison, spicy homemade samosas, Authentic Caribbean BBQ, Indian cuisine or Thai? These could all be washed down with an barista coffee, local craft ale and cider, new British cocktails or English wines grown and produced in the Midlands.
Rutland Beer Festival, Rutland, 22 – 26 Aug
The 20th Rutland Beer Festival held at The Grainstore Brewery, brings together a wide range of real ales from around the UK. Featuring over seventy Real Ales with an array of golden ales, stouts, bitters, porters and barley wines plus, there will be a wide selection of traditional ciders. Live entertainment and barbecues every day. Free entry too – sounds good to me!
Beer Festival, Loughborough, 12 – 15 Sept
Great Central Railway’s annual beer festival returns for its 12 year and is better than ever! Take your taste buds on a sentimental journey at the award winning line’s 4-day beer festival. For information and tickets visit gcrailway.co.uk
Edible Forest Festival , Leicestershire, 7 – 15 Sept
This delectable food fest returns to the ancient woodland of Charnwood Forest. Expect a smorgasbord of tasty food and drink events for you to enjoy including afternoon tea in the iconic Old John Tower, Bradgate Park, dining under the stars in one of our unique dining pods, Safari Supper around Charnwood’s finest pubs and another outstanding Secret Gourmet evening with Michelin star holder, chef John Duffin.
Belgrave Food & Garden Festival, Leics 14 – 15 Sept
Set in the beautiful setting of Belgrave Hall & Gardens, this ones not to miss. Enjoy tasty treats, including preserves, cakes and savouries – with vegan and gluten-free options and lots to drink. A great family day out with demonstrations, talks, children’s activities and plants for sale. Adults £2.50 and free for under 13s (no concessions).
East Midlands Food Festival, Melton Mowbray, 5 – 6 Oct
Expect around 200 stands selling a variety of food from local producers ranging from traditional hog roast to foods from Asia, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Africa as well as plenty of options for veggies and vegans. Get the midgets involved in the Kids Zone where they can even try making foods for themselves. Tickets are priced at £6 (£5 in advance). Children under 16 enter free.
Leicester Dram Fest, Mercure Leicester, 16 Nov
Expect over 25 exhibitors and more than 250 whiskies from around the World. There will be masterclasses and special offers too plus Dream Drams – not quite sure what that is but sounds fun! The festival is split into two afternoon sessions from 11.15am – 3.45pm (VIP admission), 12pm – 3.45pm (general admission)and the evening sessions 5pm – 9.30pm (VIP admission) and 5.45pm – 9.30pm (general admission). Tickets from £37.90.
Know of any more exciting foodie events happening locally? Let me know or leave a comment below.