Multi-Cultural Events Calendar 2017

Across the  UK there are a huge number of multi-cultural events that cater for anyone with a love of food, music and family.

For the start of 2017, Cleone Foods has put together our pick of some of the events happening over the UK, some specifically targeted at Jamaican culture, others of general interest.  It’s just a smattering of what’s available, but if you’re attending any of these events, we hope you have a great time! And a happy new year to you all!

The Luton Carnival  – Luton –  May

A vibrant multi-cultural event that promises to be bigger and better than ever this year. The team work really hard to bring a great mix of theatre, dance, food and workshops. Keep an eye on developments and dates by visiting


The Notting Hill Carnival – London – August

One of the world’s most famous carnivals, running since 1964,  it needs little explanation. Expect more of the same this year – colour, music, food, fun, costume competitions and hundreds of brightly-decorated floats.  Updates available all over the website from various places as dates are firmed up.


One Love Reggae & Ska Festival- Kent , 1-3 September

Bunny ‘Stryker’ Lee is the man behind this 3-day event that offers music from artists old and new. It’s a feelgood festival that sees no colour barriers – all you need is a love of good music, and a healthy appetite. A huge line-up is already confirmed, with more to come. Tickets go fast so get yours now to avoid disappointment. Details on


The Derby Caribbean Festival – July

This is a true Flagship event that demonstrates genuine community cohesion. Enjoy  the carnival troupe street procession, which boasts over 40 carnival troupes from around the Midlands. Updates available on

Colmore Food Festival  – Birmingham – July  

Birmingham is a hot-bed of food talent. With 5 Michelin-starred restaurants through to the famed Friday night Digbeth Dining Club offering the best of international street food, there’s something for everyone. And that was the idea behind one of the city’s newest offerings, the Colmore Food Festival. Sited in Victoria Square, just off Colmore Row, it’s the brainchild of super-chef Glynn Purnell, who owns Purnells, one of the city’s afore-mentioned Michelin restaurants. The festival offers a variety of taster dishes at just £4 each, meaning visitors get to enjoy a choice of 35 stalls, without it becoming prohibitive. Visit for confirmation of dates.

The UK Chilli Festival – Brighton – 16-17 September

Feeling hot, hot, hot!! For those with sturdy palates, this is not to be missed. Based in Victoria Gardens, Brighton, the festival offers the chance to try a huge variety of chilli flavours or even get involved in the chilli-eating contests if you’re feeling brave! Check out information and ticket details on