Festivals have always been a way to encourage people to embrace different cultures. However, traditionally this has been through music. Although food options have played a part in traditional festival setups, over the past few years the focus on festival dining has risen significantly. In fact, some festivals now purely exist to demonstrate the different cultural mouthwatering food delights that you can bring to the table. Food festivals in the UK are only becoming more popular and we are fully embracing it.
Here at Island Delight, we take pride in showcasing traditional Jamaican cuisine with our Jamaican patties. Supplying to supermarkets up and down the country, we love being able to share the tasty flavours of the Caribbean with anyone who wants to try. We are also not strangers to food events ourselves and we are proud to have attended the BBC Good Food Show last year.
Having witnessed the power of food-focused events ourselves, we love nothing more than to see more and more festivals celebrating foods that take influence from all over the world. So which food festivals in the UK should you have on your plate this Summer?
Food Festivals In The UK
National Geographic Traveller Food Festival
16th – 17th July 2022
Hosted at the Business Design Centre in London, this event takes attendees on a culinary adventure. Whether it’s sampling food and drink from all over the world or meeting some of the chefs from the fantastic lineup. This event is packed with everything you need to immerse yourself into the world of food. Find out more here.
Heaton Park Food & Drink Festival
20th – 21st August 2022
The two-day event in Manchester promises a whole host of international street food. To quench your thirst, you can choose from no less than eight independent bars where you’ll find a whole host of craft beers and locally produced spirits. Alongside the tasty street food from around the world, you’ll also have the opportunity to pick up some locally sourced products too. Find out more here.
The Jerk Fest
20th August 2022
Proudly flying the Jamaican flag again this year is the The Jerk Festival’s Jamaica Independence Festival. This food festival in Birmingham will be bringing the community together in true Island fashion by harnessing the power of good food, good music, and happiness. There will be endless selections of street food dishes showcasing the very best of the Caribbean. So, there will certainly be no shortage of flavour this summer at the Jerk Festival.
Find out more here.
Great British Food Festival
Dates depend on location
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Great British Food Festival shines the spotlight on a smorgasbord of flavours. From expertly hand-crafted burgers through to deliciously flavoured curries, there’s something for every palette at the Great British Food Festival which is travelling all over the country this summer. Find out more here.
World Food Festival
3rd September 2022
If you’re looking for a cultural event that will host the whole family, the World Food Festival is definitely something to consider. It’s a true outdoor celebration of food from all over the globe. 20 of the UK’s best restaurants, street food vendors and dessert traders will be at the event serving up some spectacular dishes for you to enjoy. With live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and more, this is an unforgettable summer day out for everyone to enjoy. Find out more here.
Keep An Eye Out For Us Next Year!
We’re certainly not wishing away the summer but if you’re already thinking about next year’s food events, make sure to keep an eye out. There are many events which we are hopeful to attend, such as the National Convenience Show (NCS) trading event from 24th-26th April 2023. Additionally, after the success of this year’s International Food & Drink Event (IFE), we would love to attend the event again next year – read about this year’s attendance here. See you soon!
Furthermore, if you found this blog on cultural food festivals useful, why not take a look at a previous one: Island Delight Exhibit At The IFE In London