Food has long been a major part of the Christmas festivities, so it should come as no surprise that there are lots of culinary festivals being held across the country in the run-up to the big day. There are many small events planned, and certainly too many to list, but here is a look at some of the biggest and best festivals.
Foodies Festival Christmas – November 28-30 – The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
This is a massive star-studded event — Michelin stars, of course, including such top chefs as Lima’s Robert Ortiz, Angler’s Tony Fleming and Bubbledogs’ Ernesto Paiva giving demonstrations inside the Chefs’ Theatre.
The event also boasts an outdoor courtyard devoted to London street food, a Feasting Tent, a Craft Beer and Spirits Theatre and a Wine and Champagne Theatre. There will be lots of tasting opportunities and expert advice on offer, along with some great tips on creating the perfect Christmas menu and pairing it up with the right drinks. If you are only going to make it to one festive food fair this winter, make this the one.
Christmas Food Festival – December 13-14 – Arley Hall, Cheshire
The Arley Hall festival offers fun for the whole family. Father Christmas will be there, and the event will be accompanied by live music from a host of artists. There will be a Kids’ Corner complete with a free Elves’ Workshop, and you can pre-book cookery classes for youngsters.
Either watch or take part in Men v Food Challenges, or enter your own culinary creation into the great Arley Cake Off. There’ll be plenty of food and drink to taste during the event, along with many talks and demonstrations to enjoy.
The Red Funnel Cowes Christmas Food Festival – December 13-14
Fancy a bit of island hopping in the run-up to Christmas? Head over to the Isle of Wight for a celebration of local food and drink at Cowes Yacht Haven. Red Funnel is offering two for £12 crossings on their Red Jet service from Southampton to Cowes.
Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair – December 13-14
Watch inspirational chefs demonstrating their talents, or have a go at making your own festive fancies in a Secret Treats workshop. You can stock up the Christmas pantry or simply relax with some great food and enjoy a procession, choirs and bands.