The Best Autumn Food and Drink Festivals

iStock_000023362468SmallfoodfestivalThe chilly mornings and darker evenings of autumn often find us turning to comforting, warm food and drinks to get through the day. If you are lacking in inspiration, don’t worry as autumn is the perfect time to visit one of the many and varied food festivals taking place across the UK.

Love Food Festival, Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire

Making the most of the autumn harvest will be the theme of the Love Food Festival in Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire on Sunday 28th September. Visitors will have the chance to try local seasonal produce and as well as lots of opportunities to try and buy food and drink, there will be fun activities for the children, a chance to try out survival skills and even a Homemade Competition to show off your own homegrown or homemade seasonal produce. Find out more on the event website.

Melton Mowbray Food Festival

A name synonymous with food, Melton Mowbray hosts one of the largest food festivals in the country. The weekend of 4th and 5th October will see the 11th annual Melton Mowbray Food Festival with over 150 exhibitors showcasing new and traditional food and drink from the local region and from around the UK. Alongside the traditional Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton, you will find alcoholic ice creams, chocolate kebabs, artisan cheeses to name just a few, which can all be washed down with locally brewed ales. Find out more on the event website.

The Chocolate Show, London

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The Chocolate Show is a food festival with a difference. Completely dedicated to all things chocolate, the best UK and international chocolate companies will be ready to tempt you with wonderful chocolate treats. Taking place at Olympia West in London from 17th to 19th October, there is even the chance to see the highly acclaimed chocolate fashion show, which sees chocolatiers and fashion designers join forces to create amazing chocolate inspired couture outfits. Find out more on the event website.

Hamper Llangollen, North Wales

In North Wales Hamper Llangollen is described and the ‘heavyweight’ of the Welsh food festivals. Held in Llangollen on 18th and 19th October, this is a food and drink festival where over 100 exhibitors offer a wide range of food and drink for visitors to sample and buy. Here you will find that it certainly isn’t just about the food and there is a dedicated beer tent featuring locally brewed ales. Find out more on the event website.  

Lincolnshire Sausage Festival, Lincoln Castle

Dedicated to the Lincolnshire Sausage, this festival will take place on 25th October and there will be sausages to sample, eat or take home. With chefs on hand doing cookery demonstrations, there should be plenty of inspiration and recipes to transform the Lincolnshire sausage into a family favourite. Find out more on the event website.

Bramley Apple Festival, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

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The market town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire was where the Bramley apple was first propagated over 200 years ago and it now hosts an annual festival of food and drink to celebrate the heritage of this much loved apple. With fun and craft activities, cookery demonstrations and much more, each sticking to the apple theme this is a food festival with a difference. Find out more on the event website.

Dartmouth Food Festival

Dartmouth Food Festival is the perfect food festival for the whole family to enjoy. From 24th to 26th October there is plenty to see and do with cookery demonstrations, food and drink seminars, tasting and the chance to see top food writers and celebrity chefs. There is even a festival for children with lots of fun activities to keep the little ones entertained. Find out more on the event website.

The Good Food Show, Birmingham

The ultimate food and drink experience can be found at the NEC, Birmingham from 27th to 30th November with celebrity chefs, demonstrations, endless shopping opportunities and lots of inspiration. Find out more on the event website.

Botany Bay Christmas Food and Gift Festival, Chorley, Lancashire

With Christmas on the horizon, the Botany Bay Christmas Food and Gift Festival in Chorley, Lancashire on Sunday 30th November is the place to visit. The five floors of the Botany Bay mill have been transformed into a Christmas food and drink shopping bonanza with street entertainment, carol singing, fairground attractions and cookery demonstrations all to get you in the mood for the festive period. Find out more on the event website.

There is nothing better than a food and drink festival to tempt your taste buds or offer inspiration and new ideas for seasonal produce and there are lots to choose from. Whichever you choose, you can guarantee a fun day out for all the family and you might get to try something new and delicious for the coming season.

Find accommodation nearby on the cottages4you website.

Cottage of the Week – The Chantry, Kingsteignton in Devon

The Chantry

The Chantry

Gothic windows, a thatched roof and a 24ft circular reception hall, containing a 600 year old ruud screen, are just some of the traditional features of this unique holiday home while Greek, African (spot the panther) and Arabian themed bedrooms are some of the quirkier ones! Also offers, swimming pool, Wi-fi and one of the ‘Top Ten Places by the Sea’ on your doorstep. Sleeps 12.

Find more info and make a booking on the property’s listing on cottages4you.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

We teamed up with our friends at Hoseasons and Canvas Holidays to tackle Yorkshire’s Three Peaks this weekend, raising much-needed funds for the Three Peaks Project in the process. Great (dry!) weather made for ideal walking conditions and a really fun (though exhausting!) day. Find more info on the Three Peaks Project on their website.

Cottage of the Week – Cielo, Castellina-Marittima, Tuscany

With Italy 2015 on sale you can now book an array of lovely holiday homes overseas next year! This beautiful holiday property (one of four detached stone houses on a complex owned by the Prince Rocco of Torrepadula) is no exception.

Dating back to the 18th century, and located on the green hills overlooking the Etruscan coast in the north, with beautiful views of the Maremma, the sea and the valley, the property has its own beautiful private garden with table and chairs and shared use of 5 acres of gardens. An outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and a barbecue area by the pool are also available! Sleeps 8. More info on our website.

Late Summer Savings in France

A  selection of savings on lovely holiday properties over the Channel – with availability from this weekend! Enjoy villas with private pools on the Côte d’Azur, traditional holiday homes in Normandy and much more.

Find links to the properties with more pricing and availability info on each picture caption. Check out more French savings on our website.

Big Kid Bingo – How we Spent our Summer

Thanks for all the brilliant Big Kid Bingo entries we’ve received so far – looks like you’ve had a fantastic summer! We’ve picked a few to share with you here and will add more as the competition continues. Don’t forget to join in the fun on our Facebook page.

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