Looking for the best music festival to visit this summer? Want to feast at the UK’s best food festivals? Read on for our steer to commemorations for food and music lovers…
One of the hottest food affairs of its first year, Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire mixes the off-beat fun of the modern British music fete( woodland marches, feasts around the campfire, wild swimming, and, of course, a top-notch music line-up) with seriously good food.
Join one of the long counter banquets to enjoy fine wine-coloreds and bespoke menu from Michelin performed chefs James Knappett and Tom Aikens. Sit in one of the festival’s field restaurant tents and try Italian foods from Cafe Murano or a seasonal menu from Petersham Nurseries.
Some of the country’s top chefs will likewise be hosting chefs’ counters- cosy up to Nieves Barragan of Sabor, Dan Smith of The Fordwich Arms, Neil Borthwick of The French House, Soho and Tom Brown from Cornerstone. With forms from many other restaurants- including Patty& Bun, Pizza Pilgrims and Smokestak- this carnival is a one-stop trip around some of Britain’s finest culinary hotspots.
1- 4 August, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire; wildernessfestival.com
A true-blue revel of all things South West, Valley Fest( from the team behind Yeo Valley) brings together DJs, farmers and regional creators. Basement Jaxx, Razorlight and Tom Odell will provide the themes, while the region’s culinary heroes will be cooking up a feast. Josh Eggleton of Pony and Trap and Rob Howell of Root will be serving a six-course feast exerting raise grown on the farm, so expect medicine ocean bream with cucumber, gnocchi with Isle of Wight tomatoes and Strode Valley salad buds and lemon bud cream for dessert.
Talks and moves will take place across the three days, so informed about the neighbourhood bees and wildlife, tour “the farmers ” or listen to Jo Ingleby, Chloe Smee and Zoe Williams discuss how we can connect children with food.
2- 4 August, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; valleyfest.co.uk
Smoked and Uncut
Three mini festivals taking place at the two Pig inns and the slightly fancier Limewood hotel across three afternoons this summer, each Smoked& Uncut event promises neighbourhood parties, cloaks and forage bales as well as gourmet nutrient stallings, local ciders and ales and the odd glass or two of English sparkling wine. How awfully civilised.
Get ready for the famed BBQ with short ribs, venison burgers, corn-on-the cob and more. Cook Mark Hix and Angela Hartnett will be cooking al fresco family-style feasts, so save room for hearty curries and illustrations of pasta, too.
June to July, Hampshire and Somerset; smokedanduncut.com
Port Eliot Festival
This celebration of words, music, imagery, theories, quality, nutrient, pattern, flowers, laughter, exploration and amusing( try and tick them all off during its four-day line-up) prescribed in the grounds of Port Eliot House, a stately home in the far eastern of Cornwall.
Like the rest of the happen, nutrient talks now have a literary and ideas-driven focus. More a home to question your own approach to- and relationship with- menu than to pick up cooking gratuities( though there will be plenty of those very ), patron loudspeakers this year include Polly Russell and Olia Hercules.
A selection of street food cooks will be setting up stalls on the lawn( have been selected to za’atar, minced lamb and olive oil-topped flatbreads, vegan sushi from Happy Maki and salt and pepper squid from Elseafood ). There will also be live performances from James Whetlor, Zoe Adjonyoh and Russell Norman, as well as a series of grove fuelled dinners hosted by Ben Quinn and his team.
25- 28 July, Port Eliot, Cornwall; porteliotfestival.com
The Dorset outpost of the Isle of Wight festival has a lot to offer foodies in its Feast Collective food and boozing area. Spotlights include demonstrations from DJ BBQ, neighbourhood farmers setting up stall at Dorset Farmers’ Market and street-food from Butchies, Happy Maki and Baked in Brick.
The Feast Collective Bar will keep your thirst at bay with beers from Cornwall’s Sharp’s Brewery and Thatchers cider.
25- 28 July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset; campbestival.net
Musicians from around the world will assemble in Wiltshire this July to share and celebrate world music, food and culture. Listen to the likes of Salif Keita, Anna Calvi, Orbital and Ziggy Marley, then heading to the Taste The World stage; here, artists rustle up their favourite saucers from their respective countries, leave them to cook while they represent their gigs then return to let everyone taste the results. Expect’ Borscht’ soup from Ukraine’s Dhakabrakha and home-made Turkish dumplings from Baba Zula.
25- 28 July, Charlton Park, Wilthsire; womad.co.uk
The splendid Brecon Beacons cater an peaceful backdrop for this boho music festival with a great foodie offering. Meat eaters exult, as there will be a selection of hand-salted bacon and sausages from Charcutier Ltd, burgers from Cardiff-based The Grazing Shed and spit-roasts from Roaming Rotisserie. For a penchant of the oceans and seas, try Weldhman’s caviar and laverbread from street menu seam Cafe Mor or crab burgers from Claw.
Stop off at The Courtyard, where over twenty Welsh breweries is likely to be showcasing the best ales, ciders and perries.
15- 18 August, Brecon Beacons, Wales; greenman.net
The Big Feastival
A star-studded line up participates the likes of Rudimental and Jess Glynne sharing the spotlight with Raymond Blanc, Chantelle Nicholson and Tom Brown at this Cotswolds festival that caters as well for music lovers as it does for menu lovers.
Well-loved street food trucks will be there to offer sustenance after dancing the darknes away- try Farang, Sub Cult or Million Pound Menu’s BBQ Dreamz– and don’t miss the chance to watch two-Michelin performed Daniel Clifford and national treasure Prue Leith demonstrate some superb tips and deceptions in the NEFF Big Kitchen.
23- 25 August, Kingham, Oxfordshire; thebigfeastival.com
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River Cottage Festival
Based at River Cottage’s Devon HQ, expect a relaxed circumstance complete with neighbourhood cider and a silt kitchen for the girls. On the Saturday, take your seat at the long counter dinner and feast over shoot, when Persian-Welsh cook Leyli Homayoonfar will be cooking up a supper of BBQ scorched mackerel, saffron marinated skewered chicken kabab and Persian orange blossom pavlova.
More reasonableness to visit? Masterclasses will take place across the two days, from natural wine tastings to wood-fired cooking sessions. River Cottage’s wild food expert, John Wright, will extend foraging expeditions around local hedgerows to gather botanicals to infuse into sips while Somerset Cider Brandies will be offering tasters of the apple-based booze.
24- 25 August, Axminster, Devon; rivercottage.net
The Big Cwtch
The Big Cwtch celebrates Wales’ best meat producers and emerging Welsh masters in a captivating lakeside giving. Rock down to the street food alley where you can grab a slow-braised pork shoulder taco from The Bearded Taco, chicken laksa from Makasih and berry cheesecakes from Duttys Cheesecake Van. Or make for the lakeside and chill out with a G& T.
There will too be pop-up bars to tighten in, including the Wonky Table and Apres Ski Bar, where you can enjoy regional workmanship beers.
30- 31 August, Crugybar, Carmarthenshire; thebigcwtch.com