Well, the sun is shining and I’d love to be outside enjoying it rather than sitting inside in my office. Since that isn’t an option, I’m going to plan days out by doing a quick tour of some of this summer’s food and drink festivals in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Good food is guaranteed, the sun is less certain!
Shobden Food Festival – 29-30 June 2013
This is Herefordshire’s longest running food event. It was set up nearly a decade ago to support local farmers and producers and this year will feature 70 of the finest food, drink and craft exhibitors in the region. All the information you need is at www.shobdonfoodfestival.co.uk.
Stroud Edible Open Gardens – weekends in July 2013
This sounds such a great idea! It’s organised by Transition Stroud and sees edible gardens, allotments and orchards being opened to the public. You can plan a visit around a workshop or taster session or simply drop in while you’re passing. All details can be found at www.transitionstroud.org/wpedibleopengardens.
Ledbury Food and Drink Festival – 14 July 2014
Organised by the Ledbury Food Group and part of the town’s Poetry Festival, this event promises Indian food, local ice cream, organic vegetables and cider, fresh cherries, local cheese, apple juice, handmade preserves, local sausages and lamb burgers, freshly made bread, delicious brownies and more. Find out more at www.ledburyfoodgroup.org/ledbury-food-festival.
Gloucester Quays Food Festival – 19-21 July 2013
This festival returns for its third year with special guests including Mary Berry, James Martin and Gino D’Acampo plus a great range of food and drink producers. Full details at www.gloucesterquays.co.uk/events/food-festival-2013.
Taste of Worcestershire Food Festival – 27-28 July 2013
This festival celebrates the wealth of fine food and drink in Worcestershire and beyond. Cookery demonstrations plus a jazz festival on the Saturday night make this a great weekend out. Find out more at www.worcesternews.co.uk/taste.
Worcester Beer, Perry and Cider Festival – 8-10 August 2013
Organised by the Worcester branch of CAMRA, this looks like a must-visit if you’re even the slightest bit interested in beer, perry or cider. We’re being promised over 200 beers and over 100 perries and ciders – what’s not to like?! Get details as they become available at www.worcesterbeerfest.org.uk.
Stroud Food and Drink Festival – 7 September 2013
Local chefs, brewers, farmers and food producers will come together to showcase why Stroud has been named the “Covent Garden of the Cotswolds”. More information at www.stroudvalleysfestivals.co.uk/fooddrink.
Ludlow Food Festival – 13-15 September 2013-06-25
OK, so it’s not strictly speaking Herefordshire, Gloucestershire or Worcestershire, but I couldn’t miss out the foodie capital’s festival! Now in its 19th year, the festival brings together 160 top quality small independent food and drink producers, plus an array of food-related events. Get all the details at www.foodfestival.co.uk (the web address says it all, doesn’t it?!).
Newent Onion Fayre – 14 September 2013
Gloucestershire’s largest one day festival. Alongside the extraordinary onion events and exhibitions, there’s a great food area. I went for the first time last year and it was a fab day out. Get all the info at www.newentonionfayre.org.
Tetbury Food and Drink Festival – 18-22 September 2013
Tetbury Food and Drink Festival brings together local food and drink producers, retailers and professionals to celebrate the very best food and drink that the Cotswolds has to offer. There are lots of evening events too, so you can join in the excitement after work. Find out more at www.tetburyfooddrinkfestival.com.
Flavours of Herefordshire – 2-3 November 2013
Something for later on in the year and the perfect place for Christmas presents. Held in Hereford city centre, this is a celebration of Herefordshire’s food and drink heritage. It’s a must-visit in my opinion! Get advance information at www.flavoursofherefordshire.co.uk.
Apologies if I’ve missed out an event you’re organising or the event you never miss. Get in touch or comment below to let me know and I’ll add it to the list!