8 of the tastiest food festivals in autumn

The aromas of sizzling wild boar sausages, creamy Stilton cheese and warm doughy bread all lingering in the air. It can only mean one thing, food festival season is in full swing.

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York Food & Drink Festival (21-30 September)

York

Sink your teeth into everything from gourmet chocolate to Yorkshire salami from the markets sprawled over Parliament Street and Shambles Market at this 10-day foodie spectacular. Book yourself on one of the taste trails, join a cocktail masterclass or test your kneading skills at a pizza workshop.

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Manchester Food and Drink Festival (27 September - 8 October)

Manchester

A must-do for any foodie, this epic food festival in Manchester serves up immersive drink experiences, supper clubs and cookery masterclasses for 12 days. Mix gourmet street food with a gin festival and tours of the city’s Chinatown and you have the perfect recipe for an unmissable urban food fest.

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Taste of Cumbria (29-30 September)

Cockermouth

Taste some of Cumbria’s finest produce at the county’s flagship food festival. Explore 80 stalls, a hot food court and don’t miss the secret gin garden and a pop-up beer festival at Jennings Brewery. An added attraction this year is the Prosecco and The Pig picnic, featuring cocktails from Carlisle-based The Tipsy Filly and food from Stonehouse Smokery.

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Stone Food & Drink Festival (5-7 October)

Westbridge Park

Take advantage of one of many special restaurant offers, join a tapas trail around town or board a narrow boat for an afternoon tea cruise at Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering. There are also a host of tastings, one-off dining events and cookery demos taking place across the three days, don’t miss out.

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Melton Mowbray Food and Drink Festival (6-7 October)

Melton Mowbray

Granted a Protected Geographical Indication for its delicious delicacy, Leicestershire’s town of Melton Mowbray hails its eponymous pork pie in a food and drink festival of its own. The rural foodie capital bustles with a swath of stalls filled with the freshest countryside produce. Chomp on Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton cheese and try exotic delicacies too, including ostrich burgers and Persian dishes – a nod to the area’s multicultural community.

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Dartmouth Food Festival (19-21 October)

Dartmouth

The Dartmouth Food Festival is back to celebrate the best food, drink and cookery skills from the South West. With an exciting mix of delicious regional food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops and lively food debates, it’s a true foodie’s heaven.

Its packed programme of events has more than 100 local producers serving up their most mouth-watering produce. Wander the cobblestone alleyways of this beautiful harbour town, nibble between the stalls, and brush up on your culinary skills at cookery demonstrations by big-name chefs.

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Wild Boar Week (20-28 October)

Rye

A regular visitor to the woods surrounding medieval Rye, wild boar roamed freely throughout the ages in Sussex. Nearly hunted to extinction in the 17th century, nowadays they are bred in Kentish farms and every autumn Rye pays homage to this medieval delicacy with a week of special events in the town’s restaurants and pubs. Keeping with culinary delights from the medieval theme, pheasant, pigeon and mead are all on the menu too.

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London Vegfest (27-28 October)

Olympia London

One of Europe’s largest vegan celebrations, London Vegfest, is the ultimate vegan experience. Bursting with nearly 300 food stalls, vegan cosmetics and fashion items, visitors can discover a world of vegan products. Engage with talks from some of the country’s most influential vegan activists and sponsors to learn about the latest campaigns and outreach work.

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19 Sep 2018(last updated)
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    Cockermouth

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    Dartmouth

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    Rye

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    Olympia London

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