Harvest Feastivals

Cherry-pick from our collection of fab food events

Children at the Malvern Autumn Garden & Country Show Awaken your senses and grab some culinary inspiration with a trip to one of the autumn's big gastro feasts.

Celebrate the best of British home-grown produce and seize the chance to learn new cookery skills.

Enjoy live cookery demonstrations, sample new flavours, or check out the latest innovations in kitchen gadgetry.

4-29 September

Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, various locations
Try your hand as a bar-tender in the Battle of the Bars competition, celebrate Brighton's fishing heritage, try dishes from local restaurants, and sample something spicy with Fiery Food UK.
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A woman and child tasting Ludlow sausages at the at Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival Two men tasting ale at Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival

19-28 September

York Festival of Food and Drink, Yorkshire
Get to know the city's restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes at this gastro showcase, join The Maltings' Ale Trail, try some wine tasting or browse the markets. Learn a few tips from the experts at the festival food theatre, watch cocktail demonstrations, find out how to reduce food packaging or take your brood to a children's workshop. The city's also a great starting point for a gastronomic tour of the county. Official website »

20-21 September

Cooking with a clay oven at Abergavenny Food Festival Abergavenny Food Festival, Gwent, Wales
Food comes to life with a series of talks, masterclasses, markets, competitions, children's events, tasting, chefs' demonstrations, debate and entertainment. There'll also be a series of Fringe events to mark the festival's 10th anniversary, incorporating art, photography, farm walks, theatre, film, workshops and more. Meet producers from Wales and the borders and buy their wares. Official website »

An apple corer at Abergavenny Food FestivalLibby Smith who won the Primary School Cookery Competition at Abergavenny Food Festival

20-21 September

A stall at the Scottish Soil Association Organic Food Festival Soil Association Scotland Organic Food Festival, Old Fruitmarket, City Halls, Glasgow
Experience organic wine, meat, fruit, vegetables and more, and learn about every aspect of natural food production dedicated seminars. Spend a few pennies on organic fashion and textiles, food and drink, and health and beauty products, in the marketplace. Enjoy cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings, and take your little ones to the kids' zone. Official website »

20-22 September

Plant to Plate, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent
A chance for children and adults alike to find out where their food comes from, in a beautiful setting. Learn about the differences between organic, free range and Fairtrade foods, while grown-up visitors can also taste the castle's very own award-winning wines. Official website »

21 September

Salisbury Food & Drink Festival, Market Square, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Sausages are on the menu at the fifth annual food fest, thanks to the Marquis of Salisbury's free range pigs roaming nearby. Other delights include a food hall, barbecues, market stalls, hog roasts and entertainment including the waiters' race. You could also compete in the chicken treasure hunt or join the Neal's Yard Herb Walk. Official website »

27-28 September

A stallholder with a pumpkin at Malvern Autumn Garden & Country Show Malvern Autumn Garden & Country Show, The Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
This major event in the Malvern calendar bring together horticulture, harvest produce, livestock, arts and crafts and some of the best local food and drink. Highlights include: a live cookery theatre; giant vegetables; children's pottery workshops; a floral art show and the last chance of the season to see the RHS Flower Show. Animal lovers will enjoy the barn owls, birds of prey, ferrets, horses, alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, pedigree dogs and shire horses. Learn about traditional rural crafts such as felt-making, blacksmithing, wood turning, stick making and spinning; or check out vintage tractors, cars, motorbikes, caravans and forestry machinery. The show features the International Perry Festival for the first time this year, with a perry tasting theatre. The Malvern Showground is home to the National Collection of Perry Pear Trees so what better place to try it? Official website »

27-18 September

Great British Cheese Festival, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales
Get to Wales's largest cheese market for the chance to try and buy 460 sheep, cow, goat and buffalo cheeses, and meet wine, cider, perry and beer makers. Visitors can attend masterclasses, try cheese tossing, and discover who won medals at this year's British Cheese Awards, all in the setting of Cardiff Castle. Official website »

4-5 October

East Midlands Food Festival, Brooksby Hall, Melton Mowbray, Lincolnshire
Around 20,000 visitors are expected at the UK's largest regional food festival, which boasts more than 200 exhibitors. And although the event places an emphasis on small, local producers, star attractions this year include celebrity chefs Anjum Anand, Rachel Green and Clarissa Dickson Wright. Diversity is this year's theme so look out for unusual foods as well as traditional delicacies such as Melton Mowbray pork pies, Bakewell pudding and stilton cheese. Children are admitted free of charge. Official website »

3-13 October

Green apples Manchester Food & Drink Festival, various locations, Manchester
This 10-day extravaganza encompasses more than 100 venues across the city, with diverse produce to tantalise all tastes and budgets. There'll also be farmers' markets, celebrity chefs, cookery demonstations, charity cook-offs, parties, competitions, and local brews. Official website »

Red apples Common Ground launched Apple Day on 21 October 1990 to celebrate apples, orchards and local distinctiveness, and it's been marked annually with local events ever since. Look out for events in your area throughout October. There's a comprehensive list of Apple Day celebrations across the UK on the Common Ground website.

23-26 October

This French woman looks as though she'd enjoy The Wine Show The Wine Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Wine lovers can share their passion for swirling and spitting and sample varieties from around the world, at this three-day event. Discover fine wines, find out how best to store your vintage of choice, learn how to choose confidently from a wine list or simply stock up your cellar. Experts including Oz Clarke, Matt Skinner and Susy Atkins will be on hand to offer advice. Official website »

26 October

Pumpkins Pumpkin Day, Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry
Try different varieties of pumpkin, pick up new recipes...even pick one from the pumpkin patch and see it carved into a lantern. Official website »

31 October - 2 November

BBC Good Food Show Scotland, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow
Catch Gordon Ramsay and James Martin doing live cookery demonstrations, jazz up your kitchen with the latest gadgets, and sample the best in Scottish produce from fish and seafood to game and whisky. Official website »

14-16 November

Nigella Lawson, who will be at the BBC Good Food Show BBC Good Food Show London, Olympia, London
Start your festive shopping early, and plan your Christmas dinner with the help of top chefs Heston Blumenthal and Nigella Lawson. There's a special fair for food lovers and a Slow Food pavilion, book signings, food sampling, wine, spirits, beer tasting and more. Official website »

26-20 November

Jamie Oliver will be at the BBC Good Food Show BBC Good Food Show Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and James Martin are the star attractions at this four-day food feast. Plan your festive drinks menu with The Fine Wine, Beer and Spirits Show; get inspired by live cookery demonstrations; or simply buy food, drink and kitchen gear from one of the many exhibitors. Official website »

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18 September 2008
Abergavenny Food Festival images by Toril Brancher and copyright of the Abergavenny Food Festival