Birmingham Taxi found 5 uncommon Britain food festivals that prove, once it involves gastronomical intellect, we’re approach prior to the pack
When it comes to culinary genius, we Brits may not have much on the Italians or the French – but that doesn’t mean we’re low on brilliant and ground-breaking ideas! The UK foodie calendar is jam-packed with weird and wonderful festivals and events, catering for all with unique offerings of entertainment, cuisine and family-friendly fun.
For example, did you know that there are six festivals which promote cheese and chili and have racing pigs? Or that there’s a full weekend, survived an island off the south of European country that celebrates all things garlic?
Clovelly seaweed festival
This fun festival is held within the stunning Cliffside village of Clovelly in Devon to market seaweed for its large health and nutritional advantages. Many people may not be aware that seaweed is a hugely versatile ingredient, and so the village’s Quay kitchens will serve up a range of dishes, while stalls will sell a variety of products, arts, and crafts, all inspired by the green stuff!
There will also be live music, street entertainment, craft activities, workshops, and demonstrations, while the whole event is held in aid of the local North Devon Hospice.
It takes place in Clovelly on Saturday 27 May.
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
This wonderful festival, held in the middle of the summer holidays, is located in the heart of the island, set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland. The Isle of Wight’s biggest show is dedicated to garlic… yes, you read that right!
The show, also this blog’s main image, comprises of both fantastic food and fun entertainment, with an array of eats, sights, and sounds to suit all tastes and ages. Expect cookery demos, art and craft stalls, live music, children’s entertainment, a funfair and, of course, a range of mouth-watering, garlicky titbits. If you are traveling with your family you can hire Minibus Hire Birmingham to avoid overuse expenses.
It takes place near the new church on the Isle of Wight on 18 and 19 August.
Whitstable Oyster Festival
Whit stable’s famous Oyster Festival will be held across three days in July this year, run by Full Event Production for the first time. Although festivities for this year are yet to be confirmed, the festival usually begins with the Landing of the Oysters (the first catch of the season) at Long Beach.
They also have live music and other events including fireworks, the building of “grotters” from oyster shells and an Oyster Eating Competition at the Harbour.
It takes place this year in Whitstable on Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July.
Cheese and Chili Festival
The celebration of everything cheese and chili is held at a huge six locations throughout the south of England: Basingstoke, Christchurch, Cheltenham, Guildford, Swindon, and Winchester. Although the combination of cheese and chili may not appear totally unusual on the surface, it’s one of the festival’s key events which has us including it in our list.
Between June and August.
Voted “Best Festival in Worcestershire” in what’s On Readers Awards 2017, the festival is dedicated to everything asparagus.
Having been on for five consecutive years, the event is taking a break this year but will return soon. However, if you’re now craving a festival dedicated to the gorgeous green veg, the British Asparagus Festival will be on between 23 April and 21 June; including asparagus auctions, coach tours and more.