The best food and drink festivals 2018

Tuck in at one of these great foodie events

With some of the best locally produced food and drink products in the country and a host of great chefs and restaurants, there are unsurprisingly plenty of foodie events coming up over the next few months in the region. Here we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.

Food & Garden Festival, 21-22 April

The Birds of Prey centre in Bedfordshire will be hosting their Food & Garden festival on 21-22 April to celebrate the best of seasonal spring produce. As well as plenty for the avid gardener and ferocious foodie, this year sees the arrival of a craft fair for the first time, showcasing plenty of gifts and treats. Why not pop into the Birds of Prey centre and activity farm at the same time? Find out more at

Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend, 4-7 May

Ely is preparing itself once again for its four day extravaganza to celebrate the origins of the humble eel. Organised by the Visit Ely team, Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend runs from 4 to 7 May. This year, as always, sees the return of the Eel Food Safari which runs all weekend where a selection of local food outlets provide special dishes inspired by the eel theme. The Eel Parade kicks off Saturday’s Eel Day with a colourful array of eels processing through Ely’s High Street, down to the river where a whole host of eel related activities take place. Special highlights include the British Town Criers’ Championships and the World Eel (toy) Throwing Competition.


Rounding up the weekend is the ever popular two day Food and Drink Festival now in its fifth year. Over 75 artisan and specialist food and drink traders will be showcasing their wares. There’s a great Street Food Scene, plus beer tent and cocktail bar with some easy listening, live music to enjoy. Back on St Mary’s Green is the Kitchen Pantry with a selection of goodies to help stock your pantry and this year’s Cookery Theatre will host celebrity haute cuisine teacher, Rosemary Shrager and the original TV Chef, Brian Turner who will be demonstrating a variety of dishes alongside some of our much loved local chefs. For the full Ely Eel Festival programme check out

The World Food Festival, 12 May

The World Food Festival, a celebration of cuisine from around the world, kicks off on Saturday 12 May in Welwyn Garden City. There’ll be plenty of food to try and buy as well as a cookery demonstration stage and live entertainment for the whole family. Find out more at

World Food Festival

Essex Fine Food Show, 12-13 May 

Chelmsford City Racecourse will be playing host to the Essex Fine Food Show on 12 and 13 May. Featuring James Martin and John Torode cooking live, this is a real one for the foodies out there. There will also be some demonstrations from top local chefs including Mick Binnington from The Windmill in Chatham Green, Adam Townsend from The New London in Chelmsford and local master butcher, David Innes. As always, there’ll also be plenty of food to try and buy and of course, live entertainment too. Find out more at:

Eat Cambridge Festival, 19 May

The annual Eat Cambridge Festival returns on 19 May with a huge foodie fair, followed by two weeks of foodie events. The festival celebrates Cambridgeshire’s delicious independent food scene. Highlights include pop-ups and supper clubs, food and wine tastings, cookery lessons, chef talks and demos alongside plenty of other things to tickle your tastebuds. Find out more at

Crab & Lobster Festival, 19-20 May

Cromer and Sheringham are partnering up again this year for their annual Crab & Lobster festival, celebrating the best of Norfolk’s catch, over the weekend of the 19 and 20 May. Enjoy a seaside variety concert at the Famous Pier Pavilion in Cromer, enjoy plenty of crab and lobster, watch cookery demonstrations and enjoy some of Norfolk’s finest food and drink. There’s also a crabbing and crab sandwich competition for those of you who enjoy a bit of healthy competition. Visit to find out more.

Taste of Sudbury, 20 May

Sunday 20 May also sees the Taste of Sudbury return for it’s 6th annual event. Enjoy watching some of Suffolk’s best foodie talent in cookery demonstrations, tuck into great Suffolk produce on Market Hill as it is filled with stalls, stands, funky vans and more selling delicious food and pop into St Peter’s Church to explore over 30 of the finest small-scale artisan producers. Find out more at:

Cambridgeshire Food Festival, 23-24 June

The ever-popular Cambridgeshire Food Festival returns to Peterborough on 23 and 24 June. It might be a long time away, but tickets sell out for this hotly anticipated event, so snap them up now. There’ll be plenty of great food and drink to sample and buy, plus amazing cookery demonstrations, free activities and more, including dancing. There are also camping tickets available for the whole weekend. This really is a weekend of foodie fun to remember. Find out more at

There’s foodie fun everywhere in the county this season. Find out about more events in your area.

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