Top 10 Food and Drink Festivals September 2017

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With September upon us why not take a visit to one or more of the food and drinks festival across East Anglia. Here are just a few to enjoy……

Written by James Atkinson

Bedfordshire food festivals 

The Bedford Chilli Fiesta, Saturday 30 September 2017


Time: 10am – 5pm | Price: Free entry | Location: The Harpur Suite, Bedford, MK40 1LE

Things are heating up with the return of the annual Chilli Fiesta. Let’s celebrate all things chilli! Everything about this fiesta packs a punch from chilli beer, pizza, jams, and cheese or why not buy some chilli? Come on down and get those taste buds warmed up (literally!) – you won’t be disappointed!

Cambridge Food and Drink 

Cambridge Food Garden and Produce Show, 16 – 17 September 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm | Price: Free entry | Location: Parkers piece, Cambridge

A day of astronomic delights is being hosted in the heart of Cambridge. With cookery demonstrations from well-known chefs to learning how to grow your own veg – in addition you will be able to purchase fresh produce from local supplier in the Eastern region as well as a selection of arts and crafts!

The Gog Magog Farm Shop Sundowner Sessions, 1 & 15 September

Time: 7pm | Location: Heath Farm, Babraham Rd, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AD

The Sundowner Session at the Gog Farmshop is simply brilliant. What better way to unwind than chilling out with music while feasting on the delights at The Gogs kitchen? Lean back with a glass of fizz and watch the sunset.  For tickets and information visit: 

Food and Drink Festivals in Essex

The Witham Public Hall Real Ale Festival, 29-30 September

Time:  Midday – 11pm | Price: £3 entry (with £1 refund for return of glass!) | Location: Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2DY

Did some say “Real Ale?” Thought so! If it’s a good beer festival you’re are looking for then here it is with over 30 ales, Perry’s and ciders. It is all here for tasting! A great way to spend quality time with friends and family over a good beer and live music! Perfect!

Coggeshall Food and Drink Festival,  30 September – 1 October

Time: 11am – 5pm | Price: Free entry | Location: West Street Vineyard, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS

Come and experience food and drink in all its glory at the West Street Vineyard. Take your time to stroll your way around the many food and drinks stalls…maybe a few tasters will help you on your way round! 

A personal recommendation; head over to the Lamb Charceturie Company for a taster of their lamb salami for something a little different! Or for those with an arty eye pop in and check out all the gorgeous handmade crafts and gifts – you’ll find it hard to resist a purchase! And if you feel you need to take the weight off your feet relax in the food court and listen to some live music!

Barleylands Farmer’s Market, 30 September

Time: 08.30am – 12.30pm | Price: Free entry | Location:  Barleylands, Southend Road, Bilericay, Essex, CM11 2UQ

Farmer’s markets are a great way to meet and sample food from local suppliers. Barleylands has everything you need from fish, meat, game and an array of jams and chutneys! Or have a sweet treat with its selection of cakes. It’s perfect for stocking your pantry with wonderful fresh and locally sourced produce.


Norfolk food and drink festivals 

North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival –  2-3 September

Location: Holkham Hall

Set within the gorgeous walled garden at Holkham Hall you will find the North Norfolk Food and Drink festival. If its fresh local produce and a great day out you’re looking for then look no further than this festival. Products range from meat, vegetables and all sorts of baked treats – come and explore what’s in store at this jewel of Norfolk! 

Harvest Veggie Fest, 23 September  

Time: 10am – 3pm | Price: Free Entry  | Location: Wymondham Abbey, Church Street, Norfolk, NR18 0PH

The Harvest Veggie Fest is a celebration of all things vegan and vegetarian. If you’d like to try something new and a little different or simply love trying a range of food then take the time to meander and sample all the tasty foods on offer! Why not have a go in the raffle – you never know your luck!

Suffolk food and drink festivals 

The Lavenham Farmer’s Market, 24 September

Time: 10am – 1.30pm | Price: Free entry | Location: Lavenham Village Hall, CO10 9QT

Recently voted the best food market in Suffolk by radio 4! Everything about this is quintessentially British. A picturesque market town and superb location are the setting for the sales of delightful local produce. If you want to learn something different, in the upstairs of the Hall, you can find jam making or foraging workshops – a must for all buddying cooks!

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival – 23-24 September

Price: Tickets available online | Location: The Snape Maltings

What’s better than a relaxing weekend on the picturesque Suffolk coast? A Food and Drink Festival thrown into the mix! Make your way to the idyllic Snape Maltings and leisurely wander around and browse over 90 food and drink producers from the local area. Among the many activities you can see some great chefs like Valentine Warner and Thomasina Miers in action!


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