Top 10 Food and Drink Festivals

Top 10 Food and Drink Festivals

Love food? Love beer? Read our pick of the best food and drink festivals taking place this summer across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex 


13-14 May, Essex Fine Food Show

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford CM3 1QP

Over 100 artisan food and drink producers will exhibit at this foodie event. There will be a huge offering of delicious food and drink plus cookware and cooking accessories and demonstrations from well known chefs including ITV’s ‘Lorraine’s’ Dean Edwards. It’s a great day out with friends; sip a glass of wine or champagne and a bite of lunch at the pop-up gourmet street food stands. Book your ticket at



18-21 May Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival at St. George’s Theatre

St George’s Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PG

Pop along and sample some of the 50 real ales, craft beers and ciders, with many coming from Norfolk & Suffolk’s growing number of micro brewers. The opportunity to enjoy seasonal ales will be a feature of the festival whilst the traditional live music will also form part of the three day event. Entry £2-£5.


20-21 May, Crab and Lobster Festival, Cromer and Sheringham

A lively weekend celebration of two fine North Norfolk coastal towns, Cromer & Sheringham. The Crab and Lobster festival is dedicated to promoting the local seafaring heritage and active fishing community.  There will be an opening concert with headliner Olly Day & Nigel Boy Syer, cookery theatre, kids activities, heritage demonstrations and more.


22-27 May, Cambridge Beer Festival, Jesus Green, Cambridge

First held in 1974, the festival has a long legacy. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draught beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter


25 May – 4 June, Norwich Ale Trail, Norwich

Norwich City of Ale is a 10-day celebration of local pubs, breweries and real ale taking place throughout the city. BBQs, live music and pub quizzes are among the festivities. Over 40 pubs take part in City of Ale, all offering local ales and running their own events and promotions throughout the celebration.


27-28 May Reepham Food Festival Town Centre, Reepham NR10 4 

Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, Reepham’s first food festival will showcase the best local producers, events and entertainment. If the ever-growing and hugely popular Reepham Music festival is anything to go by, this should be a fantastic event and the first of many.


30 May – 3 June, Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival

Town Centre, Colchester 

Enjoy a great selection of ales, ciders and perry, alongside live music. More details at


15-18 June German Bierfest Norwich  

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, NR2 1NY

A little piece of Germany will be landing in Norwich. Chill out in venue’s garden together with friends and family and get the refreshing vibe. Enjoy a bratwurst and one of three different specially-brewed Bavarian beers. In addition, you can visit our Fun Time Area and get yourself a Heidi wig in the special German souvenir house. In the evening, join the party in the Bier Tent – grab your Lederhosen or Dirndl and become part of the biggest party!

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24 June, Oundle Food Festival

Town Centre, Oundle 

The annual feature in food lovers’ diaries promises to be bigger and better than ever.  The highlight of the Festival is the very popular street market on Saturday 24 June when over 75 of the region’s finest independent food, drink and kitchenware producers fill the town’s Market Place and New Street, offering a chance to meet people who grow, raise, bake, brew, distil and make the range of treats on sale.

With music and dance from the Oundle Fringe Festival, street entertainment from Balls Up Juggling Club and pub games from World Conker Championships – this is a great family day out. 

The 2017 Festival is sponsored by Hambleton Bakery and AGA Oundle who have recently opened shops at Oundle Wharf. They, several other Oundle retailers and venues are running events, offers and Festival menus throughout the week preceding the street market. Keep an eye on our website and social media for details. More details at


2-3 September North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival 

Holkham Hall 

Set in the beautiful gardens of Holkham Hall, the festival is now in its eighth year. It features an ever-growing team of local food and drink producers who grow, rear, produce, supply and sell food in North Norfolk. Stall holders offer their products for sale including fresh meat and game, vegetables, cakes, artisan beer, bread, tarts, juices, cakes and bakes, chocolates and much more. A dazzling array of concessions offer delicious food for eating on site and entertainment ranges from the ever popular cookery theatre to children’s activities and face painting. Full details at

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