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Three Must-Visit Food Festivals for Summer 2015Summer festival season is in full flow and whilst for many of you that might mean kicking back and enjoying the bands, performances and ambiance of the many UK music festivals, the foodies out there will be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of several food-focused events that occur throughout summer. At the start of the year, we tipped you off about awesome urban food festivals to visit in 2015 and now, six months down the line, we’re giving you the heads up about three of the best food festivals to check out this summer…
Sandringham Food & Drink Festival 2015What is it? Two-day celebration of all things great about British food, held at the Queen’s Norfolk estate. Where is it? Sandringham Park, Norfolk, PE35 6EN When is it? 8 – 9 August 2015 Free Entry? Nope, but it is great value for money with tickets priced at £8 for adults, £7 for seniors, and £3 for children. What better way to celebrate the culinary wonders of this sceptered isle than in the very regal surroundings of Her Maj’s gigantic Sandringham estate? Organised by Living Heritage Events, this two-day festival features a range of food halls dotted around the splendidly manicured lawns and gardens of the estate, each of which is packed with fare ranging from artisan bread and Caribbean favourites , right through to craft ales and Belgian chocolates. There’s also two main ‘food theatres’ in which a selection of TV chefs (including none other than Levi Roots!) will give demonstrations across each day. This rural foodie fest is handy for picking up raw ingredients such as grain, rustic flour and wheat, all of which are great for making homemade bread in the Tower Digital Bread Maker with Nut Dispenser. Add to this a range of family entertainment including craft workshops, chainsaw carving and bee keeping, and you can see why this festival is one of our favourites!
The Great British Food Festival 2015What is it? Three-day event held in the grounds of the historic Grade I listed country pile, Dalemain House, Cumbria. Where is it? Dalemain Estate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB When is it? August Bank Holiday – 29/30/31 August 2015 Free Entry? On day prices are: Adult £7.50, Children £3.50 (5-12, under 5s free), Family ticket £20 (2 adults, 3 children). Part of the on-going Great British Food Festivals series, the Dalemain Estate Food Festival promises a bank holiday weekend packed full of delicious, regional and international cuisine, ales, and the legendary ‘taste marquees’ hosting a selection of local food and drink producers from across Cumbria and surrounding areas. This festival is both pet and child friendly thanks to the expansive, green and pleasant grounds in which the event is held. Not only that, there’s also free craft and circus skills workshops and cookery classes to keep the youngsters busy, whilst the Men vs. Food Challenges provide the perfect opportunity for the alpha males in attendance to pit their fodder-dispatching skills against each other. This festival is a great place to pick up some choice cuts that are perfect for use with Tower Grills. Team them with our Alfresco Dining Tips this summer and you’ll have your guests coming back time and time again.
Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2015What is it? Nationally acclaimed annual ‘gastr-avaganza’ that has been running for 18 years and takes over Manchester city centre and beyond. Where is it? Albert Square, Manchester (main ‘Festival Hub’) and multiple venues across the city. When is it? 10 – 21 September 2015. Free Entry? In the main, yes, although specific events do require advance tickets (see Manchester Food Festival’s Box Office section for details). Manchester is generally more noted for its music scene than its food but that’s changed over the past 17 years or so, thanks in part to the efforts of the much-vaunted Manchester Food & Drink Festival. A sprawling event that seeps into every corner of the sprawling cityscape, this festival has to be one of the most comprehensive out there. Not so much a single event but a collection of mind and pallet-expanding culinary shindig, MFDF has something for everyone across the myriad of venues that play host across the 11-day foodie extravaganza. Expect one-off lectures and dining events including the first ever ‘Bio-Historic Banquet’ at Manchester Museum, pop-up food villages featuring Britain’s leading artisan cuisine vendors, live music and world famous Djs, and everything in between! If you love food and new experiences, this is one you don’t want to miss. ! If you own a Tower Pressure Cooker (and if not, why not?) this festival is a great opportunity to stock up on fresh fish from artisan vendors in readiness to make tasty seafood dishes such as our Super Simmered Squid. Those are our summer favourites listed but if you know of any we might have missed feel free to hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll do our best to include them in our next round-up. If you can't make any of those however and would rather host your own outdoor foodie get-together then take a look at our fabulous Alfresco Dining Guide.
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