The Great British Food Festival

The Great British Food Festival – 2018

The Great British Food Festival established many years ago by our friends at Onionring Restaurant Guide with one event at Walton Gardens just outside Warrington and has steadily grown to now host 12 locations on the 2018 calendar.

One of the event organisers, Daniel Maycock says, “this year will be better and bigger than ever before ‘We are always keen to keep pushing the events on year on year, with that in mind we have added a Bake Stage at each event, which is more interactive and relaxed than the main stage, as well as a Drinks ‘Masterglass’ stage, where we will do tastings and talks. All included in the entry price. We hope to offer a fun foodie day out for the whole family.’”

The events which take the best elements of a food and drink festival and combines it with our love of fantastic heritage buildings and venues around the UK, have announced three new venues for this year; Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales (30th June – 1st July), Chiswick House in London (10th August- 12th August) and Floors Castle in the Scottish Boarders (8th-9th September).

Locations this year are:

For more information on dates and to find the closest region to you look here at :

There are over 75 different food producers and makers, craft and gift stalls and street food stalls will be in attendance at each venue, with Man V Food and Cake competitions, live music and kids entertainment, there is something for all the family. The highlight for many people are the fantastic chefs who will be demoing their skills on the main stages throughout each weekend. You can expect to see ex Bake Off Stars such as Francis Quinn, Luis Troyano, Jane Beedle, Sandy Docherty and Howard Middleton. Howard said ‘I’m really looking forward to coming back to do these events, they are such fun and always a lovely crowd, I especially like seeing, and trying, all the public creations in the cake off’.

So what can you expect if you visit one of their many events this year?

  • Well there is fantastic street food and drink available from local suppliers/vendors for you  to taste
  • Get some culinary tips and advice from the many live Chef Demonstrations
  • Have a go yourself with the free Bake-Off interactive back stage areas
  • Beers and Cocktails at the many niche bars
  • soak up the atmosphere with the live music and entertainment
  • Taste the Cake-Off creations
  • Men V Food competitions
  • Enjoy the views and surroundings in the grounds of the many stately homes that many of the festivals are at
  • Entertain and Occupy your kids 🙂

The main chef demo area hosts great local and tv chefs, all demos are free (as part of your admission ticket) to enter so everyone can pick up top foodie tips. There are also regular Artisan Foodie talks and the popular Great British Cake off and Men V’s Food for you to get involved with! The Great British Food Festival has attracted lots of producers showcasing the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink. It’s a great opportunity to get a real taste of the best of the Great British produce.

The events are usually open 10am-5pm on all event days. Your ticket is valid for any day of the festival, but only 1 day, unless otherwise stated. You can pay on the door or avoid any queues by purchasing a ticket online in advance.

For kids there are Circus Workshops, an Activity Zone, Treasure Hunt, craft activities all for free. Face painting and children’s cookery (must book – in advance or on the day), bouncy castles and fairground attractions are also available, charges apply. Most of our venues also include acres of stunning grounds to explore, run round in and generally burn off steam, often with an adventure playground thrown in for good measure! Please look at the “Venue Information” section for the Venue you are attending for more info. To find out more about our kids’ entertainment, click here.

If you are a trader email with details of what you do and a picture of your stall (if you have one). Hot food, drinks & Bar pitches are usually full very quickly so if we don’t reply we will keep you on file.


Checkout our review of last the Stoneyhurst College Food festival 2017

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