As summer draws to a close and festival season no longer promises long days of sunshine (not that they ever did in the UK), it’s time to accept that autumn and winter are just around the corner. It’s a tough time of year for anyone, but it doesn’t mean you need to shut yourself in, as the festivals surrounding food and drink are here to keep your weekends occupied and your stomach satisfied. With most even combining live music and entertainment with food and drink, dinner with a show is now on the menu over the next few months. Let the comfort eating commence, bon appetit!
Bristol Craft Beer Festival
Friday 15th - Sunday 15th September
Calling all beer fans! Bristol’s huge Motion venue is to host an even huger festival dedicated to craft beers and ales. Celebrating the craft and magic put into turning hops into the most celebrated drink of history, there will be 25 breweries pouring over 200 different beers - any beer fanatics dream.
Saturday 17th September
Canal Mills, Leeds
Hardcore cheese fans, brace yourselves, because Canal Mills is to host an entire day dedicated to the stringy, gooey, loveliness. Expect traditional Mozzarella sticks as well as the new trend of Halloumi fries and cheese as you’d never think to have it. All accompanied with carefully selected beers and wines to compliment the various creamy curds.
StrEAT Food & Family Fun Festival
Thursday 22 - Sunday 24 September
Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon
Promising to bring the best street vendors on offer to Newby Hall and Gardens, as well as some stellar live music, as the likes of nineties favourites 5ive, DJ sets from Fun Lovin’ Criminal and BBC presenter Huey Morgan as well as fellow BBC personality Scott Mills are all set to appear, StrEAT Food offers some wholesome family fun with an abundance of food, films, music and more.
Saturday 14th October
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Not only will your garage rock needs be catered to with a headline slot from The Wytches, so will your actual catering needs at this all day party hosted by Pizza For The People (their name is a dead giveaway as to what they’re about). Expect only the best in local food stalls, and with a lineup consisting of Thee MVPs, Colour Of Spring, Vulgarians and more, you can feast on meaty riffs as well as some meaty goods.
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th October and Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October
South Bank Depot, Leeds
Back by popular demand, and also doubled in size due to popular demand, the biggest German festival of the world comes to Leeds! Now at the bigger venue of Globe Road’s South Bank Depot, beers and bratwursts are to be consumed and good times are to be had with the accompaniment of a traditional Bavarian oompah band and lederhosen donned staff.
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th October
Albert Hall, Manchester
As well as keeping the tradition of the Bavarian Oktoberfest, Manchester’s version decides to add in some sweet DJs with the likes of Norman Jay MBE spinning some soul grooves in the company of brass band Twisted Tubes on the Friday, and Saturday sees the Charlatans’ Tim Burgess taking to the wax for an Indie Disko and Marshall Jefferson delivering house in its original form.
Friday 20th - Saturday 21st October
Skipton Town Hall, Skipton
While there will be steins a plenty at Skipton’s answer to the famous German festival which celebrates Bavarian culture, award winning German butchers will also be offering the best cuts of their prize meat in bratwursts and traditional pretzels will be served to soak up all of that alcohol. On top of that, it wouldn’t be bavarian without an Oompah band and lederhosen, with the best dressed winning a prize.
Photo courtesy of StrEAT Food and Family Festival.