Three Upcoming Food Festivals North Of The Border

The name of this site might well be ‘Somerset: Cider and Cheese Fest’…

…but that doesn’t mean I’m completely blind to what’s going on in the rest of the country.

Just north of the Somerset border lies Bristol; a city, unitary authority area and county unto itself. In addition to being home to nearly half a million people, the city also plays host to dozens of massive cultural events that bring thousands of visitors in each year. Although you may well be intrigued by the likes of the ‘Bristol Improv Marathon‘ or ‘Love Saves The Day 2017‘, I know its really the food-based events you’re interested in. In the next few months, three major foodie events will be taking part in the city.

With Bristol only being a short drive from my base here in Somerset, you can bet that I’ll be attending at least one day of each and every one of these beauties:

Bristol Beer Festival – 23rd-25th March 2017

CAMRA are renowned organisers of legendary beer festivals – why? Well, it helps that they’re the largest Real Ale society in the entire world, operating in the country that invented the stuff. Dozens of breweries operate within the South West, for many the spiritual home for all things cider and ale related, so it would only make sense that Bristol’s Beer Festival would be the one to go to. More than 130 different varieties of real ales, as well as ciders and perries, will be present and correct in addition to a good selection of local food stalls. I’ll be taking my sous chef on a ‘business trip’ that will probably end rather messily…

[Note: Since writing this article, tickets have sold out for this event. Those wanting to go will have to wait another year!]

Foodies Festival – 12th-14th May 2017


The aptly named Foodies Festival is a lovely, big middle-class staple of the Bristol festival scene and each year the lineup gets even bigger. This year the festival will be bringing a Great British Bake Off Winner, as well as numerous Michelin star chefs and award winning chocolatiers. There are hundreds of products to try at the artisan food market as well as live music, activities for kids and international street food stalls. Chefs appearing this year include: Bake Off Winner Candice Brown and master chocolate maker Giona Sciolti and local boy Dean Edwards. There’ll be demonstrations galore as well as a chance to taste Michelin Starred food.

Bristol VegFest  – 20th-21st May 2017

Finally, I hear you cry, a food festival for Vegans! Joking aside, this event has become a veritable staple in the British Vegan’s calendar and also one of the cheapest (advance tickets will only set you back £6 for the day or a tenner for the whole weekend). The event is a truly national one, going on tour to both Brighton and London at other points in the year. Now in its 15th year, the festival is investing even more in the entertainment side of things, with London legends Dub Pistols joining DJ Danny Rampling and ZionRuts. During the day there are a tonne of food stalls to check out as well as a healthy selection of beers and ales – just don’t expect to find any meat there!