7 unmissable food festivals in 2020

10 unmissable food festivals in 2020

by Great British Chefs 09 January 2020

As we continue to attend festivals in our droves, we check out a few food festivals that will make a big splash in 2020.

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The national palate has no doubt changed over the last few decades. Good food used to be the preserve of expensive restaurants and home kitchens (if you were lucky), and we were happy to flirt with a lukewarm burger and food poisoning in most other situations. Now we demand good food wherever we go, even when we’re stomping about in the middle of a muddy field.

It’s no surprise that food and music festivals have come together, then. In recent years we’ve seen the rise of festivals like Wilderness and The Big Feastival that unite our love of music, culture and food, booking big lineups on the stage and in the kitchen. The banquets at Wilderness are among the most popular events at the whole festival, with tickets for dinner with the likes of Tom Brown, James Cochran and Angela Hartnett selling out in a matter of minutes.

There are still fully-fledged food festivals on the scene too – heavyweights like Taste of London and Meatopia draw in thousands upon thousands of hungry punters, and local food festivals all over the country do a fantastic job of promoting local business and produce. Our appetite for food festivals is only growing and 2020 promises to be a great year – let's take a look at a few of this year’s unmissable events.

Bigfoot Festival (19-21 June)


Bigfoot Festival is set to make a big splash in its debut year, with a hand-picked line up of top chefs and music acts coming to the Ragley Estate (above) in Warwickshire. Silo's Doug McMaster headlines the banqueting tent alongside Matt Orlando from Amass in Copenhagen and Chase Lovecky from Two Lights in London, with the three joining forces to host 'Blackout Dining' – a 200-strong banquet cooked without electricity and served on candlelit tables under the night sky. Fat White Family, Little Dragon and Hot Chip Megamix headline the main Bigfoot stage, with George Fitzgerald, Erol Alkan and Maribou State handling DJ duties into the late hours.


Taste of London (17-21 June)


The UK’s biggest food festival is only getting bigger and better – 2020 promises to be a landmark year with more demonstrations, workshops and dining experiences with hundreds of the best chefs and restaurants in the country.


Pub in the Park (Multiple dates)


Tom Kerridge’s cheerful little celebration has become one of the UK’s biggest food festivals, with multiple events happening all over the country throughout the year. The food lineup is always stellar, but it varies depending on which location you go to so always check the bill before you buy your ticket!


Big Feastival (28-30 August)


Remember Blur? Well, former bassist Alex James has a new hobby now – a huge party he throws every summer on his farm in the Cotswolds. If last year was anything to go by this one will be a blast – last summer’s line up included Rudimental, Elbow and Jess Glynne headlining on the music front, and the likes of Daniel Clifford, Robin Gill, Chantelle Nicholson and Raymond Blanc rattling the pans.


Wilderness Festival (30 July-2 August)


Wilderness definitely has a younger vibe than Big Feastival – last year DJs like Eats Everything, Groove Armada and Honey Dijon led the way on a bill that was predominantly electronic music. That said, there is something for everyone here – enough pop, indie and alternative music to please most people and some seriously good chefs serving up food, all under the woodland canopy of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire.


Meatopia (4-6 September)


With veganism and sustainable eating entering the public consciousness, Meatopia finds itself in an interesting position this year. This remains one of the landmark food festivals of the year, but it will be interesting to see how the festival pivots to adapt to the changing culinary climate.


Smoked & Uncut (20 June, 11 July and 25 July)


One of the newer festivals on the circuit, Smoked & Uncut has grown from an acoustic Sunday session in a bar to a fully-fledged festival, mixing great music, great food and spectacular West Country backdrops over three summer weekends. The food has a distinct southwest flair to it – seafood legend Mitch Tonks and Angela Hartnett were on the pans last year, and the latter will likely be back again with the 25 July event taking place at Lime Wood Hotel.


Food Rocks (TBA)


Mark Hix closed his legendary Soho restaurant at the end of 2019, and he’s going full steam ahead with Food Rocks – a food festival which is already on its way to becoming equally beloved. Gil Mellor, Steven Lamb and Richard Bertinet joined Mark in Lyme Regis last year, so expect more of the same in 2020, with all money raised going to the RNLI and the Fishermen’s Mission.


Eat Drink Bristol Fashion (2-3 May)


Eat Drink Bristol Fashion is returning in 2020, courtesy of The Pony & Trap’s Josh Eggleton and Valley Fest founder Luke Hasell. Bristol boasts one of the most exciting food scenes in the country, and Eat Drink Bristol Fashion is a proud display of the city’s culinary prowess, with producers, vendors and chefs gathering together for a weekend of talks, workshops and great food and drink.


Christchurch Food Festival (8-10 May)


Beautiful Christchurch hosts an increasingly popular food festival on the south Dorset coast every year, and this year will be the biggest yet. Rosemary Schrager and Cyrus Todiwala join a host of local chefs for a weekend of great food, demonstrations and tastings.