Autumn-Christmas food and drink festivals in the UK

As the weather begins to get colder, comforting food and drink become a necessity. Check out our recommendations for the best UK food and drink festivals across autumn and winter.

Autumn is a great time for food festivals, with autumnal delights being sold alongside traditional Christmas goodies as winter approaches. You’ll find local foods and speciality produce, including artisan cheeses, oils, chutneys and liqueurs. Feel virtuous buying local produce from small businesses, while enjoying an amazing variety of sumptuous flavours and textures.

It’s worth mentioning that drivers shouldn’t drink any alcohol at any of these events before getting behind the wheel – leave that to the passengers!

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Craft Beer Experience Festival, Edinburgh

Dates: 15-17 November 2018

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Beer lovers will enjoy this fantastic three-day festival with craft breweries spread across a three-story building. You can join beer masterclasses, or take part in quizzes. There’s also music and entertainment while you peruse the delights on offer from local food vendors. Over 20 breweries will attend, with a focus on Scottish beers. Ciders and spirits are available for sampling too!

Foodies Festival Christmas, Cheshire

Dates: 16-18 November 2018

This year the Foodies Festival Christmas takes place at Tatton Park, a Neo-Classical Mansion in Cheshire with extensive gardens and grounds. Visitors will be able to try recipes created by top chefs, watch experts at work in the Chef’s Theatre, or admire patisserie chefs making delicious treats in the Cakes and Desserts Theatre. Additionally, there are workshops, champagne tastings and Christmas-themed cocktails to enjoy.

Chocfest 2018, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Dates: 17th -18th Nov 2018

Chocfest is an annual event celebrating chocolate in all its forms. Already sound good? Among the many delights on offer, there’s a chocolate truffle making workshop, speciality chocolates, and artisan cocoa drinks. Exhibitors sell chocolate cakes, pancakes, tarts, liqueurs, desserts, marshmallows, biscuits and so much more. Every chocoholic’s dream! Even traditionally savoury foods will have a chocolate twist. Experience chocolate flavoured pizzas, pies, kebabs, wine and beer. Visit the dedicated Spirits Hall offering all your favourite autumn tipples and enjoy chocolate workshops and demonstrations led by skilled chocolatiers.

Rufford Abbey Christmas Market, Nottinghamshire

Dates: 17-18 November and 24-25 December 2018

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Over 100 exhibitors will be appearing at Rufford Abbey Christmas Market this year, offering a range of artisan foods, drinks, gifts, and jewelry. Sample cheeses and chillis; specialty wines and fancy oils. Hot food stalls will be offering tasty treats, and you can enjoy seasonal mulled wine as well as other alcoholic beverages to warm your spirits in the cool autumn air.

Brighton Vegan Festival, East Sussex

Date: 18 November 2018

This vegan food festival has around 100 stalls, packed with vegan foods, clothes and wellness products. The event raises money for Farplace Animal Rescue, and will feature talks about vegan living, diet, the environment, sustainable living, and animal welfare.

Derby Christmas Chilli Fiesta

Date: 1 December 2018

Chilli food creators from across Britain will be at this Chilli Fiesta in December, located inside the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Visitors can sample curries, spicy dishes, chilli sauces, pickles, and salsas. Where better to be ‘chilli’ in December! You can also watch the ‘Clash of The Titans’, the Fiesta’s infamous chilli eating competition. In true Christmas spirit, the funds raised from the event support Derby museums.

The Wine Gang Winter Wine Festival, London

Date: 1 December 2018

In preparation for Wine-ter, enjoy your favourite wines and sample new flavours at this cultured event in London. There are delicious wine tastings to experience, in a fun and informal environment.

Cambridgeshire Christmas Crafts & Food Fair

Dates: 8-9 December 2018

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Visit Cambridgeshire Christmas Crafts & Food Fair in Godmanchester for a variety of artisan food and drinks, as well as arts, craft and gift stalls. With over 100 stalls, there’s plenty of choice and variety. It’s the perfect place to try new foods while indulging in a touch of Christmas shopping.

Berkshire Christmas Fair

Dates: 9-11 December 2018

Indulge yourself in a full range of catering as well as a licensed bar at the Berkshire Christmas Fair, near Reading, this December. You can sample new and unusual foods and drinks, while buying crafts, seasonal gifts, and home products. An ideal event to relax at and revel in the festive atmosphere!