Food Festivals with Kids Handy for Luxury Family Hotels
As the season of summer festival fever approaches, we've taken a look at some great food festivals for families within easy reach of our seven child-friendly hotels. Unlike music festivals, these don't require late nights or rude dawn awakenings under a layer of soggy canvas. And most importantly for the foodie families who flock to Luxury Family Hotels for their great dining and wine, they include lots of opportunity to feast on local goodies!
There follows our top choices around the UK for 2014, in order of date.
What: Christchurch Food & Wine Festival, Hampshire
Handy for: New Park Manor
When: 10–11 May
This hugely popular, award-winning festival focused around a two-day market includes a demonstration by Cyrus Todiwala, a Kids' Kitchen with workshops for budding junior chefs (book through the website), a Taste Trail and a Real Ale Trail. If you miss it, the Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival in June is another fantastic family day out.
What: Melksham Food & Drink Festival, Wiltshire
Handy for: Woolley Grange Hotel
When: 15 June
This one-day event celebrates its sixth birthday in 2014 with more than 70 local food and drink stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and children’s activities, in the grounds of Melksham House. There'll also be other events spilling into the week surrounding the festival.
What: Megavissey Feast Week, Cornwall
Handy for: Fowey Hall Hotel
When: 29 June–4 July
Thought to be Cornwall's oldest festival, this week-long gastronomic jamboree focused on fish includes demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment, competitions and teas, crab-catching on the harbour, parades, boat and raft races, a fete, a floral dance, a ceilidh and a firework display.
What: Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth
Handy for: Moonfleet Manor Hotel
When: 12–13 July
This festival brings champagne, seafood and family entertainment to Weymouth’s historic harbourside, with almost 100 stalls, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, the Dorset Young Seafood MasterChef of the Year contest judged by Mark Hix, plus rock pooling, crabbing and games. The event helps raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission charity.
What: Gloucester Quays Food Festival, Gloucestershire
Handy for: Thornbury Castle Hotel
When: 18–20 July
Showcasing home-grown Gloucestershire and Cotswolds produce as well as food and drink from all over the UK, this three-day festival features food stalls, a ‘village green' with Punch & Judy and traditional games, a music and entertainment stage, cooking demos by celebrity chefs and a family zone with children's cookery.
What: Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, Suffolk
Handy for: The Ickworth Hotel
When: 27–28 Sept
A packed program of cookery demonstrations, workshops and fringe events drew more families than ever before to last year's incarnation of this popular festival, which includes children's activities and farm visits on its 2014 schedule.
Image: Fireworks over Mevagissey ©2011 Sally Mitchell