English Food Festivals - A Slice of Life

English food festivals are now held in towns and villages all over the country – from London to Lancashire. They’re well worth a visit, especially if you want to try some typical English food.

Ludlow – Slow Food in a Slow Town

One of the best has to be the Ludlow Food Festival, which takes place each September in the lovely Shropshire market town of Ludlow. The town has a reputation for gourmet cuisine, with a Michelin starred restaurant, lots of independent shops and a thriving farmers’ market.

If you're in London in the summer, then the Taste of London festival (20-23rd June 2013) offers a great chance to sample dishes from 40 of the capital's finest restaurants. Held in Regents Park, top chefs including Michel Roux Jr will take to the stage, there'll be stalls selling artisan produce and a champagne tasting masterclass.

Beside the Seaside

Many of these culinary celebrations are held in coastal towns – and, as you’d expect, they're are devoted to seafood. Down in Cornwall, for instance, you could go to the Newquay Fish Festival, while if you’re in East Sussex you could spend a day in picturesque Rye during its annual Scallop Festival. If you fancy trying some fresh oysters, then make for Whitstable on the Kent coast. It holds an Oyster Fair each July - which attracts plenty of amorous couples.

Eccentric England

Some of these English food festivals have a wonderfully eccentric sound – like the annual Festival of Rhubarb, which is held in Wakefield in Yorkshire. It focuses on pink forced rhubarb – which has a delicate flavour that many celebrity chefs have recently re-discovered.

Hampshire stages an annual celebration of watercress of all things - it's the county's traditional crop - and the Vale of Evesham does the same for its delicious locally grown asparagus. However, the prize for wackiest event of all is a draw between the Liquorice Fest in Pontefract (a town in Yorkshire, once famed for its eponymous Pontefract Cakes) and a quirky Marmalade Festival that’s held in England’s Lake District.

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