We’re spoilt for choice for foodie fun this month…

Real Food Festival
3rd-6th May 2013
Southbank Centre
This free festival will be taking over Southbank at the start of the month, showcasing small producers plus the most creative street food vendors on the scene, top chefs, live animals and music. Sample hand-made chocolates, artisan cheeses, chutneys, sausages, olive oils, charcuterie, regional specialities – the best in passion-driven, sustainably and ethically produced food. The festival is run in association with Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest and most important arts and cultural centre – why not come along on the Bank Holiday and stroll beside the river, taking in the fantastic sights and smells?

4th May 2013
Torquay Harbourside & Cary Gardens
The May Bank Holiday weekend looks set to be a superb affair down on the ‘English Riviera’. This year’s Torq-Eat festival promises street entertainment, activities for kids, and a host of exciting events set to take place in the cookery theatre, as well as the new Torq-Eat restaurant trail.

Christchurch Food & Wine Festival
10th-19th May 2013
Location Christchurch Town Centre
How about 11 days of diverse foodie events and a host of entertainment? Expect everything from live jazz, church concerts, seafood, chocolate workshops and car rallies, to a kids’ kitchen, foodie market, Sailor Jerry Caribbean pirate party, asparagus tasting, 40s night and bake weekend at the Christchurch festival. Chefs such as television’s James Martin will be taking centre stage for cookery demonstrations too.

Grillstock Bristol
11th & 12th May 2013
Location Lloyds Amphitheatre
‘Meat, music, mayhem’. What a billing! Grillstock in Bristol is set to attract thousands of music and meat lovers next month, with a fantastic array of barbecued treats and music from Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, The Hot Tin Roofs and The Radio Nasties. Get your Southern soul on!

Birmingham Caribbean Festival
16th-18th May 2013
Location Victoria Square, Birmingham
Expect a hearty taste of the Caribbean at Victoria Square, which will become a hive of activity next month. As well as cuisine from sunny climes, there will be art, music, craft and culture. Try your hand at basket or jewellery making, African drumming, or maybe a dance workshop. As well as the traditional jerk stalls, this year there will be a wider range of cuisine on offer, including vegan meals and snacks, jelly coconut and traditional Caribbean sweets. Making an appearance will be: Carib Grill, Baileys Caribbean, Caribbean Express, Island Delight, Charmain’s Kitchen. Look forward to poetry, dance and comedy too!

Jersey Food Festival
18th-26th May 2013
St Helier
Hurray for the sunny Channel Island dedicating a whole week to celebrating its eponymous potatoes, delicious dairy produce and lovely local seafood. Visitors can look forward to farm and dairy tours this year, in addition to low-water walks and an alfresco event in St Helier.

St Ives Food & Drink Festival
18th & 19th May 2013
Location Porthminster Beach
A celebration of Cornwall’s finest chefs and foodie producers, with marquees, events, demos and activities allowing you to taste, try and buy the best the county has to offer. This year the festival is brought to you in association with Porthminster Beach Café, and will be held on the beach – sounds divine!

Derbyshire Food and Drink Festival
18th & 19th May 2013
Location Elvaston Castle Country Park
150 stalls showcasing exciting and exotic foods alongside the very best of produce from the beautiful Derbyshire and Peak District area. Observe the cookery theatre, where Valentine Warner will be sharing his skills, or perhaps visit the arts and crafts marquee. Visitors will have the chance to wander the grounds, and they will also be able to take advantage of a convenient free shuttle running from the city centre.

Crab & Lobster Festival
18th & 19th May 2013
Location Cromer & Sheringham
Historically, these two fishing towns have been great rivals, so depending on how you want to look at it, they’ll be going toe-to-toe, or joining forces at the Crab & Lobster Festival next month. Either way, this looks set to be a real seaside treat for the folk of Norfolk, with food, art and music. Both celeb and local chefs will appear at this three-day event, cooking their favourite lobster and crab recipes. Why not take part in the World Pier Crabbing Championships while you’re there? And make sure you pose for your own giant cut-out seaside postcard.

Loch Fyne Food Fair
Date 18th & 19th May 2013
Location Fields beside Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow
Our favourite seafood specialists, Loch Fyne, will be hosting a superb event next month, featuring Winston Churchill Venison, Great Glen Game, Fyne Preserves, Crystal Shortbread, Thistly Cross Cider and Dandelion Bakery, alongside its own seafood stalls. From 11am-6pm, it’s completely free to get in! There will also be live music, a craft tent, a climbing wall and trampolines for the little ones. An evening dinner event on the Saturday will showcase the best of Celtic fare – book while you can.

Alresford Watercress Festival
19th May 2013
This big old street party is a lovely way to welcome the spring, and it’s free. The quaint Arlesford Watercress Festival sees jazz musicians, Morris-dancers, and the ‘Watercress King and Queen’ giving out the first of the season’s harvest to festival-goers. There’s also a huge food market in the town centre.

© Roy Gentry

Cornwall Asparagus Festival
19th May 2013
Location Penventon Park Hotel
This seasonal delicacy is so well-loved, it’s earned itself its own festival, complete with chef cookery demonstrations, market stalls, and show-stopping recipes to take away and try at home. There will also be a talk from one of Cornwall’s top asparagus growers. Despite its short season, Cornish asaparagus is hailed by many chefs as one of the best asparagus varieties in the world. Pick up hints and tips, learn new skills, try the asparagus lunch menu or take a stroll around the luxurious hotel grounds. The brain-child of Penventon head chef Joe Lado Devesa, this festival is completely free. Why not pop along to the mysterious-sounding asparagus challenge?

Foodies Festival
25th-27th May 2013
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
Want to gain the skills to help you cook at home with the flair and creativity of a top chef? Then head to Foodies at Hampton Court Palace next month, and see demonstrations by The Cinnamon Club’s Vivek Singh, MasterChef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo, and James Cornwall and Tim Hughes of J Sheekey. Oenophiles will enjoy honing their food and wine matching skills, while the youngsters will learn their first dishes in the Children’s Cookery Theatre. Of course, if that isn’t enough, there’s always the beautiful Hampton Court Palace grounds to keep you occupied.


Foodies Festival will be travelling around the country this summer, and we have five pairs of tickets to give away! To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the BRISTOL festival, all you have to do is answer this super-simple question:

When will the Foodies Festival be at Bristol Harbourside?

Send your answer to us at [email protected], along with your name and contact details.

1. Entries must be received via [email protected] and are restricted to one per person.
2. We reserve the right to pass on your contact details to a third party (Foodies Festival).
3. All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday 26th May 2013.
4. The winner is entitled to one pair of tickets, for the Bristol Foodies Festival 2013 at Bristol Harbourside.
5. This prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

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