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The Cotswolds: Food Festivals

Check out our guide to the best

Wilderness Festival 

3rd-6th August 

With this year’s line up including some serious culinary hard-hitters such as Yottam Ottolenghi, Angela Hartnett, Petersham Nurseries and Baoit’s almost worth heading to Wilderness Festival for the the food alone. Wilderness is the perfect festival for people who want to experience more than just the music and even though this year Michale Kiwanuku, Grace Jones, Frist Aid Kit and Bonobo are just a few of the artists taking to the stage this summer, the talks and debates, theatre and workshops provide great alternatives for the ultimate culture-seekers.

Yarrow Cottage is a mere fifteen minute drive from the festival so if you’re not a happy camper and would prefer to stay off site, Beachspoke has the ultimate solution. You may also be the type of person who loathes returning to work more tired than before you left in which case a post festival stop detox will allow you time to recharge and most importantly, shower and bathe in our glorious copper bath before returning to the reality of everyday life.

stay at Yarrow Cottage for Wilderness Festival

The Big Feastival

25th-27th August

The Big Feastival is the music-foodie brainchild of Jamie Oliver and Alex James (yes! from Blur – he now make cheese). The event is a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm a short 6 minute drive from Yarrow. Visitors can enjoy demos from top chefs including Jamie Oliver, Raymond Blanc and Monica Galetti among others, and sample the cream of the UK’s street food crop such as Breddos Tacos, Patty & Bun & Farrang. This year the festival will also feature live music from the likes of Olly Murs, De La Souand Louisa Johnson, among others. You can browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Visitors can come for the day which is perfect for any Beachspoke guest who can simply order a taxi from one of the numbers provided to ferry you to and from the festival.

Jamie Oliver and Alex James Food Festival is a six minute drive from Beachspoke's Yarrow Cottage. The perfect escape for guests who do not want to camp

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

27th-29th May

This will be the third year Blenheim Palace hosts its hugely popular food festival after the 23,000 strong attendance in 2016. With 140 stalls offering local produce and a wide range of food and drink you won’t find in many high street supermarkets, guest chefs are set to include much loved celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Noveli, 2016 Masterchef finalists Billy and Jack as well as healthy eating expert Hannah Sillitoe. Blenheim is a recommended ‘must-visit’ for any Beachspoke guest’s staying at Yarrow Cottage being a short 18min drive from the property so if you’re a passionate foodie, be sure to plan your trip accordingly.

Entry to the food festival is included in the admission ticket to the Palace – and the talks, tastings and demos are also free.Full details of the line-up of chefs appearing in the Talks, Tasting and Demo Hub will be published closer to the event – but look out for some of our well-known TV chefs and Masterchef and Bake-Off contestants. There will also be strolling musicians, children’s storytellers, face painting and garden games making this the ultimate trip for the family.

Blenheim Palace Food Festival is the perfect trip from Yarrow Cottage

 

  The Oxford Food Festival

1st – 3rd September

Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, returns to Oxford South Parks this September for its seventh consecutive year. Each year, tens-of-thousands of visitors flock from the surrounding areas to enjoy a vast array of culinary activities, including demonstrations from top chefs in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre – and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre. A new Tasting Theatre with masterclasses designed by bloggers and experts will introduce festival-goers to the latest foods and flavours including Raw Food, Japanese Soul and Vegan. Local experts will also guide visitors through Oyster Shucking, Mushroom Foraging and Bee Keeping. The Cake and Bake Theatre will appeal to passionate bakers with 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making, Sugar-Crafting and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and ingredients. And there’s plenty more besides to sink your teeth into.

The Oxford Foodies Festival

The Daylesford Summer Festival

20th May

The Daylesford Summer Festival has fast become a highlight of the year amongst the local Churchill Community.  A day that sees the Cotswold farm come to life with stalls, workshops, debates, crafts, farm tours, dog shows, singing, dancing and of course an array of delicious food – it is a day not to be missed. Each year we welcome guests of all ages to celebrate new life in the garden and on the pastures and each year we are blown away by that festival-feeling of great joy and positivity that exudes from the day.

This year our Summer Festival will be taking place on Saturday 20th May. Everyone is welcome but if you are wishing to attend, please do register.

Dayelsford summer festival is the perfect Beachspoke trip from Yarrow Cottage

 

The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

9th-11th June

The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival celebrates the best cuisine in the Cotswolds and the surrounding regions. The three-day festival will feature celebrity and local chefs, over 200 fine food and drink exhibitors, the opportunity to taste speciality real ale, fine wines, and champagne and watch chefs demonstrating their culinary skills in the beautiful surroundings of Montpellier Gardens. A little further a field, Cheltenham is about a 40 minute drive from Yarrow but it’s well worth a trip to visit the beautiful town whether or not you’re heading there for the food! 

Cheltneham Food and Drink Festival