Britain's summer festival scene now feels like it's as much about the food as the music. If you want to know where you should be setting up your tent this summer, here's our guide to the best music festivals for foodies.
Where: Alex James’ Farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire
When: 23-25 August 2019
Ticket price: Day tickets start at £62 and Camping starts at £180.
Who's playing? Elbow, Jess Glynne, Rudimental, The Zutons
What's there to entice foodies? You'd expect a festival run by Blur guitarist turned cheesemonger Alex James to go big on food and this year's line-up doesn't disappoint. There's pop-up restaurants from Le Swine, Claw and Le Bab, among others, a collaboration kitchen run by Action Against Hunger, and the street food line-up includes Burger & Beyond, Farang, Sub Cult and Rainbo. Oh and a Veuve Clicquot VIP Lounge, Alex James cheese hub and much more.
Where: Hawarden Estate, Flintshire
When: 12-15 September 2019
Ticket price: Day ticket £75, weekend ticket with camping £179
Who's playing? International Teachers of Pop, Snapped Ankles, Will Burns + Hannah Peel
What's there to entice foodies? this boutique festival's food offering is Campfire Cooking with chefs, restaurateurs and food writers taking part including Honey & Co, Olia Hercules, Signe Johansen and The Ethicurean. There'll also be a series of feasts and food workshops - tbc.
Where: Woodland in Lincolnshire
When: 22-25 August 2019
Ticket price: Tickets £185
Who's playing? Maribou State, Bicep, Little Dragon, Richie Hawtin
What's there to entice foodies? Well how about Dishoom’s only festival outpost along with The Permit Room Bar feauturing a line-up of South Asian artists? They'll also be serving up banquets by Merlin Labron-Johnson and Jackson Boxer, Neil Rankin's Temper and a Hawksmoor Sunday Roast, plus food from Burger & Beyond, Happy Endings, Piadina Project and more.
Where: Various locations
When: 17 May - 15 September
Ticket price: £45
Who's playing? Depending on the venue - David Gray, Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley, Fun Lovin’ Criminals
What's there to entice foodies? There'll be pop-up pubs from Kerridge’s two Michelin starred The Hand & Flowers, Heston Blumenthal’s The Hinds Head, Claude Bosi’s Oyster Bar at Bibendum, Tommy Banks’ The Black Swan, Oldstead, Michel Roux Jr.’s The Wigmore and many more, as well as chef demos and shopping opportunities.
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
When: 1-4 August 2019
Ticket price: Tickets from £168.50 + booking fee
Who's playing? Robyn, Bombay Bicycle, Tom Odell, Groove Armada
What's there to entice foodies? Hands-down one of the biggest food offerings of all the festivals. Expect to find restaurants like 12:51 and hicce at The Dining Room, Field Restaurants from Petersham Nurseries and Patty & Bun, Chef's Table stars like Sabor's Nieves Barragán, The French House's Neil Borthwick & Cornerstone's Tom Brown serving 6-course tasting menus overlooking the lake not to mention street food from Other Side Fried, Mama’s Jerk, and ‘Imad’s Syrian Kitchen’ among others.
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Where: The Drumsheds, Meridian Water, Enfield, London N18
When: 7-8 June 2019
Ticket price: Starts at £40
Who's playing? Skepta, Jorja Smith and Diplo.
What's there to entice foodies? Where to start? The Street Food Arcade will feature trucks by Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, The Middle Feast, Anna Mae’s, The Duck Shed, Jerk Joint and Say Cheese among others. There's going to be a BULLDOG London Dry Gin brunch, beer from Camden Town Brewery as well as the Beavertown & Friends Craft Beer House
Where: Eridge Park, East Sussex
When: 21-23 June 2019
Ticket price: Day ticket from £45 and weekend ticket with camping £155
Who's playing? Band of Horses, Billy Bragg, Kris Kristofferson
What's there to entice foodies? This Americana and Country festival is ALL about the BBQ. Their Live Fire Arena is run by the founders of Grillstock featuring top chefs, pitmasters, butchers and woodsmen. This year's line-up includes Ray ‘Dr BBQ’ Lampe, Neil Rankin, beer expert Melissa Cole and SMOKESTAK founder David Carter.
When: 10-14 July 2019
Ticket price: Tickets from £45-£60
Who's playing? Boy George, Jessie J, Jo Whiley and Bjorn Again.
What's there to entice foodies? The UK’s only black-tie festival sees Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett running Europe’s biggest field restaurant. Elsewhere there's everything from pop ups to fine dining including Garden Bistro by Jimmy Garcia, plus food from the Halloumi Guys, Snob Lobster and Tonbo Japanese Kitchen.
Where: Peckham Rye Park
When: 27 May 2019
Ticket price: £30
Who's playing? Kelis, Jazzie B and Omar
What's there to entice foodies? This one day festival features a top food lineup in the form of the Kerb All Stars Food Village - so expect to find Bleecker Burger, vegan stars Club Mexicana, BBQ Dreams, Yum Bun and more serving up to the masses.
When: 24-27 May 2019
Ticket price: Day tickets from £38. Weekend from £148
Who's playing? Anna Calvi, Donovan, Zero 7
What's there to entice foodies? Get up close and personal with key thinkers - book a philosophy breakfast Yasmin Alibhai-Brown or discuss astrophysics with Professor Catherine Heymans over tea and cake. There are also long table banquets, a Perrier Jouet champagne bar and street food by Lost in Spice and Churros Hermanos among others.
Where: Henham Park, Southwold
When: 12-15 July 2019
Ticket price: Day ticket £77.50. Weekend camping £202.50
Who's playing? George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Lana del Rey, Primal Scream
What's there to entice foodies? Latitude is upping its game with a new Theatre of Food, there'll be demos from the likes of Sally Butcher of Peckham’s Persepolis and Guardian food columnist, Felicity Cloake. If you love your BBQ you'll find Europe’s biggest Grill Festival in the Grill Pit area plus there's also Street Feast at Latitude featuring everyone from Happy Maki vegan sushi to Paellaria and The Piadina Project.
Where: Trefresa Farm, Cornwall
When: 24-26 May 2019
Ticket price: Day tickets from £45. Full weekend from £180
Who's playing? Tom Odell, Gilles Peterson and Villagers.
What's there to entice foodies? This new Cornish festival features feasts from the Hidden Hut, Anna Jones and Tomas Parry; pop up restaurants from Prawn on the Lawn (with Nud Dudhia), Smokestak + Smoking Goat and Woodfired Canteen, plus there'll be wild cookery with Thom Hunt and a Natural Wine Bar.
Where: Bath and New Forest
When: 15 June, 6 July and 27 July
Ticket price: £42
Who's playing? Depending on the venue - Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, Sister Sledge
Smoked and Uncut takes place at three hotels along the south coast all owned by hotelier Robin Hutson. Pop up feasts are catered for by Angela Hartnett and Mark Hix. And you can also expect the street food to be of top quality too. If you've worked up a thirst, look out for the Chase Horse Box Bar too.
Where: Brockwell Park
When: 8 June and 9 June 2019
Ticket price: Tickets £50
Who's playing? Chaka Khan, All Saints, Bananarama, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
There's a cracking street food line-up of more than 40 stalls at Brockwell Park's two days of two festivals - including plenty for the vegan muso from Greedy Khao, The Green Grill and Popdogs. Kopo are putting on Polish/Korean buns and subs and there's also frozen cocktails courtesy of Poptails.
Where: Victoria Park, Hackney
When: 24-26 May and 31 May - 2 June 2019
Ticket price: Tickets from £59.95
Who's playing? The Strokes, The Chemical Brothers, Christine and the Queens
What's there to entice foodies? As you'd expect from a London festival, the street food offering is strong with Island Poke, Patty & Bun, Biffs Jack Shack, Bad Brownie, E8 Fish, Wingmans and Other Side Fried among the line-up.
Where: Compton Verney, Warwickshire
When: 5-7 July 2019
Ticket price: Day tickets start at £50 - weekend camping tickets are £120.
Who's playing? Afrikan Boy, DJ Grace Sands plus talks from some of the leading thinkers in science, arts and psychology.
What's there to entice foodies? Look out for dining takeovers from Cabrito founder James Whetlor, cooking from his new book, GOAT; Damian Clisby, Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries, will be demonstrating the art of pit cooking and there's a Gospel Brunch with the London International Gospel Choir. Plus all weekend there'll be food from Northern Spanish restaurant Getaria and whiskey tasting masterclasses led by whiskey expert Rachel McCormack.
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