The 6 summer food festivals you mustn’t miss

June is a great month for foodies, with plenty of summer food festivals popping up across the UK. Here’s our round-up of some of the best …

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Best for families

Shrewsbury Food Festival focuses on family fun. The festival, which features over 200 local food, drink and craft producers and celebrity chef demonstrations, has a line-up of fun and educational activities for kids, including an Exotic Zoo, shelter building, pottery, mask making and face painting. 27-28 June, shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk

Best for adventurous eaters

The Great Wild Food & Chilli Fair, Essex, aims to celebrate nature’s own larder and encourage people to forage, cook and grow their own food. Sample delicacies from expert foragers, enter a bush tucker trial, learn about edible mushrooms and purchase the world’s hottest chilli seeds. 27-28 June, wildfoodandchillifair.com

Best for culture

The Congleton Food & Drink Festival not only offers an abundance of stalls selling top quality local and regional produce, this year’s festival will also have street entertainment, a Festival Fringe Art Market hosted by the Electric Picture House, workshops, craft stalls and Children’s Tasty Traveller Passports, sending kids on a journey of new and unusual flavours from around the world. 14 June, foodanddrinkfestival.net

Best for grown ups

The Scandinavian Midsummer Feast offers something a little bit different for foodies aged 18 and over. Offering Scandinavian cocktails, chef demonstrations and delicious food inspired by Sweden, Denmark and Norway, this is the ultimate Scandinavian culinary experience. 20-21 June, Harptree Court, Somerset scandifeast.co.uk

Best for fun

The Feast Festival Weekend at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, is inspired by founder Ferdinand de Rothschild’s historical ‘Baron’s Treat’, offering a unique experience for guests and a day packed with entertainment. Sample food from artisan stalls, enjoy The Ragroof Players Tea Dance and visit Blush Rose Vintage Hair and Make Up for a free 1950s’ makeover. Visitors can also enjoy an acrobatic performance, travel back in time with silent movie characters The Lost Luggage Porters, and watch other fantastic live performances. 20-21 June, waddesdon.org.uk

Best for celeb spotting

The BBC Good Food Show Summer at NEC Birmingham features an impressive line-up of celebrity chefs gracing the stage at its Supertheatre, including Mary Berry, James Martin, Tom Kerridge, John Torode, the Two Greedy Italians Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo and Michel Roux Jr. Visitors can also shop and taste foods from a variety of stalls, and enjoy live music, family entertainment and crafts. 11-14 June, bbcgoodfoodshowsummer.com

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