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Five Alternative Food & Drink Festivals

5th September 2017

Food and drink festival season is upon us! Take a look at these five alternative events to tickle your taste buds...

Lincoln sausage festival, Lincoln castle

Lincoln Sausage Festival, Lincoln Castle

22nd October 2016, 10am - 5pm

What better place than Lincoln to host a sausage festival? This year will see the historic town present its 14th festival, set in the beautiful grounds of Lincoln castle and showcasing a huge array of food stalls from award-winning Select Lincolnshire members. The event has a wonderful laid back feel, offering entertainment for all ages, including a children’s marquee with face painting, clowns and circus performers, as well as live music from madcap band, The Cosmic Sausages. There will also be cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef Rachel Green, and a chance to try your hand at making a Lincolnshire sausage with Neil Curtis from acclaimed Butchery and Bakery, A. W. Curtis of Lincoln. 

Website: www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/lincoln-sausage-festival-2016

Tickets: £1 for adults, free entry for children.

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London Festival of Heat, Red Market

London Festival of Heat, Red Market

25th September 2016, 11am - 6pm

Celebrate all things spicy at London’s only chilli festival. While still a relatively new event, the festival is proving extremely popular amongst chilli fans thanks to its delicious, varied produce and fun atmosphere. The market area plays host to a range of stalls selling a fiery selection of chilli produce from some of the best chilli growers in the UK. Sample salsas, sauces and oils, learn about different varieties of chilli from experts in the trade or get some tips for growing your own at home. There are also cooking demonstrations, tasting workshops and plenty of street stalls where you can grab a bite to eat. Alongside the foodie area is an eclectic craft market selling items handmade by artists from the local area, as well as a stage with live music, DJs, and a seating area where you can grab a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Website: www.thefestivalofheat.co.uk

Tickets: Early bird tickets are £10 plus booking fee, avail to purchase via the Festival of Heat website.

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 Yorkshire Whisky Festival, York Racecourse

Yorkshire Whisky Festival, York Racecourse

10th of September 2016, 11am - 3pm or 4pm - 8pm (the day is split into two sessions)

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or intrigued newcomer, the Yorkshire Whisky Festival is well worth a visit. Held at the prestigious York Racecourse, this fascinating event brings together over 30 different exhibitors serving the best in Scottish and international whiskies for you to sample. The festival, now in its 14th year, is the oldest of its kind in the UK outside of London, and features workshops, tasting sessions and special “Under the Counter” whiskies, showcasing some of the rarest and most exclusive varieties. 

Website: www.thewhiskylounge.com/event/yorkshire-festival-2016

Tickets: Tickets are £30, available via the link above.

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Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival

Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival

27th - 29th September 2016 

The Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival has been running for a staggering 62 years, making it the oldest oyster festival in the world and the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day. The three day event celebrates the beginning of the region’s rich oyster harvest season, and kicks off on the Friday with a spectacular opening ceremony and food village in Galway city centre. Saturday sees the vibrant Masquerade and Mardi Gras parade as well as the famous World Oyster Opening Championships, while Sunday offers a day of family fun, with free entry for children, cooking demonstrations and tantalising seafood trails.

Website: www.galwayoysterfestival.com

Tickets: Ticket prices start from €15.00 and vary depending on the day/event.

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Apple Day, Brighton

Apple Day, Brighton

Sunday 2nd October 2016, 12pm - 6pm

Brighton’s annual Apple Day has been growing from strength to strength and is now firmly established in the local calendar. Set in the sprawling, picturesque grounds of Stanmer House, the event features music, entertainment and lots to keep little ones entertained along with orchard and plot tours, fruit tasting, growing advice and identification. There will also be a diverse selection of stalls selling homemade produce and cooking up a host of delicious apple-based delights. The popular Apple Café, run by The Permaculture Trust, will also be in operation - staffed and cooked for by volunteers, using fruit scrumped from around Brighton & Hove.

Website: www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk/courses/appleday

Tickets: Entry is free but parking is £6



 Image credits: www.thewhiskylounge.com

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