Food Festival season is fast approaching and I could not be more excited!
What I love about welcoming in a new year is welcoming a whole year of Northamptonshire’s best food festivals and fairs to get excited about all over again.
There is nothing I love more than attending a local food festival. It’s a great day out, it’s a chance to explore local produce and it makes me think about all the products I buy at the supermarket of which I could support a local business instead.
Northamptonshire is a thriving foodie hub for local producers and suppliers, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars, and food festivals.
There is a food festival happening everywhere in the county, all throughout the year, meaning each festival is usually themed or seasonal.
Because I love a good food festival and want to try and support as many local ones’ going on, I have put together my ULTIMATE GUIDE to Food Festivals in Northamptonshire.
I will be adding to this list as I go throughout the year, but I’ve included a few to get you started.
Here’s my Ultimate Guide to all the food festivals happening in the county, which include links to the websites, prices for tickets and hopefully some links to my blog posts on those festivals:
Love Northampton Food Festival – The Guildhall
This foodie festival is back by popular demand and will feature more than 22 local producers showcasing their delicious delights all under the beautiful and grand Guildhall.
You can expect jams, chocolate, chutneys, meats, macaroons, cakes, and more delicious treats.
The first date is Saturday 29th February and all the details can be found here.
Entry is free and you can find out more at www.lovenorthampton.co.uk
Spring Food Fair – Abington Park Museum
Abington Park is a wonderful hub in the centre of Northampton and they are bringing back their Spring Food Fair where local producers come together and local people can indulge in new flavours and tasty springtime treats.
The date has been announced for Saturday 25th April!
The Gin & Rum Festival Northampton
The UK’s largest Gin & Rum Festival is coming back to Northampton on Saturday 14th March 2020.
There was a HUGE hype over this last year and I was sad I couldn’t attend, but this time, I might just be able to! It’s a perfect excuse to satisfy your thirst with the best Gin and Rum the country has to offer!
There’s expected to be 100’s of distillers and producers showcasing their latest products with free samples – chin chin!
BiteStreet NN – Duston Mill
Dates: March – October
BiteStreet NN is one of Northampton’s popular street food events which was a huge hit in 2019 and gathered the locals to Duston Mill for foodie sensations from lots of local street food vendors.
I have it straight from the horse’s mouth, Crispin Slee, the founder of BiteStreet NN, that it’s making a comeback from March 13th and 14th, which is a whole two months earlier than when it started last year – yay to even more street food fixes.
Here are the dates:
March 13th – 14th
April 10th – 11th (Easter)
May 8th – 9th
June 12th – 13th
July 10th – 11th
Aug 7th – 8th
Sept 11th – 12th
Oct 9th – 10th
As you can see, BiteStreet NN will run until October 9th and 10th and I am really pleased to see it’s also running on my birthday weekend in July!
BiteStreet NN is expected to have lots of local street food vendors in attendance from last year, including Farmer Lou’s, The Pork Shack and The Biscuiterie.
Northamptonshire Good Food Festival
Date: Sunday 14th June
I am gutted I ended up missing this last year, but I am determined to ensure I make this one!
The first Northants Food Festival was held at Kettering Park Hotel and it looks as though it’s going to be making a comeback this June once again.
It was a massive hit last year as local producers far and wide gathered and once again, it’s expected to bring the best food and drink producers in and around the County.
Keep updated on the event on their Facebook page here.
Towcester Food Festival – Towcester Racecourse
Dates: 6th – 7th June
One of the top food festivals I always love attending at the beginning of the summer: Towcester Food Festival!
I’ve been to Towcester Food Festival every year for the past 5 years and it’s a great day out for all ages, especially as it’s in the summer and usually, the weather is always great.
It really is a heaven for all foodies as there are chef talks and demonstrations in wine, cheese and gin, free samples, lots of live music and a circus-themed activity area for the kids.
You can keep up to date with what’s happening with the Towcester Food Festival, including announcements on guest speakers and chef demonstrations.
Visit www.towcesterfoodfestival.co.uk to find out when tickets go on sale.
Sausage & Cider Festivals – Various locations
The Sausage & Cider Festivals will be coming back and giving the summer that extra sizzle!
Nothing says summer quite like a crisp cider and a cooked sausage in a bap! We’ve got three dates lined up for the following festivals:
Northampton Sausage & Cider Festival: June 19th – 20th
Milton Keynes Sausage & Cider Festival: July 4th
Towcester Sausage & Cider Festival: July 25th
We’ve attended the one’s at both Northampton and Towcester and they have both been a massive hit with locals and regulars, as they always include live music, fun activities for kids and much more.
Northampton Winter Food Festival – Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground
Dates: November 7th & 8th
If you need to have an excuse to get all stocked up ahead of Christmas 2020, the Northampton Winter Food Festival is the perfect way to get ready!
It’s making a comeback at the Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground and is THE winter festival of the year, as it gives a festive buzz to the dull month of November and is expected to have a big turnout once again, just like 2019 did.
Look out for updates on their Facebook page for guest speakers, cooking demonstrations and much more!