20th February 2019

The Ultimate Northamptonshire Food Festival Guide

Food Festivals | Nicole Navigates
Food Festivals | Nicole Navigates

Food Festival season is fast approaching and I could not be more excited!

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 are 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.

However, if you’re a subscriber to my newsletter, you will receive a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Ultimate Guide to Food Festivals in Northamptonshire which includes EVEN MORE FOOD FESTIVALS!

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So basically, you will be the first to know of more in advance, whereas I’ll be updating this list seasonally.

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:

Food Festivals | Nicole Navigates

The Great British Gin Festival - Wicksteed Park, Kettering

Friday 29th March - 6:30pm

This looks like one for the gin lovers out there! And it’s taking place right here in Northamptonshire.

It’s not an independent food festival, but it’s Gin and it’s happening at the family amusement park, Wicksteed Park and it’s all about gin, so it’s got to be good!

You can apparently expect to have your taste buds tantalised by over 100 different gins from around the world.and you can enjoy talks and presentations, cocktail demos, live music and more.

Tickets are £16.50 for general release and £18.90 for the final release. Get them here.


FAMFest - Emporium Way, Northampton

Saturday 30th March - 12pm - 6pm

When I saw this advertised on Twitter, I knew I had to talk about this event because this is a truly unique event for Northampton.

Hosted by NorFAMptoN, a community charity who produces collections of urban art galleries is bringing street food, art and music to the town centre's newly repurposed Emporium Way, which has originally been neglected.

Those who don't know, Emporium Way is located in-between Sheep Street and the market square, which has been rundown for years since the Greyfriars station was knocked down... but not anymore!

It sounds like a really cool event to attend and one that will be part of Northampton's ever-growing history, so find out more about the event here - it's free!

Food Festivals | Nicole Navigates

Spring Food Fair - Abington Park Museum

Saturday 13th April - 11am - 4pm

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.

Entry is free and you can link to the Facebook event or find out more here.

Food Festivals | Nicole Navigates
Castle Ashby Rural Shopping Yard

Castle Ashby Food & Drink Fair

Saturday 27th April - 10am - 5pm

Castle Ashby Rural Shopping Yard are never short of hosting events and so, I'm excited to talk about one of their TWO Food & Drink Fairs they are hosting in 2019.

Following the success of last year's events, Castle Ashby and Rural Shopping Yard is delighted to welcome guests to their premises for a day of showcasing lots of local producers supplied in The Deli at Castle Ashby.

Local producers already announced include Brockleby's Pies, The Fruity Farmer, Friar's Farm, Saxby's Cider, The Tipsy Mule Gin and many more.

It's a free event and has free parking - winner winner!

Head to the Facebook event for more information.


Althorp Food & Drink Festival - Althorp Estate

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May

One of the biggest food festivals in the county is back at the sublime Althorp Estate. Althorp Food & Drink Festival has been enjoyed by 1000’s over the years and this year looks to be bigger and better than ever.

With regular local producers attending, as well as new ones, exciting chef talks from various celebrity chefs like Jean-Christophe Novelli and Ken Hom OBE, plus lots of activities for the kids to enjoy.

I attended last year and absolutely loved our day out and I hope to go again this year.

Visit https://spencerofalthorp.com/the-althorp-food-and-drink-festival-2019/ for more information and to check when tickets go on sale.


Towcester Food Festival - Towcester Racecourse

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June

I’m so happy to see that the Towcester Food Festival is back AND back at the Towcester Racecourse after rumours of it not being held there.

I’ve been to Towcester Food Festival every year for the past 4 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.

I wrote a review when I attended last year and I am really looking forward to going again.

Visit www.towcesterfoodfestival.co.uk to find out when tickets go on sale.


MORE FOOD FESTIVALS WILL BE ADDED! But if you can’t wait that long, you can subscribe below to get the FULL LIST of Food Festivals in the county.

Which food festivals will you be attending?




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