Calendar for Foodies Festivals announced for 2015


foodies 2015

Dates for your new 2015 diary: the line-up for Foodies Festivals has been announced for next year, including from Birmingham to North Yorkshire.

After starting as a small food and drink event in an Edinburgh hotel 10 years ago, there will be 10 festivals around the country next summer plus three events for Christmas.

New locations include Birmingham Cannon Hill Park on May 15, 16 and 17, and Harrogate Valley Gardens in North Yorkshire on September 25, 26 and 27.

For the first time, Foodies Festival will also visit two new locations in London Syon Park, near Richmond, on May 23, 24 and 25, and Alexandra Palace on July 3, 4 and 5.

The 2015 calendar opens with a return to Brighton Hove Lawn on May 2, 3 and 4. Later, it will return to Bristol The Downs on June 26, 27 and 28, Tatton Park in Cheshire on July 17, 18 and 19, Clapham Common in south London on July 24, 25 and 26, Edinburgh Inverleith Park on August 7, 8 and 9, and Oxford South Parks on August 29, 30 and 31.

After the success of its Christmas event in London, two new winter festivals have been added: in Edinburgh on November 13, 14 and 15 and at Manchester Central on December 4, 5 and 6. The London festival will be at the Old Truman Brewery on November 27, 28 and 29.

Founder Sue Hitchen said: “Edinburgh is known internationally for its diverse range of festivals and the time was right in 2005 to launch a food festival celebrating great chefs, top-quality food, and inviting families to enjoy a fun day out. I am delighted to be celebrating our 10th year by bringing the event to new locations and introducing brand new features for visitors to enjoy.”

Organisers are promising a day of “food, fun and friends” for visitors of all culinary levels and lifestyles including vegetarians, vegans and gluten free. New features in 2015 include a Wine and Champagne Theatre with Charles Metcalfe and Neil Philips and a Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits Theatre hosted by expert Melissa Cole.

These new features complement the Chefs Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre, a Producers Market with local artisan producers, the Street Food Avenue and Children’s Cookery School.

Venues and dates

Brighton Hove Lawn: May 2, 3 & 4
Birmingham Cannon Hill Park: May 15, 16 & 17
Syon Park, Richmond, London: May 23, 24 & 25
Bristol The Downs: June 26, 27 & 28
Alexandra Palace, London: July 3, 4 & 5
Tatton Park, Cheshire: July 17, 18 & 19
Clapham Common, London: July 24, 25 & 26
Edinburgh Inverleith Park: August 7, 8 & 9
Oxford South Parks: August 29, 30 & 31
Harrogate Valley Gardens: September 25, 26 & 27
Edinburgh: November 13, 14 & 15
Truman Brewery, London: November 27, 28 & 29
Manchester Central: December 4, 5, & 6

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