Free Food Festivals for Children

If you are worrying about what to do or where to take the children for the summer holidays and you need a little inspiration, but would like a break from spending too much money, read on.

The following food festivals are free for children and for one only, it costs £7 entry for adults. So if you have any budding Gordon Ramsays (minus the swearing of course), or Angela Hartnetts, check out these fabulous food festivals; guaranteed to get your kids into the kitchen and cooking up a storm!

Abergavenny Food Festival – 15 – 16 September

Adult £7, Children Free

Called the ‘Glastonbury of food festivals’, this festival showcases everything you would expect to see in a food festival. The Abergavenny Food Festival has over two hundred hand-picked exhibitors to tempt and inspire you, they also have some special additional ingredients that are the foundation of a festival, including the markets.

There are master-classes where you can get tips and Q&A sessions with top chefs and cookery writers, tutored tastings – designed to tune up your appreciation of good food and drink, food talk, where you can join writers, critics and campaigners in a wide-ranging conversation that’s all about food and drink. Finally walks & forays: Join one of their guided walks and learn about the wild harvest of field and hedgerow.

South Holland Food Festival 11 – 12 August

Admission – Free

The South Holland Food Festival presents a fabulous, free to visit, weekend of food and fun. Here the best of British food and drink will be showcased with a great selection of award winning products.

An Alien made from vegetables

An Alien made from vegetables

There will be live entertainment and activities to enhance your visit to this family-friendly event.

The highlight of the weekend will be the ‘Cookery Demonstration Theatres’ with a variety of demonstrations from Rachel Green and other skilled chefs.

The Food Festival activities include Ready Steady Cook and a range of food-related activities. All this plus family entertainment, live music, refreshments to try, tipples to taste and take away and free admission will ensure a great day out for everyone.

Plus an exciting new development for younger visitors this year is the introduction of new competitions – ‘Best Decorated Cup Cake’ and ‘An Alien Made From Vegetables’ – run by the Women’s Institute. Get your children working on their ideas now – details at Competitions 2012!

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival – 1 – 2 September

Admission – Free

The Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival is a celebration and demonstration of great Scottish cooking and excellent produce from within Scotland’s first National Park, and throughout Scotland.

From the farmers to the chefs, the Festival will whet your appetite by offering you the opportunity to taste and buy game and fresh fish, tasty soups and breads, succulent roast meat and vegetables, and then you can wash it all down with tasty local ale.

There will be some fabulous food providers for you to visit over the weekend, including award winning pies from Skinners Butchers (curry & banana pie anyone?!) and mouthwatering fresh vegetables.

There are cookery demonstrations and butchery demonstrations running over both days, so there is a chance for you to pick up some new skills whilst you are here. There is also a Continental Market coming along who will be sharing specialities from their home grounds including Spanish paella, German sausages and the most sticky baklava you have ever tried.

Clitheroe Food Festival 4 August

Free but tasting sessions are £8

Set in the Ribble Valley, the Clitheroe Food Festival features tutored tastings, ranging from two Mini Wine Schools during the day to Lancashire’s Cheeses, Charcuterie and Tapas, Fish and Shellfish, Coffees for the World, Uncovering Goosnargh Duck, to a Divine Chocolate Workshop, historical workshops, with TV star Simon Entwistle conducting a variety of historical and guided ghost, murder, mystery tours here in the Ribble Valley and beyond.

There is also a ‘Witches Cauldron’ Wild Food Foraging Workshop with Jesper Launder, who is qualified in Herbal Medicine with close ties with the natural medicines company Neal’s Yard Remedies. Jesper will take you for a mini wild food and herb forage around the Castle to seek out plants used during the ‘Witches’ era and also during the Castles lifetime by the Norman cooks.

Amongst other attractions are the Love Food Hate Waste Demonstration Kitchen from 10am – 4pm, the Pudding Feast 12pm – 4pm and Roald Dahl Activities from11am – 4pm where some amazing and intriguing activities will occur such as making lickable wallpaper, decorating Mr Twits cupcakes with leftovers from his beard, and there will lashings of peach juice as refreshment.