Food & Drink | UK and Europe Food Festivals Spring/Summer 2016

If you’re a bit of a foodie and enjoy celebrating the tastier things in life, then you’ll love these upcoming food and drink festivals around the UK and Europe!

Lemon Festival, Menton France
13 Feb – 2 March 

The Cote d’Azur has staged carnivals each February since the end of the 19th century. More than 300 professionals work on the Menton Lemon Festival using an incredible 145 tonnes of citrus fruits to create the spectacular sculptures and parade of floats.

This year celebrates the theme of ‘20,000 Leagues under the Sea’ – and it promises to immerse visitors in a submarine world, guided by the event mascot, the quirkily-named John Lemon.

This fantastic festival is part of an 8 day holiday, including luxury coach travel, half board, and seated tickets for the Menton Lemon Festival Parade -you can find out more on our website


Kendal Food Festival, Kendal UK
12 – 13 March

Set in the market town of Kendal in the beautiful Lake District, Kendal Food Festival is an impressive showcase of more than 80 regional food and drink producers – perfect for anyone wishing to find out more about top quality food of the region.

Each year provides visitors with a number of activities, including food demonstrations, tastings and talks that will inform you of all you need to know about your favourite dishes!

Seven years of experience has seen this festival grow year after year, and we’re looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring.


Photos from Kendal Food Festival website

Taste Florence Food Festival, Florence, Italy
12 – 14 March

Taste of Florence, presented by Pitti Immagine (Pitti Taste) and Davide Paolini, promises the very best of Italian cuisine, lifestyle and design with a range of fantastic presentations, products and ideas brought to you from around 300 various companies from all over Italy.

Taste of Florence is a great opportunity to take a journey to new tastes, senses, tradition and innovation – don’t miss out on a visit to the Taste Shop, a special area where visitors can buy products displayed on the festival!

Photo AKAstudio-collective


Photo Francesco Guazzelli

The London Coffee Festival, London UK
7 – 10 April

The London Coffee Festival brings in over 20,000 coffee lovers each year, allowing them to enjoy 250 coffee and gourmet stalls, fantastic demonstrations and tastings, workshops and coffee cocktails as well as live music and DJs – the perfect way to enjoy a favourite hot beverage.


If you’re looking for a unique way to enjoy your favourite hot beverage, then this is something you shouldn’t miss – you’ll be in the middle of the celebration as this festival proudly launches UK Coffee Week!

Photo by James Bryant

London Coffee Festival 2015 - 18(1)

Vegfest UK, Bristol UK
21 – 22 May 

The biggest of its kind in the United Kingdom, and one of the biggest in Europe, VegFest UK is the perfect celebration of vegan lifestyle.

With over 150 stalls with delicious vegan food delicacies, accessories, body care products, fashion and merchandise, you’ll find yourself fully experiencing this cruelty-free, healthy food culture.

Formed from a unique mix of vegan food from 15 specialist vegan caterers with the food from around the world; 4 licensed bars; kids cookery classes supported by the kids area for playing and activities; vegan activists corner with workshops and performances on the stage with live music – you’ll love this event.


The Great British Beer Festival, London UK
9 – 11 August 

Featuring over 350 British breweries at 27 different bars, followed by great entertainment, food and traditional pub games, the Great British Beer Festival is the perfect experience for anyone who appreciates a good pint!

Organized by the Campaign for Real Ale, this festival offers visitors the chance to try more than 900 beers, including international bottled and drought beers from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany and hugely popular American Cask bar – cheers!


Gourmet Festival Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
26 – 28 August 

Gourmet Festival Düsseldorf is held in August every year at the famous “Königs Alle”and is a fantastic display of the best quality food that this German city has to offer.

Enjoy delicious organic food, baked goods, meat, seafood and fishes all washed down with fresh soft drinks and juices, cocktails, beer, wine and much more – it’s no wonder more than 30,000 visitors attend this place every year!

You’ll feel inspired by the sophisticated cooking entertainment, and enjoy the opportunity to taste and buy delicacies from over two hundred exhibitors’ stands.


If you fancy visiting one of these amazing festivals, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team will be able to help you arrange your very own group holiday or day out personalised to your interests! Find out more about our group travel and private hire options here.