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The best food festivals in Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 14:01 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 01 August 2018

Food Festivals in Cheshire

Food Festivals in Cheshire


Our guide to some of the best food events in the county throughout 2018

25th – 27th January

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

There are over 130 breweries involvede in this yerars's event with over 600 ales to sample. 

Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX.


31st March – 2nd April

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival

Over the last decade the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival has become a must attend Easter event, where every year the city welcomes people from across UK. 

Chester Racecourse, Grey Friars, Chester, United Kingdom


28th April 

Chilli Weekend at Gordale

Whether you are new to chillies or you already have a taste for them, the weekend will give you the opportunity to learn even more about the different varieties of chillies, from Nagas and Scotch Bonnets to Arbols and Habaneros, and give you an understanding of Scoville heat units, the worldwide standard for grading chilli heat. After each of his talks (1pm and 3pm) you’ll have the perfect opportunity to ask Chilli Bob literally anything related to chillies. 

Chester High Road, Burton, South Wirral, Cheshire, CH64 8TF


27th - 28th May

Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival

Enjoy food from around the world, as well as live entertainment, at the Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival.


10th June

Congleton Food and Drink Festival

This year’s event is the tenth installment of this one day festival which features workshops, pop-up shop, entertainment and craft stalls.

The old favourites such as the omelette challenge featuring local chefs and a new and improved Tasty Traveller Passport Challenge.


30th June

Macclesfield Food Festival

A fabulous day out filled with wonderful foods and flavours to excite your senses in the picturesque town of Macclesfield. A busy market town on the banks of the River Bollin. Situated between the Cheshire Plain and the Peak District. The town will be a buzz with food traders, exhibitors and live entertainment amidst the beautiful surrounding scenery.

Macclesfield Town Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 1EA


13th - 15th July

Foodies Festival, Tatton

Over 200 artisan producers will be in the Producers’ Market and you can feast on flavours from around the world on the Street Food Avenue.

You can also try oyster shucking, foraging and bee keeping in the  Tasting Theatre test your baking skills in the Cake and Bake Theatre.


25th July

International Cheese Awards, Nantwich

Part of the Nantwich Show, the event, now the world’s largest cheese show, has attracted entries from across the globe, all vying for the top prize of Supreme Champion.

The Cheese Marquee is now an awe-inspiring 80,500 sq ft, chock-full of 4,000 cheeses from across the world, and you may even spot the odd celebrity chef.


31st August - 1st September

Nantwich Food Festival

Set in the historic town of Nantwich with cosy shops and an array of independent retailers the Nantwich Food Festival celebrates local produce as well as introducing cuisines from around the world. Explore gourmet food halls housing over 160 stalls, enjoy chef demonstrations and live performances.

Nantwich, Cheshire East CW5 5AS


7th-9th September

Pub in the Park

The town of Knutsford will play host to Tom Kerridge’s travelling Pub in the Park festival this September. This huge event includes pop-up festival menus at local pubs; thrilling music, with performances by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Razorlight and Scouting for Girls; a shopping village with popular culinary and lifestyle brands; and appearances from celebrity chefs including James Mackenzie, author of On The Menu, Candice Brown, 2016 winner of The Great British Bake Off, and, of course, Tom Kerridge himself.

The Lambing Shed, Knutsford


13th-15th September

The Gin Society -  Gin Festival 

With over 100 different kinds of gin, a prosecco cocktail bar and a DJ playing a mix of vintage tunes from the Charleston to the lindy bop, The Gin Society’s glitzy events are a must for any summer festival calendar. With gins clearly divided into British, world, fruit and cocktail, visitors are invited to expand their palate and their knowledge. Distillers will be on hand to answer their most pressing questions. 

Manchester Cathedral 


15th-16th September

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Head along to this foodie extravaganza in Liverpool. With a blend of local and international exhibitors, you can expect bespoke ingredients, independent brands and bold flavours. Take advantage of the masterclasses and live tutorials on offer and make sure to eat adventurously as you relax in the glorious surrounds of Sefton Park. 

Sefton Park, Liverpool


22nd - 23rd September

Great British Food Festival, Arley Hall

This jam-packed festival includes top chef demos and for the more competitive of you Cake Off and Men vs. Food Challenges.

There are also kid’s cookery classes and you can even book a guided foraging walk within the grounds of Arley Hall.


28th October

Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival

Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival is brought to you to celebrate the cultural diversity in our modern world with flavours from across the globe.

Crewe Town Centre, CW1 2GZ



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