Feed their minds – the best foodie festivals for kids

SeedPantry event sHere at Seed Pantry, we believe it’s really important to teach children about food from an early age and a family day out to a food festival is a great place to start!

Here’s a round up of some of the best child-friendly food festival taking place in the UK in the next few weeks:

The Big Feastival – 29th to 31st August

The Cotswolds

Organised by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, this event promises to be a real family festival frenzy with music, food and fun! There’s a Little Dude’s Den, cookery demos in the Big Kitchen, village fete games, a vintage fun fair, face painting, storytelling, dance lessons and CBeebies legends Mr Bloom and Mr Tumble (Justin Fletcher) will be making an appearance. You can go for the day or camp in the Glamping Village and the whole event will raise money for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Visit the website for more details: http://www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival/

Woking Food and Drink Festival – 4th to 6th September


This free festival in Woking shopping centre features chef demos by the Tante Marie Culinary Academy, children’s cookery classes, a kid’s food laboratory workshop, a Bake Off competition, BBQ cookalongs, celebrity book signings and live entertainment. For the full schedule, visit http://www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk.

Rutland Day Food and Drink Festival – 12th September

East Anglia

With its picturesque setting on the edge of Rutland Water, this free festival is a great family day out. There are cookery demonstrations, mouthwatering local foods to sample and purchase, locally brewed beers, live music and children’s activities. Find out more on the website: http://www.discover-rutland.co.uk/whats-on/rutland-day-food-and-drink-festival-p260121

Ludlow Food Festival – 11th to 13th September


This small Shropshire town has a huge reputation for good food and drink and the festival takes place inside Ludlow Castle! There will be the Ludlow Sausage Trail, the Ale Trail and the Festival Loaf Trail as well as demonstrations, markets, stalls, pudding demonstrations and much more. Kids can get involved with a Grow Cook Learn workshop, Circus Skills and meet farmers at the NFU stand. And children get a free activity bag to enjoy as they go around the festival. Tickets are available now via the website: http://www.foodfestival.co.uk/index.php

Abergavenny Food Festival – 18th to 20th September


Kids can take part in a mushroom foraging expedition, enjoy the entertainment at the castle, get stuck into interactive workshops and join in the Children’s Food Academy. With a full schedule of family activities, including food and wine tutored tastings, celebrity chef presentations, parties at the castle, fireworks displays, and Rude Health Rants, the festival promises to be a fun-filled weekend for food fans of all ages. The full programme and tickets are available on the website: http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.

Closer to home, why not get the kids and the whole family growing their own vegetables, salads and herbs? You don’t need a big garden or outdoor space, you can grow them indoors, or on a balcony or patio. We’ve got some great grow your own starter kits so have a look around our website for growing inspiration.