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Take the Train to…The UK’s Food Festivals

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Tantalise your taste buds with unusual treats and check out local specialities by taking the train to the UK’s top food festivals. If the idea of setting off for a picnic without needing to pack fills you with glee, grab some cheap train tickets before you go too, and you can save some money to put towards an extra dessert.

Just keep reading to find out which food festivals are unmissable the summer…

Take the train to Edinburgh…for the Taste of Edinburgh

Award-winning restaurants and quality chefs tout their wares at the Taste of Edinburgh Festival on Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July. Taking place in the gorgeous, green Meadows, just south of the city centre, the festival offers plenty of tasting sessions, chef demonstrations and cookery school classes to keep you busy.

Jump on a train to Edinburgh and be sure to come hungry, as you’ll find some delicious Scottish delights waiting when you arrive. And if you’re looking for star treatment, book a first class train ticket and a VIP pass for a Taste of Edinburgh.

Take the train to West Sussex…for The Great Shoreham Chilli Fest UK

If you like your food to come with a kick, climb aboard a train for West Sussex and get ready for a spicy delight. The Great Shoreham Chilli Festis a celebration of all things spicy, from curries to chilli vodka cocktails. Not only will there be plenty to sample on-site, you’ll find lots of jams, chutneys, ice creams and beers to take home too.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure you can take the heat – there are some non-spicy treats available too. The festival takes place on Coronation Green, Shoreham-on-Sea, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July and entry is free.

Take the train to Wales…for the Big Cheese Festival

One for fromage-fanciers, the Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly celebrates cheeses of all shapes and sizes. While there’s a vast number of different cheese varieties to sample while you’re there, the festival also boasts plenty of activities to help burn off those calories. Indulge in a little folk dancing, watch a falconry display or check out the street acts – and be sure not to miss the famous Great Cheese Race.

This three-day festival takes place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July and can be enjoyed free of charge. Getting there’s easy too – just catch a train to Cardiff and a connecting service to Caerphilly. Be sure to book train tickets and accommodation early though, as it draws up to 80,000 people every year.

Take the train to Huddersfield…for the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival

Book some space in your diary and grab a train to Huddersfield for one of Yorkshire’s largest free food and drink festivals. Set against the impressive backdrop of St George’s Square, the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival is packed with everything from farm shops to award winning restaurants.

There are also some fun activities for children, such as circus skills demonstrations, as well as lots of family-friendly goodies. It takes place between Thursday 9 and Sunday 12 August and, if you’d like a taste of what’s on offer, take a look at the video below.

Take the train to Wirral…for the Wirral Food Festival

A lovely event that celebrates all things home-grown, the Wirral Food Festival takes place at Claremont Farm, near Bebington. Take a train to Liverpool and then take the bus or hire a car and drive to the festival site. Be sure to bring plenty of empty bags for carrying home your lovely fresh produce too.

There will be more than 100 stalls at the Wirral Food Festival, as well as chef demonstrations, live music and entertainment. It takes place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 29 August and, if you like a giggle to go with your meal, be sure to watch the Sheep Show.

Are you planning on putting the UK’s best tastes to the test at one of this year’s Food Festivals? What’s the best meal you’ve ever had on a train? Tweet or Facebook us and let us know ….

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