There are some fantastic food festivals all over the country, bringing food from around the world to the UK.
The Food Fest, Mount Vineyard, Kent
The Food Fest was launched back in 2016 successfully and showcases the best of the best Kent produce sourced from local vineyards, breweries, farmer markets and other artisan makers. Along with the food there will be live music and lots of fun for all the family including inflatables, art workshop, street graffiti and face painting.
The proceeds of this event go towards the very worthy cause of Great Ormond Street Hospital when it takes place on the 2nd and 3rd June.
Lichfield Gin, Ale and Cheese Festival, Lichfield City Centre
There is nothing better than biting into some tasty savoury cheese with a cool and fresh glass of gin or a mouth-watering pint of real ale. Which is why we feel the Lichfield Gin, Ale and Cheese Festival is worthy of your attention.
Taste Of London, Regent's Park, London
From the 13th of June through to the 17th, Regent's Park will be transformed into a Mecca for foodies from all walks of life as Taste of London is back for another year.
40 of the most popular and critically acclaimed restaurants in London showcase the best of their best from their tasty menus. You can expect to meet and greet with some of the most talented chefs in the city, take part in cooking master classes and watch the chefs do what they do best in live cookery demonstrations.
No food festival would be complete without food and drink stalls and Taste of London has over 200 for you to choose from.
FyneFest, Achadunan, Cairdow, Argyll
The beautiful Achandunan in Argyll is where you will find FyneFest, a truly special food festival. Hosted by the renowned Fyne Ales, this is a beer (and food) festival with a difference. Camping, live music and a completely family friendly line-up of events make this a must-attend if you are north of the border.
Royal Cornwall Show, Cornwall Showground, Whitecross, Wadebridge, Cornwall
2018 is the Royal Cornwall Show's 224th year and it truly is an event that has a little something for all in attendance. This is more than just a competition for farm animals.
First things first, there will be great food, and a lot of it. Head to the Cornwall Food and Farming Pavilion to enjoy samples of the best in Cornish delights. You will discover that there is more to Cornish cuisine than pasties and cream.
Aside from the food there will be displays by motocross stunt riders and the RAF Falcons. It's worth remembering though that this is a country show, so if you are expecting lots of mounted games with horses, you will be thrilled at what's on offer in the form of entertainment at the Royal Cornwall Show.
Cheese and Chilli Festival, Hurn Bridge Equestrian Centre, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset
If you like a lot of fire with your cheese, then the Cheese and Chilli Festival is the glorious town of Christchurch in Dorset.
Lots of cheese and chilli focused dishes, fun and excitement will take place alongside live music and a full-on beer festival with Downton Brewery, a local brewery showcasing the best of their cold ones.
Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds
In the interest of showcasing to the oft-overlooked of society, the vegans, we have decided to highlight the intriguing Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival.
Held within the magnificent Leeds Town Hall in the Yorkshire city, the event is now fourth year and its not hard to see why this has become a mainstay of the country's food festival calendar.
Taking place during June, it doesn't matter if you are a hardcore vegan or just intrigued, there are over 200 stalls showcasing all kinds of vegan products from shoes to pet food. As you'd expect from any other food festival, there will also be carious live demonstrations of preparing and cooking vegan meals and although a lot of the talks will be focused on the vegan lifestyle, discussions about animal welfare, vegan clothing and vegan make-up are also some of the more interesting high points.
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Instagram is quickly becoming the hot guide for new recipe/restaurant inspiration, with everyone snapping what they eat and where they eat it. So we’ve provided a few quick tips to bring your food photography up to scratch so that you can show off your meals this World Food Week.
Find the Sunlight
When taking pictures of your Italian inspired Aperol Spritz, either dine al fresco or move towards natural light sources surrounding you so that the reflection of the sun adds a pop to your photograph. A sunset picture is sure to get more likes than anything else, so time your meal for that perfect shot. If you’re drinking or dining after the sun has gone down, use a flash onto the dish to prevent dark and grainy finishes.
If your meal has been inspired by a trip taken abroad, don’t be afraid to tastefully accessorize your layout with thematic souvenirs or props. Place your tagline on top of a Moroccan tablecloth and scatter sultanas around the edges of the frame. This adds an extra element of style to your food photography, drawing it apart from the rest of your followers’ Instagram feeds, and gives it a thematic twist.
If you develop and maintain a style of accessorising, it can become a motif and you are more likely to have new followers returning to your profile to view your latest update.
Add a Pop of Colour
Increase the excitement of your Mexican tacos by playing around with post-production apps such as VSCO Cam or Afterlight. Hike up the saturation of the picture to brighten the colours of the salsa and guacamole but don’t get too excitable on your new apps as the picture can look too garish if you go overboard. The use of filters also help to add interest to a picture but try to stick to similar hues to keep your feed consistent.
Don’t Be Afraid of a Close-Up
After all, if you’re trying to catch your followers’ attention with your carefully prepared Indian banquet, you should fill the frame with its luxuriousness. Take a close-up of a particularly colourful curry or position a number of dishes so that their abundance bursts out the frame. Once you begin to get serious with your photography, check out Brian Peterson’s description of the Rule of Thirds in his book Understanding Composition – this is a step-by-step guide of how placement can create interesting photographs.
Get Trigger Happy
As all professional photographers will tell you, it takes hundreds of shots to get the perfect one. Don’t be afraid to take multiple photos and play around with different angles so you can learn which foods are photogenic and which angles are most complimentary. A birds-eye-view of your rainbow bagel from NYC may not look as good as a picture of it being held up in front of the Empire State building.
Now that you have your food photography tips, get snapping and hashtag #WorldFoodWeek so that we can check out your feed @WorldFoodWeek