Whether you're a food fanatic, a budding chef or an artisan afficionado, these delicious dates for your diary are ones you won't want to miss.
Manchester Beer and Cider Festival
Building on last year’s sell-out tasting sessions, the popular Manchester Beer and Cider Festival will give ale lovers the chance to hear from three of the country’s leading beer experts. Christine Cryne, John Clarke and Sally Lavender will be talking about some of their favourite beer styles, showcasing the breadth of taste and history of real ale in the UK and further afield. There’ll be over 600 ales available to sample along with the unveiling of the inaugural Manchester Brewers’ Challenge.
Where? Manchester Central, Windmill Street, Manchester, M2 3GX.
When? 25th – 27th January
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
The Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival is the biggest foodie event in the UK, taking place at Chester Racecourse this Easter. Over 150 exhibitors highlight the best cuisine the county, region and country has to offer. There’ll be plenty of tempting treats to taste, dazzling demonstrations and pointers from the pros to perfect your culinary skills.
Where? Chester Racecourse, Grey Friars, Chester.
When? 31st March – 2nd April
Northern Vegan Festival, Manchester
As Manchester was recently found to be the UK's number one vegan-friendly city, it seems more people are making the move to a more environmentally-friendly Vegan diet. The Northern Vegan Festival has all the components of a great vegan get-together: lots of food stalls and vendors, talks, free samples, cookery demos, yoga, a café, cinema and plenty of activities for the little ones.
Where? Manchester Centra Convention Complex
When? 7th April
Vegan Life Live, Manchester
Over 150 exhibitors will bring everything from delicious street food to skincare, pet food to fresh bakes. Newbies will be shown all the greatest things about living a plant-based life. Expect both guilty pleasures and comfort food, as well as plenty of cookery demonstrations showing you how to make all the healthiest and easiest vegan meals. There's also a VIP dining area with an exclusive menu, a beer lounge, and a bespoke pop-up cinema.
Where? Event City
When? 20th - 22nd April
Congleton Food and Drink Festival
Congleton Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of high quality artisan foods produced locally and from around the world. Throw in live music, street entertainment, a collection of contemporary craft stalls and all manner of kids’ activities to make for a great family day out.
Where? Congleton Town Centre
When? 10th June
Tatton Foodies Festival
Over 200 artisan producers will take the stage in the Producers’ Market to showcase the very best Cheshire produce. Enjoy wine tasting, afternoon tea, try your hand at shucking oysters, get to grips with beekeeping and perfect your baking skills in the Cake and Desserts Theatre where the winners of the Great British Bake Off will be baking live.
Where? Tatton Park, Cheshire
When? 13th - 15th July
International Cheese Awards, Nantwich
The world’s largest cheese show features entries from all over the globe, showcasing everything from Cheshire to Chevre. The Cheese Marquee contains an impressive 5,000 cheeses from 27 countries.
Enjoy free tasting samples and watch Celebrity Chefs James Martin, Will Holland and Sean Wilson cooking live throughout the day.
Where? Dorfold Hall, Cheshire
When? 25th July
Nantwich Food Festival
For one long weekend each September, Nantwich is transformed into a food lovers’ paradise, with two marquees packed with top quality food and drink producers. There’ll be a wide variety of street food stalls, artisan foods to purchase, demonstrations and friendly guides around town.
Where? Nantwich, Cheshire
When? 31st August - 1st September
The Great British Food Festival, Arley Hall
This popular food lovers festival features demonstrations from leading chefs, a Cake Off for those that want to test their skills and a Men vs. Food Challenge for those with a large appetite. There’ll be cookery classes for the little people, foraging tours and Cooking in a Camper demonstrations. Not to mention, the absolute beauty of Arley Hall’s stunning grounds to explore.
Where? Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire
When? 22nd - 23rd September
It's going to be a delicious year...