Food glorious food festivals

A busy month is September it seems.

A month when food and drink festivals spring to life all over the place.

Admittedly there are many that take place during May, June and July – including the Stratford Food Festival which I had the pleasure of visiting.

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But it seems in the main the autumn is when food and drink is really celebrated.

It must be something to do with the harvest.

Anyway, here’s a rundown of great local food and drink event, shows and festivals in the central England region this month.

It all got underway last weekend (6th and 7th September) with the Leamington Spa Food & Drink Festival, at the Royal Pump Room Gardens in Royal Leamington Spa.

Staying in Warwickshire (just!), following on from that this weekend – 13th and 14th September, sees the Great British Food Festival at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.

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Out of the county, there is the Rutland Food & Drink Festival on Saturday 13th September 2014, 10am – 6pm at Rutland Water. It’s all part of Rutland Day in the county, and I had the pleasure of visiting this great part of the country for its inaugural Festival a few years ago. A great setting and well worth the visit.

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Next weekend – 20th and 21st September, there is the Great Taste Festival of Food & Drink, at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

Before – and a little closer to home for me anyway, is the Rugby Food and Drink Festival which runs from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th September

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(I will be blogging about this prior to and during the show)

Finally (I think), the first weekend of October – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October will see the staging of the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, another festival I visited a couple of years back (in its previous guise as the East Midlands Food and Drink Festival). Again, a great festival with – like every good food and drink festival should have, a wide range of food and drink from local and regional producers.

Has that whetted your tastebuds?

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