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Eight of the best food festivals for autumn

Posted on by Beyond Bespoke

From seafood to sausages (and some celebrity chefs thrown in for good measure), we round up the best of British food festivals to whet your appetite this autumn

The Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival Killyleagh, Northern Ireland, 19-21 September 2014
Sign up for three days of sheer chocolate indulgence, including a chocolate ball, a chocolate and fine food festival and lots of family fun, including stilt walking and story telling. hanssloane.com

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, Sefton Park, Liverpool, 19-21 September 2014
Yotam Ottolenghi (pictured) and Tom Kerridge will join more than 160 Merseyside chefs and regional producers at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, demonstrating recipes from their latest books and taking part in Q&A sessions and book signings. liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

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Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival, 20-21 September 2014
Last year this annual culinary celebration in Hastings Old Town attracted more than 50,000 visitors. Expect more than 30 food stalls, guided walks, interactive talks, demonstrations and a special Jazz Breakfast. visit1066country.com/seafood

Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, October 4-5, 2014
From alcoholic ice-creams and artisan cheeses to gold-infused bubbly and gourmet British game – as well as the famous local Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese - more than 150 exhibitors will be showcasing their produce at the Festival this year. meltonmowbrayfoodfestival.co.uk

Apple Weekend, Oxfordshire, 10-12 October 2014
You can enjoy Waterperry Gardens’ own varieties, go on tours of the orchards and get advice on how best to grown your own over Apple Weekend. waterperrygardens.co.uk

Framlingham Sausage Fest, Suffolk, 11 October 2014
At Framlingham Sausage Fest not only can you shop around for your favourite banger, but you can also make your own in sausage workshops. framsausagefest.co.uk

The Llangollen Food Festival, Wales, 18-19 October
Visitors can learn about bee-keeping and making jams, chutneys and pickles, and also have the chance to see Britain’s most expensive loaf. It also coincides with a beer festival which takes place around local pubs. llangollenfoodfestival.com

The Fine Cheese Co. Festival, Milsom Place, Bath, October 25
Bath Soft Cheese, Keen’s Cheddar, Ticklemore Cheese and Trethowan’s Dairy are among the cheese makers taking centre stage at The Octagon in Milsom Place. finecheese.co.uk