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Traditional cider, local beer, Cheddar cheese; Somerset food festivals are well worth a visit for these three delicacies alone! There is, however, so much more to offer in the county's ever-growing list of food and drink festivals, which we've narrowed down to five key categories.
So, if you're a chocoholic, vegan, or just craving a local tipple, there's a festival for you…
For a fortnight in September and October, the Great Bath Feast gave foodies the chance to taste new flavours and enjoy new culinary experiences for the fifth year. Local restaurants, pubs, cafes and food producers all came together to create 15 days of gastronomic delight!
When: It's set to return to Bath in 2018, with dates yet to be announced.
Cheese, cheese and more cheese – if that doesn't entice you to visit one of the top Somerset food festivals we don't know what will! Frome Cheese Show is a must-visit for fromage fanatics, showcasing the oldest cheese awards in the country, the Great Frome Cheese Off cookery competition and a cheese bar, among other cheese-themed experiences.
When: It takes place at the West Woodlands Showground, near Frome, on Saturday 8th September 2018.
This top Somerset festival, found at the University of Bath, has an area entitled the “Chocolate Zone”, perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Here you'll find a fine selection of products from top-notch chocolatiers to taste and take home, while there are plenty of chilli-related areas – including a Chilli Eating Competition and a Hot Wings Challenge!
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When: Next year's date is TBC, but the 2017 event took place in mid-July.
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VegfestUK tours the UK every year, and next May you can find it in Bristol at the Ashton Gate football stadium. The UK's biggest vegan event is a unique hybrid of vegan food and information during the day, before live music takes over in the evenings. Expect around 180 stalls offering top-class vegan cuisine, talks and cookery demos.
When: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, 2018.
Chilcompton Sports Ground plays host to one of Somerset's best beer, cider and music festivals. This year saw more than 25 real ales and more than 30 ciders found behind the various bars, while live music from local acts entertained the masses every evening. Those attending get a souvenir glass and programme on arrival, with the latter featuring tasting notes to ensure you're getting to know your drink!
When: Next year's date is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be around the start of September.
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