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Over recent years, the British population has developed quite the appetite for food festivals, with an increasing number of local fairs and festivals continuing to pop up across the country.

Whether small or large, a well-planned and producer-populated food fair is guaranteed to attract a crowd, but how and why did this obsession begin?

With more and more people campaigning for individuals to ‘buy British’, there has been an increase in the number of people choosing to buy locally-sourced products. However, while research by YouGov identifies that 79% of British adults believe it’s important to buy locally-sourced produce, the number of people following through and purchasing this produce is reported to be significantly lower, at just 30%.

Food fairs and festivals are a fantastic way to increase sales of locally-produced goods as well as provide a great opportunity for those in the local community to join together and taste different recipes and flavours. Many of the local suppliers will use the ingredients from nearby farms and fruit and vegetable growers to create their tasty delights, further benefiting the community. This is the epitome of buying British – supporting businesses close to home and helping them to grow and thrive.

Many of our producers, along with a host of other artisan curators, attend a selection of festivals close to them throughout the year. Check out the list below to see where you can sample preserves from our some of our suppliers throughout 2018:

Clare’s Preserves

Nourish Festival – 1 September

Green Kitchen Preserves

Love Northampton Food Fair – 18 August

Wickstead Park Christmas Fair – 17 & 18 November

Oundle Christmas Market – 1 December

Northampton Frost Fair – 2 December

(For further fairs/festivals please visit the Green Kitchen Preserves website).

Friar’s Farm (coming soon to Heartisan Fine Foods)

Love Northampton – 18 August

Delapre Village Show – 27 August

Milton Keynes Food Festival – 15 September

Daventry Food Festival – 22 September

Abington Park Museum Food Fayre – 22 September

Newton & Pott

Broadway Market E8 – every Saturday

Make More Festival – 23-27 August

Springfield Kitchen

Kenilworth Food Festival – 22 July

Art in the Park – 4 August

What A Pickle!

Cosford Food Festival – 21-22 July

Burwarton Show – 2 August

Nantwich Food Festival – 31-2 September

Ludlow Food Festival – 7-9 September

Abergavenny Food Festival – 15-16 September

Arley Hall Food Festival – 22-23 September

Remember, if you’re unable to attend any of these events, you can purchase products from these suppliers on our website and have them delivered directly to your door!

We give local produce, the opportunity to travel nationally.

Until next time,

The Heartisan Fine Foods team