Foodies Welcomed as the Legendary St Albans Food & Drink Festival Returns this September

(18th August 2021) The St Albans Food & Drink festival, now in its 14th year, commences on Wednesday 1st September and features an exciting programme of events including Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park, the St Albans Food & Drink Awards and the vibrant FEASTIVAL street event. St Albans, in Hertfordshire, has a remarkable history and reputation with food and drink and the month-long event is hugely popular with locals and visitors looking for an incredible foodie experience.

From online cookery classes and live demonstrations to meet and greets with brewers, chefs and growers and exquisitely paired tastings- local businesses come together to offer a truly unrivalled experience for food lovers. There will also be a 24- hour photography challenge, pub quizzes and iconic film nights, livestock events, street food nights, Bollywood dancing, live radio events and pop-ups a plenty – it truly is a jam-packed festival with something for everyone.

Manager of St Albans Bid, Denise Parsons, said...

“We are delighted to sponsor the festival which includes a fantastic program of events that celebrate our food and drink heroes who have gone above and beyond during lockdown. There is something for everyone to enjoy, including live music which is hugely welcomed and adds to the vibrancy of our outdoor events.”

Highlights…

Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park event on 10th-12th September in Verulamium Park brings together special chefs, artisan products and top musicians for one big partywith live music from big names such as All Saints, Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle and the Lightening Seeds.

The awards for the district’s best food and drink businesses are one of the festival highlights but due to the pandemic have been scaled down to one prestigious award this year. Nominations for the Kate D’Arcy Award, recognising an individual who has given exceptional customer service to their community during the pandemic, are open until Monday 23rd August and the winner will be invited to a presentation event on Monday 20th September at St Michael’s Manor Hotel.

The festival culminates with the incredible FEASTIVAL street event on Sunday 26th September, which in previous years has attracted up to 20k people. The central streets in the town centre will be peppered with over 100 food and drink stalls, street entertainment, bars with live music, art and crafts activities, cookery demonstrations, face painting and fun for all ages.

Just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London St Pancras International and excellent road connections, St Albans is easily accessible, making it the perfect day or staycation destination.

Where to stay?

Accommodation in the city centre ranges from small and intimate bed and breakfasts to large hotels including the stunning country style Manor hotel, St Michaels Manor, the luxurious Sopwell House and the Victorian Grade II listed Torrington Hall.

Find out more details about the St Albans Food & Drink Festival and where to stay at EnjoyStAlbans.com

*NEW* 2021/2022 official St Albans Visitor Guide out now! Click here

Foodie Related Notes:

  • An historic inn-keeping city, St Albans has the most pubs per square mile in the country and is home to England’s Oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, as confirmed by The Guinness Book of Records.
  • Did you know the hot cross bun originated in St Albans. The ‘Alban Bun’ was created by Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century Monk at St Albans Abbey, who developed the recipe and would feed the poor on Good Friday.
  • The city is famous for its café and pub culture with a fantastic range of awardwinning eating and drinking establishments.

About St Albans:

  • St Albans is one of the best-kept secrets in UK tourism. A historic gem of an English Cathedral City just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London is easily accessible by road with links to the M25, M1 and A1(M).
  • The city’s colourful history and heritage can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful medieval architecture and picturesque buildings that look spectacular all year round.
  • A fabulous shopping destination, St Albans is home to an array of innovative independent retailers and well-known chains.
  • Enjoy lots of green, open spaces and parks – making St Albans a family friendly destination.

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