Dig in to some fine food festivals

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Britain’s affinity with food is exemplified with the plethora of food festivals this year. Below is a selection coming in the second half of 2012.

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (August 18 – 19) is a homage to the stinking rose, although all sorts of edible delights feature at this undercover festival. Includes live music, a zoo and classic cars.

Flavour Fortnight, throughout Dumfries and Galloway (August 25 – September 9), is one of the more unique foodmeets- culture events in Britain. Events include a wild food forage around an art gallery, a jazzthemed celebration of jam, a Greek mezze made with local food and an opportunity to meet majestic Highland cattle.

The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival (September 7 – 16). The largest festival of its kind has local producers, growers, restaurants, bars and food retailers firmly at its heart. It showcases fantastic food, drink and hospitality to be found in the city and surrounding Sussex.

Great British Cheese Festival (September 22 – 23) is set in Cardiff Castle, a dramatic setting for this festival celebrating fabulous food with Britain’s biggest cheese market plus an array of artisan wine, cider, perry and beer.