Cheltenham food festival

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

The foodie event of the year, Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, takes place in June each year. The festival is in Montpellier Gardens in the town’s heart.

The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival is an exciting day out for adults and children. There is typically live music throughout the weekend and you will have the chance to buy a range of delicious foods, pickles, sweets and alcoholic items from lots of exhibitors.

The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival pride themselves on providing visitors with the most diverse selection of food or drink producers, chefs, talks and master classes. There really is something for everyone.

Visitors can enjoy a series of cooking demonstrations from chefs, both local and celebrity chefs. You can also take part in International Wine Tasting classes or the diverse and fascinating Food & Drink talks with some of the most well-known and respected experts.

For other entertainment, there are live music performances and some street theatre to enjoy throughout the day.

2023 Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

This year’s festival will take place between 23rd and 25th of June 2023. Tickets and further information are available at

This year’s Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, 23rd to 25th June 2023, in Montpellier Gardens. Amongst this year’s Festival’s highlights will be Lisa Faulkner, the actress, cookery writer and celebrity co-host of “John and Lisa’s Kitchen.” Lisa will give a cooking demonstration on Saturday, 24th June, where you can learn new tips and tricks on becoming a Master Chef.

During the three-day Festival, the Lansdown Kitchen Chef’s Theatre will also host several inspiring local chefs who will show their creative cooking, sharing their passion for food and some of their culinary tips.


Yealands Winery is an opportunity to sample some of the best wine from New Zealand. The coast surrounding their vineyard inspires this wine, so close to the ocean that the sea spray can mist the vines. The beauty of New Zealand’s environment influences how they craft wine, respectful of nature and the land, sustainable winemaking and creating at its best. Besides the wine masterclass, wine experts offer a range of free wine talks. The tastings include wines from South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, California, France, and Washington State, USA.


If you love cheese, then you have options for fun things to see at the festival. First there are cheese masterclasses.This is a cheese lover’s dream to sample the delights on offer in our masterclasses hosted by Ned Palmer, the UK’s leading expert on cheese and author. Other cheesy events include:

  • The Great British Cheese Renaissance.
  • Extreme Cheesing – how can a cheese smell so bad but taste so good?
  • France vs Britain – comparing two great cheese cultures.
  • Ark of cheese – exploring goat, cow and sheep’s cheese.
  • Six Counties Cheese with Beer and Cider matching

Music & Entertainment

Live music offers some of the best bands around; the Whisky Priests bring you the luck, charm, and talent of the Irish. Also, Splat Rat return with their traditional folk music, taking songs of old and giving them a modern-day twist. Join friends and family and relax to the music with a glass of Prosecco perfectly chilled.

The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival offers an exciting day out for children with street theatre and traditional Punch and Judy. There is live music throughout the weekend, and you can buy a range of delicious foods, pickles, sweets, and alcoholic items from over 130 exhibitors.

Dog Show

The Cheltenham Animal Shelter is the festival’s Charity of the Year. They will organise several dog related events over the weekend, including a Fun Dog Show on Saturday 24th. The £3 registration fee will go to the Cheltenham Animal Shelter. So is your dog a Fabulous Fella, a Lovely Lady, a Top Rescue, a Cute Puppy, or a Golden Oldie?