Food events in Cambridge Summer 2015

Food is always on top of our mind here at the Cambridge Food Tour. The next 4 months we will be in heaven with an array of food festivals and events to happen in Cambridge.

If you’re a local, a semi-local, a visitor or visiting Cambridge for business, then this is the time to visit Cambrige and to delve into the local food scene. There is so much on offer, that it will be very hard to choose. You might want to take part in every event! Don’t worry about your waistline as there are enough open green spaces to keep you trim and fit.


Grantchester Meadows

Let’s start with food walks on the wild side

Take a stroll or brisk walk along to the river to either Fen Ditton or Grantchester. Heading down to Fen Ditton, you want to start at Midsummer Common. From here it is about 45 minutes walk to the Plough in Fen Ditton. The perfect spot for river side dining or for just a drink. Fancy Duck & Waffle? It’s on their menu now!

Sunset at The Plough in Fen Ditton
The Plough in Fen Ditton

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The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester

Rather go for a cup of tea at a pretty orchard? Then you should start your walk at Mill Pond. The walk from here to Grantchester is also about 45 minutes. Fancy something stronger or a nice meal? The Rupert Brooke is the pub you are looking for in Grantchester.


The ‘liquid’ festivals

It’s May at the moment so that means ‘the Cambridge Beer Festival’ is back in town from 18 to 23 May. Unfortunately Live and Let Live had have their yearly Rum festival last month so you need to keep an eye out for it next year and if you like something with a kick, then check out Bacchanalia on 16 May from 12 to 3pm. They will be matching Sriracha Stour & Srirachi Chili Sauce. You can be assured, that this will put some fire in your belly!

These are only a few as Cambridge is well known for its many beer festivals so keep an eye out on our Facebook as we will be sharing these with you here.

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The food festivals

Today sees the start of Eat Cambridge, which Eat Cambridge is the annual festival of food and drink created in 2013 with the aim of showing off our fabulous local independent producers to local food fans throughout the county of Cambridgeshire. The festival takes place in May and features a fortnight of fantastic local food and drink, a jam-packed two-week schedule of tasty fringe events and a huge food and drink fair at the Corn Exchange in the historic city of Cambridge. Eat Cambridge will be running for 2 weeks until 23 May with food events from a Street Food market to tastings and dining experiences. Some of the events are fully booked already so book soon to avoid disappointment.

siesta fiesta

If you like Spanish food, wine and sherry, then Siesta Fiesta at Childerley Hall  on 17 May is an event for your diary.

What else tickled our taste buds during Eat Cambridge?

  • Pop-up restaurant at the Cambridge Cookery school on 8 May
  • Aspergus festival at Burwash Manor on 9 May
  • Mill Road Food Tour on 9 May
  • Food Park on 9 May
  • Chocolate and Coffee tasting at Hot Numbes on 13 May
  • Tapas Evening at Shelford Delicatessen on 14 May
  • High Tea at Marie Antoinette by Gourmandises on 16 May
  • Over the tracks by Steak & Honour and Jack’s Gelato
  • Producers dinner with the Grub Club on 22 May ( I will be there too if you want to say hello)
  • The Big event on 23 May
  • The Sustainable Food restaurant showcase during the festival

Big weekend Collage 3

In July it is time for the Big Weekend again. It runs from 10 to 12 July and is a fun weekend, which includes music, food events and games for the children.

Must do for a foodie:

  • Saturday 11 July the Food Hall from midday to 5pm
  • Sunday the Cambridge Mela
  • There are lots of stalls with food and delicatessen during the festival

Mill Road Feast Collage 5

Mill Road Feast is back on the 7th of June and then later on the 6th of September. On the 7th of June you can look forward to local produce from

  • Earth’s Crust (bread)
  • Eat Drink Ideas (cheese)
  • Azahar Spanish Foods
  • the OOO Company (olive oil)
  • Cambridge Chilli Sauce C
  • Schmergmeister Chilli Sauce
  • Dynamic Organics
  • Drinks: Beijo Bebidas, The Juice Box and Beanissimo
  • Street food: Steak and Honour, Fired Up Pizza, vegan samosas from Cadwin Curries, The Duke of Pork, Chilipot, Goulash Valley, No. 12 Village Shop & Deli and hopefully, the latest vegan and veggie van on the scene, the Wandering Yak.
    Dessert: Jack’s Gelato, Churros Bar and Poffertjes

The OOO compaany extra virgin olive oil
The OOO compaany extra virgin olive oil

The last one on our list is the Cambridge Roar is a new fundraising event for the Prince’s Trust and Arthur Rank. The summer will without doubt be roaring with 18 events over 23 days! There is so much going on, that you might want to delay your summer holiday and if you’re planning to visit Cambridge, then you are in for a treat.

Which events caught our eye?

  • The Beer festival on 19 and 20 June
  • Battle of the bands on 21 June
  • Stylish Afternoon Tea on 3 of July
  • Food and Drink market on 5 July
  • Bollinger Dinner 8 July
  • Wine and Cheese Festival 9 July
  • Grand Finale Hollywood ball on 11 July

It’s pretty grey and windy outside at the moment, but the outlook of so many food events in the next 4 months, it looks much brighter!


Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram