May Food and Drinks Events

Spring is sprung and May brings us two bank holidays in one month. Bank holidays are a brilliant boost to all kinds of catering businesses from restaurants to mobile caterers as people see the bank holiday as an excuse to treat themselves. Be prepared for an increase in customers and make sure your fridges are stocked up.

Spring is also the start of the season for food festivals, markets and fairs across the country as people start to want to get out of the house and into the open air. Food festivals are great for anyone in catering, you can exhibit yourself or you can visit to get inspiration for new menu ideals and ingredients.


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May 2nd Hull Street Food Night

On Thursday 2nd from 4pm until 9pm Zebedee’s Yard and Princess Dock Street are home to Hull’s best street food and live entertainment. Free to attend there’s all kinds of food on offer including taco’s, waffles, cakes, noodles and Thai food.


May 4th National Orange Juice Day

It's one of the worlds favourite breakfast drinks and an excellent source of vitamins. Freshly squeezed juice is delicious and more healthy than it's pre-bottled counterpart. If you don't already have a juicer have a look at the Cooksmill shop for a selection of juicers.


May 4th -6th Lotherton Hall Food and Drink Festival

Lotherton Hall near Leeds will be hosting the best street food traders with dishes from all over the world including Mexican, Italian and Spanish as well as a traditional English hog roast. There is also a bar, live music and children’s entertainment set in the beautiful grounds and gardens of the hall.


May 4th – 5th Artisan Cheese Fair

Who doesn’t like cheese! With over 60 artisan cheese makers from around Britain and Ireland attending the Artisan cheese fair in Melton Mowbray is well worth the trip. There is a full programme of talks, tastings and demonstrations. And for those that don’t like cheese there is also wine, cakes, chutneys and of course Melton Mowbray pies.

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May 6th May Day Bank Holiday

May Day is a national bank holiday in England, Scotland and Wales. Traditionally celebrated with maypole dancing the holiday dates back to Roman times. Many people businesses and schools have the day off including Cooksmill.


May 9th – 27th Leeds Indie Food Festival

Sustainability is the key theme for the 2019 Leeds Indie Food Festival with plant based food experiences and talks. Go to the website to find the huge list of food and drink events taking place across Leeds.


May 11th Eat What You Want Day

What better excuse to indulge in your favourite dishes than a whole day dedicated to eating what you like. Create a decadent specials board to celebrate the day.



May 13th - 19th National Vegetarian Week

Being vegetarian isn't just about not eating animals it's also about saving the planet. People are increasingly flexatarian meaning that they have meat free days. Gone are the days of only offering a goat cheese tart, people want a better selection of vegetarian meals.


May 13th -19th London Wine Week

Drink up London is holding its annual celebration of the Capital’s best wine bars. Events include wine tastings, dinners and wine tours across the city. Sign up for a free pass for the seven day festival on their website.


May 14th Tea Training at Tea HQ Manchester

Want to know more about all those cups of tea you make and serve? Brew Tea Co are offering a practical and informational tea training workshop including information on blends, tips on brewing and a tea tasting session.



May 19th - 26th British Sandwich Week

Celebrate Britain's favourite go too food. Whether it's a lunch on the go or a weekend bacon sandwich Brit's love a sandwich. Sandwich week trends across Twitter and social media so it's a great way to get your business noticed. Get some images of your best sandwich ready.


May 20th - 2nd June British Tomato Fortnight

The tomato is a wonderful versatile fruit. What would pizza, lasagna, a cooked breakfast or even a salad be without the tomato. Tomato fortnight is run by the Tomato Growers Association and it's a great excuse to promote your menu and to add a few tomato specials.


May 21st – 22nd European Coffee, Tea and Soft Drinks Expo

Held at London Olympia the expo is the definitive event for the professional service of coffee, tea, soft drinks and other none alcoholic products. It’s free to attend and promises to provide visitors with an unmissable opportunity to meet a huge range of suppliers all under one roof.


May 25th – 26th Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton is holding its 11th annual food lover’s festival including artisan stalls, street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos and live music. It’s open from 9am till 9pm and suitable for all the family.


May 25th- 26th River Cottage Food Fair

Join Huge Fearnley Whittingstall and the team for a weekend of food events including masterclasses on wood fired meat cooking, jam making and talks on all thing’s food related. There is a lot to do for adults and children including farm tours, giant bubble blowing and kids burger making.


May 27th - 2nd June National BBQ Week

It's the 23rd National BBQ week celebrating the growth of the BBQ market in the UK. If you have an open space such as a pub garden or cafe seating area it's a great excuse to get cooking. The smell of a BBQ will tempt in new customers. Don't forget the vegetarians with some stiffed peppers and veggie burgers.


May 27th Spring Bank Holiday

Spring Bank Holiday is the second bank holiday in May it’s a day for many people to have a pleasant day off school or work. It’s a time for people to spend time with family and friends and hopefully get a little sun. Cooksmill will be closed for the bank holiday.








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