SIX months, SIX huge food and drink festivals in Lincoln – month by month what you can enjoy

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Food and drink fans who love nothing more than savouring the flavours of Lincolnshire, delicacies from further afield in the UK and tastes from around the world, will want these six festivals over the next six months in their diaries.

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A mouth-watering feast of food festivals are in the county’s social calendar. We take you month-by-month to reveal the events you will not want to miss…

JUNE

A new festival which combines the best of comedy and cuisine will welcome Bill Bailey, Russell Kane and David O’Doherty as well as award winning street food, music and entertainment to Lincoln Castle on June 9-11.

Rising stars in comedy will also perform at Comedy Feast, including Phil Wang, Luisa Omielan, Lloyd Griffith and Ivo Graham.

But as the name of the event suggests, it’s not just comedy on the menu.The mouth-watering ‘feast’ line-up includes London’s burger joint Honest Burgers, Taiwanese sensation Le Bao, meat free gurus Oli Baba’s, and the award-winning Crabbieshack. The Cheese Society and So Kneady will also be in attendance, flying the flag for Lincolnshire businesses.

Comedy Feast is the brainchild of the team behind the popular county Lost Village Festival. Organiser Jay Jameson, a Lincoln-born music producer, says: “Oli Baba’s is the stuff of magic. It’s all meat free but you’d never know it, so even if you’re not a veggie it’s still amazing. Following a six-month excursion around the Middle East, Oli, the proprietor, created a menu of mouth-watering food that has been a huge smash at London street food events. Their halloumi fries are insane.

“Honest Burgers is London’s best burger joint that focuses on British produce. Their amazing burger menu often evolves week on week, meaning there’s always something new, innovative and delicious to try. This place is an institution for a lot of burger fans, it’s ridiculously tasty.”

Honest Burgers

Many of the pop-up restaurants at Comedy Feast have won awards for their food, including The Crabbieshack. Their soft shell crab, deep-fried in Old Bay batter, garnished with fennel, almonds, harissa and avocado, and served in a brioche bun, wowed judges when they scooped the top prize for London in the British Street Food Awards.

Visitors can also look forward to food from hot dog extraordinaires Diamond Dogs, Vietnamese street-food sensation Hanoi Kitchen, Italy-meets-Lincolnshire culinary concept The Piadina Project, and BBQ Dreamz.

“The Piadina Project is a really interesting pop-up restaurant that combines the proprietors heritage. Born in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, but moving to Lincolnshire as a child, has led to a boundary-pushing cuisine combination – the Piadina is basically a fine griddled flatbread, filled with all manner of good stuff.

“Street food is such a huge part of London culture, allowing people to access a vast range of global food in a relaxed and casual way. We are bringing the best from the London street food scene to Lincoln. As Lincoln constantly becomes more established on a national level, we believe strongly that the city deserves to have the quality of events that places like London, Manchester and Leeds do.

“We’ll also have music, drink tastings and live entertainment, plus an amazing range of bars serving unique cocktails, craft beer, real ale and lots more.”

Entertainment comes from Lincolnshire’s Scott Perry, who will bend your mind with his boundary-pushing form of modern street magic, while the Feast Stage will play host to live bands across the weekend. The Feast Stage will also see a selection of DJs playing soul, funk, disco, jazz and classic hip hop. For entertainment for all the family, Horrible Histories Live – Barmy Britain will be part of the event on Sunday.

“Our aim is to create an environment that people can come and hang out in all day, enjoy the ambience of the castle, try lots of amazing new food and drink plus, obviously, laugh a lot.

“As a company we’re always focused on creating memories through unique events. Our energy comes from creating something new and exciting. Amazing food and hilarious comedy in this stunning setting – it was a no-brainer really.”

Comedy Feast tickets start from £13.50. Feast Only tickets are £3. Visit.

A popular Street Food Festival will return to Lincoln on July 13-16 selling dishes from around the world, with live music and a bar on several evenings. Enjoy a wide variety of flavours cooked fresh on Lincoln High Street with outdoor seating on Cornhill. The festival will be open 9am until 9pm (closing at 5pm on Sunday). There will be live music and a bar open on Thursday to Saturday from 6pm. The event is free to attend.

AUGUST

A new gin festival will be held in Lincoln for the first time this summer. GinFestival.com will host its first major event in the city in August at the Engine Shed. Visitors will be able to drink and experiment with new and exciting gins and learn more about spirits.There will be sessions on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 with tickets costing £9.50 each. Dates of sessions and times: August 11: Evening session 6.30pm-11pm; August 12: Afternoon session 12.30pm-5pm; August 12: Evening session 6.30pm-11pm.

SEPTEMBER

Celebrity chef John Torode will star at a new Great Food and Drink Festival to be held at Lincoln Castle on September 16-17.

Over the Saturday, you will be able to watch John Torode take part in three cooking demonstrations. Also appearing on the Saturday will be The Lincolnshire Chef Steven Bennett.

Then, Sunday welcomes well known television chef Michael Caines. At Gidleigh Park, where he was at the helm for 21 years, Caines earned and held two Michelin stars. He was awarded AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007, and received an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry.

Visitors to the event will also find a variety of bars including a double decker bus bar providing a range of drinks and seating at the top of the bus. Greene King will bring a real ale bar and there will be a prosecco bar and a spirit and cider bar provided by Coolest Drink Bar.

Up to 100 stands will be selling hot and cold food as well.

Advanced tickets £8, £10 OTD, U10s free with a paying adult. Visit.

OCTOBER

The famous Lincolnshire sausage will be celebrated at the annual Lincoln Sausage Festival, in and around Lincoln Castle, on Saturday, October 14.

During the day there will be cooking demonstrations from guests including local chef Rachel Green, food stalls, children’s entertainment and live music. Lincoln Castle and Castle Square will be bursting with stalls selling all types of produce including lots of Lincolnshire Sausages to buy and eat on the day or to take away and enjoy at home.

Visitors can look forward to performances from The Cosmic Sausages, Juggling Jim and Mr Sausage himself. There will be a Children’s Marquee at the festival once again to encourage even the youngest visitors to get involved.

Join in 10am to 5pm. Stalls in Castle Square are free to browse. Admission to Lincoln Castle grounds stalls and activities is £1 per adult (accompanying children free).

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