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New Leicester Food Festival to launch in Abbey Park this summer

A brand new Food Festival is coming to Leicester’s Abbey Park this summer. 

The event, taking place on August 10 and 11, is being promoted as ‘the biggest food and drink festival to be held in Leicester’, bringing together local food, independent makers from across the region, a line up of street food vendors, local bars, brewers, bakeries and more.

Leicester Time: New Leicester Food Festival to launch in Abbey Park this summer
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Ultimate Coldplay, the UK’s finest and most accurate live tribute to Coldplay are headlining the main stage on Saturday 10th and Dan East who is widely considered to be the best Ed Sheeran tribute, will headline on Sunday 11th Aug.

There’s a program of local bands, family shows and things to do throughout the weekend as well. Featuring an interactive story tent from Leicester based children’s publishers Sweet Cherry Publishing, a Children’s Craft Tent, Theatrical Shows, Character Appearances with photo opportunities, a Magical Bubble Fairy, Balloon Modelling, Stilt Walkers, Circus Skills, Face Painting & Glitter, Workshops including Wine Tasting from local enthusiast @the.winefan, Gin Masterclasses and more!

Midlands Makers, who are known for their local Makers Markets, will also be curating a bespoke Artisan Food & Makers tent with over 100 Marketstalls. This is a brilliant opportunity for any small business to showcase their items. 

Representatives from Leicester Riders and Leicester City in the Community will be attending to engage and energise the local community with some fun activities. 

The festival has also teamed up with the famous local Billy Bates Fun Fair for the weekend, where all tickets for the festival will give you free entry into the fair which can be accessed via a designated walkway.

The event has been put together in collaboration with Visit Leicester’s ‘Taste The Place’ campaign, an initiative all about experiencing our diverse food offer and bringing together our food and drink businesses from across the region.

A spokesperson said: “We‘ve got loads of great producers, food and drink businesses, cafes and restaurants here in Leicestershire and want to really shout about them. Our main aim is to highlight and build Leicestershire’s food and drink reputation and really put us on the map! Leicester Food Festival is very much a natural extension of this ethos!”

Limited Early Bird tickets are now on sale from

Both children’s & adult tickets are currently Half Price at £5 and £7.50 with under 5’s being free.

Festival timings are Saturday 11am-9pm & Sunday 11am-6pm.