Private jet charter to British Food Fortnight
Each fall during the Harvest Festival, British Food Fortnight celebrates the best of British food and drink; taking place this year from September 22 to October 7 2018. This nationwide festival is just a private jet charter away, so arrange your flight today and tuck into favorite British classics like sticky toffee pudding, roast beef with gravy, Yorkshire pudding, sausage rolls and bangers ’n’ mash.
British Food Fortnight
As the long summer days draw to a close and the chill of fall sets in, there doesn't seem much to be excited about. Liven up your September by chartering a private jet to Great Britain’s largest food festival, a two-week celebration of homegrown British cuisine from local delicacies to national dishes. Businesses, chefs and restaurants across the nation showcase the best of English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish dishes during this culinary extravaganza, which started in 2002 and has since grown into a popular annual foodie event.
Plan your trip to Great Britain this fall and spend a fortnight tantalizing your tastebuds with iconic British favorites such as fish and chips, Yorkshire puddings, pork pies, Cornish pasties and Sunday roasts.
Dates and schedule
The whole of Great Britain boasts an exciting schedule during this fortnight of food in September and October, 2018. Read on for our top picks for this year’s festival below:
Heart of England
- Leek Fine Food Market, August 18 - December 15. From homemade pies, tarts and cakes, to artisan cheeses and bread, to speciality preserves and the finest locally-farmed meat and honey, the Leek Fine Food Market in Staffordshire is a foodie’s dream come true. This award-winning festival has it all, including stalls with local food producers, a smorgasbord of samples and tasters, and even cookery demonstrations for those who fancy themselves as a chef in the making. The Fine Food market is held every third Saturday of the month in the Leek Market Place, so make sure to include this stop in your itinerary.
- Ludlow Food Festival, September 7 - 9. The Ludlow Food Festival is a culinary experience like no other. The event takes place within the Ludlow Castle ruins in Shropshire, and the area’s rich history is almost tangible as it bursts into color and flavor for two days in September. Over 180 exhibitors from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches contribute to this event, which includes the famous ale and sausage trails and hands-on cooking demonstrations and culinary workshops. Find out more about this spectacular festival of fine foods at the official website.
South East and London
- Winslow Ox Roast, September 29. If you’re looking for a uniquely British experience, this all-day event at the Bell Hotel in Winslow’s Market Square is a must-do. The festivities kick off at 1pm with the ox roast taking place outside the hotel, and tombola and a selection of market stalls are included for a full day of activity. What’s more, the Ox Roast is all in support of a good cause; 50% of all profits from this year’s roast go to the Chiltern Air Ambulance and Masonic Charities. For more information, check out the Bell Hotel’s website.
- Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival, October 6 - 7. The Ascot Beer Festival in Berkshire is a celebration of the finest beers and ales England has to offer. Guests can look forward to a staggering 200 real ales and more than 20 ciders and perries on show this year, from some of the best independent breweries in the country. While enjoying a pint, you’ll also be able to soak up some fantastic live music and watch some top-class flat racing. You can even have a flutter if you’re so inclined. A selection of tickets and specials are available; find out more on the event website.
- Cressing Temple Autumn Food Home and Lifestyle, September 29-30. Held in the grounds of Cressing Temple Barns near Chelmsford, this fair features a host of marquees and stands where you can sample and purchase world-class English cuisine and cookery sets. Keep an eye out for the many celebrity chefs in attendance, including culinary supremo Sophie Grigson and Masterchef's Ondine Hartgroves. Adult tickets cost $6 online and $8 on the gate; under-18s free.
- Cambridgeshire Autumn Crafts and Food Fair, October 6-7. From handicrafts and gift stalls to a celebration of local food and drink, this fantastic fair at Wood Green celebrates the best English food and cuisine Cambridge has to offer. Concession tickets cost $4 for adults and $3 for accompanied children aged 16 and under.
- Edinburgh Farmers Market, August 4 - December 15. Now in its 17th year, the Edinburgh Farmers Market is listed as one of the world’s best farmers markets according to Loyd Grossman. Taking place at the foot of the iconic Edinburgh Castle, this market features a mouthwatering variety of fresh local produce from more than 40 of the region’s top specialist producers. The market runs for nearly five months, including the duration of British Food Fortnight, so consider making this stand-out event a stop on your itinerary.
- Cupar’s Farmers Market, September 15 - October 20. Cupar is a historical market town in Fife. Hundreds of years later, the town still celebrates its tradition of hosting a farmer’s market every third Saturday of the month in the town square. Guests can look forward to a bustling display of more than 30 artisan producers and local chefs, so don’t miss out on this one for a definitive Scottish culinary experience.
Private jet charter to British Food Fortnight
If the thought of enjoying a fortnight of British cuisine has got your mouth watering, arrange your private jet charter from the U.S. to Great Britain today. Below is a range of routes and quotes to help you plan your trip:
- A flight from Las Vegas to London Southend Airport in a medium jet like the Gulfstream G200 takes around 10 hours and costs around $115,000 for eight passengers.
- A flight from New York to Edinburgh in a mid-size jet like the Challenger 300 takes just under seven-and-a-half hours and costs around $63,700 for nine passengers.
- A flight from Los Angeles to Cardiff in a long range heavy jet like the Legacy 500 takes around 12 hours and 19 minutes, and costs about $108,000 for 12 passengers.
Best of British
Britain is bursting with foodie hubs that are well worth a visit during your taste-fueled trip across the pond. Perhaps explore the pretty county of Worcestershire in the West Midlands, home of the nation’s iconic Worcestershire sauce, where traditional pubs serve delicious English cuisine; or stop in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England’s 'Rural Capital of Food' where the famous pork pie originated.
The designated ‘Food Town’ of Castle Douglas in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland is a down-to-earth hub where independent butchers, bakers and brewers serve excellent local produce; while the Welsh market town of Abergavenny hosts a popular food festival in mid-September, where visitors can sample delicious local fare and attend masterclasses, tastings, talks and demonstrations.
Love British food? Charter a private jet with Air Charter Service and discover the nation’s finest cuisine during British Food Fortnight. Contact us and one of our specialists will take care of every detail, allowing you to enjoy a luxurious and bespoke private jet charter with loved ones or work colleagues.