What's your flava - Upton House Food & Music Festival, 14-16 June 2024

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Food and music are made for each other – both are great on their own, but together they nourish the soul as well as the mind and body. Mmmm….


As summer starts to swing, this year’s Upton House Food and Music Festival offers a celebration of sensational tastes and unstoppable sounds on the edge of Poole Harbour.


What’s more, the three-day, family-friendly festival in the beautiful grounds of Upton House offers exceptional value as well as serving up a mouthwatering menu of top quality international street food from some of the region’s finest artisan producers.


Add to that a winning side order of smash hits from UK tributes to superstars like Amy Winehouse, Queen, Foo Fighters, Stereophonics and, of course, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and you have a recipe for the best of times.


“It’s the weekend before the big one – Glastonbury – so there’s no better way to get into the festival spirit this summer than joining us at Upton House,” says festival organiser Serena Wren.


As well as the main attractions, there’s also a bill of top local bands and singers, free kids entertainment all weekend and some seriously silly eating contests for the hungry and the brave at heart. Three-day family weekend tickets are available from just £34 and single day family passes start at just £26.


Here’s a taste of what you can expect with our special guide to the top ten food and drink producers at this year’s Upton House Food and Music Festival…


Montien Thai – Top tasty Thai cuisine from the popular Bridport restaurant’s mobile kitchen. Always a pleasure…


Island Box – Open up your taste buds to pure delight with delicious Mauritian street food from Island Box made with authentic ingredients, ethically sourced.


Crêpe Roulette – With sweet and savoury crêpes the way you want them, from the best little creperie in the south.


Dorset Pizza Kitchen – This family-run, mobile, wood-fired pizza enjoys a reputation for outstanding quality. Pick up a slice and you’ll know why!


The Bao Bao Beast – Amazing traditional Asian street food with a western twist, these guys know their onions… and their spices, and their pickles, and their meats.


Sobo Smoko – This pop-up Texas barbeque business started less than a year ago in a back garden in Southbourne, but its big hearted flavours are already winning fans wherever it sets up.


The Greekery – With totally authentic Athenian street food, The Greekery is a taste sensation. Souvlaka, gyros, Greek salad never tasted better than when served in the open air.


Bournemouth Ice Cream – Guaranteed to put a smile on any face, this well-loved local institution always manages to pull out a few surprises – check out the ice cream trays!


BH1 Gin – Dorset’s original small batch gin, created by two Bournemouth bartenders a stone’s throw from the beach. Their gin-thusiasm  to cetrat something truly unique lead them to their secret ingredient – wild chamomile plucked from the Bournemouth coastline.


Shanty Spirit – From a craft distillery that is literally a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge in Poole, Shanty’s award-winning seaweed vodka and barrel-aged seaweed rum are absolute game changers.


The site opens from 5pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday, which is, of course, Father’s Day. And for those who don’t want to miss England’s debut at the Euros, the big match against Serbia will be shown from 8-10pm.


Weekend and day tickets are available now with prices starting at just £6 adults, £2 children and £14 family.


Pre-paid on-site parking is available and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.


For bookings and more information visit www.uptonhousefoodand musicfestival.com.