The UK is enjoying the benefits of the early approval of Coronavirus vaccines, and has delivered over 20 million jabs, twice as many as in some EU countries. The rate of vaccination has allowed Britons to dream of a summer free of lockdown, and a chance for the hospitality industry to get working again.
Food festivals are also looking to the summer with optimism in the UK, with a number of local events announcing they will go ahead. The much-loved Dorset Seafood Festival will be returning to Weymouth on 11 and 12 September. The event, which usually attracts some 60,000 people over the course of the weekend, will be scaled back this year though, and for the first time attendees will have to pay an entry fee in order to facilitate responsible crowd management.
The Pub in the Park festival in Marlow, the biggest food and music festival tour in the UK with Over 120,000 attendees, will go ahead from 16-19 September. The festival, spearheaded by chef Tom Kerridge, had been planned for May, but organisers have decided to hedge their bets and postpone until later in the summer.