The British Cured Meat Awards and Festival is back!

Admit it. You’ve been starting to get a little bit anxious of late. Having survived the rigours of Dry January and Dreary February, you’ve no doubt been searching for a glint of fun and frivolity on the horizon. Something to drag you out of the winter blues and headlong, beaming into the year. Something to look forward to in other words!

Well, the wait is up, as we are pleased to announce that The British Cured Meat Festival is back – with our integral award ceremony. And we reckon that it is going to bigger and better than before.


The date to put into your diaries is June 1st, 2019 and the whole shenanigans will be heading north of the river this time around, as we have a found a new site in King’s Cross. Namely at Canopy Market, right next to Granary Square. And there will be two sessions. A laid back, family orientated affair that will run from 11am-3pm. Then the party will begin at 4pm – going on till 8pm – where things will be cranked up a touch and the winners of the awards will be announced.

If that wasn’t good enough, all of the festival producers will also be trading as part of the regular Canopy Market the next day, on Sunday June 2nd. This will be unticketed and will simply give you the chance to return to King’s Cross – or visit for the first time even – for some more tastings, beer supping and general cured meat goodness.


‘Who is going to be there on the Saturday?’ – we hear you say. Well, in keeping with our remit of celebrating the great and the good of British Cured Meat, there will be a host of activities and stalls to peruse and enjoy. Chef demos will be led by the likes of Calum Franklin, Steve Lamb of River Cottage and Cobble Lane Cured – plus an interesting collaboration with kimchi kings, Eaten Alive. Amazing street food will be supplied by leading lights on the scene. And the finest booze known to humanity will be available from Fourpure Brewery and from Cannon & Cannon’s very own bespoke wine bar.


Factor in music by local bands and artists, such as The Voodoo Brass Band, Swanton Movers and Joseph Lofthouse – with DJ sets by Oren Sounds – well, the atmosphere is set to be electric.


We also have some rather special judges on board, who will be exercising their educated palates to discern who should come top of the class. Coraling them to make up their minds for the overall winner could be tricky though. As they have a tendency to become distracted after a while.

But who can blame them. When you’ve got the best of British charcuterie at your fingertips, it’s hard to keep control.


Besides, it’s supposed to be a party and if you want to be one of the first 150 to get into this meat extravaganza, then you best swing by here to pick up an early bird ticket for £7.50 (usual price £12.50).

The go live on February 28th. They won’t be there for long.