UK to Host World’s Biggest International Wine & Food Festival

Other | Tuesday 4th October 2011 | Osh


UK to Host World’s Biggest International Wine & Food Festival

7 – 10 June 2012 Kings Meadow, Reading

2012 will see the launch of the world’s biggest ever international consumer Wine & Food Festival.

Celebrating the best of world wines, food and culture, The Big Wine Festival is a family-friendly event that will take place over four days from 7-10th June 2012, just after the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  It will be the biggest UK consumer event in 2012 next to the Olympics and it is set to attract 120,000 people. Set in beautiful river fronted parkland at Kings Meadow in Reading, the location offers easy access from railway networks around the country.

With a view to make wine really accessible to everyone and, as the name suggests, at the very heart of this festival will be a huge ‘World of Wine’ area that will showcase the greatest variety of wine ever to be enjoyed in one place. 

The festival will be a great day out for everyone with a fantastic variety of onsite food stalls and restaurants, interactive education zones, a vast line-up of live music, comedy and cultural performances and a Family Village for younger children and teenagers.

The festival will also deliver the first end-to-end cashless technology, ensuring a safe, interactive and effortless festival environment for consumers. Entry tickets will simply be a wristband that will work like an Oyster Card, where you can just touch in. The wrist band will also act as convenient currency, allowing consumers to easily load-up money so, rather than carrying cash around, they can simply ‘touch-in’ to pay all retailers within the festival grounds. After the event, consumers will also be able to have any balance on the band refunded.

VIP tickets are also available that will grant people access into the VIP Village, an area showcasing fine dining restaurants and serving  5 course, wine matched meals prepared by Michelin Star chefs. A spectacular floating Pavilion will also form part of this area.

Every detail of the Big Wine Festival has been carefully considered. The design and layout of the festival will be truly spectacular. Visually, every zone will be beautifully themed and there will be huge covered areas, walkways and enclosed structures in the event of rain, and air conditioning in the event of hot weather.

The Full Line-Up

The World of Wine will be the heart of the festival, offering consumers a fantastic journey through continents and country zones, allowing them to taste wines as they go. Every continent in the World of Wine will also host its own themed restaurant, celebrating the best of modern national food.

Cultural Performance Stage will sit at the heart of the World of Wine area providing spectacular performances throughout the day and into the evening, as consumers move around the area.

Arena will host 5,000 seats where people will be able to purchase tickets to watch live acts from around the world and performances including famous jazz, blues, soul.

Comedy Club will offer live international stand up comedy.

Family Village will offer children friendly performances, storytelling and cultural performance lessons.

Specialist Clubs in the VIP village will include a 1950’s Mad Men style club and 1920’s Flapper club, both offering live performances and DJ’s.

Specialist Bars will include The Salsa inspired Havana Club, the gorgeous Rosé Gardens with champagne, rose wines and bubbly, British Summertime with ales, ciders and Pimms and summer fair games, Vintage with 1940’s inspired tea rooms and Vintage wines and champagne lounge.  There will also be an Afters Bar where ‘after lunch’ or ‘after dinner’ cheeses, desserts, dessert wine, sherry, ports and Madeira’s will be on offer.

Food Retailers will include hand picked food suppliers offering an array of international food within the site. Plenty of seating will be available throughout the festival for those eating.

Drinks Retailers will include specialist drinks providers of spirits, mixers, juices, low or no alcoholic wines and beers.

Education Zone will be a huge highlight of the four day event, offering wine, food and cocktail master classes. 

Wine Education Theatres will include a Wine Interest Theatre, a Taste the Vines Theatre and a Taste the World Theatre.

Cooking Theatre will give consumers the chance to get up close to celebrity chefs and cook alongside them.

Cocktail Masterclasses will be led by expert mixologists who will provide consumers with all the ingredients and coaching they need to make the best cocktails. 

Secret Garden….will be a secret!

Opening hours:

Thursday 7thJune: 11am -10:30pm

Friday 8th June: 11am -10:30pm

Saturday 9th June: 11am – 11pm

Sunday 10th June: 11am -10:30pm

Saturday and Sunday released in October, Friday and Thursday released once Saturday and Sunday sold out


·      Adult Ticket - Standard  - £37

·      Adult Ticket including event arena seating - £50

·      Child under 12 – Free

·      Child 13-17 years – 18.50

·      VIP tickets - £250 + Vat

·      Evening arena seat ticket - £13

·      Daytime arena seating per session - £5

·      Education zone session – £10

·      Comedy Club session - £10

·      Wine Trials - £10

*limited to 2,000 children per day, after which their entry will be charged at £18.50

Subject to Planning and License