UK To Host Its First Chicken Nugget Festival This Year

The global festival scene throws out some strange things, with celebrations for everything from tomatoes (the famous La Tomatina in Spain) and dead people (Mexico's historic Day of the Dead festival) to writhing around in mud (the annual Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea) and wheels of cheese (the UK's Cheese Rolling festival in Gloucestershire) all forming part of the worldwide annual calendar.

But now there's one we can definitely all get on board with, as the UK gets ready to host its very own ode to all things chicken nugget. That's right, a festival entirely dedicated to the golden, meaty mouthful of joy that none of us can get enough of.

We Love Meat festival is heading our way this summer, with an August date in London and a September event in Manchester. And to think they thought 1967 was the Summer of Love - they may have had flared jeans and flower headbands in their hair, but for 2018 we've got chicken nuggets.

Billing itself as a chicken nugget and chicken wings festival, the focal point of the festival will be the crowning of both a Nugget King and Nugget Queen - just like prom, but decidedly better.

Whoever reigns supreme on the day will have some seriously solid content for their CVs or the circular letters their parents send round at Christmas ('Sarah has bought now her first home, Daniel found the cure for cancer, while Tom made us all proud by winning the Chicken Nugget King title earlier this year').


Promising the largest variety of nuggets, another high point of the day looks to be a chicken nugget eating competition - as in, something we all know we were made for. There will also be live music and DJs soundtracking proceedings.

The festival has been set up by food and drink site We Love Food, with pre-registration now online for both the London and Manchester legs. Fingers crossed it'll be cropping up elsewhere in the country, too, but you'll have to keep those eyes peeled for that.

However, in the meantime, you might be able to make do with someone else. We Love Food will also be branching out with a series of food festivals throughout the UK this year, with homages to coffee, pasta, brunch, dumplings, pizza and more also in the works - definitely enough to keep you going if you can't celebrate the nugg life just yet.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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