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The Nourish Festival returns to Bovey Tracey


Nourish Festival makes a triumphant return to the streets of Bovey Tracey (scroll down for a video!)

Nourish festival of food, craft and music, Bovey Tracey
Music: Fri 4 & Sat 5 September
Food & Craft: Sat 5 Sept

Following the commercial and critical success of the first Nourish Festival last year, Bovey Tracey will once again host some of the region’s top food producers and craft makers, alongside a programme of nationally and internationally renowned musicians.

The Nourish Food Fair will fill Bovey’s high street with some of the best producers from the South West on Sat 5 September.  As well as the regular Bovey Farmer’s Market, the length of the High Street will be heaving with 50 stalls of locally produced handmade cheeses, meat & game, preserves, chocolates and ales, accompanied by some of the region’s most exciting Street Food producers.

The taste-bud-tingling selection of food and drink will get the most experienced foodie excited with wood fired pizza, slow cooked BBQs, vintage tea-time treats, Thai, Caribbean, French, Spanish and even a good old Pastie – all washed down by excellent coffee, cordials and some robust ales.

There is also the opportunity for everyone to release their inner Mary Berry by entering The Great Bovey Bake Off and Junior Bovey Bake Off, offering opportunities to get the community reaching for their mixing bowls and joining in the food fun.

The Nourish Contemporary Craft Fair will be hosted in the Town Hall and on Fore Street. Over 20 exceptional makers from across the South West will present an inspirational selection of jewellery, pottery, glass, textiles and wood.

At the Riverside Mill, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s famous summer exhibition and some special events just for Nourish.

Other events include craft demonstrations such as furniture making by local woodsman Ambrose Vevers, and OneHutFull, a multi-sensory experience presented in a beautifully made shepherds hut. OneHutFull immerses visitors in the work of hill farming on Dartmoor.

The Nourish Music programme will see the internationally renowned Brodsky Quartet

returning as headliners on Saturday September 5. New this year, are performances by leading UK piano trio The Gould Piano TrioSirocco Saxophone Quartet, a young and dynamic group of saxophonists from the UK & Germany, and Fontanella, some of the UK’s leading specialist recorder players. Learn Devon will also deliver a range of music workshops for adults in the Methodist Hall.

Nourish Festival organiser Sarah James said:

“We were so delighted with the response to the first Nourish Festival last year. It was a success for the stall holders and craft makers visiting the town, for the local traders, and best of all for the local community. There was such a buzz in the town with so many people visiting the food stalls, talking to expert craftspeople and taking part in our own Bovey Bake Off. The music programme was a tremendous success, and I will always remember the fantastic, moving performance by the Brodsky Quartet, I can’t wait to hear them again. I’m so pleased that we will be welcoming them to Bovey again, along with the other top quality musicians who will be performing for us.”

Nourish Festival is a community initiative led by The Contemporary Craft FestivalThe Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the Cheese Shed.

The Food & Craft Fairs on Sat 5 Sept are free to visitors. Concerts on Fri 4 & Sat 5 Sept are ticketed. Full details and ticket booking is available at www.nourishfestival.org.

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