Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October 2015
This year, Dartmouth Food Festival joins forces with Dartmouth Galleries Festival – previously Galleries Week – to offer visitors to the town a sumptuous feast for the eyes and the taste buds. During the food festival weekend, the galleries are putting on a series of events in the town that complement the many foodie activities.
The two festivals which both take place in October are annual celebrations of the best in local food and drink producers, culinary expertise and visual culture in Dartmouth. They bring a fabulous line-up to the town as well as inspiring and engaging events for everyone to enjoy.
Camilla Beloe, Chair of the Dartmouth Food Festival said: “Our aim is to showcase our fantastic town and the many talented chefs, experts and producers we have living here and in the south-west. We are delighted to pair with the first Dartmouth Galleries Festival and offer our visitors even more to see, do and taste.”
Sarah Duggan from Baxters Gallery who co-ordinates Dartmouth Galleries Festival said “Dartmouth has a rich variety of galleries and is a real destination for art lovers. We have always worked together to put on new exhibitions on the same dates and the resulting “Galleries Nights” are a real Dartmouth institution. People walk from gallery to gallery seeing the new shows and the atmosphere is fantastic. This year we decided to up our game and create a festival with a variety of events alongside the exhibitions.”
On Friday 23rd, visitors are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled while stocking up on delectable goodies from the food and drink stands as pieces of art will be dotted about the town which are free to pick up and take home.
On Saturday 24th from 10am – 1pm, foodies can drop into participating galleries to exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery from established artists and makers, as well as upcoming new talent while enjoying drinks and nibbles from local producers.
Should the creative urge strike, visitors to the Dartmouth Food Festival can take to one of the easels which will be placed in various locations amongst the town alongside a colouring competition for children.
Coombe Gallery will launch ‘Palette to Palate’, a special exhibition commissioned for the Dartmouth Food Festival with recipe inspired originals created by West Country based artists. Participating chefs include Mitch Tonks, Nathan Outlaw, Mark Hix and Jane Baxter some of whom will be in Dartmouth to take part in the food festival. Visitors can pick up one of the unique pieces which will be for sale during the festival.