Exeter Food Festival – Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018
Exeter Beats – Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens next month with fantastic regional chefs, over 80 producers selling delicious goodies from across the South West, live music to keep the atmosphere alive throughout the weekend, and foodie fun for the whole family. With just four weeks until the ultimate Bank Holiday foodie weekend, we‘ve put together our top seven things to do at the festival.
The three-day foodie festival runs from Saturday 5th May to Monday 7th May alongside the all-new Exeter Beats music event taking place in the Exeter Castle courtyard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. With top acts performing each night this is an event not to miss, get your tickets early here.
1. Chef Demonstrations in the Festival Cookery Theatre is an absolute must-see for foodie fans learning to cook simple meals to those who enjoy preparing impressive dishes for entertaining dinner guests. Watch top regional chefs work their magic including Michael Caines MBE of Lympstone Manor, Dez Turland of Saunton Sands Hotel and Matt Mason from The Jack in the Green taking to the stage.
2. Live Music will entertain crowds throughout the weekend, with the stage in the Exeter Castle Courtyard hosting musical talent across the three-days. Music fans can extend their weekend with a night at the all-new Exeter Beats (separate ticket needed) with headliners including Mad Dog Mcrea on Friday evening, One Step Behind (Madness Tribute) on Saturday eve and David Live (David Bowie tribute) entertaining festival goers late into the evening. Get your friends together and enjoy the atmosphere, the hot street food and local drinks from the Castle courtyard.
3. Family Fun will be encouraged across the weekend, with the Festival aiming to engage, educate and inspire children to cook and find out where their food comes from. Visit the Shillingford Organics Farm School in the Dart’s Farm Teepee, the NFU Mutual Discovery Barn and Exeter Cooking School with its ‘Cooking is Fun’ feature. Plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
4. Regional Food & Drink Producers will fill the marquees in Northernhay Gardens selling south west food and drink, including tasty sweet treats, gin, meats and cheeses. The weekend is the perfect opportunity to stock up on all your favourite goodies.
5. The iconic Dart’s Farm Teepees will host a series of workshops, talks and tastings from a whole host of local, artisan, traditional food and drink producers over the weekend. From sausage-making with the Darts Farm master butchers to pizza making in the wood fired oven, hungry festival goers will be entertained and educated by the industry experts whilst enjoying tasty bites undercover.
6. The Westcountry Bakery is returning to the Exeter Food Festival, and is the go-to for keen bakers to watch Richard Hunt (Devon Scone Company) and guests during their interactive baking feature including freshly made cakes, biscuits and breads.
7. Treat yourself to VIP tickets for the weekend. The popular VIP lounge has moved to Northernhay Gardens for the 2018 Festival, overlooking the Festival Cookery Theatre. VIP ticket holders can enjoy exclusive access to the VIP lounge, complimentary drinks, afternoon tea with sandwiches and scones and mini spa treatments from Amanda Marsden Lifestyle Salon (all subject to availability).
Group tickets, combined day/evening, child and VIP tickets are available to buy online, visit the Festival website for more information.