Win a Wagamama Cookbook!

Inspired by the delicious dishes sampled at wagamama? Enter our competition to win the wagamama cookbook which includes fresh and nutritious recipes suitable for meat-eaters, seafood lovers and vegetarians alike. There are 120 recipes to choose from, all made with fresh, flavoursome and nutritional ingredients. Perfect for cooking for one person, or friends at a dinner party.

For your chance to win the wagamama cookbook, simply enter the competition as below.

Terms & Conditions

  • In order to enter, retweet the pinned post on Twitter or like, share and comment on the pinned post on Facebook
  • Closing date midnight 31.07.2017
  • Prize is the wagamama cookbook
  • Open to residents of the UK aged over 18
  • Prize is non-transferable or amendable
  • No cash alternative
  • Additional costs incurred are payable by the winner
  • Winner will be required to collect the prize from a given location in Exeter

Good luck!


Win a Family Pass to the River Cottage Spring Food Fair!

Taking place over May Bank Holiday, River Cottage Spring Food Fair is the perfect way to celebrate this season’s foodie delights and activities, surrounded by the gorgeous East Devon countryside. Promised to be packed full of fun for all the family to enjoy, enter our competition and you could win a family pass for Monday 29th May 2017.


We’ve rounded up our top 10 things to do at the Spring Food Fair….

  1. Enjoy a cookery masterclass – Get cooking with our adult and child masterclasses and learn the secret behind cookies and doughnuts & pasta and focaccia. If parents want to try their hand at something different then there are a range of other masterclasses to enjoy from Wild Cocktails with John Wright to Outdoor Cookery with Gill Meller
  2. Pottery Workshops – Learn how to make a seedling pot which will be yours to take away at the end of the session
  3. Falconry displays – Marvel at these beautiful birds as they fly around and catch their prey
  4. Food, food and more food! Feast on delicious fare from our local producers, pop up food stalls, try some delicious River Cottage wood fired pizza or dine in our farmhouse pop-up restaurant!
  5. Bee Area – Visit the East Devon Beekeepers and learn all about bees, you will also be able to make and take away your very own candle and take part in a fun bee-related quiz.
  6. Lucet Braiding/Felting workshops – Learn how to make textile jewellery e.g. friendship bracelet using the Lucet & 100% wool fibres or textile waste or you could learn the basic principles of needle-felting to create a delightful bumble bee brooch
  7. Enjoy spectacular large bubble displays/ get face painted
  8. Forest school – Learn how to build a shelter, whittle pegs and light a fire
  9. Animal area – Wonder around the farm and meet the River Cottage animals and other friends. Pigs, sheep, cows, chickens, alpacas, miniature ponies will all be around for you to see.
  10. Natural woodcraft workshops – Use natural resources to make you very own bug box or a beautiful wooden flower

…and if that’s not enough to tempt you, visit the website ( to find out more or buy yourself some tickets.

To be in with the chance of winning a family pass to the Spring Food Fair on Monday 29th May, where you can enjoy all of our favourite spring delights and much more, simply enter the competition below.

Terms & Conditions

  • In order to enter please just retweet the pinned post on Twitter or like, share and comment on the pinned post on Facebook.
  • Closing date Midnight 30.04.2017
  • Prize includes two adult tickets and two child tickets to the River Cottage Spring Food Fair on Monday 29th May 2017
  • Transport is not included
  • Open to residents of the UK aged over 18
  • Prize is non-transferable or amendable
  • No cash alternative
  • Additional costs incurred are payable by the winner


*Featured header image courtesy of Nick Hook Photography

5 Week Countdown to the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink! *WIN TICKETS*

The 14th Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink is returning to the Exeter Castle Courtyard and Northernhay Gardens in the very heart of the city in just 5 weeks’ time! The 2017 Festival is running across the early May Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017.

Activities for children include interactive workshops including, Fun Kitchen cookery classes, farm animals, story-telling and craft activities. The Darts Farm ‘Food is Fun’ Teepees also host a packed schedule of informative and fun family workshops, talks on topical food and drink themes and demonstrations from local chefs.

You can find over 90 artisan producers from the region in the Food & Drink marquees, 7 Michelin-starred chefs cooking up a storm in the Festival Cookery Theatre and three evenings of music at the After Dark Music Festival (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

For your chance to win a family pass to the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink on Monday 1st May where you can enjoy cookery demos from Michelin-starred chefs Mark Dodson from The Mason Arms and co-founder Michael Caines from Lympstone Manor, simply enter our competition below.

How many Michelin-starred chefs will be demoing at the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink this year?

a) 3

b) 5

c) 7

For more information or to buy tickets visit:

Terms & Conditions

  1. Closing date 14.04.2017
  2. Prize includes two adult tickets and two child tickets to the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink on Monday 1st May 2017
  3. Access to the VIP lounge is not included
  4. Transport is not included.
  5. Open to residents of the UK aged over 18
  6. Prize is non-transferable or amendable
  7. No cash alternative
  8. Additional costs incurred are payable by the winner
  9. Enter by commenting the answer on our pinned Facebook post or by replying or retweeting the answer using our pinned Twitter post.


*Main featured photo copyright of Nick Hook Photography

Win a meal out and shopping vouchers for Guildhall favourites Comptoir Libanais and Sainsbury’s


Eating Exeter has teamed up with the Exeter Business Improvement District to offer one lucky winner a meal for two in Comptoir Libanais and vouchers to spend in Sainsbury’s*.

This festive foodie prize includes a mezze platter for two and a bottle of house wine in Comptoir Libanais and a £10 voucher to spend in Sainsbury’s, perfect for enjoying a meal out in Exeter and making a head start on the Christmas shopping.

Comptoir Libanais is situated in the recently opened Queen St Dining Quarter, next to the Guildhall Shopping Centre. Specialising in wholesome and healthy Lebanese food from breakfast through to dinner, this relaxed souk-like restaurant is perfect for a meal out in Exeter.

Stock up the fridge with Christmas food and drinks, or pick up some Christmas gifts for family and friends with £10 to spend in Sainsbury’s, found in the Guildhall Shopping Centre.

Once you have had your fill of Lebanese food and picked up your shopping explore the rest of Exeter city centre. Don’t forget late night shopping ends on December 22nd.

Explore everything Exeter has to offer including shopping, eating and drinking, where to stay and what’s on over the festive period at

*To enter, please retweet our pinned Twitter post linked to this page or share the Facebook post relating to this competition. Competition ends Midnight on Friday 9th December 2016. and is exclusive to Eating Exeter.

South West Chef of the Year 2016 – Semi Finalists announced

Judges of South West Chef of the Year have chosen the semi-finalists who will go forward to the closing stages of this year’s prestigious competition. Chefs from around the region battled it out for a place in the next stage of their category. Founder and co-judge Michael Caines MBE has praised the standard of culinary skill already shown in this stage of the competition. The full list of semi-finalists and finalists has been published on the South West Chef of the Year competition website:

Michael said: “The first round is very hard because chefs need to demonstrate from just a menu what they are capable of producing in the kitchen. Their menus must also have an emphasis on sustainability and use specific ingredients that we give them. The results were, once again, fantastic with some great taste combinations and the right amount of inventiveness. I can’t wait for these menus to be recreated in the semi-finals.”

Chefs chosen for the Professional, Young Professional and Student Chef of the Year classes will now go through to the semi-finals held at Exeter College on Saturday 8th October. This year, Jack Sharland – who won the South West Student Chef of the Year award in 2015 has successfully gained a place at the Young Professional category and is working as a full-time chef.

Jack said: “Winning the Student award last year has brought about so many opportunities. It was a great chance to find out what other people thought of my cooking and I learned so much from the other competitors and what they did. With another year’s experience, I wanted to put myself up for the challenge again in the next stage of the competition and hopefully learn even more.”

Finalists of the Junior Chef of the Year – who have been selected from county-based semi-finals held at catering colleges throughout June and July, will now go through to a grand final at Ashburton Cookery School on Saturday 15th October. They will be joined by Home Cook finalists who have been selected by the judges based on their two course menus and which they will now be asked to prepare. Last year, Andrew Callaghan was the joint winner of the South West Junior Chef of the Year award and has this year been selected for the final of the Home Cook category. Although not studying catering at the moment, he is still considering this as a potential career path.

Andrew said: “The South West Chef of the Year competition has given me many opportunities, skills and the confidence to learn about life as a chef. Mentoring, work experience, opportunity after opportunity – it has changed my life. To all those junior cooks out there, enter, try and whether you succeed or not, never give up, keep learning. I’m delighted to reach the final of the Home Cook category this year and look forward to the challenge ahead when I can put my new skills and imagination into something I love doing.”

Several chefs see the competition as an annual challenge with entrants coming back each year. With many crediting the competition with giving them valuable professional development opportunities, some progress from South West Chef of the Year to the next stage in their career.

A grand final for the two professional classes and the student chef class will take place on Monday 24th October at Exeter College swiftly followed by a lavish awards ceremony and dinner held at Exeter Golf & Country Club that evening.

Hosted by the judges including Michael Caines MBE, the awards dinner is a culinary feast comprising courses prepared by three top chefs from the region. This year, the chefs selected to cook at the awards dinner are Hywel Jones who will also be judging this year’s competition and is a Michelin-starred Executive Chef at Lucknam Park, Bath; Jamie Rogers, a previous winner of South West Chef of the Year (2015) and Head Chef at Belgrave Sands Hotel, Torquay and Scott Paton, also a previous winner of South West Young Professional Chef of the Year (2009) and Head Chef at Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth. Hywel, Jamie and Scott will be supported in the kitchen and front of house by students of the Michael Caines Academy.

Members of the public can buy tickets to the South West Chef of the Year Annual Awards Dinner, priced at £80 per person and enjoy sumptuous food and drink throughout the evening. A further information and ticket reservation email address has been set up:

Competition! – Win tickets to Powderham Food Festival

Its competition fever here at Eating Exeter! In our third competition this summer, we have a family ticket to this year’s Powderham Food Festival up for grabs.  This one is a Twitter competition, so get on Twitter and get retweeting!

As ever our competitions are super easy, and you’ll need your wits about you as you follow the instructions on the image below! Simply Retweet this image making sure you mention @eatingexeter and @powderhamfest using the hashtag #powderhamfest.

WIN a family ticket!

Competition for chocolate lovers!

Chococo has arrived in Exeter, Gandy Street to be precise!  This independent artisan chocolate company was started in Swanage in 2002 and has grown to three shops including one in Winchester and the original one in Swanage.

To celebrate this, we’ve teamed up with Chococo to offer you a fantastic prize.  A Chocolate Fondue for 2 with hot drinks! Lots of chocolate and dipping 🙂

Competition closes on 31st August! Simply answer the question below and share the competition to enter the draw on Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate Chococo arriving in Exeter, we have a fantastic competition! Up for grabs is a Chocolate Fondue for two and two hot drinks. All you need to do is tell us whether you like dark or mi (1)

Featured image courtesy of Chococo

Introducing the competition page…

Regular readers might notice that we’ve been running quite a few competitions recently. We quite enjoy running the competitions and giving our readers something special to enter in to, so to keep everyone up to date with competitions, I’ve created a handy competition page.

Remember we’re running two competitions at the moment – Good luck!!

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Closing date: 23rd August

Competition! Win a meal for four at Turtle Bay’s new restaurant in Exeter.


Exeter should prepare for a big slice of sunshine – as Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar prepares to roll into its first city in Devon! It’s all about rum, reggae and jerk this summer!

Turtle Bay is set to open its doors to Exeter on the 23rd August, bringing a new, vibrant and delicious Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the city. Think jerk chicken, spicy, slow cooked curries, rice and peas, dreamy desserts and blissful rum cocktails!

We’re offering one lucky winner a free 3 course-meal for 4 with a drink!

Because we love competitions here at Eating Exeter, simply head over to Twitter or Facebook.  Follow either Eating Exeter on Twitter or Eating Exeter on Facebook and share the competition.  This includes any reposts throughout the competition duration.

You have to do both to qualify for entry to the prize draw (literally names in a bowl) which will be held on the 24th August.  The winner will be contacted privately.


Twitter Competition time! Win £50 Princesshay Eats gift card!

You know how much we love competitions! Our readers get a chance to win something spectacular, a £50 gift card to spend at any of the Princesshay restaurants.

This summer you can taste your way around the world at Princesshay. Fancy Italian? Head to Carluccio’s and go al fresco or enjoy views of Exeter’s magnificent cathedral from the deliciously inventive Jamie’s Italian. Soak up the atmosphere in Yo! Sushi’s stylish and colourful surroundings or head to Wagamamas for Japanese eats overlooking the city’s historic almshouses.

With legendary burgers and all the sides at Byron, fiery Portuguese chicken in Nandos, French finery in Café Rouge or International favourites in Giraffe, Princesshay is the place to dine this summer. Looking for a lighter lunch? Enjoy authentic food in Chandos Deli and Cafe, or brunch from the al fresco dining cafe of LTGs. If it’s just a brew or latte you’re after, get refreshed at Coffee#1, Costa or Starbucks.

For a chance to win a £50 gift card to dine at one of Princesshay’s 14 stylish restaurants or cafes, simply answer the question below.

What type of food does Carluccios serve?

A. Italian

B. American

C. Japanese

To enter, get on to Twitter and follow the instructions in the picture below. Full T’s & C’s are at the bottom of the page.

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Terms and Conditions

 One winner will be selected at random

 Princesshay Gift card valid for 12 months

 Redeemable in Princesshay only

 No cash alternative

 Non-refundable

  • Closing date: midnight 17th August

First entries for Queen St ‘Find A Foodie’ Revealed

Overwhelming Response to Exeter’s Food Entrepreneur Search

Fledgling foodies in and around Exeter have risen to the ‘Find a Foodie’ challenge launched by Queen St to discover the ‘next big thing’ in food, taking the first step closer to being part of culinary revolution right in the heart of Exeter city centre.

The call for entries to discover an entrepreneur, an individual or a team with an enterprising idea, a signature dish or an innovative food product was launched in line with this year’s Exeter Food Festival at the end of April.

Bowled Over by Variety

The team behind Find a Foodie and the development of the £12m culinary hub at Queen St have been met by tidal wave of interest from those who feel they have the energy and drive to bring their foodie ideas to a wider audience at the much anticipated dining quarter.

Organisers have been truly bowled over by the variety of creative enterprises covering a whole range of flavours, tastes and techniques in the first tranche of Find a Foodie entries.

Some of the expressions of interests received so far include foodies specialising in Devon crab, vegan ice cream, sushi, southern Italian dishes, cupcakes and bakes, locally sourced fine dining, superfoods, hummus, macaroni cheese, stuffed rolls, Mexican dishes andlocally sourced burgers. Each entrant hoping they have what it takes to become the Queen St Foodie.

Eyes on the Prize

The entrants have all been inspired to enter by the ‘Find a Foodie’ impressive package of support, which includes:

– A purpose built kiosk to trade from free of charge in Queen St, for 3 months

– Branding advice and identity development from a leading premium brand agency

– Marketing/PR planning and support from the agencies launching Queen St

– A free advertising package to assist launch the venture

– Mentoring from a successful food entrepreneur

– Free legal, finance and business advice from Exeter based practices and high street bank

Got a Recipe for Success? Still Time to Enter

There is still time to enter Find a Foodie, you can register your interest at up until the end of the day on Monday 11 July 2016.

Entrants will be shortlisted by an especially selected expert panel, made up of business and food industry judges. Those selected will be invited to showcase their menus and products and compete against other entrants during the summer at the Queen St. Street Food Markets, where the general public will get to vote for their favourites in a taste test round.

The winner will then receive the life changing opportunity to trade for 3 month’s free of charge, with expert advice and support from business mentors, marketing and branding, legal and finance and overall promotion of the Queen St dining quarter.


Queen St still want to hear from more people, between now and the 11 July 2016, who think they have or know someone that could become the ‘next big thing’ in food.

Entry is easy, just visit the website and click on the ‘Find a Foodie’ tab for more information, the prize, terms and conditions and how to enter.

Fully open by the end of August, the Queen St line up is Absurd Bird, Comptoir Libanais, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), Grillstock, KuPP, The Stable, The Terrace and Turtle Bay. The dining quarter also has wonderful and welcoming new open air spaces designed especially for food events, markets and entertainment.

Just some entrants so far include:

Big Bakes Bakery run by Charlie Deeley and Ryan Bolton from Torquay.
Make artisan cupcakes, cakes, biscuits and bakes.
Twitter: @BigBakesBakery / Instagram: @bigbakesbakery

Richenza’s run by Sam Warren from Farringdon, near Exeter,
Signature dish is Devon crab salad with ginger, chilli and coriander, served with his own smoked mackerel on a bed of rocket and bruschetta, garnished with langoustine bisque dressing. All ingredients are locally sourced, including the wood for the charcoal.

Simushi Sushi run by Peter Simmons from Exeter
Makes Sushi which is sold from the trailer at local events and by home delivery.

Mindyourfood run by Sophie Lloyd from Exeter
Mindyourfood aims to encourage awareness of mental health by providing a menu which is rich in brain foods.

Pickle Shack run by Jodie Sawatzki and Josh McDonald-Johnson near Woodbury Salterton near Exeter. Local produce, fine dining at pop-up restaurants including weddings and corporate events.
Twitter: @pickle_shack

Nice n Cheesy
run by Caroline Lee
Gourmet macaroni cheese dishes including signature dish, Greek pasticcio – a lightly spiced lamb mince with tomato sauce, layered with macaroni cheese.

Taco-Macho Food run by Gustavo Lara-Perez from Exeter
Mexican burritos with various fillings, including beef, chicken, pork and vegetarian varieties using local ingredients.

Follow Queen St Dining on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the competition.


Celebrate Thai New Year with Burt’s Chips & The South Devon Chilli Farm

April is a month normally associated with showers, rain and just a glimpse of Spring, so you might not know that Thai New Year, Songkran is coming up from the 13th – 15th April. In Thailand, this means three days of festivals, spicy feasts and an almighty water fight in the streets.


To celebrate, Devon-based companies Burts Chips and the South Devon Chilli Farm have teamed up to offer one lucky person the chance to win an array of tasty goodies, including Burts Thai Sweet Chilli Chips and a delicious Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce from South Devon Chilli Farm – ideal for dipping the chips!

Bursting with Asian flavour and Devon-grown spice, the hamper is perfect for adding some warmth into an otherwise wet month – and all prizes are not only delicious but also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

To find out more about Burts Chips visit the website at, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter or Instagram. To stay up to date with news on the South Devon Chilli Farm visit their website at:

To be in for a chance of winning, simply answer the question below:

In Thailand, what is the traditional word used to celebrate Thai New Year?

A)     Pathaya

B)     Songkran

C)     Sawasadee

To enter either:

Head over to Twitter and use the hashtag #burtsthaicomp and mention @eatingexeter with your correct answer


Head to our Facebook page and let us know the right answer by posting your comment with the hashtag #burtsthaicomp

Good luck! Closing date will be Midnight on the 15th April