Powderham Food Festival took place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October this year at Powderham Castle. I was there as one of the demo chefs in the ‘Theatre of Fire and Smoke’ tent, along with some big names on the BBQ scene: Simon Dyer – BBQ Champ, John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm, Nic Townsend, Martin Anderson – Chef of Temper in Soho, David Deadman and … Continue reading All fired up from Powderham Food Festival – by Sue Stoneman
All photos are courtesy of McQueenie Mulholland From Thai-inspired ice cream to locally-bred pork, the new food village at the Queen’s Drive Space on Exmouth seafront is proving a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. The new attraction, which is being run by Taste of the West, has already attracted hundreds of visitors, keen to sample some of the tastiest produce from the region, … Continue reading Taste of the West’s New Food Village arrives on Exmouth Seafront
Adam OselandA brilliant shot, Topsham’s First Food Festival, taken by Exeter-based photographer Adam Oseland, has been acclaimed in the Marks & Spencer Food Adventures category at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2018, the world’s leading celebration of food photography and film. The picture was unveiled in the Finalists’ exhibition infront of an audience of five hundred guests at a glittering Champagne Taittinger reception … Continue reading Topsham Shot in World’s Best Food Photos
We thought we’d share our top 5 tips for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink as well as treat you to a competition to win some tickets! 1. Come hungry! There are so many wonderful things to try and food stalls to grab a bite from, don’t waste your precious tummy room on a second rate breakfast at home! 2. Book VIP … Continue reading Exeter Food and Drink Festival Competition & our Top 5 Festival Tips
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 … Continue reading Seven Wonders of Exeter Food Festival
DEVON: Delightful, Edible, Variety, Outdoors, Nourishing. Five words we can think of relating to our incredibly rich, tasty and hardworking county, but there are certainly many more words to describe the assortment of food and drink available to us from our waters, moors and everything inbetween. The best way to be exposed to as many great producers as possible? Food and Drink festivals of course! … Continue reading 2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary
The second to last (don’t forget Dartmouth Food Festival that happened last weekend) big food festival on the calendar took place a few weekends ago; we were lucky enough to attend as guests. Each year the stands get better and more fascinating, all manned by friendly producers who are always willing to chat and share their passion for the products they’re selling. Have a look … Continue reading Powderham Food Festival 2017
Here at EEDD HQ, as well as local food and restaurants, we like to experiment at home with both recipe books, free-for-all cooking as well as national food initiatives including the Ultimate Crisp Sandwich with a national crisp company and trying out new recipes with British leeks. I recently got the opportunity to sign up to Caribbean Food Week (celebrated 21st to 28th August), thanks … Continue reading Caribbean Food Week Street Party Spread – by Lauren Heath
Music: Fri 1 & Sat 2 September Food & Craft: Sat 2 September Nourish Festival, now in its 4th year, has become synonymous with fine food, craft and music of the highest quality presented in the heart of Bovey Tracey, Devon. The Devon Street Food Awards at Nourish Festival in association with Devon Life turns for another successful year celebrating the very best in Street … Continue reading The Nourish Gin Festival & The Devon Street Food Awards return to Bovey Tracey in September
With just two months to go until Powderham Food Festival returns for a sixth celebration of local food and drink (Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th October), festival organisers Bob Small and Fiona Gofton are hoping 2017 will be the biggest, best and quite possibly the healthiest food festival they have ever hosted. Set amid the spectacular grounds of Powderham Castle, home to Lord and Lady … Continue reading Countdown to Powderham Food Festival 2017: foodie fun for all the family
Earlier this year the supermarket Morrisons put out a call for ‘The Nations Local Foodmakers’, a mission to find local producers to stock in their stores within each region or city so that customers can buy more British and local. If successful at application stage, the food or drink producer would have the chance to meet their buyers, local store colleagues and customers at one of … Continue reading Local Exeter Food Producer Eat The Smoke Makes it into South West Morrisons Stores
Exeter Quay is currently blooming into a real destination for foodies, as well as those seeking an escape from the busy city and their work life. Night markets, cookery school, outdoor and indoor activities, arts and culture as well as the growing restaurant scene. At the weekend it comes alive with tourists and locals alike seeking the relaxed waterside vibe. Recently, The Boat Shed (brainchild … Continue reading Smokin’ Summer Pop Up on Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath
Both of us visited Powderham Food Festival independently, and wandered round in our groups enjoying many facets of the festival. Now in it’s 5th year, it hosts food producers, food stalls, children’s activities, a cookery theatre and it’s USP is the Fire and Smoke Tent; most events with BBQ events are mainly for BBQ enthusiasts, this drops it right in the middle of mainstream. With the extensive landscape, dotted with deer, a background of the castle and the estuary in the distance – the setting is a beautiful one. There is something for everyone, here are our best bits:
Last year we experienced this festival on a misty autumn day and this year, it was a glorious sunny day. I love how the festival is well spread out inside and outside the grounds, on different levels.
You pass though the initial courtyard filled with suppliers – too many to mention. There are also even more placed throughout the castle’s beautiful lower ground floor.
One of the first activities we came across was Fun Kitchen, who were there to keep the children entertained, learning to cook whilst having fun. Joe Mann does an incredible job of commanding every little persons attention and they end with something edible, made by their own little fair hands, to take home at the end of it.
I loved the Theatre of Fire and Smoke; a huge teepee like tent, filled with benches surrounding a large fire. Local oracle Marcus Bawdon of Devon Wood Smoke and UK BBQ mag put on a very interesting itinerary with 2015 BBQ champ Simon Dyer and other guest cooks. Plenty of demo’s, q&a and the all important tasters with plenty for everyone.
There was a larger range of food and drink stalls this year, with gin and cocktails an obvious trend.
We were hungry fairly early on and, where usually I struggle to choose food (through sheer reason of wanting to eat it all) I easily settled on the cool Grandpa Franks and their reuben dog – a firm hot diggety dawg smothered in beef brisket, monteray jack cheese and some jalapeno’s thrown in for good measure – mouth wateringly good. My son chose a fantastic super-fast-oven-baked pizza from Pizza Buona, and it was delicious.
The Exeter Cookery School cookery theatre included demo’s from Richard of Angelas Restaurant, ex River Cottage chef Tim Maddams, and of course the host, ECS director and chef Jim Fisher. Tim cooked 4 courses, one of which I was delighted to be a selected diner due to the speed I put my hands up like antlers! (A fun and fair selection process). I enjoyed pigeon with mushrooms and blackberries all foraged by Tim himself, it was delicious! He was incredbly entertaining, full of anecdotes and clearly passionate about food and its origins, with uncomplicated dishes.
We purchased some lovely fudge from Devon Fudge, Steve was delighted to find a fantastic Indian naga chili pickle from India In A Jar, and my son loves beetroot and apple juice so he chose to buy some with his pocket money. I couldn’t leave without grabbing a caramel chocolate tart from Te Cake and coffee from Crankhouse – I consumed these two together so swiftly in joyous celebration of a good day out, I didn’t even take a photo!
An affordable and lovely day out full of local suppliers and food producers and all the demo’s included. If you haven’t visited it yet, you best put it in the diary for next year, and hot foot it towards the smoke and fire tent early on – it gets busy. Sit a while until hunger and curiosity lure you out, and enjoy everything this dynamic festival has to offer for yourself.
Summer’s final death knell fell on the weekend of The Powderham Food Festival. A gloriously sunny Sunday made up for a wet Saturday, and with this final surge, we close the doors on Summer with a superb send-off.
The festival is a relative new-comer to the foodie calendar, but it has been booming in popularity each year. I finally got the chance to visit and experience the clustering bustle of culinary craziness takes over the home of the Earl of Devon. This year has been particularly successful for the festival, firmly embedding it in the region’s foodie calendar.
Tori has been poorly for quite a few weeks now, so I took my lovely mum. The car parking was logical and well laid out, a little walk up to the castle with an optional tractor service for the less mobile. We we gently pottered along some of the Powderham’s magnificent stags casually laid themselves out by the fence, drawing much attention from the snappers and onlookers.
The first section of exhibitors were local producers in the courtyard. This was the entry point that all punters walked through on their way to the rest of the festival on the other side of the castle. Here we found Bell & Loxton with their lovely cold-pressed rapeseed oil, which I bought two bottles of including a Garlic oil that I have since used to cover everything edible in.
Also Shaldon Bakery, my favourite bakers I might add, was there in force with some delicious looking breads including the infamous and delicious Uglibun.
We took a trip around to the other side of the castle and there were street-food stalls, more producers, even a mobile gin bar! The highlight for me was the Theatre of Fire and Smoke which was MC’d by one of my favourite bloggers Marcus Bawdon and his pal Simon, who is also a legend in the BBQ world.
It was great to wander around taking in surroundings, to watch some of the demos at the Fire and Smoke tent and even get to taste some samples from the demo too!
Our last stop was the Exeter Cookery School Demo tent where we watched chef-maestro-and-nice-chap Jim Fisher and friends, including foodie hero Tim Maddams, share their extensive knowledge and skills to eager foodies.
Before we headed home we were able to walk back through the castle itself which was home to even more local producers.
Including a Pork Pie cake!!
This has to be one of my favourite food festivals. The exquisite surroundings of the castle, the reasonable entry fee, the choice and above all else the celebration of some of the fantastic local producers and street food stalls makes you realise just how amazing we are when it comes to producing good things with great ingredients, grown and created on our front door.
Guildhall, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3HP Tel: 01392 690868 http://www.turtlebay.co.uk/locations/exeter Turtle Bay is the first of the Queen Street Dining Quarter restaurants to open in Exeter’s highly anticipated new food destination; the Caribbean street food concept has been going since 2011 and has been the latest project for the man who co-founded Las Iguanas. Investigating what was on offer prior to opening, we … Continue reading Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath
Music: Thu 1, Fri 2 & Sat 3 September Food & Craft: Sat 3 Sept The Nourish Festival will bring some of the region’s top food producers and craft makers to Bovey Tracey, alongside a programme of nationally and internationally renowned musicians. This year, Nourish Festival launches The Devon Street Food Awards, a lively competition to decide who is the Best Street producer in Devon. Devon is packed … Continue reading Nourish Festival launches The Devon Street Food Awards & International music comes to Bovey Tracey
The team behind Exeter Street Food will be transforming Southernhay Gardens for The Great Artisan Feast Festival on Saturday 15th October 2016, 10:00am to 8:00pm. Now a familiar sight on Exeter’s elegant Southernhay Gardens the Exeter Street Food team are launching their new food and drink experience for all, called The Great Artisan Feast Festival. The all-day festival features local artisan producers, street food, deli … Continue reading The Great Artisan Feast Festival – Southernhay Gardens
Being a foodie can be an organisational nightmare sometimes. Devon and The South West has so many fantastic foodie things going on, so as you might think there are many opportunities to celebrate the fantastic produce we are known for. There are food festivals happening all over our fair county. The excitement of the Exeter Food Festival might have passed for this year, but there … Continue reading Food Festivals in Devon! – Dates for your diary
Falmouth’s Event Square Bank holiday weekend (29, 30 & 31 August) A delicious day out featuring the best street food vendors from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Dorset FREE ENTRY EVENT and free 1/2 pint of Sharp’s Brewery Beer for Early Eaters (each trader will give 40 x 1/2 pint voucher to the first 40 paying customers over 18 on saturday & Sunday – maximum 2 per visitor) … Continue reading British Street Food Festival 2015 – South West