2017 Food Festival Dates for your diary!

We are very lucky in this county and beyond, to have such wonderful food and produce – what better way to experience all of this together than at a Food Festival!

Here’s a round up of the upcoming 2017 Food Festivals in Devon as well as a couple from  Cornwall. Click on the website links for further info or read our review of the previous year’s event for a feel of what you can expect. This page will be updated constantly if other events pop-up, so do come back to double check if you’re looking for an event to visit. (Updated 15/03/2017)

April

8th: Cullompton Springfest – Check their website for further info.

A food, craft and music festival; there will be a Farmer’s Market, plus a range of food producers selling their food products as well as cooked food to sell on the day. Local restaurant, The Bakehouse, will be hosting an Indian Cuisine night and there is a special meal at The Walronds on the night (ticket only), with a celebrity chef doing the honours.

8th – 9th: Budleigh Food and Drink Festival – Check their website for further info.

A festival spread out through Budleigh Salterton, with local drinks, food, produce,music and chef demos and even a Budleigh Master Chef final live for you to watch the action in the village hall!

28th – 30th: Q’fest BBQ Competition and festival – Check their website for further info.

New to the South West and driven by the increased interest in UK BBQ’ing, smoking and outdoor cooking, this BBQ competition can be entered into if you dare! For visitors there will be camping, products, demos, bouncy castles for the kids, beer and live music in the barn as well as the opportunity to taste some of the best BBQ in the country.

29th – 30th & 1st May: Exeter Food and Drink Festival – Check their website for further info. Last years write up: Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2016

In our opinion, the largest event in the South West and right here in Exeter centred around Exeter Castle. An excellent festival including evening music events, live music during the day, beer tent, kids cookery and activity tents, farm animals, plenty of food to eat, producers and no shortage of tasters – come hungry! Demo kitchen, chef’s Q&A, wine tasting as well as a VIP option with an extra room full of treats and a place to rest.

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Exeter Food & Drink Festival

30th: Salcombe Crab Fest – Check out their website for further info.

A celebration of crab and seafood – with demos, crab picking tuition, commercial crab fishing talk, crab pot making, music, wine tasting and more.

May

1st: Exeter Food and Drink Festival – Check their website for further info.Last years write up: Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2016

See description above in April.

27th – 29th: River Cottage Spring Fair –Check their website for further info.

On the grounds of the famous River Cottage HQ at Axminster, this lovely festival is full of food, music and producers in a fantastic setting.

28th – 29th: Dartington Food Fair – Check their website for further info. Last years write up: Dartington Food Fair 2016

Held in the grounds of the Shops at Dartington, this great event includes a demo tent, large food producers tent, plenty of food to eat, along with a few kids activities. On top of that you can enjoy the deli, the kitchen shop, toy shop as well as the drinks shop! A great excuse to visit and get two in one!

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Dartington Food Fair

June

2nd – 4th: Plymouth Flavour Fest – Check their website for further info.

Quite a large food festival spread out through Plymouth city centre. Food stalls, producers, drinks marquee and chef demo tent, including this years guest appearance from 2016 Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown.

3rd: Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival – Check their website for further info.

Now in its 5th year, this event is aimed at foodies and all the family, encouraging healthy eating and showcasing local produce and restaurants. On Friday 2nd from 6pm, there will be Tap into Tapas where you can enjoy various small plates from local eateries but all in the Food Theatre Marquee. There will be demos from The Salutation Inn, The Pig at Combe, Exeter Cookery School, and The Samosa Lady. There” be kids activities in The Library,  Tickety Boo and The Institute.

17th – 18th: Crediton Food Festival – Check their website for further info.

Now in it’s 9th year, great for food stalls, music and demos.

July

30th:  Rockfish Crab Festival, Dartmouth South Embankment

The Rockfish Crab Festival is now in its 6th year, championed by restaurateur Mitch Tonks & co-hosted by Angela Hartnett, it celebrates all that is great about our British crab. Enjoy music, local crab, children’s crabbing competition & the best-dressed table competition – that’s the table not the guests! Bring bunting, table linen, flowers, candelabra, whatever you fancy.  Guaranteed fun & guaranteed weather-proofing with a marquee!  Tickets at www.rockfishevents.co.uk

August

4th – 6th: The South West Coffee Festival –  Check their website for further info.

This inauguaral event, open to trade and baristas as well as the public and enthusiasts, the event will be held at Powderham Castle. If you love coffee…get yourself to this event! We have been given an exclusive level of discount off the already affordable ticket price:

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6th: Pen’Grillie’ BBQ Festival – Check out their website for further info.

Held at Pentillie Castle, to the east of Plymouth, last year’s inaugural festival was a great event of BBQ competition, live music, chilli eating competition, kids activity tent, food and product stalls all in a beautiful setting.

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Pen’Grillie’ 2016

September

2nd: Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey – Check their website for further info. 2015’s write up by Editor, Chris, can be read here.

Bovey Tracey’s Fore Street gets transformed for this music, food, craft festival and Devon Street Food Awards with a new addition for 2017…Nourish Gin Festival! There will also be two evenings of concerts.

3rd: Clovelly Lobster and Crab Festival – Check their website for further info.

A unique and beautiful place, Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a great day out for all the family. This year is its 10th Anniversary.

9th: Topsham Beer and Bacon Festival

This little festival is not all fancy and big – it’s perfectly formed and organised by the guys at The Pig and Pallet/Good Game. A beer tent, some bacon and pork based food stalls, a side loader truck opened up for the live music to perform on, and right in front of The Lighter Inn on Topsham Quay. If you’re local, be sure to pop down for a good time.

9th: Ashburton Food & Drink Festival – Check their Facebook page for more info.

A full day of local foodie delights and entertainment.

16th – 17th: Plymouth Seafood Festival – Check their website for further info.

The website states “The Barbican and Sutton Harbour will come alive on Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 September, with a celebration of locally sourced and sustainably caught, high quality seafood.”

With Plymouth having the second largest fish market in the UK, events spread across this harbourside city includes cookery theatre with well known regional chefs, food stalls, crabbing competition, and a cardboard boat race amongst other activities!

17th: 1st ever Rockfish Crab Festival Day at Sutton Harbour, during Seafood Week in Plymouth – Check their website for further info.

Live music, magic, a special crab menu for the day, all hosted by restaurateur and chef Mitch Tonks. We’ll also be distilling the first ever Plymouth Uni Gin, a recipe made jointly with students at from Plymouth University’s Hospitality and Catering Department – we’ll have a VW campervan parked outside distilling the gin throughout the day so be there for a historic first taste! No tickets for this event but pre-booking tables advised.

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25th – 31st: Taste of the Teign and Teignmouth Harbour Festival – Check their website for further info.

A week long food event that will include Smokeinteignhead, a newly added BBQ competition. Various events are held and venues and include Tea on the Teign, jam making workshops, an evening in the orchard, Fry Up Friday, street food market, farmers market and culminating with a food fair.

October

1st – Taste of the Teign

See above info in September.

7th – 8th: Powderham Food Festival Check their website for further info.

Last years write up: Powderham Food Festival 2016.

Held inside Powderham Castle and around the beautiful grounds, this fabulous festival includes a Theatre of Fire and Smoke, food stalls, producers, drinks, items for sale, free cookery classes for kids by Fun Kitchen, demo kitchen with local great chefs and some live music.

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Powderham Food Festival

20th – 22nd: Dartmouth Food Festival. Check their website for further details.

Held all along the harbour with plenty of food stalls, products and demos to be enjoyed as well as special offers in restaurants.

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Some of the above events we have visited and some we haven’t so it’s a mix of knowledge, opinion and information gathered from the websites. Please check websites or organisers directly regarding prices, parking and accessibility. If you know of any events that we have missed, please feel free to tweet or DM us on Twitter and Facebook.

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