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Great food festivals in Devon

PUBLISHED: 09:56 10 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:56 10 July 2014

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Don’t miss the best food festivals across Devon and further afield with FIONA POTIGNY’s round up of foodie events

July 2014

12-13 Topsham Food Festival & Longest Table

Family, friends, a locally-sourced feast and one long table: the perfect recipe for a unique foodie festival at Topsham Quay.

topshamfoodfestival.org.uk/marc@topshamfoodfestival.org.uk

28-1 Fantastic Fish Festival, Torquay

Aptly held at Torquay’s Aquarium, this festival celebrates the sea with crafts, shows and cooking demos from award-winning chefs.

livingcoasts.org.uk / 
0844 474 3366

August 2014

3 Crab Day Street Party, Dartmouth

This crustacean celebration kicks off Crab Month hosted by seafood chef Mitch Tonks, and backed by the smooth sound of the Nauti Boys.

rockfishparty.co.uk / 
enquiries@rockfishdevon.co.uk

15-17 Flavour Fest, Plymouth

In its 11th year, this extravaganza boasts 120 traders of fresh fish, cheese, cider and sweet treats, plus a Ready, Steady, Cook style show!

visitplymouth.co.uk/
01752 306741

September 2014

5-6 Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey

Mary Berry wannabes will have the chance to dazzle at the Bovey Bake Off and Ashburton Cookery Theatre, while foodie treat-lovers can enjoy the high street stalls.

Nourishfestival.org /
hello@nourishfestival.org

7 Lobster & Crab Feast, Clovelly

A day of folk music, beer tasting and seafood in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery.

clovelly.co.uk/visitorcentre@clovelly.co.uk

13 Ashburton

Renowned gastronomic centre of excellence Ashburton will display 50 culinary offerings, soundtracked by street musicians and entertainers.

ashburtonfoodfestival.co.uk/
01364 652591

October 2014

4 Powderham Food Festival

Uniting past and present, 600 year-old Powderham Castle will backdrop everything from viticultural talks to cider and cheese tasting.powderhamfoodfestival.com/powderhamfoodfestival@outlook.com

19 North Devon Food Festival, Barnstaple

Promising to be the best so far, this fair offers an assortment of regional delights from artisan bread to cured meats.northdevon.com / 
01237 426426

24-26 Dartmouth Food Festival

Pop along to rub shoulders with celebrity chefs, learn how they do it, taste some delicacies…and all for free!

Dartmouthfoodfestival.com/ office@dartmouthfoodfestival.com

November 2014

16 Clovelly Herring Festival

This heritage-oriented fete commemorating Clovelly’s herring fishing past culminates in craft, shanty singers, and herrings a-plenty.

clovelly.co.uk / visitorcentre@clovelly.co.uk

April 2015

24-26 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Opening the new season in the picturesque Northernhay Gardens, Exeter offers toe-tapping tunes, celebrity chef tutorials, and an astonishing array of regional produce.

exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk / 01392 278801

May 2015

29-30 Honiton Sausage & Cider Festival

Two staples in a true Devonian’s diet: you can’t go wrong, really. And all from local sausage and cider producers. Just wonderful.

honitonfestival.org / info@honitonfestival.org

TBC TorqEat

What do you get when you cross a thriving Harbourside with over 35 local food and drink producers? A delicious ‘Taste of Torbay’, of course.

tasteofthewest.co.uk /
ew@tasteofthewest.co.uk

June 2015

13-14 Crediton Food Festival

This unique annual favourite is entirely volunteer-run by local producers to keep the focus home-based.

creditonfoodfestival.co.uk / 
info@creditonfoodfestival.co.uk

Out of County Picks

11–13 July Bristol Foodies Festival

Relax on a hay bale in the Cider Farm, chatter in the Vintage Tea Tent or grab some grub in the Feasting Tent – something to suit even the fussiest of tastebuds.

foodiesfestival.com/event/bristol-harbourside / admin@foodiesfestival.com

Take a Cider Break

Refreshment of choice for most festival-goers, a sharp cider cannot be beaten. But did you know these facts about the Apple-based beverage?

There’s a cider apple for every day of the year – 365 and counting in existence.

The traditional farmers’ wage included 4 pints of cider a day.

“Scrumpy” is a West Country dialect word for a small or withered apple, and its key ingredient. Tastes better than it sounds!

Captain Cook used the drink to treat his crew for scurvy.

Over 130 million gallons of are produced every year in the UK alone.

Water was so dirty in the 14th century that children were baptised in cider instead!

Happy drinking!

South Devon Brown Crab

If you find yourself chomping on a sweet crab baguette for Crab Month, it’s likely to be Devonshire’s speciality, the South Devon Brown Crab.

This little crustacean critter can be noted by its black-tipped pincers, rusty shell and, most prominently, its size. These are the largest in Britain, spanning up to an impressive 30cm (though the average is around 20cm).

Its meat is most abundant April to November – Crab Month is in August(!) – and is replete with goodness: low in fat and rich in Omega 3 polyunsaturated acids, said to stave off heart conditions.

Serve it with a hint of lemon and a splodge of mayo – add to a salad, jacket potato or even toast for a tasty seaside snack.

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