A taste of East Devon

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 June 2014

A lamb demo at the Ottery Food and Families Festival

A lamb demo at the Ottery Food and Families Festival


The Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival will be bigger and better this year

Ottery St Mary will be filled with the smells of delicious cooking on 13 and 14 June when the town holds its second Food and Families Festival in celebration of East Devon’s talented food and drink producers and restauranteurs.

After the success of last year’s event, which attracted over 3,000 people to the town, the 2014 festival promises even more to see, taste and experience – and there’s something for all the family to enjoy.High on the list of must-sees are the cookery demonstrations and ‘cook-offs’ which are taking place in the main marquee in the very centre of the town.

This year, the line-up includes live demonstrations of sustainable fish cookery by River Cottage’s Gelf Alderson, cake genius with cupcake whizz Kate Shiraz from Cakeadoodledoo and summertime dishes created by Craig Samson of the HH.Ottery’s own Robin Rea of the Rusty Pig will be working with Matt Mason from the Jack in the Green to cook a three course lunch - with a twist.

An epic cook-off is anticipated between “Samosa Lady” Tina Chauhan-Challis with her speciality Gujarati cuisine and Masterchef semi-finalist Saira Hamilton who will be cooking up a storm with her authentic Bengali dishes.

A packed street market on Mill Street will showcase the very best in local produce to try and buy, from charcuterie and pasties to chocolate and jams. Other attractions include family activities, with craft stalls, face-painting and bouncy castle, live music around the town and an Otter Brewery sponsored bar. Watch out for the now infamous Ottery St Mary Fish Dance – a once in a lifetime experience. Grab a crab or a trout and get dancing. Saturday night sees a unique “5 Rounds” dinner at the Rusty Pig with plenty of other fantastic dining options available at the town’s many great restaurants and pubs.

The event is free to attend and there is plentiful parking in the town car parks. Information is available on the festival Facebook page or festival programmes which are available in Ottery St Mary.

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