CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

Dartmouth Food Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:31 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:31 29 October 2014

Tom Bunn, Nigel Favis, Mitch Tonks, Kevin Favis and festival director David Jones

Tom Bunn, Nigel Favis, Mitch Tonks, Kevin Favis and festival director David Jones, Original Image Photography

The annual Dartmouth Food Festival was held last weekend and Mitch Tonks, award winning food writer, restaurateur and fishmonger comments on how much of a success it has become.

South Devon Chilli FarmSouth Devon Chilli Farm

Over the years Dartmouth Food Festival has become a major food event in the South West, and this year over 20,000 visitors came to the beautiful maritime town to enjoy a weekend of delicious food and drink. The public were treated to well over a hundred stalls of local food businesses selling their fresh produce, everything from meat and fish to jams and chutneys. The produce was so popular in fact that many exhibitors actually sold out, including The Blueberry Brothers, Sharpham Wine & Cheese, Luscombe Drinks, Portlebay Popcorn and Favis of Salcombe, whose 1.5 tonnes of crab were devoured. The festival showed off the town in all of its glory. Stalls lined the South Embankment and the Old Market Square, demonstrations and workshops were held in the Royal Avenue Gardens, and tastings and dinners were available in the town’s restaurants, delis and cafés.

Over the three day event a record number of people turned up to the free Eat Your Own Words sessions where food and wine experts discussed a range of topics. Highlights included Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon, in conversation with BBC1’s ‘Saturday Kitchen’ regular wine expert, Susy Atkins. The Glazebrook House Hotel’s executive head chef and former MasterChef The Professionals quarter finalist, Ben Palmer drew in large crowds for his cookery demonstration, as did James Ramsden and Diana Henry. The hands-on cookery workshops and wine seminars were also a great success.

This year the festival said a sad farewell to Festival director of seven years, David Jones. Dartmouth’s Mayor, Robert Lyon said “I think everything done in Dartmouth is always wonderful. Dartmouth Food Festival helps bring people to the town, which is great. Having known David for quite a long time I know how hard he’s worked to make the festival the great success it is and I understand how much work goes into organising an event such as this. I’d like to personally thank David and his wife Holly for all their hard work.”

Click here to visit the Dartmouth Food Festival website.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

SU CARROLL breaks bread with charismatic Devon restaurateur Edmond Davari as he embarks on a new venture

Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

We hooked up with RACHAEL JOWITT, head roaster for leading South West coffee roastery, Voyager Coffee, to hear how the business is developing

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

From pale ale and real cider to craft beer, Devon is home to a number of real ale breweries and CAMRA award-winners, meaning a good pub is never far away – we pick 16 places to go in Devon to find the best pint

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

Devon Life’s readers and followers have been voting for their favourite food & drink stars and we can now reveal our winners who were honoured at our glamorous ceremony at Sandy Park on November 15

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Public Houses are a cornerstone of life here in Britain, dating back as far as the Roman invasion in 43 AD. Devon is no different and its humble establishments are steeped in history and nostalgia. We’ve taken a look at 11 of the county’s most historical pubs

Read more
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A traditional Christmas pudding recipe, served with clotted cream and a brandy Crème Anglaise with a dash of cognac

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

Whether you have strawberry or raspberry jam on your scones, or prefer Earl Grey to English breakfast tea, we’ve found 12 of the best tearooms that Devon has to offer

Read more
Monday, October 22, 2018

We’ve spoken to award-winning chef Michael Caines MBE to find out more about Lympstone Manor’s wine celebration evenings and when their new vineyard will produce its first bottle of wine

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Sunday lunch is an enduring British institution that’s incredibly important to get right. We’ve chosen 12 places in Devon that will guarantee sublime stuffing, mouth-watering meats and Yorkshire pudding perfection.

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As the winter begins to close in, there’s nowhere better to take refuge than one of Devon’s many cosy pubs. Here are 9 you should look for when needing to escape the nippy British weather

Read more
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Check out Michael Caines’ column in the latest issue of Devon Life where you can read more about what this recipe will be perfect with

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We reveal the winner of Devon’s Tea Room / Coffee Shop of the Year. Sponsored by Radio Exe

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We reveal the winner of Devon’s Best Sunday Roast. Sponsored by

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We reveal the winner of the Pub of the Year award. Sponsored by WBW Solicitors

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search