Great food festivals in Devon
PUBLISHED: 09:56 10 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:56 10 July 2014
Don’t miss the best food festivals across Devon and further afield with FIONA POTIGNY’s round up of foodie events
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.
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
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 / email@example.com
7 Lobster & Crab Feast, Clovelly
A day of folk music, beer tasting and seafood in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery.
Renowned gastronomic centre of excellence Ashburton will display 50 culinary offerings, soundtracked by street musicians and entertainers.
ashburtonfoodfestival.co.uk/ 01364 652591
4 Powderham Food Festival
Uniting past and present, 600 year-old Powderham Castle will backdrop everything from viticultural talks to cider and cheese firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 / email@example.com
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
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.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!
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.