Paul Young to headline Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink After Dark Music Festival
PUBLISHED: 11:44 18 April 2016
Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young will headline this year’s Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink’s ‘After Dark Music Festival’ on Thursday 21st April.
The hugely popular After Dark events run on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the festival weekend in the Exeter Castle Courtyard. This year the After Dark Music Festival is sponsored by Pavey Group.
Fronted by one of the UK’s finest and best loved vocalists, Paul Young, Los Pacaminos will entertain the crowds with its Americana / Tex Mex sound, both classics and original material.
They will be supported by two talented local acts, Yazzy, a singer-songwriter from North Devon and singer-songwriter Eleanor who has numerous performances lined up at major festivals this year. Tickets to the Thursday After Dark Music Festival are £15 at the gate or £12 in advance.
With its unique party atmosphere, the After Dark Music Festival events bring a host of talented musicians to the stage while producers sell local beers, wines, ciders and a wide selection of street food.
Paul Young will join Michael Caines on stage for cookery demonstrations at the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink on the morning of Friday 22nd April.
Friday’s After Dark event is headlined by pop/rock band To The Sun who will entertain the crowds with their uniquely exciting and varied pop, rock and funk set. Band members include Adam Isaac, quarter finalist of BBC’s The Voice UK. Supporting To The Sun will be local jazz band Locked Horns and the hugely talented Stephens Scown Choir. Tickets are £8.
The Electric Swing Circus will wow the crowds on Saturday night with their dazzling fusion of 20s swing and stomping beats. Regularly selling out at their performances, Electric Swing Circus promise a fabulous night of entertainment. Supporting is Cameron Mills, a skilled, versatile young Devon musician with a delightful, jazzy swing to his voice and Raining Globe - a 3-piece indie rock/pop band from Devon playing original music. This talented local band were featured on BBC Introducing in 2014. Tickets are £8.
For the first time, the After Dark Music Festival tickets will allow entry into Northernhay Gardens from 4pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, allowing visitors to browse the festival stands before heading through to the castle courtyard from 6pm for the evening’s festivities.
Tickets on sale from the Ticket Factory or from the Exeter Phoenix box office. Combined tickets may be purchased for day time and After Dark Music Festival on the Friday and Saturday. NB - Standard Day & VIP Day Tickets do not permit entry to After Dark Music Festival.
Cheese and wine
Exeter Food Festival will be hosting six cheese and wine tasting events during the weekend of 23 and 24 April when wines from New Zealand, Italy and France, supplied by Great Western Wine, will be served with cheeses from some of the best cheesemakers in the South West, many of whom have their own stands at the festival.
There will be a South West wine session each day dedicated to discovering and celebrating local wines with tutorage from a range of wine experts including Susy Atkins, wine writer and regular presenter on BBC1’s flagship cookery show Saturday Kitchen and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, and the guest cheese experts include local food hero Mary Quicke.
Chef Michael Caines, co-founder of Exeter Food Festival, explains: “This is the first year we have created a whole feature dedicated to cheese and wine tutored tastings. We hope the sessions will prove popular with our food-loving audiences. We have a great selection of traditional and artisan South West cheeses and excellent wines and the events should be great fun as well as informative.”
Now in its 13th year, Exeter’s annual food and drink festival which takes place in Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens continues to go from strength to strength attracting more than 100 artisan food and drink producers from the region selling delicious south west meat, cheeses, bread, cider, wine, beer, oils, cakes and much more.
Familiar highlights - the Darts Farm Taste and Knowledge Teepees and Festival Cookery Theatre are back with a full timetable of demonstrations by regional chefs and producers each willing to share their expertise and skill with visitors. Great British Bake Off contender Glenn Cosby is returning to the Festival to host The Westcountry Bakery with his highly entertaining style.
As part of the Festival’s aim to teach children about food, its provenance and how to cook it, little hands will be kept busy in the Little Cookies area. With cookery classes, storytelling and a Festival farmyard, there is plenty to entertain the children throughout the day.
The Festival Question Time, with BBC Radio Devon, which was new for 2015, will be returning with a host of food writers, producers and chefs to talk about what’s topical in the world of food as well as to take questions from visitors.
When all that activity whets the appetite, visitors can enjoy food and drink to go from the street food stands dotted around the Festival. Local beers, ales, wines and soft drinks will also be available from the Festival Bar.
Tickets for the cheese and wine tasting sessions are limited and cost £15 plus booking fee and need to be purchased in addition to festival entry tickets. Full details of the sessions can be found at exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk and tickets are available from Exeter Phoenix Box Office.
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is a not for profit event. For more information or to buy your Food Festival tickets visit: exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk.