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Exeter Festival of Food and Drink

Exeter Festival of Food and Drink

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2018

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2018 returns to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens for its 15th year. It runs for 3 days across the early May bank holiday weekend (Saturday 5th- Monday 7th May).  This is a lovely event and one we have not been to for a few years.

Attracting around 20,000 visitors, the Exeter Food Festival offers the chance to meet producers and buy local produce from over 100 exhibitors in two large food and drink pavilions.

There will also be workshops and cookery demos from local and celebrity chefs.

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink demonstrations

Watch talented chefs in action at the Exeter Food Festival Cookery Theatre.

Chefs demonstrating in the Cookery theatre this year include Festival co-founder and two Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines; Adam Banks, Head Chef at Fifteen Cornwall; Bini Ludlow, award-winning chef and owner of Sweet Cumin Cookery School; Emily Scott, The St Tudy Inn; James Goulding, The Pig and Guy Owen, The Idle Rocks.

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2018
Exeter Festival of Food and Drink 2018 including Shillingford Organic Farm School

Cooking for All Ages

The teams at Darts Farm and Fun Kitchen will be working together in the Food is Fun Teepees to involve young food fans with spectacular science experiments, sausage and pizza making and crafts.

Families can also enjoy the Shillingford Organics Farm School including cooking classes, planting, sowing and story-telling.

Fun and Games

The NFU Mutual discovery barn is complete with games and activities to teach young children about food provenance and the hard work British farmers do.

New – Cooking Fun for Children

Exeter Cookery School will be hosting a new Cooking is Fun Marquee at the 2018 Festival with a range of practical and engaging cookery workshops for families. Inspiring families to have fun together while cooking, each session will be led by experienced Exeter Cookery School tutors.

Nila Ross-Patel will be on hand to reveal the secrets of how to create authentic Indian home cooking and Leith’s-trained Rachel Pinnock will be showing youngsters how to make delicious dishes from scratch. Head Chef and co-owner of Exeter Cookery School, Jim Fisher, will be getting families cooking from scratch and showing them how to make meals that taste delicious but won’t cost the earth.


Throughout the three-day Exeter Food Festival, visitors can find a tasty mix of locally produced food and drink.

Join in with  workshops, watch cookery demos and enjoy local cider and ale bars, street food and live music from local musicians and bands.


Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2018

Enjoy a Programme of Evening Music

The all-new Exeter Beats is a three-night music festival running from Friday 4th May for three nights offering amazing live music, hot street food, regional drinks and an undercover area. Headliners include Mad Dog Mcrea (Fri 4th), One Step Behind (Madness tribute, Sat 5th) and David Live (David Bowie tribute Sun 6th). Tickets for the Exeter Food Festival and Exeter Beats are on sale now.

Exeter Food Festival of South West Food and Drink

Competition Now Closed

WIN a family pass to the Exeter Food Festival
on Monday 7th May for 2 adults and 2 children

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Exeter Festival of Food & Drink is a not for profit event. Advance day tickets start at £8 for adults and £1 for children (bought in advance). Weekend passes and evening entertainment details on the Festival’s website.

For more information or to buy tickets visit:



Disclaimer: I am delighted to have been provided tickets by the Festival to offer as a prize for you.  I have also been offered tickets to visit the festival myself in return for this sponsored post. After the event I will update the post with my own images and short review. 

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  1. Rachel

    The food and drink festival sounds great! Sounds like there’s lots to see, do and taste! How exciting that you are giving away tickets! Fingers crossed!

  2. Lisa

    I would love to go this year, but I don’t think I can cope even waddling around there at this stage 🙂


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