The award-winning Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink returns for its 15th consecutive year on the May Day Bank Holiday, from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2018. A firm fixture on the food festival calendar, the event is held in the scenic grounds of Exeter Castle Courtyard and Northernhay Gardens. From celebrity chefs and producers to workshops and live music, expect a long weekend of foodie indulgence and food-themed activities for the whole family.
The festival itself kicks off on Saturday 5th May at 10am. Attracting around 20,000 visitors, the three-day festival offers exceptional food and drink produced in the South West, alongside cookery demonstrations, workshop activities and the chance to meet producers and chefs, with over 100 exhibitors in two large food and drink pavilions.
2018’s festival is set to welcome some exciting new producers and start-ups from across the region. Fresh at the Festival champions producers who’ve been in business fewer than three years and this year includes Chickies Gourmet Eggs with handmade scotch eggs in exciting flavours, seasonal wild mushrooms from Forest Fungi Devon, award-winning Happy Butter Ghee, delicious and nutritious JEAM Super Mixes, Stannary Brewery Co. from Tavistock, Okehampton based TORS Vodka, deliciously flavoured Freda’s Peanut Butter and Littlestone Coffee with sustainably and ethically sourced whole bean and ground coffee.
Tickets for the all-new Exeter Beats Music Festival are also on sale, and available to buy on the Exeter Food Festival website. Exeter Beats will be held each evening on Friday 4th May – Sunday 6th May at Exeter Castle, with exciting live music acts performing each night in the Castle Courtyard alongside street food, real ales and cider. Acts are expected to be announced soon. The fun kicks off from 6:30pm on Friday 4th May with live music, tasty street food and a lively atmosphere.