The multi-award winning Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns to Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle on Friday 22 – Sunday 24 April for another year of exceptional food, drink and demonstrations from top regional chefs. With more exhibitors, chefs and local producers expected than ever before the Exeter Food Festival is set to be the ultimate foodie weekend and the region’s leading food Festival. 2016 will be its 13th year.
Championed by Michael Caines MBE, the Festival hosts a packed programme of chef demonstrations, hands on master classes and tastings as well as a dedicated children’s programme including Fun Kitchen cookery classes, farm animals, storytelling and craft activities. The Festival’s charity partners Exeter Foundation and Families for Children will be on hand to help teach little ones more about their food and where it comes from.
The Darts Farm Taste and Knowledge Teepee’s, Festival Question Time hosted by BBC Radio Devon and the Westcountry Bakery Theatre will return with a packed schedule of informative and fun workshops, demonstrations and talks on topical food and drink themes. New features planned will focus on artisan bread baking and a milk bar – celebrating the region’s many dairy farms and looking at the importance of provenance.
Visitors can browse from over 100 artisan food and drink producers from the region who exhibit in three pavilions; providing plenty of opportunities for trying, buying and chatting to the people behind the South West’s delicious food and drink. Local musicians will take to stages throughout the festival grounds and the weekend to entertain visitors.
Michael Caines, two-Michelin star chef and Festival co-founder, says: “The Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink promotes the vibrant food and drink of the region giving visitors the chance to try local food, talk to producers and learn more about cooking and farming. The Festival sets out to educate, entertain, feed and refresh people and is open to people of all ages who want to enjoy the great food and drink of our region.”
Visitors can also enjoy three Festival After Dark Party Nights from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 April 2016. With its unique party atmosphere, the Festival After Dark Party Nights bring a host of exciting and talented musicians to the stage to entertain revellers until late. Producers will be selling local beers, wines, ciders and a wide selection of tempting street food throughout each evening ensuring party goers a tasty combination of excellent food and exciting bands and musicians.
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is a not for profit event.
For more information or to buy tickets visit: www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk