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Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle
Nr High Street

Tel: 01392 278801

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Dates for Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 2017 have been announced which sees the event move to the Early May Bank Holiday.

The award winning food and drink festival, which celebrates the very best produce of the south west will run from Saturday 29th April 2017 to Monday 1st May, running for all three days of the bank holiday. An established favourite for all foodies, the festival attracts an international audience with visitors attending from far and wide to buy delicious goodies, watch top chefs in the live Festival Cookery Theatre and get involved in workshops and demonstrations.

Returning to the dramatic Exeter Castle Courtyard and pretty Northernhay Gardens in the very heart of the city of Exeter, the Festival will include demos from top chefs, workshops, children’s activities and more than 100 artisanal producers from the region in the Food & Drink marquees in Northernhay Gardens selling a range of mouth-watering products from traditional cheeses, meats, preserves and ciders to modern twists on gins, charcuterie, ice-cream, oils, coffee and much more. Visitors to the Festival can enjoy the opportunity to meet the producers and ask them about the food and drink they sell.

Each year, the Festival hosts a number of interactive workshops and food-themed activities for children and adults alike. A dedicated children’s programme includes Fun Kitchen cookery classes, farm animals, story-telling and craft activities. The Festival aims to help children understand more about their food, an awareness of where it comes from and instil a love of cooking. The Darts Farm Taste and Knowledge Teepee’s will once again host a packed schedule of informative and fun workshops, demonstrations and talks on topical food and drink themes.

Exeter Castle Courtyard will be filled with hot food stalls and stands selling local beers, ales and wines. Enjoy a delicious lunch while local musicians take to the stage to entertain visitors

Fresh at the Festival

There are lots of new things to see...and taste!

Barbican Botanist Gin, created by Plymouth-based duo Doreen Canale-Dow and Warren Dow, is one of the Fresh exhibitors at the festival. Doreen and Warren produce small batch gin handcrafted and distilled in the South West. Punctuated with citrus flavours and earthy notes this gin is a must-try.

Creber's Rock Apocryphal Cider is slow fermented by wild yeasts, at Giles Nicholson's cidery on Dartmoor, before being bottled on the lees. It is then hand riddled over several months, disgorged and aged for a year or more to produce a naturally sparkling vintage cider. Crebers Rock also produce still draught cider, cider vinegar and are developing a range of cider based preserves.

Founded by Tony Coulson, Ebb Tides was established in 2016 and is a unique business making its first appearance at the festival. Tony, who has over 20 years’ experience working in fisheries and aquaculture, sells an assortment of edible seaweeds.

Chocoholics will love the tempting Artisan Chocolate Company which sells a range of aromatic, hand crafted chocolate delights and created by Chef Peter Alcroft from Kingsbridge.

The Culmstock Chilli Co is another newcomer to the festival. Situated in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, Culmstock Chilli Co was created by Nigel and Coralie Howard whose passions lie in growing beautiful and tasty chilli

Ticket Information: Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is supported by Exeter City Council. For full details and ticket information -

Festival Day Pass (not including After Dark Music Festivals)

Adults (Saturday) - £8.00                Children (5-15 years inclusive) - £1.00 Adults (Sunday/Monday) - £6.00     Child (under 5 years) - Free Group day tickets (10+) Adults - buy 9 tickets and get the 10th free

After Dark Music Festivals - Exeter Castle (not including entry to the Festival by day or the producer pavilions)

Friday 28th April (Headliner: The Locked Horns, supported by Stephens Scown’s Choir and Loose Cannons Band) - £8.00

Saturday 29th April (Headliner: Leigh Coleman Band, supported by Yazzy, Joanna Cooke and Celine Dos Santos) - £8.00

Sunday 30th April (Headliner: Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers, supported by Alex Dobson and Roger Styles) - £8.00


Combined Day & After Dark Music Festival Ticket (Saturday & Sunday only. Ticket valid for one day and evening on the same date)

Adult - £12.00 per day Child - £9.00 per day


Weekend Ticket (including access to Food Festival and the After Dark Music Festivals on Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

All - £25.00


VIP Weekend Pass (includes Festival by day and After Dark Music Festivals as well as the VIP experience) (NB VIP lounge not open during After Dark Music Festivals)

Adults (only) £50.00


Festival Opening Hours

Festival by day:      Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm            Monday 10am - 5pm

After Dark Music Festivals:    Friday - 6:30pm – 11pm          Saturday - 6pm – 11pm         Sunday - 6pm – 10.30pm


Additional notes:

Day tickets do not include the After Dark Music Festival After Dark Music Festivals – Exeter Castle only (no access to activity in Northernhay Gardens or producer pavilions)  All prices include UK VAT - Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.  No Dogs except Guide Dogs


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