The Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens from 5 - 7 May 2018, with fantastic regional chefs, over 80 producers selling delicious goodies from across the South West, live music to keep the atmosphere alive throughout the weekend, and foodie fun for the whole family. Read our guide to the top seven things to do at the festival...

1. Chef demonstrations in the Festival Cookery Theatre

An absolute must-see for foodie fans,whether you're learning to cook simple meals or enjoy preparing impressive dishes for entertaining dinner guests. Watch top regional chefs work their magic, including Michael Caines MBE of Lympstone Manor, Dez Turland of Saunton Sands Hotel and Matt Mason from The Jack in the Green taking to the stage.

Chef Demos at the Exeter Food Festival

2. Live music

The stage in Exeter Castle Courtyard will host musical talent across the three-days. Music fans can extend their weekend with a night at the all-new Exeter Beats (separate ticket needed) with headliners including Mad Dog Mcrea on Friday evening, One Step Behind (Madness Tribute) on Saturday eve and David Live (David Bowie tribute) on Sunday entertaining festival goers late into the evening. Get your friends together and enjoy the atmosphere, the hot street food and local drinks from the Castle courtyard.

Live Music at Exeter Beats

3. Family fun

There is loads going on for families across the weekend, with the Festival aiming to engage, educate and inspire children to cook and find out where their food comes from. Visit the Shillingford Organics Farm School, Fun Kitchen in the Dart’s Farm Teepee, the NFU Mutual Discovery Barn and Exeter Cookery School with its ‘Cooking is Fun’ feature. Plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

4. Regional food & drink producers

Producers from across the south west will fill the marquees in Northernhay Gardens selling locally produced food and drink, including tasty sweet treats, gin, meats and cheeses. The weekend is the perfect opportunity to stock up on all your favourite goodies. Exeter’s very own Oddfellows, Roly’s Fudge, Hops & Crafts, Chococo, The Real Food Store and Exeter Brewery will all feature on the tasty weekend line-up.

5. Dart’s Farm Teepees

An iconic feature of the Festival, the tepees will host a series of workshops, talks and tastings from a whole host of local, artisan and traditional food and drink producers over the weekend. From sausage-making with the Darts Farm master butchers to pizza making in the wood fired oven, hungry festival goers will be entertained and educated by the industry experts whilst enjoying tasty bites undercover.

Exeter Food Festival (c) Jan Penny

6. The Westcountry Bakery

The go-to for keen bakers to watch Richard Hunt (Devon Scone Company) and guests during their interactive baking feature including freshly made cakes, biscuits and breads.

7. Be a VIP 

Treat yourself to VIP tickets for the weekend. The popular VIP lounge has moved to Northernhay Gardens for the 2018 Festival, overlooking the Festival Cookery Theatre. VIP ticket holders can enjoy exclusive access to the VIP lounge, complimentary drinks, afternoon tea with sandwiches and scones and mini spa treatments from Amanda Marsden Lifestyle Salon (all subject to availability).

Group tickets, combined day/evening, child and VIP tickets are available to buy online, visit the Festival website for more information.

The three-day foodie festival runs from Saturday 5th May to Monday 7th May alongside the all-new Exeter Beats music event taking place in the Exeter Castle courtyard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. With top acts performing each night this is an event not to miss, get your tickets early here.


Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink
Exeter Food Festival (c) Jan Penny

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink is cancelled for 2020

Exeter Beats Music Festival
Exeter Beats Music Festival

The Exeter Beats live music evening events will take place in Exeter Castle Courtyard on Friday 4rd, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, with top bands and DJs playing throughout the night, street food stalls to enjoy and the Festival bar open until late.



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