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Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2018

Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle, Nr High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PU

Tel: 01392 278801

Exeter Food Festival (c) Jan Penny


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.

Three evening music festivals also run over the weekend, from 6:30pm on Friday 4th May with live music, tasty street food and a lively atmosphere. 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.

Last year’s the Festival Cookery Theatre featured no fewer than seven Michelin starred chefs, including festival co-founder Michael Caines MBE, who leads a packed programme of live demonstrations in the cookery theatre.

Michael said: “I’m delighted that the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink will be returning for a 15th year. Each year the bar is raised, with over 100 producers showcasing their talent and best produce, providing a magnificent platform to exhibit what the South West has to offer. The festival is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in interactive sessions, be wowed by the masterclasses and families can enjoy the learning zones which will enrich the whole experience. With our three-day food festival featuring top chefs, which last year included the likes of Tom Kerridge, Paul Ainsworth and Michael Wignall and three evening/day music festival in the castle where we have our festival bar, the weekend has something to offer for everyone. Last year the dates of the Festival were moved to the May Bank Holiday with great success, and once again visitors will be able to head to the region to discover the special food and drink we’re all so proud of.”

Each year, the festival hosts interactive workshops and food-themed activities for both adults and children. A dedicated children’s programme includes Fun Kitchen cookery classes, farm animals, story-telling and craft activities, helping 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 Teepees host a packed schedule of workshops, demonstrations and talks on topical food and drink themes.

Exeter Castle Courtyard will feature live music from local musicians and bands to enjoy whilst savouring the Festival Bar, with street food served throughout the day and late into the evening. Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is a not for profit event. For more information or to buy tickets visit:


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

Festival by day  Sat/Sun/Mon (not including Music Festival)

Adults   -  In advance :  £8.00 
Gate price  £9.00            

Children (5–15 years inclusive)       £1.00
Child (under 5 years)                       Free

Group day tickets (10+) Adults – buy 9 tickets and get the 10th free


Music Festival – Exeter Castle (not including entry to the Festival by day or the producer pavilions)

•             Friday 4th May (act to be confirmed)          £15.00

•             Saturday 5th May (act to be confirmed)     £15.00

•             Sunday 6th May (act to be confirmed)        £15.00


Festival Opening Hours

Festival by day                                                                             Music Festival

Saturday 5th May              10am – 6pm                                      Friday 4th May                   6:30pm – 11pm

Sunday 6th May                10am – 6pm                                      Saturday 5th May               6pm – 11pm

Monday 7th May                10am – 5pm                                      Sunday 6th May                 6pm – 10.30pm


Twitter:                @ExeterFoodFest            


Instagram:          exeterfoodfestival

Guide Prices

See event description



Public Transport Directions

You are advised to use the park and ride services into the City Centre.  There is no specific festival parking, although there are several public car parks close by. 


Key Features

  • Celebrity connection
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Event
  • Outdoor Event


  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - Located a short walk from main bus stops in Queen Street and High Street
  • Parking (charge) - Please use nearby public car parks.


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given

Opening Times

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2018 (5 May 2018 - 7 May 2018)

* For opening times see festival website or event description

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