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 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. 

Music (daytime) line up -

Saturday 5th May

Holly Morwenna   11am

Locate the Bass   12noon

Marnie   1.15pm

Horizonz   2.15pm

Tobis Ben Jacob   3.30pm

The Tuesday Syndicate   4.30pm

Sunday 6th May

Anna Jones   11am

The FOS Brothers   12noon

Yazzy   1.15pm

Ella Paramor   2.15pm

Ollie Dixon   3,30pm

Pattern Pusher   4.30pm

Monday 7th May

Skylark   11.15am

Rosa Belle   12.15pm

The Real Ish Band   1.15pm

Sadie Horler   2.30pm

Boundless Brothers   3.30pm


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


Ticket Information:

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is supported by Exeter City Council. For full details and ticket information - www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk.

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



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

•             Friday 4th May  £15.00

•             Saturday 5th May      £15.00

•             Sunday 6th May         £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            

Facebook:           www.facebook.com/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. 



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


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

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

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.

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given

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