For those of you who are passionate about all things food, from fine and high-quality raw ingredients to street grub and desserts with all the frills, these fantastic festivals all feature food at the heart! Indulge in your gastronomic dreams, have a chat with other enthusiasts for tips and inspiration, try something you’ve never had before and watch the professionals at work. Here are the upcoming events that I will not be missing this year!
Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival, 1st-2nd September
With the first event taking place in 2009, the Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival is now a firm favourite in the calendars of visitors and residents alike. Celebrating all things sea, the streets and town come to life with activity.
Attendees can expect tempting smells from the ‘kitchen’ with local eateries and stalls cooking up an array of delicious foods, from sweet to savoury, Mexican to fish and chips!
The stage will also be alive with the sound of music. With live performances from traditional shanty bands, rock and roll, blues and soul, grab yourself and drink and enjoy the performances.
Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast, 2nd September
This yearly festival is held in what is quite possibly the most quintessentially Devonian fishing village there is! As you walk the cobbled streets, past the historic houses and down to the harbour, it is obvious that the aesthetics of Clovelly haven’t changed for more than 100 years! The lobsters and crabs for the festival are sustainably caught, and twice during the day, the National Lobster Hatchery releases several baby lobsters into the sea.
There will be fresh seafood served from the quay or the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant (tables fill fast, and booking is advised), as well as live music throughout the day, cooking demonstrations, beer tasting and street theatre.
A seafood platter with lobster, crab and muscles.
Abbfest, 21st-23rd September
The Abbfest is a weekend of guaranteed fun! With music, food, children’s activities, craft and celebrity chefs, the whole family will be kept entertained. Some of the best local food producers will be showcasing their high-quality produce and cookery creations, while alongside this, there will be craft and art stalls where you’ll be able to treat yourself to unique and exquisite handcrafted items. From ceramics and soaps to jewellery and art. Throughout the day, live bands will be filling the festival with sweet sounds, including RnB, rock and roll, blues, jazz and classic covers.
Powderham Castle Food Festival, 6th-7th October
Food and drink are the origins of the festival at Powderam Castle, so be sure to come with an empty stomach and be prepared to feast! A collection of the finest food producers in the southwest will be offering an array of tempting treats, including cakes, preserves and jams, meats and dairy. You can also enjoy a lunch or take away from one of the many foods and drink stalls. This year’s line-up is set to trump all previous years, with more than 140 different producers!
Dartmouth Food Festival, 19th-21st October
‘Showcasing the very best food and drink experiences in the Southwest’, the Dartmouth Food Festival is every enthusiast’s dream! With more than 120 hand-picked exhibitors, of which, 70% are from Devon, the event is a collection of the finest and most diverse culinary delights! Alongside the abundance of temptations, there will be chefs, food writers and drink experts, all giving you inspiration for your next dish!
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