Four Fabulous Food Events in Devon
Devon’s food is one of the key reasons why many people love to come and visit. Here are some great food festivals which really showcase the Westcountry and its culinary delights.
Started in 2002, this first class feast of entertainment featuring workshops, seminars, tastings, competitions, demonstrations and over 120 hand-picked exhibitors (70% of which are from Devon). It truly is a great event to showcase the best that the South West has to offer – from Ashridge Cider and Cornish Seasalt through to the Dartington Dairy and South Devon Chilli Farm. Taking place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and take part without being charged an entry fee.
Cockington’s 24th Apple Day will showcase the best in local foods, drinks and handmade crafts and this year will take place on Sunday 14th October. This events gives you the opportunity to awaken your sense and enable you to taste, buy and take home various locally sourced wonderful food and drinks. The cider press will be in full action turning fruit into juice and then onto lovely scrumpy.
There will be a range of activities including appley themed games and challenges plus children’s entertainers and cooking demos. The resident craft makers will be open in the stable yard and craft studios. Cockington really is a must-see location with its chocolate box houses – a perfect chance to see and taste Devon at its finest.
Now in its sixth year, the Powderham Food Festival has become, in a short space of time, an established event on the Devon ‘foodie calendar’. The festival attracts both exhibitors and visitors from far and wide across the South West, not just Devon. Situated around 30 miles from Torquay, Powderham Castle is in a unique, picturesque setting within an ancient deer park beside the Exe estuary. Located just south of Exeter, Powderham Castle is easily accessible from Torquay via the new South Devon Highway. This year’s festival will take place on 6th & 7th October and is open from 10:00 – 17:00.
After the amazing success of the recent night street food markets on Exeter’s historic quayside, there will be a new market in lovely Southernhay Gardens, which is situated just behind the Princesshay Shopping Centre. This day time and evening market event takes place on the last Friday of the month (May – October) and will be open from 12 noon – 9pm and promises the added bonus of the chance for a freshly prepared lunch or dinner.
Taste of the Westcountry Break at TLH Toorak
Why not come and sample the great food of the Westcountry and make a weekend of it. There are some scrumptious treats lined up for you on these foodie breaks at the TLH Toorak Hotel. Thoughts of the Westcountry conjure up images of clotted cream tea, cider, local cheeses and yummy dishes created from fresh local fish, meat and vegetables.
• Monday evening – Welcome drinks reception
• Tuesday afternoon – Devonshire Cream Tea – which do you spread first? The jam or the cream?
• Wednesday – a visit to Torre Abbey (ticket included)
• Thursday afternoon – Cider & Sharphams Cheese tasting
• Westcountry produce used each evening to create delicious menus
• Entertainment each evening in the Arlington Room
Find out more about the break here.
So why not come and visit the Westcountry and sample the great local food and drink for yourselves. Combined with our outstanding countryside and stunning coastline, what more could you ask for from a break in Torquay?