About the festival and Exeter Beats

About the festival and Exeter Beats2018-05-05T13:31:31+00:00
The Exeter Food & Drink Festival is held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter.

This year the Festival will take place over the early May Bank Holiday weekend from 5th – 7th May. The Festival also includes live music, chef demos and a great atmosphere.

The Exeter Beats evening event will take place on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, with live music playing throughout the night, street food stalls and the Festival bar open until late.

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Now in its 15th year, the 2017 festival attracted around 20,000 visitors, with people flocking to Exeter to indulge in top-notch South West food and drink, to learn from the many cookery demonstrations and workshops and to enjoy family hands-on activities. 2018 promises even more!

Click on the tabs below to see what’s happening in the Exeter Castle Courtyard and Northernhay Gardens over the weekend.

Opening  Times:

Food Festival  – 10am – 6pm (Saturday and Sunday), 10am-5pm (Monday)
Exeter Beats Music Festival – 6.30pm- 11.30pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Buy a combined ticket to stay for the Exeter Beats Music Festival.

Here you will find the VIP lounge, the Festival Cookery Theatre, 2 Large Food Pavilions and outdoor catering stalls featuring over 100 individual producers selling a mouth-watering array of food and drink, the Darts Farm ‘Food is Fun’ Teepees with demonstrations and hands on activities, Exeter Cookery School’s ‘Cooking is Fun’ at the Festival, our Westcountry Bakery feature and so much more.

Please note, there is no access to Northernhay Gardens after 6pm on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May, and 5pm on Monday 7th May.

Enjoy live music from local musicians and bands, whilst enjoying a drink from the Festival Bar and delicious street food from the host of stalls serving food and drink throughout the day and into the evening. Exeter Castle will also host three nights of fabulous live music as part of the Exeter Beats music festival.

Please note, daytime tickets will give access to Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Purchase a combined ticket for the daytime festival and evening Exeter Beats, or a stand-alone Exeter Beats ticket which gives access to the food festival from 4pm-6pm and the evening event from 6.45pm – 11.30pm on Sat and Sun.

We hope to see you there!

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Exeter City Council