The Directors of the Festival would like to thank you all for your suppport of the Festival over the last 15 years and hope to see you again at the next Festival.
David Kirk

David is a partner at Kirk Hills Chartered Accountants which he started in Exeter in 1992. He’s been a director of the Festival since 2008, helping with the finances. Loves – ‘Seeing so many happy people. It feels like you could have this event on every weekend in the spring and summer!’

Derek Phillips

As Vice President of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Derek has been able to bring a wide cross-section of businesses to the Festival. Loves – ‘That the Festival not only brings pleasure and knowledge to all those who attend, but also immense economic benefits to our local and wider communities.’

Michael Caines

Michael Caines MBE is one of the UK’s most celebrated and acclaimed chefs. Over the past fifteen years, he has also proved himself to be a successful and imaginative hotelier.

Lympstone Manor marks the pinnacle of a career that has been simply scintillating. For the past two years, Michael has spent his time creatively and imaginatively transforming an historic Grade II listed Georgian mansion overlooking the Exe estuary into his wholly personal and exciting vision of contemporary country house hospitality for the 21st century. With 21 stunning guestrooms and suites named after the birds of the estuary, three beautiful and individual dining rooms in which to savour Michael’s acclaimed cuisine matched with a world-class wine cellar, 28 acres of gardens, grounds and parkland all set in the beauty and tranquility of East Devon and the Jurassic Coast, a stay here is a totally exceptional experience.

Michael Dart

Michael is a director of Darts Farm, which has been growing the passion for farming and food for over 40 years. He’s been involved with the Festival since day one and a director since 2008. Loves – ‘The energy and passion of fantastic world-class local food producers – it’s contagious!’

Richard Marsh

Richard is a director of Coastal Recycling and has been involved in helping with the Festival with sponsorship and marketing since its beginnings. Loves – ‘Learning from great chefs and meeting old and new friends over the best food and drink in the world – and its all from this region!’

Robert Camp

Robert is the managing partner of South West law firm Stephens Scown. He’s passionate about shouting about our region and has been a director of the Festival since 2008. Loves – ‘Showcasing what is so good about where we live and seeing so many people having fun.’

Exeter City Council