Today Exeter Food & Drink Festival welcomed crowds through the gates at Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle. The Cookery Theatre sprang to life with some of the region’s culinary gurus taking to the stage to create show-stopping seafood dishes. The first ever Seafood Saturday in the Cookery Theatre, sponsored by Greendale Farm Shop welcomed the likes of Mitch Tonks, who has recently opened Rockfish on Exeter Quay, Bini Ludlow from Sweet Cumin and Tim Kendall from The Idle Rocks.

The brand new Exeter Live Better feature saw cookery demos including Meat Up! Nutritious red meat to cook at home from Westcountry Beef & Lamb, Satisfying Snacks Made Simple from Pod & Pea Nutrition and Fabulous Foods for Fitness from the RAF Cookery Team.

Visitors got hands on in the Dart’s Farm tipis with a packed programme of workshops including Homemade Ready Meals with Ruth’s Real Food and Darts Farm’s Master Butchers and Devon wine tasting with Susy Atkins, Pebblebed Wines, Sharpham Vineyards and Lyme Bay Winery.

Hundreds more enjoyed the first night of Exeter Beats in the Castle Courtyard last night, Friday 3rd May, with DJ Kristian Nairn, a DJ set from Radio Exe and live music from West Country band New Heroes.

This evening’s Exeter Beats event will be headlined by Scott Mills (from BBC Radio 1) treating visitors to an evening of 80s, 90s and party classics, along with sets by Devon’s very own Conscious Club and DJ Aldo Vanucci.

Derek Philips, Festival Chairman, said, “We are really pleased with the fantastic turn out to the first day of the Exeter Food Festival and the response to our new Exeter Live Better area. We are looking forward to more fine weather and plenty of people enjoying great food and drink over the next two days.”

Tickets for Sunday’s Exeter Beats with Nick Grimshaw (from BBC Radio 1), local band Pattern Pusher and DJ Freejak are available on the gate.

Exeter City Council