Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens next month with fantastic regional chefs, over 80 local producers selling delicious goodies from across the South West, live music to keep the atmosphere alive throughout the weekend, and foodie fun for the whole family. With just four weeks until the Bank Holiday foodie weekend, we‘ve put together our top 5 activities you do not want to miss out on! Discounted tickets are available to buy online now.

Don’t forget, the three-day foodie festival runs from Saturday 5th May to Monday 7th May, with the all-new Exeter Beats music event taking place in the Exeter Castle courtyard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. With top acts performing each night, get your tickets early for this one here.

Top 5 at the Festival

1. Regional Food & Drink Producers will fill the marquees in Northernhay Gardens selling south west food and drink, from tasty sweet treats, to gin, meats and cheeses. The weekend is the perfect opportunity to stock up on all your favourite goodies, including treats from our newer exhibitors ‘Fresh at the Festival’ including Happy Butter Ghee, Littlestone Coffee Roasters and #vitaminsea.

2. Chef Demonstrations in the Festival Cookery Theatre is an absolute must-see for foodie fans learning to cook simple meals to those who enjoy preparing impressive dishes for entertaining dinner guests. Watch top regional chefs work their magic including Michael Caines MBE of Lympstone Manor, Dez Turland of Saunton Sands Hotel and Matt Mason from The Jack in the Green taking to the stage.

3. Family Fun will be encouraged across the weekend, with the Festival aiming to engage, educate and inspire children to cook and find out where their food comes from. Visit the Shillingford Organics Farm School, Fun Kitchen in the Dart’s Farm Teepee, the NFU Discovery Barn and Exeter Cookery School with its ‘Cooking is Fun’ feature. Plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

4. The iconic Dart’s Farm Teepees will host a series of workshops, talks and tastings from a whole host of local, artisan, traditional food and drink producers over the weekend. From sausage-making with the Darts Farm master butchers to pizza making in the wood fired oven, hungry festival goers will be entertained and educated by the industry experts whilst enjoying tasty bites undercover.

5. Live Music will entertain crowds throughout the weekend, with the stage in the Exeter Castle Courtyard hosting musical talent across the three-days. Music fans can extend their weekend with a night at Exeter Beats with headliners including Mad Dog Mcrea on Friday evening, One Step Behind (Madness Tribute) on Saturday eve and David Live (David Bowie tribute) entertaining festival goers late into the evening. Get your friends together and enjoy the atmosphere, the hot street food and local drinks from the Castle courtyard.

Group tickets, combined day/evening, child and VIP tickets are available to buy online, visit the ticket page to book today.

Exeter City Council