Plan Your Day

The Festival is an outdoor ticketed event taking place in the centre of Exeter in Northernhay Gardens.

The Festival takes place mainly inside large marquees – so don’t let any bad weather put you off!

Enjoy demos from regional chefs in the Festival Cookery Theatre, meet passionate producers in the two food pavilions, indulge in the Darts Farm foodie talks and demonstrations ;  get hands on with Kids Cookery Classes and much more.

Music has always been a hugely popular part of the festival. In addition to live bands during the day at the food festival, the 2 music evening gigs on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May will feature brilliant headliners to dance the night away, plus plenty of local street food and drinks.

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates on the Festival timetable. Or you can download it here.

Looking for accommodation for your visit to the festival? Visit


Please note that the site has a number of steep slopes and some features have kerbed access onto grass areas.

If driving to the City, please make use of the Park and Ride service.

Click here to view details of routes and the timetable.  The Matford park and ride does not operate on Sunday nor on Bank Holiday Monday.

As this is a city centre venue, there is no access to the venue for motor vehicles nor any parking on site

We recommed :

John Lewis Car Park – Sat Nav code – EX4 6PD

LOCKING –   Fri & Sat 8.00pm, Sun 6.00pm


Guildhall Car Park – locked at midnight  – Sat Nav Code – EX4 3HP

Other City Centre options can be viewed here

Facilities are available at the Bus and Coach Station located on Paris Street.

Click here to find out more and book

Northernhay Gardens is loctated adjacent to Exeter Central Station.
Trains run direct into Exeter Central Station from Exmouth, Barnstaple, Paignton and London Waterloo. Alternatively, Exeter St Davids is a 20 minute walk from the City Centre (or connecting trains to Exeter Central are available). For train times and tickets visit

The festival has just a few rules

  • Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  • No dogs permitted on site except assistance dogs

  • Only food and drink purchased on site may be consumed on site

  • Tickets are non-transferable

  • Check the weather and come prepared with SPF factor 15+ sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and clothes to cover up with  – or waterproofs!

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