The 15th Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink opened to thousands of visitors today keen to enjoy the warm weather and make the most of the early Bank Holiday weekend.

Eager food lovers indulged and discovered new South West flavours, from Cornish Gouda to Tors Vodka distilled on Dartmoor, while the best of the region’s chefs entertained with their culinary skills in the Cookery Theatre and Westcountry Bakery. The Festival was alive with the sights and smells of charcuterie making and cheese and cider workshops in the Darts Farm Teepees and families were encouraged to find out where their food comes from at the Shillingford Organics Farm School and the NFU Discovery Barn. Exeter Cookery School were kept busy all day offering free, hands-on family cookery workshops from authentic Indian dishes to pasta making.

Hundreds more enjoyed the first night of the brand new Exeter Beats music Festival in the Castle Courtyard last night, Friday 4th May, when a packed audience flocked to see headliners, Mad Dog Mcrea, and their unique mix of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass. This evening’s Exeter Beats event will be headlined by the brilliant One Step Behind, top Madness tribute band, with support from The Brass Funkeys and Leigh Coleman Band.

Derek Philips, Chairman, said, “We are really pleased with the fantastic turn out to the first day of the Exeter Food Festival and are looking forward to more fine weather and plenty of people enjoying great food, drink and sunshine over the next two days. Our new Exeter Beats music festival has been really well received with Mad Dog Mcrea bringing the house down last night and more great bands playing on Saturday and Sunday evening.”

Tickets for Sunday’s Exeter Beats featuring the UK’s most sought-after tribute to the late, much-loved David Bowie, David Live, and the Food Festival on Sunday 6th May and Bank Holiday Monday 7th May are available on the gate.

Exeter City Council