Annual Foodfest Event Set To Be Biggest Ever

14th October, 2013
Foodfest, North Devonís premier food and drink festival, will be taking place this Sunday (20th October) at Barnstapleís Historic Pannier Market.

The annual celebration of North Devonís finest food will feature over 90 local food and drink exhibitors, chef demonstrations, tastings and live music.

The winners of the North Devon Food Awards will also be announced at a special ceremony held on the day.  The awards celebrate the best food producers and retailers in the area in a number of categories, including Best Local Restaurant, Cafť and Pub.

This year's North Devon Foodfest will be bigger than ever, with more producers, more food stalls and a new location within the Queen's Theatre for the chef's demonstrations.

Top chef Michael Caines MBE of Gidleigh Park will be making a guest appearance for the third year running, providing cooking demonstrations and talking to visitors about how local food influences his cooking.

In addition, the Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) will be hosting a dedicated area at FoodFest, providing fishy fun and seafood with demonstrations, activities and information for all the family. 

Johnís of Instow and Appledore will also be attending and showcasing a selection of their local producers and offering the public a chance to win a luxury Johns hamper.

Now in its sixth year, event organisers North Devon+ have seen it increase in popularity since it began in 2008: last year there were over 13,500 visitors and 75 exhibitors, and five top chefs from some of the best local restaurants.
Kristy Webbe, from North Devon+ said: "This is a fantastic event and we urge local people to come along to see whatís on offer Ė itís not only about celebrating local food and drink, itís about supporting our suppliers, growers and traders.Ē

Foodfest is just one part of a programme of activities that North Devon+ are involved with to support the local economy - working with partners in the food and drink sector is one element, but they also bring together key partners across the county and beyond with other elements of their work.

The event would not be possible without the support of BID Barnstaple, North Devon Council, The North Devon Fisheries Local Action Group and Johns of Instow and Appledore.

Foodfest will take place on Sunday 20th October 2013 10.00 Ė 3.30pm at Barnstapleís Historic Pannier Market.  Entrance is free.