North Devon Foodfest 2014 is here!

16th October, 2014
The wait for Foodfest 2014 is over - North Devon’s top food and drink festival will take place this weekend and will transform the Pannier Market in Barnstaple into a walk-in larder filled with incredible cakes and bakes, sizzling sausages and tasty local tipples.

Organised by North Devon+, this year’s North Devon Foodfest will be every foodie’s heaven with artisan breads, local ales and homemade fudge on offer, as well delicious street food to try such as curries, samosas, paellas, local fish dishes and much, much more.

Top Devon chef Michael Caines MBE will be starring on the chef demo stage bringing his own brand of creative culinary magic to the festival.  Noel Corston of NC@EX34 in Woolacombe, Thomas Carr of The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, and Mark Dodson, Proprietor and Chef of North Devon’s only Michelin starred restaurant The Masons Arms in Knowstone will also be on the chef demo stage. 

Two local firefighters Darren Collacott and Edd Robinson will be taking on the annual ‘Brends Ready Steady Cook’ challenge as part of their campaign to prevent kitchen fires at home.

Since it began in 2008, Foodfest has grown in popularity and the festival has become an established date on the North Devon calendar.  The much anticipated event draws huge crowds: last year around 14,000 visitors attended.

The chef demonstration stage will once again be situated in the Queen's Theatre.  Chefs will be using elaborate, state-of-the-art kitchen workstations stations to cook up a storm provided by Rangemoors and Ashgrove Kitchens.

John Scarlett, Stoves & Cooker Manager at Rangemoors said: “Rangemoors and Ashgrove Kitchens are delighted to be supporting the North Devon Foodfest again this year. Our two companies have teamed up for this event, bringing together years of experience in Range Cooker appliances and kitchen design know-how. We’re confident the chefs will be able to create exciting and memorable dishes using the equipment we’ve supplied and we’d like to wish the chefs good luck!”

The Northern Devon FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) will sponsor the event for a second year, flying the flag for the local fish and shellfish industry.  They will host a dedicated FLAG area featuring an exciting mix of local fish and shellfish sellers with demonstrations, activities and information for all the family.   Sponsor’s John’s of Instow and Appledore will also be attending and showcasing a selection of their producers.

Kristy Webbe, from North Devon+ said: "We think Foodfest 2014 will be the best ever.  This year we’ve got more exhibitors than ever before, along with top chefs from some of the best local restaurants. 

“The event is a true celebration of food champions throughout the area, supporting our local suppliers, growers and traders and puts North Devon firmly on the foodie map.

“We’d love people to come along to support the festival – it’s a great day out, with lots to offer and the chance to fill your shopping bags with great local goodies.”

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

Foodfest will take place on Sunday 19th October 10:00-15:30 at Barnstaple’s Historic Pannier Market. Entrance is free.