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North Devon's Foodfest Returns

17th June, 2013
Foodfest, North Devon?s premier food and drink festival, is back and exhibitors are being urged to book their place now for the event showcasing the finest regional food in the area.

Bookings are now being accepted for the annual celebration of North Devon?s finest food, which will take place on Sunday 20th October at Barnstaple?s Historic Pannier Market.

Foodfest features over 75 local food and drink exhibitors, chef demonstrations, tastings and live music.

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.

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 event is not only about showcasing and celebrating our unbeatable local food and drink - it's also about promoting our area and supporting our suppliers, growers and traders.

?Last year the event generated ?297,000 ? a huge boost for the area and the town?s retailers, providing a much needed boost to the local economy.

"It?s the biggest food event in North Devon ? stalls and stands get snapped up very quickly so we are telling our exhibitors, old and new  to apply now, to ensure they get their space to promote their products.?

Foodfest is just one part of a programme of activities that ND+ 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.

Devon based handmade quality pie producer Wessex Pantry, which has exhibited at the event since it began, has seen their production and distribution increase as a direct result of taking part.

Mervyn Watling, Director at Wessex Pantry said: "We've been exhibiting at Foodfest for six years and we've seen real results ? online sales and awareness of our products has increased dramatically.  The event puts local food producers, restaurants and North Devon on the map and we are looking forward to attending in 2013.?

Foodfest will take place on Sunday 20th October 2013 time at Barnstaple?s Historic Pannier Market. 

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.

The exhibitor booking line opens on the 1st of July. For more information, or to request an exhibitor form please email Kristy Webbe at kwebbe@northdevonplus.co.uk or call North Devon+ on 01237 426426.

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