One of the region’s most popular food festivals returns this September with a cracking array of events celebrating the area’s local produce, talented chefs and unique dining experiences
As the region enjoys the last few weeks of summer, East Devon will become a foodie mecca when Taste East Devon Festival returns from September 9-24.
To date, 40 events have been confirmed and highlights include a morning of talks and tastings on gut health with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at Darts Farm; a steak masterclass at High Grange Devon; kitchen garden tours at THE PIG at Combe; a vineyard tour, wine tasting and lunch at Lympstone Manor; and seaweed foraging with Ebb Tides Seaweeds.
For those interested in animal husbandry there’s a pig keeping course with lunch at Smallicombe Farm in Northleigh, and a biodiversity talk and afternoon tea at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. For families, there’s Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival on September 9, which will be packed with food demos, street food stalls and entertainment.
If you’re interested in the West Country tradition of cider making be sure to check out the Big Pick at Courtney’s Orchards in Wimple. Visitors can explore the ancient Whiteways orchard and pick and press apples while listening to live music.
Fine-dining fans should book a table at The Salutation Inn in Topsham for a celebratory supper of Devon shellfish. Or head to The Jack in the Green near Exeter for its Taste of Devon menu (available daily for lunch or dinner) which will showcase the region’s finest ingredients. Alternatively, head to Exmouth and bag a lunchtime pew at Mickey’s Beach Bar to indulge in fresh-from-the-ocean seafood from its Taste of Devon menu.
‘This year, the festival aims to provide an array of truly unforgettable culinary experiences for our visitors, showcasing the incredible local talent and the diverse gastronomic offerings of East Devon,’ said Ruud Jansen Venneboer, chair of Taste East Devon. ‘Whether you’re a food lover, a cooking enthusiast, or simply looking for a great day out, we invite everyone to join us and indulge in the delights of our region.’
To find out more, visit the Taste East Devon website.