Taste East Devon Food Festival

Fun for all the family | a 16 food festival like no other

A 16 day food festival like no other, Taste East Devon will take place from the 9th to the 24th September 2023. The annual event celebrates the vibrant food and drink scene in East Devon and showcases local producers, restaurants, and culinary talents, offering visitors a chance to indulge in a wide array of delicious offerings. 

Enjoy a whole host of events; from food markets and festivals to ‘meet the maker’ sessions and brewery tours. Some events will be ticketed and some will be open free to all the public. Here’s a few we would definitely recommend visiting:

1. Sidmouth eats boutique

Date: Friday 8th September

Time: 4pm till 9pm

Where: Kennaway House, Sidmouth 

More information: See here

Cost: Free to attend – Prices vary depending on the produce you buy 

A family friendly, budget friendly, pop up street food market that supports small independent businesses from here in the South West. 

Situated on the lawns of Kennaway House, pack up your picnic blanket, gather your friends and family and join in this informal way of dining. Enjoy sounds from local buskers and spend the evening chatting with people in our community.

2.CIty to sea taste trail at darts farm

Date: Saturday 9th September

Time: 10am till 4pm 

Where: Starts at Darts Farm, Topsham

More information: See here 

Cost: £5 – 25 depending on ticket type 

A beautiful scenic bike trail with a foodie twist.

Discover the beautiful Exe Estuary Trail and enjoy exclusive tastings and discounts at the most of the iconic pit stops, including a Darts Farm homemade gelato on your return. 

Bring your own bike, or hire one for the day from Darts Farm.

3. Meet the Miller, Baker and Chutney Maker at Otterton Mill

Date: Sunday 10th September

Time: 11am till 4pm 

Where: Otterton Mill, Otterton

More information: See here 

Cost: Free 

Go and discover how a one thousand year old tradition continues to this day… 

Talk to Otterton Mill’s skilled millers and discover their secrets to creating the best traditional wholemeal flour, using traditional methods and local ingredients. 

4. Sidmouth Distillery Gin School

Date: Monday 11th September 

Time: 5.30pm till 7.30pm 

Where: Sidmouth Distillery, Sidmouth 

More information: See here 

Cost: £75 er still (for 2 people)

Learn all about your favourite gin and try your hand at making your very own bottle. Use either a selection of supplied botanicals, or you can bring your own!

5. Lyme Bay Winery and Quicke’s Cheese Tasting

Date: Tuesday 12th September (other dates available)

Time: Session from 10am, 11.30am and 1pm 

Where: Lyme Bay Winery, Axminster

More information: See here 

Cost: £10 

Join Lyme Bay at their Cellar Door for an informal yet educational guided tasting of their exceptional wines; each paired with a hand-selected clothbound cheese from Quicke’s.

6. The Gut Health Revolution – A morning of talks and tasting at Darts Farm with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall 

Date: Wednesday 13th September  

Time: 10am till 1pm 

Where: Darts Farm, Topsham 

More information: See here 

Cost: £7.50

Join Hugh Furnley-Whittingstall as he hosts a series of talks and leads a panel discussion  with some of the best industry experts on all things fermentation, gut health and wellness.

7. Otter Brewery Open Evening and Tour

Date: Friday 15th October 

Time: 6.30pm till 10.30pm 

Where: Otter Brewery, Mathyes Luppitt

More information: See here 

Cost: £27.50 

Discover how Otter Brewery craft their delicious Devon ales; enjoy plentiful samples and tuck into a delicious dinner.

8. Field, Fire, Ferment Food Festival at Darts Farm

Date: Saturday 16th September 

Time: 10am till 4pm   

Where: Darts Farm, Topsham

More Information: See here 

Cost: Free

Sample Darts Farm’s very own English wine, handcrafted chocolate and artisan gelato; and enjoy delicious tastings from many of their other local producers.

9. A Taste of Honey at Blackbury Honey Farm 

Date: Saturday 16th September 

Time: 2.30pm till 4pm 

Where: Blackbury Honey Farm, Southleigh

More information: See here 

Cost: £35 

Whether you are a beekeeper, gardener, or just love honey, this is perfect for you! Discover how honey is crafted, from hive to jar and enjoy a delicious tasting. Indulge in a Honey Cream Tea and discover Blackbury Farm’s pollinator gardens with a guided tour.

10. Seaweed Foraging and Pressing with Ebb Tides Seaweed 

Date: Sunday 17th September 

Time: 1pm till 5pm 

Where: Dairy Shop and Deli, Sidmouth

More information: See here

Cost: £25 

Discover the amazing world of seaweed… 

From collecting it from the East Devon Coast to tasting it in delicious products, you’ll discover the incredible benefits of seaweed and how easily it can be incorporated into your everyday life!

So, come and stay at the Bedford Hotel this September and discover the foodie delights of our East Devon region. You won’t be disappointed!

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