Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival: 2nd to 4th June

May 2nd, 2017 | By Ross Purdy

Kingsbridge Estuary

Considering an early summer break in South Devon? The timing couldn’t be better if you enjoy live music and tasty local food – and let’s face it, who doesn’t?

The 2017 Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival will take place between 2nd and 4th June. Its packed programme of live entertainment and wide variety of local food exhibitors provide you with the perfect excuse to saunter down to South Devon for a lively holiday.

The aim of the annual Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival is simple, and summed up best by the organisers themselves. Their goal is:

…to throw a party for the people of Kingsbridge, and visitors to our beautiful town, to celebrate the eclectic mix of incredible tastes and sounds that originate from the area.

A festival for foodies

This year, 24 of the region’s best loved foodie brands are supporting the festival, giving you a chance to sample some of the best South Devon has to offer. You’d be surprised at the range, not to mention the quality, of what’s available.

Some highlights include:

    • street food that’s as local as it gets, including Farmer Phil Bond providing lamb roasts and sausages, and Rose Farm on hand with their pulled pork and hog roasts. Both farms are located less than 10 miles away from the town
    • global cuisine with a South Devon twist – look out for the spicy delights of Kerala Delicacies and the South Devon Chilli Farm amongst others
    • truly tasty tipples from local breweries, vineyards and more. Heron Valley Cider and Juices, Sharpham Wine, Quercus Devon Ales and Owens Coffee will all be on hand during 2017’s festival.

That’s just a flavour of what to expect this year. If you come in the daytime, there are some popular cafés and bakeries on Fore Street which are also well worth a visit– including Butterworth’s Family Bakery, winners of our South Devon Best Pasty Award.

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A feast for the ears

Local live musical acts will be on hand to complete the party atmosphere. Head down to the bandstand at Squares Quay to enjoy the show.

Friday 2nd May

Soulful singer Joanna Cooke will kick off proceedings with a set starting on Friday. Here’s Joanne performing for BBC One TV (South West) Spotlight Summer Sessions.

The Primitive Noise Band, a five-piece group that fuses genres including blues, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz, will take the baton at 8pm, and hand over to gifted party band Aftersun, who visitors to last year’s festival will remember for their classic ‘school disco’ covers.

Saturday 3rd May

The music starts at noon on Saturday with Kingbsridge Buskers, featuring performances from students of local teachers Mahrey and Phil Berthoud.

The final line-up for the rest of the day is still being confirmed but Emily Fawcett (acoustic, 2 pm) and the Martyn Crocker Band (acoustic rock, 4 pm) have been announced. Here’s a song from the latter:

Dr Oz will take to the stage at 8 pm followed by a headliner act to be confirmed. Dr Oz, a well-established party band in the area, perform soul, ska and funk classics with aplomb, as you can see from this ‘mash-up’ video:

Sunday 4th May

The music continues on Sunday afternoon, opening with local chorus, Panache, at noon. This will be followed by acoustic singer-songwriter, Lee Rahn, and his band at 1.30 pm. Next will be a solo performance from singer Gerri Waite.

Here you can hear her interpretation of Sam Smith’s ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’:

Finally, South West-based duo Echo Town will perform from 4.30 pm.

These talented brothers are also one of our picks for the Dart Music Festival, where they’ll be making an appearance. Veterans of dozens of festivals in the UK and overseas, their energetic performances and catchy songs make them a must-see if you’re in the area.

Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival for kids

Following on a tradition established in 2015, there will be a Kids’ Zone for the third year running. Head to the green in front of the library, where the little ones will be able to:

  • learn about the local environment with taster activity sessions from Forest & Beach
  • take part in a fancy-dress competition and dance at the kids’ disco on Saturday (10 am)
  • make fruit kebabs with staff from Tesco Kingsbridge
  • have fun on the bouncy castle and have their faces painted.

Some of these activities will incur a small charge to help the non-profit organising committee recoup the costs of staging the event.

Accommodation for this year’s festival

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What else is on this year?

Can’t see yourself getting away in time for this year’s Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival? Luckily, South Devon’s packed social calendar means there are lots more opportunities to time your break around a local festival, regatta or other exciting event.