Food plays a major role in practically every event that takes place down here in South Devon. Our market squares and roads are lined with stalls selling delicious local dishes whatever the occasion, from Salcombe Town Regatta to the Dart Music Festival.
In addition to all these wonderful events, there are three big South Devon occasions where tasty treats and tipples don’t have to play second fiddle to the main purpose of the event.
Let’s have a look at these fantastic South Devon food festivals now. Why not time your holiday around one of them? Attending a festival is a great way to get to know the area at its most lively and welcoming.
Salcombe Crabfest (Sunday 30th April 2017)
Salcombe Crabfest is a mouth-watering menagerie of seafood sampling, hands-on kitchen demonstrations, commercial crab fishing talks, live music and wine tasting amongst other delights. Its purpose is to celebrate crab fishing and seafood in Salcombe, as well as to raise money for local charities.
This South Devon food festival is hosted by the Rotary Club of Salcombe in conjunction with the Salcombe Information Centre, Favis of Salcombe and ourselves at Coast and Country Cottages. The inaugural Salcombe Crabfest took place last year, and the highlights included:
- an official opening by Mary Berry CBE, the Queen of Baking and a long-time Salcombe enthusiast
- a demonstration by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks, owner of the Seahorse and Rockfish restaurants
- Over 40 food and drink exhibitors, educating and treating the thousands of visitors who flocked to the town, raising over £10,000 for local charities.
With Mary Berry on the prowl, it’s fortunate that the only soggy bottoms belonged to those who came to Salcombe by kayak!
More information about Crabfest 2017 will be announced soon.
Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival (Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June 2017)
The eclectic mix of street food on offer at Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival would be enough to entice many of us to attend by itself. Add to that a packed programme of live music and there truly is something for everyone. This annual festival has only graced the South Hams calendar since 2012, but it has already become an unmissable event.
Local food producers are always well represented as one would expect, with Field & Kitchen (Ivybridge), the South Devon Pizza Company (South Pool), Rose Farm (Woolston) and Favis (Salcombe) amongst the many South Hams companies in attendance last year. There’s also plenty of international cuisine, provided for example by Kerala Delicacies and Authentic Thai Food.
And to wash it all down? Sharpham Wine from the Sharpham Vineyard near Totnes, are usually on hand with their award-winning range of fruity English wines. Heron Valley will be providing locally-made cider and cocktails from their stall, and the Quercus Devon Ales bar will also be there.
Dartmouth Food Festival (Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October 2017)
As the nights draw in and the mercury contracts, South Devon’s autumn calendar of events offers much to soften the blow of the summer’s passing. To take one example, Dartmouth Food Festival – a top 10 foodie event according to the Guardian newspaper – helps us put aside our autumn blues as we warm our cockles with some excellent food from the South Hams and beyond.
The festival features top chefs from the region and the country at large, as well as respected food writers from the national press, not to mention a huge range of exhibitors offering their irresistible dishes. As well as opportunities to learn from the cream of the culinary crop, there are always practical workshops to help you boost your own skills in the kitchen.
More information about 2017’s event will be posted as we have it.
To find out more about the delicious cuisine that awaits you down here in beautiful South Devon, download your free copy of the South Devon Cookbook. This fascinating PDF guide includes:
- 21 mouthwatering recipes created by local chefs including Mitch Tonks and Jane Baxter
- interviews with the key individuals behind some of South Devon’s best loved foodie brands
- directory of our favourite eateries, food producers, caterers and more.
If you’re thinking of booking a holiday home in South Devon during one of these events, we advise doing so early to avoid disappointment.
You can also learn more about what’s on in South Devon this year here.