Summer is fast approaching us and along with the return of the sunshine there are plenty of opportunities for alfresco dining and summer festivals. So, if you want to make sure that you’re making the most of those upcoming warm weekends we recommend getting a few of these foodie dates into your diary…
5th, 6th and 7th May: Exeter Food and Drink Festival
What is it? A showcase of all that is great about food and drink from the South West.
Where is it? Exeter Castle & Northernhay Gardens, Castle Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3PU
6th May: Salcombe Crab Fest
What is it? Hands-on cookery demonstrations by award-winning chefs, crab picking masterclasses, crab pot making, live music and more.
Where is it? Island Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8
17 May: The Devon County Show
What is it? An annual celebration of Devon agriculture and farming
Where is it? Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ
26th – 27th May: River Cottage Spring Fair
What is it? The annual River Cottage’s Spring Food Fair provides guests with a weekend of cooking, growing, relaxing and eating at the beautiful River Cottage Farm.
Where is it? Trinty Hill Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TB
27 May: Clovelly Seaweed Festival
What is it? Clovelly Seaweed Festival celebrates humble seaweed for its immense health & nutritional benefits.
Where is it? Seafront, Clovelly, EX39 5TF
27 May: Boringdon Gin Festival
What is it? Sponsored by Salcombe Gin, this celebration of gin will take place on the beautiful grounds of the 16th century manor house hotel.
Where is it? Colebrook, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4DP
27th – 28th May: Dartington Food Fair
What is it? This free two day-event offers exceptional food and drink produced in the South West, alongside cookery demonstrations, workshop activities, local chefs & food producers.
Where is it? Shinners Bridge, Dartington, Devon, TQ9 6TQ
1 June – 30 June: Devon Restaurant Month
What is it? A month long celebration of Devon’s restaurants. Discover plenty of offers and special menus throughout June.
Where is it? Destinations across the county
1 June: Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival
What is it? The waterside town square in Kingsbridge will provide a backdrop for a festival of food and music
Where is it? The Square, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1EE
1st – 3rd June: Plymouth Flavour Fest
What is it? The south west’s largest food and drink festival
Where is it? The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 1LE
2nd June: Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival
What is it? A family friendly gathering of local foodie stalls and produce. Head along to celebrate everything that is great about local food and our community.
Where is it? Prospect Place, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1BT
9th – 10th June: Crediton Food Festival
What is it? Now in it’s 10th year, this food festival is free entry and promises to be a fabulous day out for the whole family.
Where is it? Crediton Town Square, Crediton, Devon, EX17 3LF
28th July: Smoked & Uncut Festival at The Pig at Combe
What is it? Spend the day in the company of the rolling Devon hills, with like-minded music lovers and foodie feasters.
Where is it? THE PIG-at Combe, Gittisham, Honiton EX14 3AD
29 July: South Molton Summer Food Festival
What is it? A summer Food Festival at South Molton Pannier Market.
Where is it? 5 Broad Street, The Square, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AB
11 August: The Great British Gin Festival
What is it? The UK’s biggest Gin Festival tour is coming to Exeter in August 2018
Where is it? Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1BU
18 August: Devon Fire & Spice Festival
What is it? A great weekend for barbecue enthusiasts, chilli heads and spice lovers.
Where is it? Powderham Castle, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ
1 September: Exeter Rum Festival
What is it? Experience and taste a more diverse selection of rum than you can imagine.
Where is it? Great Hall, Exeter University, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QJ
1st September: Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
What is it? Bovey Tracey’s festival of music, craft and food
Where is it? Fore Street, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AD
2nd September: Clovelly Lobster and Crab Festival
What is it? Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen.
Where is it? Seafront, Clovelly, Devon, EX39 5TF
7th, 8th & 9th September: Topsham Beer and Bacon Festival
What is it? Hosted by The Pig & Pallet this three day event promises the finest beer and bacon, as well as live music and tastings.
Where is it? The Quay, Topsham
8th September: Ashburton Food & Drink Festival
What is it? A one day food festival that promises plenty of local food and a day filled with family entertainment
Where is it? St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD
16th – 17th September: Plymouth Seafood Festival
What is it? Plymouth Seafood Festival is back for its 7th year in a row, bringing The Barbican and Sutton Harbour alive with entertainment and local seafood dishes
Where is it? The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2LR
22nd – 23rd September: The Great Food & Drink Show
What is it? A weekend packed full of all things food and drink, from wine tasting to cooking demonstrations and cake decorating workshops.
Where is it? Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ
24 September: Taste of the Teign
What is it? A festival celebrating local food around the Teign Estuary.
Where is it? Shute Farm, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9PN