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Guest Blog Post – Dartmouth Food Festival
The Dartmouth Food Festival is back with a bang this year to celebrate the best food, drink and cookery skills from the South West. Situated on the banks of the River Dart, the festival is a true foodie heaven – an exciting mix of delicious regional produce, chef demonstrations, workshops and lively food debates.
The event runs from Friday October 22nd – Sunday 24th, but prior to that on the Thursday a dedicated Children’s Day takes place, which sees local primary school children learning about food and the environment in a series of fun and hands-on workshops. Following this, the ever popular Children’s Tea Party takes place, where many producers come together to provide some tantalising tasters for local and visiting youngsters.
As ever, the Royal Avenue Gardens is the beating heart of the festival, providing the setting for the Chefs’ Demo Tent, Workshop Area and Food Matters Marquee. It’s also the home to a number of food stalls which then spill out down the picturesque Embankment and alongside the Boat Float, with additional stalls setting up on the Saturday and Sunday in the Old Market Square. This year you will find over 100 local producers selling their mouth-watering wares, and, unlike many other festivals, entry to these exhibitor areas is completely free.
This year, the line-up of chefs in the Demo Tent is bigger and better than ever, with the likes of Angela Hartnett, Matt Tebbutt and Mark Hix sharing the stage with local heroes such as Mitch Tonks, Jane Baxter and Elly Wentworth. Once again there is no charge to watch these exciting demonstrations.
For wine lovers out there, our ever-popular Drinks Seminars will be back and there’s even a chance for enthusiastic amateurs to get involved with the return of our Home Cooks Competition.
As many of our events are free, the generosity of sponsors, friends and visitors is vital to enable us to keep it this way. For this reason we do ask for a small donation for our official programme and you will also find donation points at certain events.
More details, information and tickets can be found on our festival website (where you can also subscribe to our newsletter) and social media channels.