Delicious Goings-on in Dartmouth: Dartmouth Food Festival 19th – 21st October
It’s one of the West Country’s most popular gastronomic gatherings, a coming together of culinary enthusiasts, award-winning chefs, restaurateurs, growers, merchants and producers, all with a shared passion for exceptional food.
Founded in 2003, the Dartmouth Food Festival is now an eagerly anticipated event on every gourmet’s calendar. With a myriad of stalls, workshops, demonstrations and masterclasses, it’s easy to see why so many of our guests flock to the historic port town of Dartmouth to enjoy the very best in South West fayre.
Four separate stages; the Boat Float, the Embankment, the Market Square and the Royal Avenue Gardens, will host this year’s impressive array of exhibitors; sizzling enclaves where you can expect to find chocolatiers, blenders, brewers, butchers, bakers, chefs, fishmongers, winemakers, distillers, cocktail-shakers, baristas, farmers, organic growers…a seemingly endless list of masters, professionals and wisdom-keepers.
Each year the festival invites some of the most celebrated maestros of the food and drinks world – from the South West and beyond – to share their secrets, and once again, this year’s line-up embraces a dazzling array of talent, from the likes of trailblazing chef and restaurateur, Mark Hix, to world-renowned wine connoisseur, Fiona Beckett.
“Everything that is great about British cooking, growing, harvesting, catching, eating and drinking is represented here for the four wonderful days of the Dartmouth Food Festival every October. It is a festival that is loved by locals and visitors alike. We have a great friendly neighbourhood here and we all celebrate together with friends, family and visitors, it’s a party atmosphere from start to finish, I absolutely love it and love being a part of it!” Chef & Food Writer Mitch Tonks.
“I totally love the Festival – as always. It’s my favourite UK food festival. Dartmouth is such a beautiful place – it always attracts good speakers, the audiences are great and it’s so well run.” Drinks Expert & Food Writer, Fiona Beckett.
Latest Dartmouth Food Festival News….
This year sees the launch of a brand new range of Dartmouth Food Festival merchandise – which includes the very latest ‘must-have’ premium jute bag – designed by much-loved Dartmouthian artist, Simon Drew.
A word from Dartmouth Food Festival regarding its Plastics Policy…
‘This year with your help, the festival will be reducing use of single use plastics and moving towards 100% use of compostable cutlery, cups, plates and packaging. This will allow us to dispose of the inevitable food waste together with what we eat it with and from, in a greener way!
So, we have created a new plastics policy to help us achieve our aim of becoming plastic free in the coming years. These may be small steps initially but we need everyone’s help to achieve a positive change.’
It’s not too late to book a stay at one of our gorgeous Dartmouth holiday cottages during this memorable festival weekend of culinary delights. Have a look at our ever-growing list of self catering cottages in Dartmouth and discover your dream riverside setting. When it comes to holiday property purveyors, everyone wants a second helping of Toad Hall Cottages.
The estuary town of Dartmouth is adored for its narrow medieval streets and historic quays. Built on the wooded slopes of the Dart Valley, and with stunning river mouth views towards Start Bay, this thriving maritime community is steeped in both history and tradition. The town is a bustling centre for galleries, boutiques, marinas, bars and restaurants, and remains one of the premier holiday destinations in the South Devon region.