Finest fare at food festival

A NUMBER of Topsham producers will be showcasing their food at the South West's largest food and drink festival. It's that time of the year again when hundreds of foodies flock to the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, at Exeter Cathedral and N

A NUMBER of Topsham producers will be showcasing their food at the South West's largest food and drink festival.It's that time of the year again when hundreds of foodies flock to the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, at Exeter Cathedral and Northernhay Gardens, held from Friday, April 17, to Sunday, April 19, to taste the delights of local farmers and producers.Topsham will be well supported with Darts Farm having a fish and meat barbecue and Pebblebed Vineyards, on Fore Street, offering its award-winning wine and oysters up for tasters.People can also pick up a freshly made paella and sangria from Devon Life Restaurant of the Year Oliva, on Fore Street, or a slice of the free range hog roast from Kenniford Farm, in Clyst St Mary.Pebblebed owner Geoff Bowen said: "It's an opportunity to show what we're producing to people because, in Topsham, we have got a loyal following and it's nice to tell more people about it."This year we have some Italians attending, as the festival is looking to twin up with Tuscany, so we are really pushing for this."Devon County Council will once again be one of the main sponsors for the festival.This year the 'Food is Fun' area, at Northernhay Gardens, sponsored and organised by Darts Farm, has transformed into an exciting hub of food and drink knowledge and taste for adults and kids alike - all under three giant teepees.Exeter Castle Courtyard will provide the backdrop for the celebrity chef cookery demonstrations, including Michael Caines, James and Chris Tanner and Paul Da Costa Greaves.The Castle Courtyard will also host the After Dark event, two evenings (Friday and Saturday) of live music with regional ales and ciders.Multi-Michelin starred chef Michael Caines said: "We aim to encourage producers to work in sustainable ways that don't harm our land."The festival will run from 10am to 6pm with the After Dark events from 6pm to 10.30pm, and on Sunday, April 19, from 10am to 4pm.A day ticket is �5, a weekend pass is �10, and entry is free for children under 16.The Festival After Dark event is �3.To view the daily programme of events visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk.


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