Calling all foodies – FOODFest is back!

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Posted on: 25 September 2018

There’s just a few weeks to go before the most delicious event of the year returns to Barnstaple Pannier Market.

The annual North Devon Foodfest, organised by Barnstaple Town Centre Management, with support from North Devon Council, takes place on Sunday 21 October. Now in its 11th year, the event is a gastronomic treat showcasing the very best local artisan food businesses from across North Devon.

Hosts Seth Conway and Dez Turland from Brend Hotels will be joined by four of the best chefs who work in the region:

• Mark Dodson, chef patron of the Michelin starred Masons Arms, Knowstone
• James Mason from the Coach House by Michael Caines @ Kentisbury Grange
• Thomas Carr from the Michelin starred Olive Room & Seafood Grill
• Jamie Coleman Head Chef @ The Notley Arms and South West Chef of the Year 2016

The chefs will be live on stage in the market during the course of the day to demonstrate their talents, provide cooking tips and answering questions from the audience.

If your taste buds are already tingling and you can’t wait for FOODfest, you can book a table at the launch event taking place on Tuesday 16 October at 6.30pm in The Taw Restaurant, Petroc. Enjoy a sumptuous four-course tasting dinner menu prepared the four top South West chefs appearing at FOODfest and the hospitality and catering students from the college. The chefs will be sharing their skills and culinary knowledge with the students by each designing and cooking a course for the FOODFest launch meal. The evening is £35 per head and tables can be booked by calling 01271 852483 or emailing thetaw@petroc.ac.uk.

Executive Member for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “FOODfest is back and it looks better than ever! With more than 70 exhibitors showcasing some of North Devon’s finest food and drink, what’s not to like? The launch event sounds amazing and what a fantastic experience for the catering students at Petroc to be inspired and encouraged by some of the South West’s best chefs. Book early to avoid disappointment!”

Barnstaple Town Centre Manager, Hannah Harrington, said: “FOODfest is one of the highlights of our calendar and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the market for the eleventh time. We’ll also have seating and street food on Butchers Row again, and this year we’ll be spilling out onto Market Street too with an outdoor living and entertainment space – we just keep getting bigger and better.”

Foodfest runs from 10am to 3.30pm, with free entry to the Pannier Market. Thanks to sponsors Rangemoors, Ashgrove, John’s of Instow and Appledore, Brend Hotels and Barnstaple Town Centre Management.

1 comment on “Calling all foodies – FOODFest is back!

  1. Cathy is Mrs Recycle says:

    Hello there………….
    ………. I’ve attended Foodfest in the past … with it’s fanastic turn out of chefs, owner/producers sharing their whole ranges of locally produced sourced, reared and made food and drink, with samples to try, opportunities to eat out or take home…… but sadly during the event and after the event there were over flowing bins of SINGLE USE PLASTICS and FOOD WASTE both in the pannier market and outside bins and streets. Now having just watched the BBC1 DROWING IN PLASTIC … and feeling really depressed about large events in Barnstaple with the River Taw heading straight for the mouth of the estuary and open sea. North Devon is becoming PLASTIC FREE … can you please ensure all stall holders at FOOD FEST do just that! No plastic cups, plastic lids, plastic food trays, plastic sample glasses and no plastic straws…. if they arn’t using bio-degradable or corn starch alternatives they arn’t coming in. MAKE SOME NOW RULES FOLLOWING THE BLUE PLANET II AND THE DROWING IN PLASTIC. North Devon Council could also issue Kerbside caddies for each stalls use behind the counter and numbered – those that are contaminated will receive a fine, ( following their lastest mail/leaflet drop – FOOD RECYCLING – It really does make a difference) it would show others how simple it really is. I would work for the day having a stall of kitchen/kerbside caddies with kitchen towels/newspapers and corn starch bags to show the public how simple it really is to wrap food waste and put out once a week with their Recycling.

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