For a decade (since 2004) the Exeter Food & Drink Festival has been followed by so many fans and gourmets appreciating fresh and local products/produce.
The event is going from strength to strength despite the economic struggle.
After all, food and drink are two essential components in our daily lives.
So it is going to kick off on the 25th April 2014 until 27th April 2014. There are also some special events in the evening: after dark party nights (24th - 26th April).
Whst to expect during this long weekend in the beautiful setting of Exeter Rougemont Castle?
...Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink promises to be a sizzling weekend of culinary delights, delicious local food and high quality music nights...
All the exhibitors will deliver to all visitors something unique and full of flavour including:
- beer and cider,
- ice cream,
and the list goes on.
Despite the numbers of visitors (increasing each year), it is all very relaxed and fun - and patience is necessary because there are and will be queues for drinks and food whatever the stand.
Sponsors are also very important for such event and without them, it wouldn't be possible.
One important thing to remember, is that most people selling products will require cash payments only as card machines will certainly not be in action... it is a huge market after all - nothing wrong with this, but sometimes and in fact most years a minority turn up only with cards.
To keep in touch with all updates; there are of course the traditional social media networks:
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/exeterfoodfest
twitter - https://twitter.com/exeterfoodfest
Which day is the best for a good visit?
It all depends what you like/prefer.
Friday is probably a good day as most people are working and some exhibitors are still setting up their stalls.
It is sure that Saturday is the busiest day. Last year, it was shoulder to shoulder from 11am to 3pm and marshalls did a great job to control the flow of people.
Sunday is quieter and after long hours of work, some producers are packing up around mid afternoon... However, the good point of the Sunday visit is that some products are eventually discounted otherwise they would be wasted and binned. A good plan, if your budget is limited.
In general, this visit is rather pleasing because you can eat, drink but also try new and sometimes unknown dishes without forgetting the Festival Cookery Theatre which is included in your entrance fee.
You can get a full weekend ticket or just a day ticket, according to what you prefer and your allocated time - but overall a great investment for a fantastic day in the heart of Exeter with a stunning backdrop.