The best food festivals in Devon holiday cottages

The best food festivals in Devon

Shannon 29 July 2019

Throughout the year, the calendar in Devon is packed with a variety of unique events, and these are a few of the food-themed extravaganzas that we most recommend. If you would class yourself as somewhat of a foodie, then these festivals are must-visits if you happen to be on holiday at the right time. If not, you’ll just have to book a short break to coincide with your favourites so as not to miss out!

Devon food festivals in May

Exeter Street Food Market

Exeter Street Food Market

What to expect: An array of events through May-September celebrate the finest local street food vendors at various locations in Exeter.  Expect cuisines from all corners of the globe and get ready to indulge your taste buds.

Where: The Quay, Piazza Terracina & Southernhay Gardens

When: Various Thursdays & Fridays from May – September

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Exeter cottages

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

What to expect: Live music, food from across the South West, workshops, activities and live cooking demos can all be found at this festival in and around the two large pavilions. Co-founded by Michael Caines, this event has been running for more than 16 years and never fails to please the crowd.

Where: Northernhay Gardens & Exeter Castle

When: May 2020 – dates TBC

Tickets: From £8.10 (under 15s go free)

Stay: Exeter cottages

Salcombe Crab Festival 

What to expect: A celebration created to showcase Salcombe’s fishing and tourism draws, as well as the delicious local produce. Watch live cookery demonstrations, enjoy a crab picking masterclass, have a go at making a crab pot and enjoy the live music too!

Where: Island Street, Salcombe

When: 3rd May 2020

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Salcombe cottages

Devon food festivals in June

Flavour Fest

Flavour Fest 

What to expect: The largest food and drink festival in the South West showcasing some of the finest local produce from baked goods and local meats to fine cider. You’ll also be able to watch the fabulous live demonstrations from top chefs from around the UK.

Where: Plymouth City Centre

When: 20th-31st May 2020

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Plymouth cottages

Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival

What to expect: See the passion of the local community in this annual event where you can sample a range of delicious foods, get the kids involved in plenty of activities and get your food-shop fix with all the finest products.

Where: Prospect Place, Ottery St Mary

When: June 2020 – dates TBC

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Sidmouth cottages

Devon food festivals in August

River Cottage Festival

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Festival

What to expect: A weekend of fun on the River Cottage Farm with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, fantastic food and an impressive festival-style line up with demonstrations, yoga, farm tours, cooking masterclasses and so much more.

Where: River Cottage HQ, Axminster

When: 24-25th August 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: £25.00 for adults (under 16s go free)

Stay: South Devon cottages

Devon Street Food Festival 

What to expect: A tasty array of street food vendors from the South West offering up sweet treats and savoury dishes all weekend. Attend on the Sunday to also see Ilfracombe’s most popular event of the year, Birdman, while you eat!

Where: Ilfracombe seafront

When: 2nd-4th August 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Ilfracombe cottages

The Gin To My Tonic

What to expect: A selection of more than 100 different gins from across the globe available to sample and buy, cocktail demonstrations, live music and an array of talks and presentations from gin industry experts. Plus, ticket prices include an array of gin-themed goodies!

Where: Exeter Corn Exchange  

When: 9th-10th August 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: From £13.50 (adults only)

Stay: Exeter cottages

Devon food festivals in September

Plymouth Seafood Festival

Image credit: OnePlymouth

Plymouth Seafood Festival

What to expect: Plenty of activities, dishes, craft stands, and entertainment centred around the fantastic local sustainably sourced seafood in Britain’s Ocean City.

Where: The Barbican & Sutton Harbour

When: 14th-15th September 2019 / 12th-13th September 2020

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Plymouth cottages

Lobster and Crab Feast

What to expect: A fantastic event in honour of the famous sustainably caught lobsters and crabs of Clovelly. Be prepared to see plenty of people in seafood-themed fancy dress, folk music, cookery demonstrations, craft activities and plenty of tasty seafood treats as the village come together to celebrate!

Where: Clovelly

When: 1st September 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: Free entry to event, but Clovelly admission charges still apply

Stay: Clovelly cottages


What to expect: This charity festival is run entirely by volunteers and provides a fantastic weekend of live music, locally produced food and drink, as well as an array of activities for all the family!

Where: Isaacs Field, Fermoy’s Garden Centre

When: 20th-22nd September 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: From £6.00

Stay: Teignmouth cottages

Devon food festivals in October

Powderham Food Festival

Powderham Food Festival 

What to expect: Miniature food and drink ‘villages’, live music, a demonstration tent and kids’ zone: this event is great for all the family and is well worth a day trip to this fantastic venue to indulge the senses.

Where: Powderham Castle

When: 5th-6th October 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: Adults from £6.00, Children from £2.50 (under 5s go free)

Stay: Exeter cottages

England’s Seafood FEAST

What to expect: Two weeks of seafood bliss from street food vendors and restaurants, all featuring locally caught produce. Try your hand at coastal foraging, enjoy tasting menus, or take part in a cookery workshop: there’s plenty to see, do and learn at FEAST.

Where: Various locations around Torbay

When: 20th September – 6th October

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Torquay cottages

North Devon FOODFest

What to expect: More than 100 local food and drink stalls, crafts and unique gifts for foodies. Whether you’re looking for the finest, meatiest dishes or tempting veggie/vegan alternatives the FOODFest always has plenty to cater for every taste.

Where: Barnstaple Pannier Market

When: 20th October 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Barnstaple cottages

Dartmouth Food Festival

What to expect: A family festival with so much to entertain, from drink seminars and tasting sessions to celebrity chefs, tea parties and so much more! This event is also dog friendly, with special treats just for them.

Where: Embankment, Boat Float, Royal Avenue Gardens, South Embankment & Market Square

When: 18th-20th October 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Dartmouth cottages

Devon food festivals in November

Exeter Christmas Market

Exeter Christmas Market

What to expect: One of the best Christmas markets in the South West, with Bavarian-style bars, plenty of local businesses offering unique gifts for the festive season and of course, plenty of food stalls to warm your cockles.

Where: Exeter Cathedral

When: 16th November – 19th December – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: Free entry

Stay: Exeter cottages

Exeter Chocolate Festival

What to expect: An education about chocolate from bean to bar with demonstrations by the UK’s passionate and talented chocolatiers, all providing ethically produced goods. A number of talks, demonstrations and workshops are also available, including chocolate lollipop decorating for kids!

Where: Exeter Castle

When: 2nd-3rd November 2019 – 2020 dates TBC

Tickets: From £2.00

Stay: Exeter cottages

Whichever event you decide to visit, find a cottage in Devon to make your stay a memorable one. Whether you’re travelling as a family, with a dog or just as two, we’ll have something to suit!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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