This time I have teamed up with the organisers of this years Exeter Festival of South West Food to offer you a family ticket to the event on Sunday 27 April.
If you have never been to the festival then where have you been??! It is now in its eleventh year and celebrates the outstanding food and drink of the South West, featuring more than one hundred regional producers selling their produce to take home or enjoy at the Festival. For real ale lovers, the 2 festival bars offer the chance to choose from a wide range of ciders and ales from the across the South West.
Along with offering delicious food there are hands-on activities for children, as well as 30 talented chefs demonstrating their amazing culinary skills. Visitors can enjoy live music throughout the day and at the Exeter Festival After Dark Party Nights.
With young foodies in mind, the Little Cookies zone is packed with fun. Storytelling, Kenniford Farm animals, free children’s cooking workshops and even a bush-tucker trial-style taste bud challenge.
Keeping budding chefs entertained, Fun Kitchen will also run children’s bread and pasta making workshops throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.
Gardening enthusiasts can get tips from experts and buy vegetable and herb plants at the Fermoy’s Grow Your Own area complete with over 20 scarecrows made by local school children. Fermoy’s are also hosting the UK Seed Spitting contest on Saturday and Sunday!
The Festival Cookery Theatre, hosted by Michael Caines, features top culinary talent from a host of chefs including TV chef Lesley Waters, Andy Appleton from Cornwall’s Fifteen, award wining Mark Dodson from the Mason’s Arms and Tim Bouget from ODE, Shaldon, offering cooking demonstrations, cook-offs and masterclasses throughout the weekend.
Along with this, the Darts Farm ‘Food is Fun’ teepees will be serving up a packed timetable of workshops, masterclasses and talks. From a workshop on World Class Cheese with Mary Quicke, Philip Stansfield and Mark Sharman, to a session on beer and curry with Patrick McCaig of Otter Brewery and the team from Boom Kitchen, as well as a host of other demonstrations and masterclasses. The Knowledge teepee shares the enjoyment of real food with younger festival-goers with activities including the ‘taste challenge’ and a bath bomb workshop.
As you can see, there is plenty to keep a family occupied for a day and all you have to do to win your family ticket (2 adults and 2 children under 16) for Sunday 27 April is follow the instructions below! Good luck!