Powderham Food Festival Director Bob Small has masterminded the growth of the Festival since its inception in 2012. Bobs’ background as a police officer, local government officer and 30 years in event management has given him a variety of skills and knowledge which enables him to stage an event of this size.
Whilst enjoying his food, Bob does not see himself as a ‘foodie’ but admits to being far more interested in the economic benefits that the Festival brings to the wider community as a whole – sponsors, partners, exhibitors and suppliers – all of whom are part of the financial ‘chain’ which helps drive the local economy.
Bob’s vision for the future of the Festival is to see it continue to grow and to give more pleasure to the many visitors and reward to all exhibitors and all others with a financial stake in the Festival, “Promoting the very best of Devon and South West food in such glorious surroundings makes the Powderham Food Festival a very special event”.
In his ‘down-time’, Bob is a golfer and, as such, is Hon. Secretary of Devon Men Veteran Golfers Association; he is, and always has been, a very keen runner competing for Teignbridge Trotters in events from 5K up to Half Marathon distance.
Bob admits he could not possibly stage the event without the others who form the management team – all of whom bring their special skills to the ‘party’. In introducing them he also thanks them for their time and effort in helping to stage the Festival:
Philip Fowler, Manager of the Music Stage
My name is Philip Fowler and I have lived in Devon for 30 years. I have a small business on Dartmoor that I have run for 26 years and have many interests, especially music. I sing myself in two bands and enjoy most genre. I will be at the Festival for the whole weekend so I am looking forward to it very much.
Having performed at the Powderham Food Festival for the last 5 years I am looking forward to managing the music stage at this years event and plan to have a wide variety of different acts, including a couple of children’s school choirs, a rock band, jazz/swing, acoustic solo performers and maybe a comedian, if I can find one. If you are an aspiring performer do let me have a demo and I will have a listen and see if we are able to find you a spot. During the two days of the Festival there will be thousands of potential future fans who may get to see you.
Phillippa Goodwin, Administration Manager
Phillippa Goodwin of Essential PA provides business administration services to Powderham Food Festival and a multitude of other companies across the UK. Phillippa’s specialist assistance behind the scenes will enable Bob Small to focus on the ‘front of house’. In particular the Festival’s sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers and partners which will ultimately provide a special event for everyone attending in October. Phillippa is a keen walker and this Spring embarks on a 500 mile trek across northern Spain for Rowcroft Hospice.
Judi Spiers, Festival Ambassador
We’re delighted to announce that Judi Spiers has joined the team as our first Festival Ambassador. Judi is very well known, much loved and respected throughout the South West.
Judi says “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to be the first Ambassador for the Powderham Food Festival. It is a stunning venue and a festival which has really made its mark over the last few years. We’re so lucky to live in a part of the world with great produce and it’s no longer a secret. The Devon brand on food is now a mark of excellence all over the country.
It has been my pleasure to have worked with many of the country’s top chefs on television over the years and the one who had a lasting effect on me was Antonio Carluccio. His motto ‘mof-mof’ minimum fuss – maximum of flavour really resounded with me. Having given up on red meat many years ago for health reasons, I love nothing better than simple fish or chicken marinated in oil, herbs, lemon and garlic and accompanied by plenty of fresh green vegetables. Follow that up with great bread and I’m in heaven – better still in Devon! Having said that I do appreciate the talents of great chefs and fine dining… especially if it’s a special occasion and someone else is treating me! So to a beautiful venue and great food… now all we need is the sunshine!”
After training as an actress, Judi joined Westward TV where she forged a lasting relationship with one Augustus J Honeybun. She moved to national television joining the BBC at Pebble Mill where for several years she interviewed some of the biggest names in the world of television, film and music, appeared on many of the top light entertainment programmes of the day and had her own Radio 2 show. After travelling the world filming for the Travel Channel for a couple of years she came back home to Devon where she joined the BBC Radio Devon hosting a hugely successful daily show. Now as a freelancer Judi is able to work in a variety of areas and currently presents award ceremonies all over the country, as well as writing a regular column for the Western Morning News, the Plymouth Herald and contributing to Devon Life.
We’re all very much looking forward to working with Judi in the run up to the Festival as well as sharing the whole Festival weekend with her where she’ll be introducing some of the demonstrators; interviewing varying people and being around to welcome visitors and exhibitors alike.