Helpful Holidays Giveaway

Every time you book your Powderham Food Festival tickets online you will automatically be entered into a draw for the chance to win a prize, thanks to one of our lovely sponsors, Helpful Holidays!

Helpful Holidays, the West Country holiday cottage experts, are offering a three night break for nine at Sandpipers, a stunning house with waterside terrace and fabulous views over Cornwall’s ‘Med’. Kayaks, boats and bicycles are available for Swallows and Amazon adventures and exploring the area. You have exclusive use of this wonderful house.

The break is available between October 7th 2016 and 24th March 2017 (subject to availability – excluding school and bank holidays). Terms and conditions apply.
For more information on Helpful Holidays, visit or call 01647 434388.

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A Food Festival for all Seasons

Powderham Food Festival is a full-on celebration of local produce, celebrating food for every season from around the South West of England. Although taking place on 1 and 2 October, arguably the best possible time of the year for abundant fresh fruit and vegetables, we don’t merely focus on the autumnal food offering, but share the love across all four seasons.

Take spring, for example, the time for wooing loved ones, telling Mum how much you appreciate her and for celebrating new life at Easter (or at least the many wonderful qualities of chocolate). Located in St Giles, Torrington, and available at local markets, online and in select delis, Chocolat de Caprine make delicious chocolates using goat’s milk – they are also cows’ milk free, gluten free, wheat free, nut free and egg free, which we are sure will be music to the ears of those suffering from food allergies.

Our Theatre of Fire and Smoke will be putting the spotlight on one of the nation’s favourite pastimes. Barbecues and smoking food is BIG in the region, and more and more this is becoming a year-round phenomenon rather than relegated for those rare warm and sultry summer days. We are also excited to introduce a new BBQ exhibitor to Powderham Food Festival this year. Bristol-based Spitfire Barbecue, which will be bringing you prime cut meats and monster ribs, smoked and grilled over hot coals. PitBoss (Spitfire’s BBQ), is on a mission to save his troops from collecting dust in the winter and changing the British perception that BBQs are only meant for the summer. Expect your taste buds to be blasted with flavours and damn good BBQ – you’ll have to look elsewhere for pretty plates of food.

If you want a perfect celebration of the autumn harvest, look no further than Riverford, who will be returning to Powderham Food Festival again this year with their award-winning veg boxes. Winner of Ethical Product of the Decade, no less, Riverford are mad about veg – it’s at the core of everything they do. Buckfastleigh-based Riverford has been growing organic fruit and veg since 1987, as well as grass-fed organic meat and more.

Is it too early to think about Christmas? ‘YES, we’re busy having picnics and barbecues’, we hear you shout. But bear with us. One of our regular exhibitors, Figgy’s traditional Christmas Puddings, really are worth a shout any time of the year. Richie and Jo Evans, a husband and wife team (plus two small helpers) based in Devon, create Figgy’s award-winning handmade Christmas puddings in Devon to a family recipe.

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Chef line up announced

Chef lineup

An exciting line up of the region’s top chefs has been announced for the 2016 Powderham Food Festival. Heading up the main cookery stage for the second year running, Jim and Lucy Fisher from newly opened Exeter Cookery School will be presenting a tantalising menu featuring delicious dishes using the finest local produce. Illustrious names from the cheffing world range from Tim Maddams of River Cottage; Richard Hunt, TV chef and co-founder of Devon Scone Company; Chef Consultant Peter Gorton; Food writer and founder of Olive magazine, Orlando Murrin, and Richard Valder of independent seafood restaurant @Angela’s in Exeter.

The Theatre of Smoke and Fire will once again add a touch of fire and spice to the proceedings, with ITV BBQ Champ, Simon Dyer; King of Meatopia, Marcus Bawdon; Glenn Bowden and Sarah Jones from Riviera BBQ, and John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm smoking, barbecuing and flaming meat as only they know how. Meanwhile, Clifton Chilli Club will be hosting another Great Chilli Challenge, pitting daring-do taste buds against increasingly spicy chilli peppers until there is only one brave and victorious soul standing.

If that is not enough, the Royal Marines from Lympstone Training Camp will also be returning with their Cooks Field Tent and Cook Van to entertain the crowds. They cook at any time, anywhere in the world, from the heat in Afghanistan to the cold of Norway, constantly raising their skills and team bonding while using limited rations and equipment. They will be telling visitors how they have to think creatively, while ensuring they provide the nutritional content necessary to keep the guys going in the field.